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Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers And Patients Are Feeling Attacked By Lobbying Efforts

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by CCM

Maine’s Medical Marijuana Industry Is Being Threatened By Special Interest Groups

The common theme in Augusta today in regards to the future of the Maine Medical Marijuana program is that “big business” is lobbying to do away with the Medical Marijuana Caregiver program (There are also rumors that the dispensaries are undermining Caregivers by submitting lists to DHHS for inspection). They are not coming out right and saying this, but its obvious in the bills they are trying to pass. The history and evidence of how this happened in other states is unequivocal. Mainers can see the writing on the wall and are fighting daily for their beloved program.

Helping to lead the charge in the effort to stop negative influence on the program is Dawson Julia of East Coast CBD. Dawson has helped countless patients throughout the State, and his company ECCBD is MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) Clean Cannabis Certified. Included here is a quote and a link to a form where you can help keep Maine Cannabis in the hands of the people. Dawson says, “Simply put this is money power trying to overpower people power!  Wrong on all levels and Maine will not stand by silently and watch as they destroy our medical marijuana program one bill at a time.  These $ addicts need to find the road to recovery. Please consider doing your part and sign up today to help us fight the FAT CATS from out of town”.

By and large Caregivers want to play nice, but they feel attacked. Caregivers have not introduced one bill against the dispensaries, while dispensaries are constantly introducing bills that will effect the care giving community negatively.  The care giving community is currently defending itself against more bills than it can handle.  And lets look at this objectively. By estimated numbers, caregivers have about 25% more medical patients than dispensaries in Maine. Now, if we were to look at the number of complaints submitted, they complaints against the dispensaries far outnumber those against caregivers. What does that tell us? And if these caregivers don’t service the medical patients in Maine, who will? There will be no Medical Marijuana program at all is what would happen. Everyone would have to rely on overpriced retail outlets. Thats simply not fair and unacceptable.

The future intentions of the dispensaries are clear, and its not in medical. There is documentation of them changing non profit status to for profit and want early access into the recreational market. There is nothing medical about them, and they obviously see the 3,000 + caregivers (small business who contribute back to the local economy) as threats to their bottom line. Lets face it, Mainers don’t buy “recreational” cannabis, we grow it. The overriding consensus in Maine is the highest quality cannabis is grown by caregivers.  The way we at Compassionate Caregivers of Maine feel is go ahead, do your thing in recreational cannabis. Just leave the Maine Medical Marijuana program, its patients & caregivers alone please.

Lets look at a published timeline (in order) of the dispensary experience with Medical Marijuana:

 

Berkeley Patients Group owes $6.4 million in back taxes

Their DHHS Request for Applications – Medical Marijuana Program Application

Berkeley cannabis lawsuit reveals bitter infighting

Full text of “Lawsuit- Berkeley Patients Group against Rebecca DeKeuster July 6

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Caught Using Pesticide; Has Some Calling For Caregiver Model

Consent Agreement concerning the Certificate of Registration for 4 Dispensaries

2013 Advice Memorandum

Cases & Decisions 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Inspection Details

Wellness Connection of Maine recalls two strains of medical marijuana

 

An alarming note to take away from the above documents is the “Advice Memorandum” for The Wellness Connection came out 6 months after the pesticide debacle.  In this document its stated, “Any mold or seeds are also removed. The buds are weighed, packaged, and labeled, and the packaged product is entered into inventory to be sent to the Employer’s dispensaries, where it is sold to customers.”  Does this not show that when they were forced to not use pesticides they simply instead sold mold? Now, we aren’t saying all caregivers are perfect by any means. But if you are going to open up as a medical marijuana dispensary, I think you should at least learn to police your own product. This is why there are overwhelmingly less complaints filed against caregivers. We do a good job of policing ourselves and push each other through quality control, knowledge sharing, innovation and customer care.

If you would like to help in the advocacy of Maine Medical Marijuana, please fill out this form:

http://bit.ly/2oMK4Cx

If you are an avid Facebook user and want to get involved, join the group “Maine Cannabis Coalition”. Here you can find up to date information on the program and what activists are doing to protect and improve the Maine Medical Marijuana program. There is also a link to “Files” in the upper left hand side. There you can find forms for patient quality satisfaction, legislative information and packets to help educate the community and the state government officials.

