Drug bust illustrates challenges of enforcing Maine’s medical marijuana law

May 19th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

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Drug bust illustrates challenges of enforcing Maine’s medical marijuana law

Legalization advocate Christopher Sirois charged after bust in Industry Tuesday

By David Robinson drobinson@onlinesentinel.com
Staff Writer, Morning Sentinel

INDUSTRY — A drug bust Tuesday afternoon in Industry shows how drug enforcement agents are struggling to enforce Maine’s medical marijuana laws.

DRUG CHARGES: Christopher Sirios, 37, of Industry, is facing charges of unlawful trafficking after a raid on his Industry home Tuesday found residue of a scheduled substance.

Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

Maine drug enforcement agents found 200 marijuana plants during a raid of an Industry residence Tuesday afternoon, according to Gerry Baril, MDEA supervisor for western Maine.

The problem, however, is that it’s unclear what charges should be filed, and against whom, because a woman living in the residence is a medical marijuana patient, Baril said.

Drug agents suspected the man renting the home was growing and distributing marijuana, as well as selling another drug, according to Baril.

Christopher Sirois, the 37-year-old man who rents the Shadagee Road house and the target of the search warrant, was arrested Tuesday on a drug trafficking charge for the other drug, an hallucinogenic stimulant,Baril said.

On Wednesday, law enforcement officials

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