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  • Anonymous

    Good luck trying to get your medical marijuana license, Mom.
      I hope being responsible with your meds isnt a requirement. 
      Cause if it is ……

  • Anonymous

    What a tangled web we weave & so on & so forth.

  • Guest

    Keeping this mother and child apart is wrong. Someone return the boy to his mother.
    She is not a criminal. Good luck.

    • Last I checked Marijuana was illegal. And it was very irresponsible what this woman did. Children should not be around their parents if they’re impaired, and now its affected other peoples children as well. I think  she should have to face to consequences.

      • Guest

        This young lady needs some help from a compassionate caregiver.
        Children should not be around impaired parents? Impairment can result from legally prescribed bad drugs as well. Should those children be removed from their care? 
        I don’t think she needs to be tarred and feathered. IMO the boy shouldn’t have taken without permission, but that’s neither here nor there.

        She didn’t create this with intent. It was an accident.
        She needs to get her medical recommendation.

        • Anonymous

          Are the 27 likes to your post the whole of the remaining BDN subscribers? This lady needs help for her addiction. She also needs to be prosecuted for her illegal possession of marijuana, and for the aggravated furnishing of drugs to 8TH GRADE CHILDREN!  Her medical recommendation, when she gets one, with taxpayer funds directly or indirectly, because anyone can, will be a joke. 

          • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            Nor is it good to furnish to children.

          • Pamela 058

             if its not addictive than why the concern

          • Anonymous

            Who said she’s addicted?

          • Anonymous

            Has anyone ever called you heartless?  Just curious!!!!

          • BancyNotwin

            Addiction? Not in the slightest. Would it be better if she were on some heavy pain killers? Noooo, then maybe her son would be trying to sell those at school. Marijuana is the least of your problems, get over it.

          • Anonymous

            @distillrelaxin:disqus , You really do need a Zumba class or two :)

          • Guest

            I think all your posts have proved to be the joke here.
            It is a medicine and you can beat your drum saying it’s not but it doesn’t change a thing.

            This mind set of prosecuting people for any little thing in this state is getting out of hand. You people are out to ruin lives. That won’t benefit you in the end.

            Her medical recommendation cannot be paid for with public funds. Usually they are paid for by friends, family and good people. 
            You know absolutely nothing about MMJ. Your posts have proved it and your obsession is disturbing.

          • Anonymous

            Your posts have been refreshing here. It is good to know there is still a voice of reason in this crowd. Thank-you.

            Anything that causes kidney pain is usually severe pain. Lupus is an awful disease. I knew a young mother who eventually died of lupus. 

            Let’s allow this mother the luxury (oh, wait, isn’t it a right?) of being innocent until she is proved guilty. If she can document all these conditions to the DA, these charges should be dropped. She has explained and apologized. Let’s hope she can get the help she needs getting the proper license to possess this substance.

          • Guest

            Hi. Thank you for your kind words they are appreciated.

            I have a family member who has Crohn’s. I understand the terrible pain and discomfort these patients live with everyday. It’s truly agonizing for so many when they have a flare.

            I am sorry you lost someone to Lupus. So many lives end too soon in this life.

            Indeed this young woman is innocent until all the facts are presented and this mess is straightened out. 

            Hopefully there will be a good ending for this mother and child.

            Life is too short.

            thanks raysgirl

          • Anonymous

            “I think” Your opinion, not fact
            “It is a medicine”  Your opinion, not fact

            Furnishing illegal drugs to children is “any little thing” is your opinion, not fact
            “You people are out to ruin people’s lives” Your opinion, not fact. 

            “Her medical recommendation can not be paid for with public funds” Your wrong opinion, not fact. TANF is non-accountable cash disbursements.

            “You know nothing” your opinion, not fact.
            “Your obsession” your mean spirited opinion, not fact.

            I give up on this post. Please flag for review or just have the moderator remove. I’m off to my rich old bastardis meeting 

          • Anonymous

            She is not an addict. She has multiple health conditions. 

          • Anonymous

            Time to check those “likes” again. LOL!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          She needs to follow the law. She stated she is aware her son grabs snacks for school and the brownies were “cooling” and he snagged some. Maybe he knew, but then I ask how? And maybe he didn’t so why did she leave them out ? It’s stupidity, pure and simple.

        • Anonymous

           I understand what you are saying…but leaving your pot brownies around a 13 year old doesn’t show the best judgement. It was a simple screw-up until the kid took the brownies and handed them out to his friends.  Once other families were affected…..yeah.

      • honey777

        I agree.  The first time she had marijuana in the house?  Please.  Does anyone really buy that?  Plus the hypodermic.  And Maine needs to rescind the whole medical marijuana law that lets people use it for just about anything. 

        • Anonymous

          If you were suffering from one of the many diseases that Medical Marajauna has proven to help ease the pain and you were not able to take conventional drugs, you might feel differently.  I have a cousin that takes it because he is dying with Crohns disease.  He would be in such pain without it, that he would not be able to spend his final time with his two small children…Is that what you are looking for.  Before you judge, learn the facts.  Is there abuse?  of course, but no more than any other program out there.  Open your heart and your mind to other’s plights…it will do you a world of good.

          • Anonymous

            These good tea party GOP’ers look for any reason to discredit anyone who might need a little help.  God forbid something like this happens to them.  So she takes marijuana for her discomfort and we take away her kids, take away her modest stipend to live upon, and tell her to just go away and die.  The future for Americans under GOP domination.

          • Anonymous

            WOW….are you hopelessly confused.  There are millions of tea party GOP folks out there who adamantly support legalization of marijuana.

