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Don Christen of Starks smokes marijuana outside the Somerset County Courthouse during the 26th annual Patriot's Day Rally smoke-in, which he organizes every year to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of marijuana, in this April 2016 file photo.

Bangor wants research before deciding potential marijuana restrictions

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Bangor plans to start studying how cities and towns in other states have reacted to the legalization of marijuana before figuring out what, if any, restrictions to set for businesses that want to sell it.
Members of the community hold up signs during a rally to show opposition to Gov. Paul LePage Tuesday in Capitol Park, across from the State House, in Augusta. Hundreds of people came out to listen to speakers and show support for LePage resigning from office.
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Hundreds rally in effort to convince LePage to resign

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The Augusta rally was organized in response to a string of public statements by Gov. Paul LePage that have attracted negative national attention.
The snakeskin found along the banks of the Presumpscot River on Saturday, Aug. 20, measured 12 feet, 1 inch long.

The giant snakeskin found in Westbrook came from an anaconda

“If it’s a green anaconda, you’ve got a snake that could potentially get to 20 feet long,” said John Placyk, a University of Texas, Tyler herpetologist.

Woman injured trying to prevent 2 pit bulls from killing her terrier

The Winslow Police Department is investigating an attack by two pit bulls that left another dog dead and a woman injured.
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Maine man ordered to repay nearly $80K for federal program fraud

A Jay man was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for federal program fraud during a hearing Tuesday.

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A bike ride in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and BDN photojournalist Gabor Degre explore the north end of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument by mountain bike on Wednesday, Aug. 24, the day that President Barack Obama signed the order creating the 87,563 national monument, which is located east of Baxter State Park.

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Bangor fire Capt. Greg Hodge, who works with the EMS division, checks the department's remaining stockpile of Narcan in July, finding that the supply has dropped from 10 packages -- a full case -- to five in the course of one day. "There was a time when we'd have to buy a case a year," he said. "Now it's a case a month."
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Narcan will save lives today, but Maine can’t forget treatment for tomorrow

Editorial: If Maine had a different governor, who didn’t hold the inexplicable opinion that naloxone just delays death, more people might be touting it as a wonder drug and rushing to get it to those with addiction and their loved ones.

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