Maine Marijuana News

Not all marijuana users consume it to get high.

One way that users can avoid the high and still reap the plant’s medical benefits is to take small doses throughout the day — an alternate consumption style known as “microdosing.”

The psychedelic community has long endorsed microdosing LSD or psilocybin, the main ingredient in magic mushrooms, as a means of treating various psychological conditions and bolstering productivity. Research on microdosing marijuana is limited, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the process could be similarly effective.

Last month, German researchers published a study on marijuana microdosing in the journal Nature Medicine.

They gave mice in three age categories (young, middle-aged, and old) small doses of cannabis that wouldn’t be enough to get them high over the course of a month and found that, for middle-aged and old mice, these microdoses improved their ability to navigate mazes and recognize other mice.

In the control group that didn’t receive any cannabis, the young mice did better on these cognitive tests than the middle-aged and older mice. But the middle-aged and older mice

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According to reports, the State Legislature recently put its seal of approval on a measure (LD 243) designed to provide the funds needed to implement the recreational sector and put the job in the hands of the appropriate state agency.

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed the measure without so much as a debate or a roll call vote. It now head to the office of Governor Paul LePage for a signature.

If all goes according to plan, and Governor LePage graces the bill with the final approval it needs to be set in motion, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry would relinquish its authority over the implementation of the state’s recreational marijuana industry to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations overseen by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS).

The proposal would provide a total of $1.6 million to get Question 1 up and running.

“We hope Gov. LePage will give swift approval to this bill so we can begin to see some meaningful progress on establishing Maine’s adult-use marijuana program,” David Boyer, Maine political director

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Maine – Last year, State Lawmakers in Maine had decided to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Thousands of voters narrowly approved it. This year, the challenge is finding out if there needs to be a limit on the quantity of the cannabis plant that would be grown and harvested for recreational purposes in Maine.

At the moment, no cultivation cap is set to the eight dispensaries for medical marijuana in Maine. However, this may change because the Legislature recently established an adult market implementation. For now, the law states that caregivers have a six flowering cannabis plants ratio per patient. Each caregiver would only have up to six individuals at a time, including him or herself, so that adds up to 36 flowering cannabis plants.

On June 14, 2017, 7 P.M., an annual town meeting in Thomaston, Maine would be held at the American Legion Hall. All voters are invited to share their thoughts if they want to approve or disapprove an ordinance amendment. This amendment would like to regulate the marijuana dispensaries, testing and manufacturing facilities, cultivation and

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Maine’s full legislature has passed a bill to fund the implementation of the successful 2016 marijuana legalization initiative and change the agency that will regulate marijuana for adult use.

The Senate on Thursday passed LD 243 unanimously “under the hammer,” without debate or a roll call vote, sending it to Gov. Paul LePage for final approval. The House passed it “under the hammer” on Wednesday.

LD 243 would transfer the authority to oversee adult-use marijuana from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS). The Bureau would be responsible for licensing adult-use marijuana businesses and creating and enforcing regulations. LD 243 also allocates $200,000 to the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation and $1.4 million to DAFS to implement Question 1.

“We hope Gov. LePage will give swift approval to this bill so we can begin to see some meaningful progress on establishing Maine’s adult-use marijuana program”, says David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project and campaign manager for

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GREENE, Maine — A Bangor-based company has bought the shuttered Town & Country Foods with long-term plans to grow recreational marijuana in the former 13,340-square-foot former meat operation.

“I sold it actually from a social media post,” broker Kevin Fletcher at Malone Commercial Brokers said Tuesday. After announcing the listing on Instagram in March, “it was under contract in two or three days.”

MECAP LLC bought the 8.2 acre property for $360,000 as an investment, then turned around and sold it, owner-financed, to Central Maine Flower Herbal Caregiving Services LLC, Fletcher said.

Central Maine Flower describes itself online as “growers who specialize in the growing of hydroponic medicinal cannabis.”

Ryan Aubin, who operates the consulting service Ryan the Grower and answered the phone for Central Maine Flower this week, said the Greene facility appealed to Central Maine Flower owner Benny Carrasco for its layout.

“You don’t see options like that happen — freezer buildings that are spray-proof and have drains on the floor kind of meet every grower’s dream,” Aubin said. “It saved a lot of money and upfront cost.