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The Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization members

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 by CCM

This is the committee, these are the people we NEED to influence in a positive manner in regards to the Maine Medical Cannabis Program

This is so very very important. This committee will be responsible for considering marijuana-related bills, and will have the authority to introduce its own legislation. These are the people that will essentially have the power to review, amend, recommend or shoot down. This is where everything we propose can start or end. There are already dozens of bills introduced for Maine’s cannabis industry, some medical some recreational. This committee is definitely responsible for reviewing and considering recreational proposals, and we can assume and count on Medical as well.

We need to respectively reach out to each of them and tell them why we as individuals need the medical marijuana program to not only stay here in Maine, but thrive. PLEASE reach out to them. But PLEASE be kind, considerate and respectful. Tell your story, or the story of your friends and loved ones. ESPECIALLY if one of these 16 is in your district/area. Let them know where you live and how Medical Cannabis has positively influenced your life or the life of a loved one. Let them know we need Medical here in Maine more than we do recreational.  Mail them, email them, and call their offices. LETS DO THIS the right way!

Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, co-chairman

Sen. Kimberley Rosen, R-Bucksport

Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Calais

Sen. Mark Dion, D-Portland

Sen. Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford

Rep. Teresa Pierce, D-Falmouth, co-chair

Rep. Kimberly Monaghan, D-Cape Elizabeth

Rep. Scott Hamann, D-South Portland

Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop

Rep. Erik Jorgensen, D-Portland

Rep. Lydia Blume, D-York

Rep. Donald Marean, R-Hollis

Rep. Bruce Bickford, R-Auburn

Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington

Rep. Patrick Corey, R-Windham

Rep. Michael Perkins, R-Oakland

Rep. Kent Ackley, I-Monmouth

 

Senator Roger Katz, R – Augusta, Co-Chair

Representing Senate District 15: Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney, and Vassalboro.

Address: 3 Westview St., Augusta, ME 04330

Home Phone: Cell: (207) 622-9921

State House Office Phone: Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505

Email: Roger.Katz@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Website: https://mesenategop.com/your-senators/senator-roger-katz/

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Sen. Kimberley Rosen, R-Bucksport

Representing Senate District 8: Bradley, Brewer, Bucksport, Burlington, Castine, Clifton, Dedham, East Central Penobscot Unorganized Territory, Eddington, Great Pond, Holden, Lincoln, Lowell, Northwest Hancock Unorganized Territory, T32 MD Township, Orland, Orrington, Penobscot, Verona Island, and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory.

Address: P.O. Box 877, Bucksport, ME 04416

Home Phone: (207) 469-3779

State House Office Phone: Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505

Email: kimberley.rosen@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Website: https://mesenategop.com/your-senators/senator-kimberley-rosen/

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Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Calais

Representing Senate District 6: Addison, Alexander, Baileyville, Baring Plantation, Beals, Beddington, Calais, Centerville, Charlotte, Cherryfield, Codyville Plantation, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Cooper, Crawford, Cutler, Danforth, Deblois, Dennysville, East Central Washington, East Machias, Eastport, Gouldsboro, Grand Lake Stream Plantation, Harrington, Indian Township, Jonesboro, Jonesport, Lubec, Machias, Machiasport, Marshfield, Meddybemps, Milbridge, North Washington, Northfield, Pembroke, Perry, Pleasant Point, Princeton, Robbinston, Roque Bluffs, Steuben, Sullivan, Talmadge, Topsfield, Vanceboro, Waite, Wesley, Whiting, Whitneyville, Winter Harbor, and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory.

Address: 89 Lafayette St, Calais, ME 04619

Home Phone: (207) 454-2327

State House Office Phone: Senate Republican Office (207) 287-1505

Email: Joyce.Maker@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Website: https://mesenategop.com/your-senators/senator-joyce-maker/

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Representative Mark Dion, D-Portland

Representing Senate District 28: Westbrook and part of Portland.

