Operator of Maine Medical Pot Dispensaries Target of Lawsuit

July 13th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

The complaint filed in Cumberland County Superior Court makes the case that the 12-year-old California marijuana collective known as the Berkeley Patients’ Group was instrumental in the formation and initial funding of the non-profit Northeast Patients’ Group in Maine; that it provided financial support in the form of loans, lent its well-known name and expertise and that it provided the services of one of its key executive employees and board members, Becky DeKeuster, to help the Northeast Patients’ Group obtain dispensary licenses under Maine’s fledgling program. With BPG’s help, Northeast secured four of eight state licenses.

“And the person that they sent out to do this took the organization in a different direction, and came up with a different group of investors and essentially left BPG out of the picture,” says Portland-based attorney Charles Remmel.

Remmel represents the Berkeley Patients Group, which is asking Northeast to repay more than $630,000 in loans and advances it says it made to the group now headed by Becky DeKeuster. And Remmel says his client also wants the court to prevent DeKeuster from doing further work for Northeast Patients’ Group in Maine.

That’s because, according to the complaint, DeKeuster was acting as BPG’s “New England Expansion Director” from 2009 until February of this year, even as she did work for Northeast. Berkeley paid her a salary of more than $110,000 and, by agreement, DeKeuster was to perform activities in Maine “for the benefit of BPG” and not

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