Group thinks growing pot could be ‘new career’ for Lincoln millworkers

February 4th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

LINCOLN, Maine — Andrew Libbey likes the idea of growing marijuana legally.

The Hannaford Supermarkets butcher and Mattawamkeag resident was among 75 people who attended a free Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine seminar at Lakeside Art Gallery on Main Street on Monday night.

“You could work at home and not necessarily have a boss,” Libbey said. “It [marijuana] is out there. It’s always been available [illegally] and it’s not like it’s a huge thing.”

Libbey’s biggest fear with his potential new line of work: being arrested by police, he said.

Medical Marijuana Caregivers held the nearly three-hour session to help laid-off Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC workers find a new line of work in what promises to be a growth industry, said Paul McCarrier, the group’s legislative liaison.

Northern Penobscot County has one grower between Bangor and the upper reaches of Aroostook County selling marijuana legally for $175 to $250 an ounce, McCarrier said. That’s enough, within the state limit of as many as five patients per grower, to make $30,000 to $50,000 annually, he said.

The price was $250 to $300 per ounce in 2010, he said.

“I am really impressed by the turnout,” McCarrier said. “It shows me that there are a lot of people here interested in finding a new career.”

He called medical marijuana “Maine’s largest new growth industry.”

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services issued 1,311 caregiver cards to treat 1,455 voluntarily registered patients in calendar year 2012, a department report states. More recent numbers are not available.

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  1. Oldtimemoonshine says:

    Lots of new comers to the market are growing lower quality at high
    prices. Everyone is rushing for the goldrush and what will
    differentiate between a grower and a great grower will be AAA quality at
    the lowest prices. Economist are predicting a reduction to $100/ounce
    after legalization. This model has started to present itself in
    colorado last week where some shops were pricing high quality meds on
    the shelves at $150/ounce.