Address: 45 Allison Ave., Portland, ME 04103

Home Phone: Cell: (207) 797-6341

State House Office Phone: Senate Democratic Office (207) 287-1515

Email: Mark.Dion@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Website: www.mainesenate.org

Term Limited: 2024

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Sen. Susan Deschambault, D-Biddeford

Representing Senate District 32: Alfred, Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Kennebunkport, and Lyman

Address: 9 Porter Street, Biddeford, ME 04005

Phone: (207) 284 – 3570

State House Office Phone: Senate Democratic Office (207) 287 – 1515

Email: susan.deschambault@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Website: www.mainesenate.org

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Rep. Teresa Pierce, D-Falmouth, Co-chair

Address: 6 Waites Landing Road, Falmouth, ME 04105

Home Telephone: (207) 781-7144

Cell Phone: (207) 415-8631

E-Mail: Teresa.Pierce@legislature.maine.gov

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Rep. Kimberly Monaghan, D-Cape Elizabeth

Address: 6 Russet Lane, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Cell Phone: (207) 749-9443

E-Mail: Kimberly.Monaghan@legislature.maine.gov

Personal Web Site: Facebook: Rep Kim Monaghan

Representing: District 30 – Cape Elizabeth (part)

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Rep. Scott M. Hamann, D – South Portland

Address: 60 Thornton Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106

Home Telephone: (207) 233-2951

Cell Phone: (207) 233-2951

Business Telephone: (207) 233-2951

E-Mail: Scott.Hamann@legislature.maine.gov

Personal Web Site: www.scotthamann.com

Representing: District 32 – Cape Elizabeth (part) and South Portland (part)

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Rep. Craig Hickman, D – Winthrop

Address: 192 Annabessacook Road, Winthrop, ME 04364

Home Telephone: (207) 377-3276

E-Mail: Craig.Hickman@legislature.maine.gov

Personal Web Site: http://hickmaninthehouse.blogspot.com

Representing: District 81 – Monmouth (part), Readfield and Winthrop

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Rep. Erik Jorgensen, D-Portland

Address: 83 Highland Street, Portland, ME 04103

Cell Phone: (207) 939-7120

E-Mail: Erik.Jorgensen@legislature.maine.gov

Representing: District 41 – Portland (part)

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Rep. Lydia Blume, D-York

Address: P. O. Box 1738, York Beach, ME 03910

Home Telephone: (207) 363-9234

Cell Phone: (207) 363-9235

E-Mail: Lydia.Blume@legislature.maine.gov

State House Message Phone: (800) 423-2900

TTY: Please use Maine Relay 711

Representing: District 3 – York (part)

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Rep. Donald Marean, R-Hollis

Address: 233 Bonny Eagle Road, Hollis, ME 04042

Home Telephone: (207) 727-5527

Cell Phone: (207) 653-8927

E-Mail: Donald.Marean@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Web Site: https://mehousegop.org/reps-l-p-2/don-marean/

Representing: District 16 – Buxton (part), Hollis and Saco (part)

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Rep. Bruce Bickford, R-Auburn

Address: 64 Cameron Lane, Auburn, ME 04210

Cell Phone: (207) 740-0328

E-Mail: Bruce.Bickford@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Web Site: https://mehousegop.org/reps-a-f/rep-bruce-bickford/

Representing: District 63 – Auburn (part)

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Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington

Address: 398 Knowlton Corner Road, Farmington, ME 04938

Cell Phone: (207) 491-8971

Business Telephone: (207) 491-8971

E-Mail: Lance.Harvell@legislature.maine.gov

Personal Web Site: www.lanceharvell.com

Representing: District 113 – Farmington and New Sharon

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Rep. Patrick Corey, R-Windham

Address: 353 River Road, Windham, ME 04062

Home Telephone: (207) 892-6164

Cell Phone: (207) 749-1336

E-Mail: Patrick.Corey@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Web Site: https://mehousegop.org/reps-a-f/patrick-corey/

Representing: District 25 – Windham (part)

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Rep. Michael Perkins, R-Oakland

Address: 93 Willy Point, Oakland, ME 04963

Home Telephone: (207) 716-6968

Cell Phone: (207) 716-6968

Business Telephone: (207) 465-4835

Fax: (207) 465-4848

E-Mail: Michael.Perkins@legislature.maine.gov

Legislative Web Site: https://mehousegop.org/reps-r-s/rep-mike-perkins/

Representing: District 77 – Oakland (part) and Sidney

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Rep. Kent Ackley, I-Monmouth

Address: 705 Route 135, Monmouth, ME 04259

Cell Phone: (207) 512-2524

E-Mail: Kent.Ackley@legislature.maine.gov

Representing: District 82 – Litchfield, Monmouth (part) and Wales


Marijuana doesn’t harm lung function, study found

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 by CCM

www.leafly.com

CHICAGO (AP) — Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn’t harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn’t do the kind of damage tobacco does.

