FOOD & AGRICULTURE
Meat processor files for bankruptcy
In a blow to the local food economy, Central Maine Meats, an ambitious company built on the vision of multiple USDA-inspected meat processing facilities in Gardiner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, according to court records. Barely three years in operation, and funded heavily by over $4 million dollars in state grants and federal government loans, Central Maine Meats is between $100,000 and $500,000 in debt to 64 creditors, including the Internal Revenue Service, UPS and Central Maine Power and the city of Gardiner. It has assets of less than $50,000, according to the filing. The state-of-the-art facility, intended to boost and support the local food economy in Maine, opened in 2015. Read the story.
Medical marijuana reform bill advances
A bill to reform the state’s medical marijuana program appeared headed to Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday. The second major piece of cannabis legislation to pass both houses of the Legislature in as many days would expand the number of people who can qualify for a medical marijuana card, increase the number