Category archives for: Granny’s Rheumatiz Medicine

York Marijuana Activists Promise To Deliver Petition To Town Clerk Or The First Convenient Store On The Way That Sells Funyuns

Granny Clampett's Rheumatiz medicine, AKA medical marijuana. Maine news from The Rumfrod MeteorA group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana use in York will submit a petition Wednesday afternoon, its second attempt at getting the issue on the November ballot. Citizens for a Safer Maine plan to submit more than 900 signatures to the town clerk, said David Boyer, Maine director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the group pushing for legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older. The group had to collect 641 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot after the York Board of Selectmen previously voted against putting the question on the ballot. On July 28, the board voted 3-2 against putting the measure on the ballot, which gave supporters 30 days to collect additional signatures. The selectmen who supported putting the question on the ballot said residents should make the decision about legalizing, while the majority of the board questioned the legality of the measure. Recreational marijuana use remains illegal under state and federal law. “Clearly, voters in York are interested in the prospect of adopting a more sensible marijuana policy,” Boyer said. “People are fed up with laws that punish adults for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.” (read more at the Portland Press Herald)

Snoop Dogg Expected To Hit The Streets Of Portland This Summer With His ‘Will Mumble For Cristal’ Sign

Snoop DoggIconic rapper and musician Snoop Dogg will make a Maine appearance this summer, when he takes the stage at the Portland Expo on Thursday, July 10. Snoop Dogg — also known as Snoop Lion, when he’s in a reggae mood — last played in Maine in 2012. Tickets for his show, part of the Machias Savings Bank concert series and produced by Waterfront Concerts, go on sale at noon this Friday, June 6, via Ticketmaster. Snoop Dogg has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and has been nominated for multiple Grammys. Since 1993, he has released twelve albums and collaborated with artists across all genres of music. His seminal album “Doggystyle” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Only Caribbean Person At Sugarloaf Reggae Festival Looks At The Crowd Through The Kitchen Window Near The Sink

Sugarloaf Reggae FestivalCARRABASSETT VALLEY — Maine’s biggest cure for spring fever was underway Saturday during Sugarloaf’s 26th annual Reggae Festival. It was a scene in which three bananas and a chicken drank beer with a Gumby. The ski resort celebrating spring to the beat of Caribbean music got a boost from warm and sunny weather. “People just need this,” said Jacob Martinsen of Boston. “It’s been a long, cold, brutal winter and this is just what we needed: some sun, some friends — some fun.” Soft snow, spring skiing and riding and plenty of music, sunshine and an eclectic cast of characters from across New England and the world made memorable moments for many. University of Maine students Samantha Harrington and Madeline Mazjanis stopped dancing long enough to shoot a “selfie” with the crowd in the background. The pair and their friends said they came to celebrate the change of seasons and the snow. Chet Jordan, 23, said he’s been coming to the resort’s annual reggae festival since before he could walk. “My mom would bring me up here in my sled,” he said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Cumberland Votes To Allow Marijuana Sales In One Area Of Town. In Addition To The High School Parking Lot, Of Course

Committee meeting. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorCUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to allow registered medical marijuana dispensaries in part of town. The town code will be amended to allow dispensaries as a permitted use in the Office Commercial North district, which follows U.S. Route 1 from the Tuttle Road ramp north to the Yarmouth town line. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been allowed in Maine since 2009. Eight districts were created, and Cumberland is part of the district that includes Cumberland County. Wellness Connection of Maine, based in Portland, is the registered dispensary for the district. Cumberland is pursuing a proactive approach to dispensaries by designating an area for the use, as opposed to having to react to an application, Town Manager Bill Shane said. (read more at The Forecaster)

Medical Marijuana Legalization Group Announces They Have A Sick Person In It Now

Medical marijuanaSKOWHEGAN — Longtime marijuana advocate Donald Christen said he has lit up a marijuana joint on the steps of the Somerset County courthouse every Patriots Day for the past 22 years. Monday, he said, will be no different, except that he also is organizing a rally there at noon for a public “smoke-in” to draw attention to efforts to legalize marijuana use further. This year, Christen, 59, of Madison, said he is tapping into what he sees as a change in public sentiment toward marijuana legalization and is promoting the protest. Posters announcing the rally are being distributed around the state, he said. “We’re trying to start renewing our efforts,” he said of his organization, Maine Vocals, founded in 1990 to promote the legalization of marijuana. “We haven’t put forth any public notice or anything about the rallies on Patriots Day for years.” (read more at Morning Sentinel)

A Democrat, A Republican, And Frito-Lay Come Out In Favor Of Legalizing Marijuana In Maine

