Medical marijuana to be smoked in open at event

November 3rd, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Certified patients OK to use at Augusta Civic Center trade show

By Betty Adams
Staff Writer


AUGUSTA — Certified patients will use medical marijuana in an outdoor tent on public property as part of a trade show at the Augusta Civic Center this weekend.


What: Home Grown Maine Music and Advocacy Festival

Where: Augusta Civic Center

When: 9 a.m.- midnight Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

Admission: $10 per person

Performers: The 220s, Cyborg Trio, Gwizzeos, Educated Advocates and Barefoot Truth of Bell Dancing

Speakers: Dr. Dustin Sulak, osteopathic physician based in Hallowell;  Dr. Lester Grinspoon, associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Carolyn Chute, author and community activist; Alysia Melnick, public policy counsel for the Maine Civil Liberties Union

Film: “Science vs. Stigma,” featuring Sulak and medical marijuana patients


The sanctioned use of marijuana on public property — part of the two-day Home Grown Maine Trade Show organized by Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine — is unprecedented in Maine, the result of intensive negotiations among Kennebec County District Attorney’s Office, the Augusta Police Department, event organizers and civic center personnel.

Accommodating legal users of the drug posed a sticky issue for civic center staff.

For instance, where could attendees who hold proper legal documentation be permitted to use marijuana for medical purposes? The state law that permits medical use of marijuana to relieve debilitating medical conditions bans people from smoking it in public places.

Organizers posed the question to Dana Colwill, civic center director.

The answer — negotiated through law enforcement officials and transmitted to the show

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