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By Grant McPherson

Staff Writer

From left, junior Payje Leclerc, sophomore Tyler Michaud and Cathy Reed, licensed clinical social worker at Old Orchard Beach High School, after the 2017 Marijuana Summit hosted by Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition. Leclerc and Michaud were both part of the youth panel and answered questions regarding the challenges they face surrounding marijuana use and their peers. (Grant McPherson photo) SACO – Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition held its fourth annual Marijuana Summit at People’s Choice Credit Union to empower York County high school students to live sober, goal-oriented lives.

In attendance were junior Payje Leclerc and sophomore Tyler Michaud of Old Orchard Beach High School, as well as high school students from York and Kennebunk, Biddeford police officers, school nurses, administrators and social workers from communities in York County. The Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition is part of the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and is supported by Maine’s Center for Disease Control, the Fund for Healthy Maine and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Its goal is to

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This blog post is the second and final portion of a short primer on the status of state recreational marijuana taxation in the United States. Part I of this series, covering California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington can be found here.

Alaska

Voters in Alaska approved Ballot Measure No. 2 in November 2014, legalizing the possession of marijuana effective Feb. 24, 2015, and permitting retail sales of marijuana after the state set up a regulatory framework for the industry.

Alaska generates revenue by charging license fees pursuant to Alaska Admin. Code tit. 3, § 306.100, with cultivators, retail stores, and most marijuana manufacturers paying $5,000 annually.

The state further generates revenue through Alaska Stat. § 43.61.010, which imposes a general excise tax of $50 per ounce on marijuana sold by cultivators to retail stores or manufacturers, and Alaska Admin. Code tit. 15, § 61.100, which specifies that portions of the plant other than the bud or flower are taxed at a rate of $15 per ounce.

Tax collections began after the state’s first retail store opened on Oct. 29, 2016,

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott has vetoed S. 22, legislation that would have legalized cannabis in the state for adults over the age of 21. The libertarian-leaning governor sent the law back to the legislature to develop clauses that further protect the health and safety of his constituents, he said in a press conference.

The proposed bill – which would have been the first to legalize cannabis through a legislative process rather than a ballot initiative – would have allowed adults to possess up to an ounce of weed, two mature plants and four immature plants. It also would have established a study commission to look at cannabis tax-and-regulate models in other states and make recommendations for how Vermont should set up its own market.

Though Scott said that he saw a “clear societal shift” on the issue, and reiterated his support for medical marijuana, he said that he was not convinced this bill went far enough to protect Vermonters from intoxicated drivers, and local children from being exposed to use of the drug. He announced that he was sending

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From the Men’s Journal story “Inside the Marijuana Showdown at the Canadian Border

The border guard’s question surprised Jessica Goldstein: “Have you ever used drugs?”

It was 2013, and Goldstein, a 30-year-old Canadian from the Vancouver area, was on her way to a Dave Matthews concert in Washington State, passing through the Peace Arch border crossing between the United States and Canada. She’s done this countless times before and had never been asked about her narcotics history. The inquiry seemed especially odd considering the setting: With its picnic tables and grassy fields, the Peace Arch port of entry looks more like a park than a high-security border crossing.

So she told the truth: She used marijuana about once a month. She was, after all, traveling into Washington, whose voters had legalized marijuana the year before. Her boyfriend at the time had recently been asked the same question at the border, and when he’d admitted to smoking pot, agents had thanked him for being honest and let him through. But the guards had a different reaction to Goldstein’s response.

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We already know marijuana shows promise for memory boosting benefits and oxidative stress related to aging. But for the elderly suffering from late-stage diseases like Alzheimer’s, marijuana can still bring relief.

For 77-year-old Maine resident Dair Gillespie, taking daily cannabis tinctures orally offers her relief from advanced Alzheimer’s. Her spouse Ann Leffler helps her take the medicine and watches as it eases her suffering.

As Bangor Daily News reports:

Gillespie accepted the tincture calmly, holding it for several seconds before swallowing with no sign of distaste. The tincture in the bottle smelled mild and fresh. Sometimes, the morning dose is all Gillespie needs. But often, if she’s getting restless or worked up, Leffler will give her another, smaller dose mid-afternoon. It takes about a half hour for the subtle effects to show up — a more relaxed facial expression, a loosening of her clenched hands, a readier ability to focus on a familiar face or hold a cup.

“On cannabis, she’s very, very different,” Leffler said, screwing the dropper-top back on the one-ounce bottle. The drug has drastically reduced

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