In this week's Phoenix, which isn't even on the streets in some places (and isn't online yet), I write about the Maine State Housing Authority's decision to disallow medical marijuana patients from using or cultivating marijuana in federally subsidized Section 8 housing. The ACLU of Maine, along with state representative Deborah Sanderson (R-Chelsea), and three caregivers, spoke at an MSHA board meeting yesterday, expressing their concerns about the new policy.
If you want to sell pot legally in Maine, now's your chance.
There are a few catches:
-you have to incorporate as a non-profit
-you have to have a place in a convenient location
-you have to agree to be one of eight legal pot dealers in the state
-you will need prior business experience, including handling inventory, quality control, security, and staffing issues (perhaps best not to tout any street-corner experience.
Montel Williams (talk-show host, multiple sclerosis sufferer, veteran) will deliver the keynote speech at Maine's June 5 medical marijuana conference. Here, he debates the topic with Stephen Baldwin.
This video is on the PPH website. Watch through the end, and you'll understand why.
(The folks behind the medical-marijuana initiative are planning a June conference that will address the issue for all interested parties, including patients, caregivers, and dispensary operators. Several towns in Maine have issued temporary moratoriums on dispensaries, including South Portland.)
Medical-marijuana advocates hope that the state's first marijuana dispensaries -- made legal by the passage of Question 5 on November 3 -- will open by May 2010.
Yesterday, the Maine Marijuana Policy Iniative released answers to logistical FAQs about the new law (parts of which will take effect in February; rules about the dispensaries will take longer to hammer out).
With one week left before Election Day on Tuesday, November 3 (HOW is it almost November?), activists on all sides are pulling out their last-minute strategies. And local media outlets are overflowing with opinions too. (You can see our election coverage in this week's issue.)
At 10 a.m. tomorrow, Governor John Baldacci will speak in Bangor in favor of gay marriage and against ballot question #1.