Maine gives potential marijuana consultants an extra week

Consultants hoping to advise Maine on recreational marijuana sales have extra time to apply. The deadline is Thursday for those applying to guide state agencies as they craft adult-use marijuana regulations and review Maine's medical marijuana program.

Mainers in 2016 voted to allow adult-use possession and retail sales of marijuana. Adults over 21 can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

But lawmakers delayed sales, which won't become legal until agencies pass regulations and get legislative approval.

Maine must start accepting recreational marijuana applications 30 days after regulations are adopted. Department of Administrative and Financial Services spokesman David Heidrich recently said rulemaking will begin once a consultant is hired.


Maine investigates restaurant that gave lobsters marijuana

Restaurant owner says blowing smoke over lobsters is meant to lessen their suffering before they are dropped in boiling water.

State health inspectors are investigating a Maine restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana before killing them to be served, cracked and eaten.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor remains open but has stopped allowing customers to request meat from lobsters sedated with marijuana.


A Maine restaurant wants to kill lobsters humanely by getting them high

Want humanely killed lobster? Order it baked. Well, it’s actually steamed, and the thoughtful restaurant serving this crustacean advertises it as stoned. To the point: Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, in Southwest Harbor, Maine, is exposing its lobsters to marijuana smoke before cooking them, according to the Mount Desert Islander.

Owner Charlotte Gill explains that she tested the effects of weed smoke on a lobster named Roscoe, placing the lobster in about two inches of water inside a covered box, and then pumping the smoke into the liquid in sort of a water bong scenario.


Maine seeks consultant to help set up marijuana markets

Maine is seeking a marijuana consultant to advise officials on how to set up regulations for the state's recreational and medical pot markets.


Maine hemp growers have high hopes for new farm bill

Erica Haywood has high hopes for the proposed 2018 farm bill when it comes to industrial hemp production in Maine. Haywood, along with her husband, Jack, owns and operates LoveGrown Agriculture Research LLC, producing hemp CBD oil, teas and topical products in Farmington.


Gardiner to consider temporary ban on new medical marijuana shops

Gardiner officials are scheduled to consider on Wednesday whether to enact a temporary ban on allowing additional medical marijuana caregiver shops in the city.

“These places are springing up, and we’re trying to get a handle on the best way to regulate them,” Gardiner Mayor Thom Harnett said Monday. “This is an emergency proposal that’s retroactive to July 9. Anything not in the pipeline by then would be subject to the moratorium.”


Maine medical marijuana veto overturned by lawmakers standing up to Governor

State lawmakers in Maine overwhelmingly voted Monday to override Republican Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that will allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients for any medical reason. 

The House voted 119-23 and the Senate 25-8 to overturn LePage’s veto with support from Democrats and Republicans.


Gov. LePage vetoes bill that would ease access to medical marijuana, listing 11 objections

About 42,000 Maine patients could benefit from legislation that revamps the caregiver system and removes some conditions for obtaining medical cards.

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a medical cannabis bill Friday that would allow doctors to certify patient use for any medical reason.

In a veto letter fired off late Friday afternoon, LePage, a staunch marijuana opponent, ticked off 11 reasons why he was vetoing the sweeping reform bill, ranging from complaints about the establishment of a medical marijuana research fund to licensing of dangerous extraction laboratories, noting his list of complaints was by no means exhaustive.


Neighboring states have loosened their pot laws, but marijuana is still illegal in NH

It’s the summer of weed for neighboring states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The road to New Hampshire, though, remains one big “pot” hole. Pot is still illegal here.

It’s a point underscored in an interview with Tuftonborough Police Chief Andrew Shagoury, president of the N.H. Association of Chiefs of Police.

He is anticipating an increase in marijuana-related hospital visits, youth pot smoking, and impaired driving in the Granite State. "It's going to spill over our borders," he says. (Scroll down for more on N.H. law, and the state's study of legalization.) So what's legal in neighoring states? Here's a snapshot.


Maine House and Senate approve sweeping reform of medical marijuana bill

The Maine Senate and House voted Tuesday night to pass a sweeping medical marijuana reform bill that overhauls the caregiver system.

The bill, which now goes to Gov.Paul LePage, would let caregivers expand their business operations. For example, they could hire more than one worker, and sell up to 30 percent of their harvest to other caregivers and dispensaries. In exchange, however, they would have to submit to more state oversight, like unannounced state inspections and seed-to-sale tracking.

The bill allows caregivers to open retail stores, letting them become mini dispensaries that can serve as many card-carrying patients as they can from 30 flowering marijuana plants, but only in towns that have authorized medical marijuana storefronts.


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