            It’s the control freak liberals and republican ‘moderates’ (i.e., liberals) who can’t handle legalization of pot.

            and what of the current president?  why is his DOJ cracking down on states who have legalized marijuana?

            you hatefilled people are so hopelessly brainwashed at this point you’re trending toward the mentally retarded IQ benchmark at a rapid pace

          • Yawningattrolls

            Wait until Obamacare kicks in, get ready for Democratic domination….and you are confused – many conservatives support medical marijuana; you’re just stereotyping people…. from a Democrat for your information.

          • Anonymous

            I’m GOP, read my post before you show your lack of intelligence by casting such a large web.

          • Anonymous

            OK, I’ll rescind the part about   the tea party being against smoking marijuana, at least some of them. You can’t really pin down the tea party because other than being conservative they don’t have a cohesive platform.  The rest of my post is, in my opinion, completely true.  The GOP party doesn’t give a hang about those in need.  Their actions have spoken quite loudly in this regard.  Want to have SS when you retire?  How about Medicaid?  Vote democrat because if the repub’s take over the country we will lose all of those social services along with deregulating anything and everything that works towards helping the general population.  I used to be a centrist but ever since  Gingrich and his Contract with America the GOP has done nothing but pander to special business interests.  They have become obstructionist in the extreme to the point where they won’t even support their own legislative efforts if a democratic president tries to implement them.  Shame on the republicans!

          • Anonymous

            I’d say Picklewalker was smarter than you Bushfan.  Anyone who is a fan of Bush can’t be illuminated too well.

          • Anonymous

            My sentiments exactly…Kind of makes you wonder if that is what they are thinking as they plan on thinning out the population of the less than desirables.

        • Anonymous

          Since she has a medical condition, the needles may have been for a medication that she must have in order to survive. 

        • Anonymous

          You obviously have no clue what you’re talking about, do you  have any idea how many hoops you have to jump through in order to even be approved for MM? It’s no where near as easy as many of you seem to think.
          Frankly it doesn’t matter one bit whether or not you believe it’s the first time she had pot in the house, you’re not the judge or jury thankfully.
          Did she make a mistake in leaving the brownies out and visible? Absolutely. Should she have had her son removed from his home because of it? Not at all.

        • Anonymous

          Medical marijuana cures everything. Therefore, everyone should use it for anything, even though it’s been proven to be an addictive drug leading to more hardcore drug use.

          • Anonymous

            You are relying on ancient government controlled studies. This is nothing more than propaganda.

            Most people who go to more hardcore drug use drank soda & energy drinks, ate sugary chemical-laced foods, smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol before they smoked marijuana.

            Many who are hooked on narcotics now have never smoked marijuana but became addicted because they were one legally prescribed pharmaceuticals.

          • Anonymous

            But I guess you agree –  medical marijuana cures everything, therefore everyone should use it for anything, thereby making it legal despite the federal government. I know Don Christian does.                                                                                                                                           

          • Anonymous

            True Native didn’t say anything of the sort!  All he/she did was refute the false statement you made about marijuana leading to harder drugs.

          • Anonymous

            Right. Very perceptive.

          • Id love to see credible proof that its addictive and that it leads to other drugs. A study that is actually accepted among the medical community and isnt completely filled with outright lies and half-truths. Nixon asked for such a study. They told him weed should be legal. He didn’t like that. Francis Young, a DEA administrator said is should be completely legal. Numerous people of power and status believe the current war on marijuana is unjust.

            It doesnt cure everything. It helps with some things, just like everything else. Plant medicines have been used for thousands of years. Modern medicine (pills, needles and $) has existed for less than 2 centuries. I think you might want to reconsider your attitude, slightly. I dont think anyone is saying its a cure all, I think you want to believe that is what people are saying.

            It is not addictive. There is nothing chemically addictive about it. You can smoke weed daily for weeks and stop and experience no ill effects. Try doing that with opiate painkillers, or SSRI’s and tell me how it goes and how you feel about addiction then.

            It doesnt lead to hard drugs. That is, plainly, a lie. Yes, its true most hard drug users have smoked weed. But its also true most hard drug users have ate hot-dogs. Perhaps it was the hotdogs which led them to the heavies? Fact is most people who use marijuana do not go on to use other substances. There is no stepping stone effect. There is a gateway effect, but its because of the blending of the soft and hard drug markets. If you have to break the law to get a plant, you might end up coming into contact with other, more dangerous illegal substances. Its a gateway effect created by the current illegal status of cannabis and not because it, as a drug or plant, somehow goads people into using heroin.

            Wake up, a bit.

      • Anonymous

        You can’t furnish booze to minors either.  She should have kept her “medication” where he couldn’t get it!

        • Anonymous

          Actually, you can give alcohol to your own child in your own home in the state of Maine.  Doesn’t mean it’s a responsible thing to do, but still legal.

          • Anonymous

            Really?

          • Anonymous

            @laughable1:disqus  Please post a link to confirm your comment.  

          • Anonymous

            Gladly, nana :)

            From Maine’s state website:

            §2081. Furnishing or allowing consumption of liquor by certain persons prohibited

            2. Exceptions. This section does not apply to a person who serves liquor or imitation liquor to a minor in a home in the presence of the minor’s parent, guardian or custodian, as defined in Title 22, section 4002.

            http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/28-a/title28-Asec2081.html

          • Melting Granite

            I have reviewed these laws. I think it is ILLEGAL for a parent to give their minor children alcohol. I have edited this post several times, as I reread the laws and understand better what they are actually saying.

            Chapter 83 says it is illegal for anyone to give a minor alcohol. The only exemption is for someone who gives alcohol to a minor while their parent or guardian is with that minor. That means the parent would be liable for violating the law, not the person who gave the alcohol to the minor. After all, your house, your child, your responsibility. This does NOT say that a parent or guardian can give alcohol to a minor.

