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February 14th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

12:01 AM

Quick takes on the issues making news this week in central Maine …

THUMBS DOWN to a bill under discussion at the State House that would prohibit the sale of “kief,” a marijuana derivative.

Kief, crystals from marijuana flowers, are heavy in cannabidiol, which has been shown to be effective in treating seizures and convulsions, but low in THC, the chemical in pot that causes a high. The ban would cut off the supply to patients suffering from illnesses such as epilepsy. It has proven especially popular for use in children, for whom the kief in medical marijuana provides benefits without the resulting psychoactive effects.

Because strains of marijuana low in THC are not popular with recreational users, they have not been developed through the years and can be difficult to find. One couple, unable to find such a strain in Maine, is planning to go to Colorado to find help for their 14-month-old daughter, who suffers from dangerous and debilitating seizures.

Kief is just another way to deliver the proven medical benefits of marijuana, and it should not be banned.

The committee reviewing the bill, L.D. 1739, also should look closely at the parts of the bill that would allow for warrantless searches of caregivers and patients.

THUMBS UP to the Maine Senate and House for voting to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to increase the number of Maine schoolchildren with access to a

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