Debate on Maine’s marijuana laws

March 31st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

FARMINGTON — A forum on current and proposed marijuana legislation and its consequences will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the North Dining Hall of Olsen Student Center at the University of Maine.

Maine lawmakers, police officers and attorneys will discuss and debate whether Maine’s current marijuana laws are too harsh, too lenient or just right.

Maine’s recent citizens’ referendum made medical marijuana legal. Now some lawmakers in Augusta are proposing decriminalizing other marijuana growing and possession laws. All of these efforts are occurring in the face of federal statutes that prohibit the growing and use of marijuana.

Serving on the panel will be Maine Attorney General William J. Schneider; former drug enforcement agent and now Farmington police Chief Jack Peck; state Reps. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, Benjamin Chipman, U-Portland,  Diane Russell, D-Portland, and Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, who all have ideas to change Maine’s medical marijuana law.

Attorney Woody Hanstein will moderate the event hosted by It is free and open to the public. Written questions from the audience will be considered, along with questions submitted via email prior to the event.

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