Dion resigns from medical pot nonprofit

July 21st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: July 21
Updated: Today at 11:57 PM

Dion resigns from medical pot nonprofit

Rep. Mark Dion, formerly with the Northeast Patients Group, cites tensions over medical marijuana laws.

By MICHAEL SHEPHERD Kennebec Journal


First-term Rep. Mark Dion, seen in 2009 when he was Cumberland County Sheriff, also runs a law office in Portland.

2009 Press Herald file

A state representative and former Cumberland County sheriff has quit the board of Maine’s largest medical-marijuana nonprofit organization.

Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, resigned from the board of Northeast Patients Group on June 8, citing tension between state and federal law regarding medical marijuana, as well as his workload as a first-term legislator and his opening of a law office in Portland.

A year ago, in a Portland Press Herald profile before his first board meeting, Dion said he found it important “to instill public confidence and immediately open a line of communication” with sheriffs and police chiefs who opposed medical marijuana.

Asked Wednesday if his goals were realized, Dion said no. “To say otherwise would not be candid,” he said.

Dion’s other goals as a board member included helping Northeast engineer “a security plan, not just for protecting the product, but also for screening prospective staffers,” the article said.

Those conversations happened, he said, but were never finalized.


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