Dispensary board loses one more member

August 3rd, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »


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Dispensary board loses one more member

Winthrop woman second to step down from panel recently

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Another board member has quit the group that holds the right to operate half Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries.

In a July 20 email to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Northeast Patients Group Executive Director Becky DeKeuster wrote that Faith Benedetti, of Winthrop, had stepped down from the board of directors that week.

Benedetti did not return messages left Tuesday on her cell phone and Facebook page. DeKeuster didn’t return a message left on her phone.

In July, Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, a former Cumberland County sheriff, told the Kennebec Journal he had also departed the board, in June.

Benedetti’s departure leaves the board with only two known members: chairman Daniel Walker, also the group’s counsel; and Paul Sevigny, a Holden pharmacist.

Sevigny confirmed Benedetti’s departure Monday, but said he wouldn’t comment on it. Walker did not respond to a message seeking comment.

In the July 20 email, DeKeuster said, “Sevigny and I are actively recruiting board members who will help us maintain and expand the individual areas of expertise represented. We plan to increase board

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