            Chapter 81, referenced by “raysgirl” in a comment below, pertains to crimes for which minors are liable. It is saying that a minor is not liable for violating the law prohibiting them from having alcohol if their parent or guardian is with them. In this case, the minor would not be charged with a crime, the parent would.

            According to the two separate sections of laws posted here, you CANNOT give alcohol to your children.

            There is also a Maine.gov webpage at the Office of Substance Abuse that says it is illegal (I know, it isn’t the law, but it is an official Maine website explaining what is not legal): http://www.maineparents.net/TeensandAlcohol/maine_laws.htm

            Parents, it is illegal for you to give your child alcohol in your own home, or anywhere else in the state.

          • Anonymous

            http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/28-A/title28-Asec2051.html

            1. Prohibited acts.  A minor may not:
            . . .
            B. Consume liquor or imitation liquor, except in a home in the presence of the minor’s parent, legal guardian or custodian, as defined in Title 22, section 4002. The following penalties apply to violations of this paragraph.

          • Melting Granite

            This does not mean a parent can give a child alcohol. It only means that the minor would not be charged with violating the law, the parents would.

            The title of the law is “PROHIBITED ACTS BY MINORS.”  It is only saying that a MINOR is not violating the law if that minor consumes alcohol in a home while the parent is with the minor.

            That only means the minor won’t be charged, because it is the parental responsibility to ensure the child does not consume alcohol.

            In that case, the minor would not be charged, the parent would, in accordance with Title 28-A
            §2081 1b.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think I’d want to put that to the test.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, no you can’t… unless your child is between 18-21 in your own home.  Get your facts straight!

          • Anonymous

            You’re right, I was incorrect- you don’t have to be in your own home, just in a private residence, and it doesn’t have to be your child, as long as said child’s legal guardian is present and gives permission. The law states a “minor” which is defined as someone under 18 as listed in the definitions.
            http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/28-a/title28-Asec2081.html

          •  I cant wait to have kids!

          • Anonymous

            Then you look forward to an uncontrolled outdoor grow,  using horse poop and miracle-grow!

          • Anonymous

            Two links above both say you can.

        • Anonymous

          There are only so many places you can put a hot pan when it comes out of the oven. . .once cooled the brownies should have been out of reach.

      • Anonymous

        Though I agree it was stupid it was for her leave pot brownies sitting around knowing most kids will jump at the chance to eat brownies, my real beef with her is the complaint that she doesn’t have any spare money to go to the dr who would prescribe but yet was able to get herself some marijuana to put in the brownies. 

        • Anonymous

          Maybe someone gave it to her. She may have only spent $30-50 for what she had which is cheaper than the $300 for an appointment. 

          • Anonymous

            Yah, well what is costing more now?  Her court fees and now she has to save that $50 up again to save up for the $300.  And most people don’t just give a bag of weed away-maybe a cigarette, but not a large amount like that.  No reason to make a whole batch of brownies for a few pinches, so I’m assuming there was a larger quantity.

          • Anonymous

            I either give away,  or throw away,  all of my leaves,  and they are perfect in brownies.  I’m thinking she should had kept them where everyone keeps their Oxys,  in the medicine cabinet!

            P.S.
            I haven’t purchased Cannabis in years.  Mine cost me around $6.00 a year,  as I get 2 years out of a box of Miracle Grow,  and Bloom Booster.

          • What?!?!

            Miracle Grow is bad, mmmkay.

            Urban Garden Center in either Topsham or Brewer is your friend.

            They don’t sell Miracle Grow, though, so if you are really set on using garbage nutrients, I’d suggest sticking with a big box store.

          • Anonymous

            I know, Devil.   But i’m a working man,  and can’t afford much.  I use the neighbors horse poop for a soil,  and might not need outside nutrients.  But I use a little.  It is very good,  and a tolk or two in the evening does me.  1/8th a week,  unless i’m flarin’ up…..

          •  Whatever gets you through bud. But before I went dumping chemical fertilizers like MG that are utter garbage into my plants, I might consider a nice compost heap. The horse poo will help, just make sure its well rotted. Its not ideal for manure, but, its better than nothing.

            Its pretty easy to grow any plant without resorting to spending lots of money. Just a bit of work and know-how.

            But hey, I don’t need to educate you, as you clearly got a system that works. Toke on.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know if you have ever been on TANF but with one kid you get $363.00 +Food stamps and Mainecare. Maybe she lives in Sect 8. housing, because that would be the only way her rent could be covered. The $363. covers things like toilet paper, laudry detergent and other such luxuries.

          We have no idea how much pot was actually in these brownies. Could have been almost any amount. She may have known someone that gave it to her or sold it at a reduced amount. She should not have to rely on doing this the illegal way. If pot is going to be legal in Maine for those who can afford it, then, it should be legal for those on Mainecare as well.

      • Anonymous

        How about children  around parents who drink alcohol the whole evening, every evening?  The fact that it’s legal doesn’t make it right or safe.

    • Anonymous

      It’s these type of cases that give DHS a bad name. The child should be with his mother so he could say face to face “mom, all the kids are smoking pot in High School and I wanted the cool kids to think I was cool so I stole some of your brownies. I hope you don’t get in trouble for this because this is all my fault. I am so sorry to put you through this. Up until now I really didn’t think drugs were all that bad. Now I know what can happen to a family when you choose to break the law, I will never do it again mom”. If the boy is any type of man at all this is what he should be doing. In eighth grade kids know what is going on with sex drugs and rock and roll and if you don’t believe that then you don’t know your kid.

      • Anonymous

        But he’s not a man, he’s 13.  And he has a mother who is an adult and knows better.  That’s pretty presumptuous to put it all on the boy as if there was no way on earth he knew the brownies were laced.  If he did, my first thought would be he might sneak one or two, not take enough to pass out!