Marijuana seizure. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorAUGUSTA — Lawmakers from opposite ends of the political spectrum unveiled a bill Thursday that would give Mainers the chance to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, and co-sponsored by Rep. Aaron Libby, R-Waterboro, would make vast changes in Maine’s drug law, ranging from making possession of up to 2.5 ounces of pot legal to imposing a tax of $50 per ounce. Russell and others argued during a news conference Thursday afternoon at the State House that laws against marijuana have enmeshed too many nonviolent offenders in the legal system and deprived government coffers of millions of dollars in revenue. Russell estimated that taxing and regulating marijuana could generate up to $13 million a year, three-quarters of which she proposes routing into the state’s General Fund, which supports the majority of state government including public education and most social services. The rest of the revenue would pay for implementation of the law, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, and research on the effects of marijuana. (read more at The Forecaster)

The World Didn’t End Yesterday, So You Probably Should Have Paid Your Cable Bill After All

Apocalypse notMERIDA, Mexico — Doomsday hour is here, at least in much of the world, and so still are we. According to legend, the ancient Mayans’ long-count calendar ends at midnight Thursday, ushering in the end of the world. Didn’t happen. “This is not the end of the world. This is the beginning of the new world,” Star Johnsen-Moser, an American seer, said at a gathering of hundreds of spiritualists at a convention center in the Yucatan city of Merida, an hour and a half from the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. “It is most important that we hold a positive, beautiful reality for ourselves and our planet. … Fear is out of place.” As the appointed time came and went in several parts of the world, there was no sign of the apocalypse. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

Maine Public Housing Soon To Be 100 Percent Occupied By People Smoking Medical Marijuana To Cope With Their Nicotine Withdrawal

Woman smoking. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorMaineHousing has taken steps to protect tenants from a lethal toxin ― secondhand smoke. In their 2007 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), part of a competitive process that provides an opportunity for affordable housing developers to earn tax-credit dollars, MaineHousing included a one-point incentive for applicants who proposed to implement a 100% smoke-free building policy. Maine is the second state in the nation to do this behind California, which passed a similar incentive in their plan in 2005. “Implementing smoke-free lease language is not only legal, it is financially smart and protects the health of all tenants,” says Dale McCormick, Director of MaineHousing. “For these reasons, MaineHousing encourages all public and privately funded landlords to consider adopting smoke-free policies.” In addition to applicants establishing a written policy which prohibits smoking in all units and common areas, those seeking the incentive also must offer access to a smoking cessation program. In the 2007 request for applications, most applicants applied for the one-point incentive. (read more at Maine Housing)

It’s Not Lupus

It's not lupusSULLIVAN, Maine — A local woman arrested Tuesday after her 13-year-old son allegedly brought her marijuana-laced brownies to school and ate them with other pupils said she is trying to get a medical marijuana user’s license. In phone interviews Wednesday and Thursday, Amanda Hiser, 32, said she has lupus nephritis and is suffering from kidney failure. She says she gets nausea, has joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis, and gets regular blood transfusions. She cannot take pharmaceutical painkillers because of her kidney issues, she said, and is having difficulty raising the funds she needs to become registered as a medical marijuana user in Maine. “It’s the only thing that helps, that keeps me functional,” the single mom said. “My doctors all know about it and have pushed me [to get a license].” Hiser was released Tuesday evening from Hancock County Jail on $500 unsecured bail. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

In An Astonishing Turn Of Events, Hallowell Osteopath Famous For Prescribing Granny’s Rheumatiz Medicine Has A Ponytail

Doctor Dustin Sulak, medical marijuana prescriberTwo years ago, Sharon Gagne of Greenbush discovered she had two herniated disks in her neck. Her doctor told her surgery was not an option and instead encouraged physical therapy and prescribed a painkiller.”I didn’t like that,” she said. “I know too many people who got hooked.” Gagne, 44, eventually asked about other options. Her doctor referred her to Dr. Dustin Sulak, a Hallowell osteopath who has become known throughout Maine for his willingness to certify patients for medical marijuana. Gagne’s physician sent her medical records to Sulak, who then spoke twice on the phone with Gagne. Without ever having met her face to face, Sulak certified Gagne as a medical marijuana patient. Now, whenever she feels pain, she smokes a little or nibbles a baked good fortified with cannabis. Gagne’s case illustrates the seeming ease with which Mainers with certain conditions can receive medical marijuana. Gradual changes to state law in the past three years have deregulated medical marijuana to the point that there is no way to know how many people are using it, how many doctors are certifying patients for it, and whether the number of users is growing. Indeed, some doctors are actively recruiting patients. Sulak’s practice recently placed an ad in a weekly newspaper offering a $50 discount to students for medical marijuana evaluations. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

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