The results, from one of the largest and longest studies on the health effects of marijuana, are hazier for heavy users — those who smoke two or more joints daily for several years. The data suggest that using marijuana that often might cause a decline in lung function, but there weren’t enough heavy users among the 5,000 young adults in the study to draw firm conclusions.

Still, the authors recommended “caution and moderation when marijuana use is considered.”

Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law although some states allow its use for medical purposes.

The study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham was released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings echo results in some smaller studies that showed while marijuana contains some of the same toxic chemicals as tobacco, it does not carry the same risks for lung disease.

It’s not clear why that is so, but it’s possible that the main active ingredient in marijuana, a chemical known as THC, makes the difference. THC causes the “high” that users feel. It also helps fight inflammation and may counteract the effects of more irritating chemicals in the drug, said Dr. Donald Tashkin, a marijuana researcher and an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Tashkin was not involved in the new study.

Study co-author Dr. Stefan Kertesz said there are other aspects of marijuana that may help explain the results.

Unlike cigarette smokers, marijuana users tend to breathe in deeply when they inhale a joint, which some researchers think might strengthen lung tissue. But the common lung function tests used in the study require the same kind of deep breathing that marijuana smokers are used to, so their good test results might partly reflect lots of practice, said Kertesz, a drug abuse researcher and preventive medicine specialist at the Alabama university.

The study authors analyzed data from participants in a 20-year federally funded health study in young adults that began in 1985. Their analysis was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The study randomly enrolled 5,115 men and women aged 18 through 30 in four cities: Birmingham, Chicago, Oakland, Calif., and Minneapolis. Roughly equal numbers of blacks and whites took part, but no other minorities. Participants were periodically asked about recent marijuana or cigarette use and had several lung function tests during the study.

Overall, about 37 percent reported at least occasional marijuana use, and most users also reported having smoked cigarettes; 17 percent of participants said they’d smoked cigarettes but not marijuana. Those results are similar to national estimates.

On average, cigarette users smoked about 9 cigarettes daily, while average marijuana use was only a joint or two a few times a month — typical for U.S. marijuana users, Kertesz said.

The authors calculated the effects of tobacco and marijuana separately, both in people who used only one or the other, and in people who used both. They also considered other factors that could influence lung function, including air pollution in cities studied.

The analyses showed pot didn’t appear to harm lung function, but cigarettes did. Cigarette smokers’ test scores worsened steadily during the study. Smoking marijuana as often as one joint daily for seven years, or one joint weekly for 20 years was not linked with worse scores. Very few study participants smoked more often than that.

Like cigarette smokers, marijuana users can develop throat irritation and coughs, but the study didn’t focus on those. It also didn’t examine lung cancer, but other studies haven’t found any definitive link between marijuana use and cancer.


Two Governors Petition Federal Government To Allow For Medical Marijuana

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by CCM

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (www.out.com)

The governors of Rhode Island and Washington have both signed a petition asking the Obama Administration to re-schedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, effectively ending the federal government’s total prohibition on medical patients having lawful and controlled access to organic cannabis products.

“The situation has become untenable for our states and others. The solution lies with the federal government.”

Both Governors Lincoln Chafee and Christine Gregoire of Rhode Island and Washington respectively were, ironically, two state governors who chose to heed to the warnings issued by the federal government in a Department of Justice memo (known as the ‘Cole memo‘) and not move forward with otherwise popular medical cannabis law reforms in their states.

However, no more! These two governors’ action today is a very important turning point in the history of cannabis law reform in America.

Contrastingly, the governors of Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico and the city council of D.C. all largely ignored the federal government and moved forward with their states’ respective medical cannabis programs.

NORML began the entire legal and political debate about ‘medical marijuana’ in 1972 when it launched a 24-year re-scheduling effort, that is still laboring on all these years.

Therefore to finally witness governors so frustrated with the absurdly mis-scheduled cannabis plant as being dangerous, addictive and possessing no medical utility (wrongly grouped with heroin and LSD) that they are reaching out to the president to fix this clear injustice and warping of science is a clear demonstration that the friction between the federal government’s recalcitrance on accepting medical cannabis (or for that matter ending Cannabis Prohibition in total) and state politicians who can no longer justify towing the fed’s ridiculous ban on physician-prescribed cannabis to sick, dying and sense-threatened medical patients is coming to a dramatic conclusion in a government showdown, one that may bode well for the larger Cannabis Prohibition reforms needed, festering just below the surface of the public’s mass acceptance of medical access to cannabis.