        • Anonymous

          When you are a boy that goes to public school living in the sticks there are a couple of things we know for sure, from experience. First of all, the 13 years old may be 13 but they think they are men, most have had sex, ,most have crashed a bike or car,  most have been involved in some for of physical abuse, most have killed something like a deer or other animal, most have done drugs and most all have consumed large quantities of alcohol. Your theory of a little boy grabbing a pot laced brownie and eating it to get high isn’t what happened. What happens is the boy grabs a bunch of them, spreads them around to look cool, doesn’t take one so he isn’t high when he gets caught which he knows he will but he doesn’t really care, getting caught just elevates his own coolness. From personal experience RN, I know how it works 90% of the time. The kid needs to go back to his mother. the dope head she might be still isn’t as bad as the claws of the DHS system. The real sadness is the absence of a father in the home that he would have to face after pulling such a stupid stunt.

          • Anonymous

            She is a human being with several debilitating illnesses. She is not a dope head.

          • On the internet, no-one knows you are a weasel.

          • Anonymous

            ASSume much?

          • Anonymous

            Um, you’re painting a pretty bleak and disrepectful picture of our rural youth.  I don’t think the ‘majority’ of them are running around having sex and drinking while firing guns and recklessly driving ATVs.  Regardless of how much a grown man this boy thinks he is, he is still a child with an underdeveloped brain.  Yes, kids do stuff to try and push their luck, but I wouldn’t say the majority of them do illegal things and intentionally get caught for ‘cool’ points.  I agree he shouldn’t have been taken from his mother, yes, as that is probably more traumatic for him, but perhaps it will be a good wakeup call for mom to clean up her act.  I think there’s way more to this story than we’ve been given information on.  As for the absent father, I couldn’t agree with you more.

          • Anonymous

             In Bangor, the majority probably does lean in your opinions favor. In the sticks, especially downeast sticks, the scenario I outlined is the majority. I know that for a fact.

      • Anonymous

         haha I see what you did there

  • RJ

    Someone mentioned that this was a possibility yesterday when this story broke.  I wish her well.

  • Anonymous

    Much, ado, about nothing.

    • Anonymous

      I believe the aggravated furnishing of drugs by an adult to middle schoolers is not nothing. 

      • Anonymous

        Now, RELAX, s–t happens, we have got to regain our sense of humor, education comes all different ways, it is surprising to me, that in fifty years how dumbed down society has become.
        As the wheels of society move forward, we seem unable to change our laws to keep up, and we are making people criminals, for nothing at all.

  • So let me get this straight.. shes gets TANF but is trying to raise funds to get a license to smoke dope? 

    • Anonymous

       medicine she can grow for free

      •  So, the electricity and all the other things that are required to grow her “medicine” will ultimately be paid by tax payers?

        • For a single user? Not much juice. A lot cheaper than prescription drugs certainly. The latter would cost the taxpayer more.

        • Anonymous

          The electricity would cost much less than pharmaceuticals. 

      • Anonymous

        What about the “medicine” she is using now? Is that free?

      • Anonymous

        According to a site I found, they are saying it cost $100/mo for electricity, soil, plant food and pesticides.  Seems kind of high-priced, to me.  I wonder how much will one save for growing their pot organically? :/

        • Anonymous

          Did you also research the role of a caregiver? She can grow for other patients and sell to them to cover her expense. 

    • Anonymous

      What is dope?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like an impossible situation. Ill mother, mistakes made, no other family but foster care to help with the son. Support very very limited. No winner at all in this case. I feel sorry for the son. Double whammy. 

  • Anonymous

    And this lady wants a license! Sorry, but you have shown how irresponsible you are and license should be denied.

    • Anonymous

      How many on this board suffer from Lupus nephritis?  Anyone suffering from kidney disease/failure?  Just my opinion but I suspect the 13 yo knew exactly what he was doing and if Ms. Hiser is using this for pain relief (which I totally  believe and favor) then it is the boy who was irresponsible in taking her much needed “medication” – shame on him for stealing the pot.  And worse, shame on him and the other students (who probably knew exactly what they were doing also) for getting Ms. Hiser into this kind of trouble she certainly doesn’t need.  Remember now, just my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Nope, not necessarily!! She can be a caregiver and grow for others to pay for extra expenses. Btw Matt, you have a bad attitude towards medical marijuana. You really should be careful how you spew your hate cause you never know when you or a family member might be diagnosed with a condition that warrants medical marijuana……

    •  Seems like she was a “One day caregiver” to not only her son but to the school he goes to as well. I’m not against the use of medical marijuana, but this woman clearly isn’t responsible enough to be able to manufacture or distribute it.

      • Guest

        How do you know? She baked the brownies and placed them on the stove to cool. 
        Junior should have kept his hands off.

        • Anonymous

          You never snuck food when you were a kid? If I was the mom(with medical problems) I would have stayed in the kitchen until the brownies were cool and then hid them somewhere safe. Like any other medication.

          • BancyNotwin

            Or make them AFTER he’s at school…?

        • Anonymous

          Exactly.  I make cookies and next thing I know, they’re half gone.  They’re kids, for crying out loud!

      • Anonymous

        Sometimes you have to have an open mind and realize this isn’t a perfect world. People make mistakes. …… I have a feeling the 13 yr old new what was in the brownies. She prob thought she could trust him. Can you imagine if we put every kid in foster care that took parents alcohol or cigs??

      • Anonymous

        Have you never made a mistake?

  • Anonymous

    I feel so bad for this boy. If her medical problems are real and pot helps her than i say let her have it. But she needs to keep it away from her son. and why would kis be suspened if they didnt know what was in the brownies? more to this story? I think so

  • Anonymous

    She’d be able to save the money she needs for medicinal pot if she would stop buying pot on the black market. 

  • Anonymous

    What about the needle they found…..

  • Anonymous

     Hiser also was charged Tuesday with possession of a hypodermic device, according to Hancock County Jail records. Hmm, looks like there is much more to the story…..

    • This woman has a life threatening disease which requires some pretty heavy duty medical intervention. Like maybe medications administered at home by injection.

      • Anonymous

        Then she’d have a prescription and not be charged for possessing them.

        • In this type of situation where drugs and children are involved the PD ALWAYS arrests and asks questions later. (BTW you do not need a scrip for hypodermic needles, anyone can go to the pharmacy to buy them, or your nearest farm supply. I have a number of them in my house as I vaccinate/medicate my own animals, all perfectly legal.) If she has a prescription that would include the use of a hypodermic it will be presented as evidence before her trial at which time that charge should be dropped. As there were no other illicit drugs found in her home the needle should not have ever been part of the charges anyway, IMO.

          I sincerely hope that people look at this woman and this ridiculous situation with compassion. That her child was taken from her is reprehensible. Would the state have taken the child if he had stolen a bottle of gin from the house and shared with his friends? I am guessing not. The problem is there have been in the past few decades some seriously effed up “zero tolerance” laws written in knee jerk fashion with no thought as to how those laws affect people in the real world.

          I am sure the children at the school were suspended because of the zero tolerance policies rather than the severity of the actual incident.

          I feel so badly for this woman and the suffering she must surely go through, not only battling her diseases, but poverty, the state, social security, the medical establishment, raising a child by herself, and now having to battle the law and courts. I hope someone steps up to be her advocate.

          Just as an aside, did any of you know that if you are a veteran receiving treatment for any condition through the VA, (especially those who are suffering from serious injury or PTSD where pain medications and psycho-active drugs might be prescribed), and you fail drug test you lose your right to be treated at the VA, that includes states where MM is legal. Zero tolerance. This country has lost it’s damn mind.

      • BancyNotwin

        And she wouldn’t have denied commenting on it.

  • This is the first time she had it in her house, BUT it is the only thing that helps her nausea???  Hmmmm…Watch out for the growing nose…Just an observation 

  • Anonymous

    I’m confused as to why students were suspended because of this? Unless they knew for sure that the brownies were laced and ate them intentionally then how could they be found in the wrong? 

    • I agree, I think there is a little more to this story than what we’ve heard so far.

       If the kids unknowingly ate the brownies they wouldn’t have been suspended. I also can’t see a school suspending the children if they figured it out half way into eating the brownies and then deciding to finish them off anyway. The story the woman tells us is a sad one IF it’s true…but it’s also a possibility she was knowingly furnishing minors with drugs, or some other scenario. 

  • Anonymous

    Why does it cost $300.00 to get approved to use  medicinal marijuana?  That just isn’t right….somebody is making money off this.  If she qualifies then she should be given approval….simple as that!  There is no logical reason to charge a sick person a fee for a medicinal recommendation.  Who get the $300.00 dollars? 

    • Anonymous

      The “I’ll sell you a recommendation no matter who you are for $300 doctor who for some strange reason still has his medical license” that’s who.

      • Yawningattrolls

        Stereotyping again – troll!

    • I’m sure they have administrative cost to cover and who is going to pay for her medical marijuana after she is approved? It doesn’t come free.

      • Anonymous

        She found money to pay for what was in the brownies!

        • If you ask my daughter will she eat brownies that someone brings to school or a party. She will tell you, hell no.

          • Anonymous

            Most boys will say “hell ya”.

        • Anonymous

          Just maybe it was donated from someone who cares about her well being ?

      • Anonymous

        http://mainemedmarijuana.com/become-a-patient/costs-associated-with-obtaining-a-maine-medical-marijuana-id-card/

        I mentioned in another post that the average MD visit for a new patient is around $100.  I think notso dumb hit it on the head-there are only 4 doctors in Maine who currently prescribe.  Monopoly, anyone?

        • Guest

          Not a monopoly. More doctors could do it they just are afraid. It is a bold new world of medicine and for those with many chronic illnesses this is a great alternative.

    • Anonymous

      I have had my med maj lic for about a year.  It cost 300 dollars the 1st visit and it was similiar to a physical with an rn having your medical records.  It lasted about half an hour. We also had to watch a film for about 45 minutes.  Then we met with the dr who was great.  He answered any and all questions.  We then were given our lic and left his office.  I recently received an email from the drs office telling me i need to maintain a relationship with the dr to renew my lic.  Remember folks everything involved with the lic is OUT OF POCKET meaning I pay  for everything

      • Anonymous

        And if you have a condition or conditions for which a physician might prescribe narcotics for the pain, then it should be covered by whatever insurance you have or Mainecare.

        • Anonymous

          i wish that were the case but it isnt.  Medicare and mainecare wont pot for it.

  • Anonymous

    It seems we may have been precipitous to malign this woman. But on the other hand, the press didn’t divulge all the  facts in the first story. If this woman is indeed ill and requires her pot brownies, I hope the legal  system shows her mercy. It’s just another sign of how unfair our medical system is when a poor woman can’t get the legal permit required to eat the pot brownies. At 13, her son had to know there’d be big trouble when he got caught.

  • Chris Punches

    We denied her medical care.  She provided the medical care to herself.  So we arrested her.

    We denied her access to monetary relief for her illness.  So she made due with the resources available to her.  And for that, we took her children away from her.

    The moral of this story is that if the we, the state, say you must suffer alone, you had better let yourself suffer alone, or we, the state, will arrest you, break up your family, and cut you off from medical aid.  When the we, the state, say it’s your turn to die, you better let yourself die.

    • Anonymous

      She herself says that her doctors know all about her. SO HOW CAN YOU SAY WE DENIED HER CARE?

      PS Does anyone know how much it costs to be approved for medical use pot? How much $? She says she is having trouble getting money for approval.

      • Anonymous

        http://mainemedmarijuana.com/become-a-patient/costs-associated-with-obtaining-a-maine-medical-marijuana-id-card/

        This must be where she gets the $300.  Not sure what the $150 is for, because another site said there were no application or annual fees for Mainers.  An average new-patient visit is around $100 in Maine, for the visit alone.  Of course it would be more if they added any diagnostic tests or lab work.   For someone with a documented illness, I would think they wouldn’t need much more if there has been adequate medical records kept and were shared by the primary doctor.  Perhaps they make it so expensive because they are a monopoly with only 4 MDs on the Compassionate Care Givers of Maine website OR they are making it more difficult for people to obtain medical marijuana to be sure its only being easily available to those who truly need it so every Tom, Dick, and Harry isn’t trying to qualify?

      • Anonymous

        $250.00

      • Anonymous

        The cost is $300 and $200 if your income is below $1500 per month. The prob is that dr’s are afraid of backlash if they write a prescription. Instead, they direct the patient to the medical marijuana doctors with a referral. 

      • Anonymous

        It costs between $300 and $350 for an appointment to see a qualified nurse and have a doctor review your medical history and approve or not approve a person for medical marijuana.

        Every 6 months you have to go back to the doctor to maintain a doctor/patient relationship (sounds like a crock of s*** to me). The cost of the 6 month follow up visit is between $125 and $150. 

        Last I knew, any doctor could write a “prescription” for medical marijuana if it would help a patient alleviate symptoms from a State approved list. Most doctors refuse to write the “prescription” because they are afraid of losing their federal license to prescribe drugs. (catch 22) 

        One doctors office is Maine Integrated Healthcare in Hallowell. Their phone number is 512-8633 and they require payment before making appointments. 

        • Anonymous

          Role of Physician• Certifying physician must have Maine license & current DEA registration• Must comply with BOLIM/BOL Rule Chapter 11, Use of Controlled Substances in Treatment of Pain• Must monitor or transfer the patient• Must maintain records supporting the decision to recommend medical marijuana• Must include non-binding estimate of length of time of use of medical marijuana• Licensing boards may not sanction physician “solely for providing written certifications,” but may if the physician fails to meet the applicable standard of care

          Sounds like extra work is involved, and if a physician isn’t on board with the use of medical marijuana, they don’t have to prescribe it.  The same goes for other medications, such as Premarin (a hormone replacement for women with menopause symtoms that is obtained from pregnant mare urine, in which female horses are continuously impregnated to obtain it-which many feel is animal abuse).  So a medication may not be a controlled substance, but if a provider doesn’t believe it it’s use they don’t have to give it to you.    

    • Anonymous

      Article says she needed $300.- to go to the doctor to get her medical marijuana card and she couldn’t afford that…but she disliked jail enough that she found $500.- to get out on bail.

      •  You’ll find there are lots of people in this state with money who would be more than happy to get her out of jail. Lots of people involved in the medical marijuana community who really look after one another. Smart people. Good people. I doubt she afforded her own bail and to assume she did is absurd.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe these good, smart people should have given her the $300.- so she could make her brownies legally instead of bailing her out after she broke the law and involved children in her illegal activity, but to assume so would be absurd.

          •  To assume anything would be absurd. I was illustrating a point that your attitude was based on a flawed perception of marijuana users. but hey, cling to your rhetoric. Its cool.

    • Anonymous

      The lack of Single Payer Universal Health Care in the United States is
      carefully planned social engineering or genocide for those willing to face reality!

    •  Brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    I think the mother needs to be punished for having the weed where the kid can get it….as for the first time she ever had it in the house? Thats Bull Crud!! She sure didnt need to leave the brownies out where the kid can grab em! Thats foolish! And she shouldnt be spending her FREE money on dope and drugs! But to take her children away??? As for the DHS….well there’s another Government Heavy Handed Group of THUGS if there ever was any! Taking the kid away was not right at all! NOT one bit! Those DHS clowns ruin more families than they help! They are to powerfull and to anxious to see a parent screwed to the wall like this mother is getting! This mother is by no means a criminal. The DHS wants her to be so they can justify there actions and budget for next year! THUGS…….all Bootjackin THUGS!

  • No doubt !

  • I think pot makes liberals..ewww !

  • jimbobhol

    Certain drug convictions will keep her from receiving a caregiver licence, but not from personal medical use. 

  • Anonymous

    I commend this woman for squarely accepting the responsibility for this incident and I hope that she and her son will soon be reunited. He could certainly do a lot worse for a role model than a parent who makes a mistake and owns up to it. 

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me if she has enough money for dope she doesn’t need the TANF benefits.  Those should be taken away and not given back. 

  • This whole story is painful to read because of my work experiences.  I can guarantee you that the majority of professionals involved in this case want to find an acceptable plea settlement and move on to more significant battles.   I can only hope the Judge and responsible DHHS Official don’t fall into the minority category.

    There are no winners here.  Unfortunately, there is also no common sense once a case is put into our legal machine.  There is only black and white…so to speak.

    Most importantly, to those of you who think this woman was making up her story…her illnesses she’s trying to manage…while trying to raise a teenager…  May you endure her trials at some point in your life.

    • Anonymous

      I have relatives with RA, I wouldn’t wish that curse on anyone, it has to be one of the cruelest diseases ever.
      She made a mistake and owned up to it, more than most do these days.
      Those thugs ay DHHS need to give her back her on as well.

  • asportsfan

    Does it cost more money to see a doctor who specializes in medicinal marijuana? 
    I am assuming that she gets Maine Care since she gets blood transfusions and such, so wouldn’t Maine Care cover her doctor’s appointments too?
    I researched how to get medical marijuana in Maine and according to this website, most doctors will prescribe it.

    • Anonymous

      I might suggest you obtain your healthcare information and advice from a doctor or other primary care provider that you trust, Not “mahalo.com” Almost no doctors will recommend it. The docs that run these marijuana mills do not accept MaineCare. They accept cash.

  • Guest

    She said she and her son have been receiving $350 each month in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funding and that she has no other source of income. She has applied to Social Security for disability benefits but has yet to be approved, she said.

    —————————–

    I thought people were flocking here by the bus loads for all these fantastic welfare benefits.

    $350 a month doesn’t provide a life of luxury.

    Seems outrageous to me that they took her son away from her. Tearing a family apart like this is not the answer.

    • Wish I could give extra likes.  Taking her son away is NOT any kind of solution.  I also would love to know where he was placed.  Foster families for teenagesr are as rare as chicken teeth!

  • If people are so upset by this why has nobody offered to help her with the fee or start a fund raiser for her? Why is nobody seeking out a lawyer to represent her pro bono?

  • Anonymous

    I believe that this woman uses marijuana for a legitimate medical reason.  I also also believe that her son should be put back in her custody.  The major issue that I have with this whole story is that if her doctors were really pushing her to get her medicinal marijuana certification, any of them could simply provide her with a notification on tamper proof paper, as required by the most recent state law.  She does not need to pay $300 to see a specialist, nor register with the state.

    • Anonymous

      Earth to laughable1: her doctors were not “pushing her” to blaze up or pull a Spicoli Julia Child. You are right, they could have written her a recommendation, but like 99 % of practicing physicians in Maine, they won’t ’cause they know that medical marijuana is a sham. She stands accused of carelessly exposing MULTIPLE CHILDREN to a dangerous drug (under the influence of whatever was in the hypodermic, perhaps). Only after a thorough investigation of the facts should any child be placed back under her care.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve read the same comments from you on this time and time again about how physicians won’t prescribe mj.  Are these the same ones getting vacations from the big pharma companies?  I gave up on standard Dr.s long ago because I could see through everything they were telling me.  They are in business to provide a cure for your symptoms not find the actual issue causing the problem.  Marijuana is a weed, hence the nickname for it.  There are many plants in the world that have healing properties in one way or another and this this is one of them.  I’m not even a user but can open my eyes enough to see the good properties.  The government has put out their “reefer madness” campaign for far too long and it’s time for them to come to grips with the fact that their fallacy isn’t working anymore.  Apparently you need to open your eyes as well because it’s clear you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. 

      •  a “dangerous drug”? You really don’t know what you’re talking about, do you? sheesh.

  • Anonymous

    I LOL’d some of the comments on this story yesterday, but now that there is more to the story – I don’t think there is any humor or foolish-adolescent-pot-smoking-funny-stuff anymore. It is a pretty unfortunate situation all around if Mom is being honest about her medical condition and circumstances. I feel really sorry for anyone who has Rhematoid Arthritis and/or Lupus(or any other autoimmune disease, for that matter). My Nana has it and it’s really tough to treat and VERY painful at times. Provided there is no other history of child endangerment, the kid should be with his mom-especially if she receives counseling/education. I also hope she gets her medical marijuana license as pot can be an excellant alternative to a lot of the stuff doctors prescribe for chronic conditions. Just leave the brownies hidden next time :)

  • Anonymous

    If only she ate all the brownies…

    • Anonymous

      What would happen?

      • Anonymous

        She would get really high ;)  And not be in a lot of pain….

  • Anonymous

    I have Crohn’s disease and the side effects of the medication were killing me, literally.  I weaned myself off the pharmaceutical medication and self medicate with marijuana.  It is the only thing that allows me to work most days and to be at a level 5 pain instead of 10+.  Would it be better to take the prescribed narcotics?  Better to take the other prescribed drugs that were killing me?  I don’t think so.  Have some compassion for this woman, return her kid and pray that you or a family member never have to look at alternative medicine to be able to make it through the day without debilitating pain.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with ya, Lady.  I have Crohns as well,  and as you know,  i’m supposed to take Asacol everyday,  steriods during flare-ups,  and a third that I forget.  I haven’t taken a pill in 3 years.  I’m still in pain,  but not nearly as bad, after using Cannabis.  The anti-Cannabis crowd can spout off all they want about it not being a useful medicine,  but you and I know better.  They look down their nose at us,  while shoving a “legal” oxy in their mouth,  and wash it down with scotch. Take care,  and good luck!

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Could not have said it any better myself.  Thanks and good luck to you as well!

      • Guest

        It does wonders for those with Crohn’s! A family member of mine has Crohn’s.
        First they treated him with Immuran with disastrous results, then some Remicade treatments that caused other side effects and Humira which is working out currently, but a very scary biological medicine.
        Cannabis works wonders in the morning for him to soothe the pain and at night to help get some restful sleep and of course during those horrible flares.

        Not to mention the prohibitive cost of some of these standard treatments. Folks have to get assistance to pay for them also if they don’t have health insurance.

        Good luck and stay well. 

  • Anonymous

    The price of an ounce would have paid for licensing ….

  • Anonymous

    Our bankrupt society is in free fall as we fixate on the evil weed,brilliant

  • Pamela 058

    The point is its illegal and other children were involved.  She should have been more responsible with her drugs but I still think there is more to this story than we are seeing. Something just doesn’t smell right!

  • Funny how this makes DHS take someones child yet one that is beaten or neglected harshly gets to stay with their parents? I know of some people that probably shouldnt have their kids and DHS has checked them out and ruled that they were fine. I wonder what the guidelines are for that?? I do not think this was a good idea leaving pot brownies to cool and her son “mistakenly” took them she should of told him to not touch them they were for something not having to say what or whatnot but make clear to not take! 

    • Anonymous

      • my guess is you had a comment and then deleted it…

  • asportsfan

    If her son did not know they were pot brownies, how did the students get suspended?  I’m still really confused about that one?  Were the kids acting high and when questioned mentioned they had eaten brownies?  

  • “Public Schools”…Such a wonderful place to educate your kids!

  • Anonymous

    Why were any students suspended? Because they ate them? So, they receive a zero on all the classwork that would have to be completed that day, and are sent home?

  • Yawningattrolls

    Maybe you’re the troll, stereotyping people……..

  • Anonymous

    The liberal insanity is our president and his minions that will not decriminalize possession at the federal level so his gang of jack booted thugs can continue murdering our citizens on the southern border… 

  • Anonymous

    @distillrelaxin:disqus , You need to take a Zumba class.

  • Sounds to me (if the facts in this story are accurate) EVERYONE mishandled this case.

    Punishing middle-schoolers for eating brownies they didn’t know were bad seems like garbage to me.

    I don’t like law suits usually, but if I were the parent of a suspended student, I’d be considering one.

    • Anonymous

      For what monetary damages on what grounds? At best, they should call the guidance office and demand the children be allowed to makeup the work they missed during the time they were suspended without further recourse.

      • Personally I would sue for defamation of character, removal of contracted services without a hearing, and child endangerment, in that children suspended from school often fall; behind their peers, and never make up the lost ground.

        In Maine (as you probably know) the jury sets the cash awards for punitive damages.

  • Anonymous

    God bless her… She is a sick woman, and like all of us needs free national health care…
    Romney as president, will be responsible when she suffers because he will kill Health care for everyone…

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know what caused these students to be suspended if they had nothing to do with the brownies but consuming them? Maybe they refused to drop the brownie and continued eating, idk.

    • Anonymous

      I wondered that myself.   

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Although I am sympathetic (papered MMJ user myself here) her story is best filed under “Things that make you go Hmmmmmm.” The only docs that charge 3 Franklins for a script are the script mill docs. ANY doctor in the state has the authority to write the reccommendation; including whomever she is seeing for her life threatening illness. There is no legal charge beyond whatever her office visit is. If she is on Mainecare, she can even register (though not a requirement) with the state for free. I only mention Mainecare as people with life threatening illnesses, as well as people receiving TANIF with minor children, almost always are on Mainecare too. I was appalled that they removed her kid, but after re-thinking this, if she honestly believes for a second that her 13 y/o didn’t know they were magic brownies (if only by the smell) then it makes me wonder what other lapses in parenting are there. Your kids are not nearly as stupid as you’d like to give them credit for. Again, not judging her, victimless crime as far as I’m concerned. But don’t pee down MY back and tell me it’s raining! And what’s with the needle charge?! I been a pothead for nearly 40 years; and I swear to God, I’ve never heard of anyone shooting any form of weed. The whole thing just doesn’t pass the smell test.

    • Guest

      Doctors simply won’t write out the recommendations there are only a few that do. 

      No one has to register anymore that is optional but it still costs to see the few doctors that will actually give the recommendation on paper. The paper is what keeps  it legal for the patient.

      As far as the needle business I can only say that with Lupus and other auto immune diseases injections of some heavy duty meds are often part of treatment.

      • Anonymous

        My doctor doesn’t charge.

        • Guest

          That’s interesting and a good thing. Dr.s should be able to feel free to give these recommendations. It would make life easier on everyone who has a need.
          Best of luck to you.

  • Anonymous

    Just give it time Kevin some caring citizen IMO will step forward..

  • Anonymous

    So…she’s getting TANF, but can afford pot?  That’s insane.

    • Guest

      She’s young, chronically ill, has kidney failure…that’s the tragedy here.

  • Anonymous

    Marinol does little to help most patients other than make them sleepy. 

  • Anonymous

    It provides more relief to physical suffering and lasts longer. 

  • Anonymous

    Do you have any idea the pain and suffering that is caused by the conditions that she suffers? 

  • Anonymous

    On TANF but can afford Pot & Whatever she is putting into her needles?  BS!  Please make an example out of this woman.  Kudos for DHHS for taking the kid, maybe now he can get a fair shake at life

    • Anonymous

      There is no evidence that there were other drugs in the house. Since she has multiple medical conditions, it is not unusual for there to be hypodermic needles in the house. When my husband was dying of cancer we had needles in the house. 

      So you are advocating that DHHS take children away from their parents if their parent has an illness? It’s OK to leave them in homes with a parent on morphine but yanked them out for a little marijuana? 

      • Anonymous

        She has shown that she can not be responsible with her marijuana, therefore her child should not be in her custody. 

        • Guest

          One accident does not make her a criminal or an irresponsible parent.
          Ripping a family apart does not solve the problem and it certainly won’t be the solution in this case.

        • Anonymous

          There are children all over Maine stealing pharmaceuticals from their parents or grandparents and bringing them to school every day. Shall we arrest all of those parents and put their children in DHHS care?

          • Anonymous

            This child did not steal his parents drugs… She left it out for him to just take & in a condition where the child would not think it was abnormal.  All I hear from her are excuses!!  She should be held accountable for her mistakes & not being responsible.    If she had left a loaded handgun out, and her child shot himself or someone else, she would be held responsible, as such she should be in this case!

          • Guest

            So hold her accountable and what happens? A woman loses her son, a son loses his mother, perhaps a trial is held (that will cost you taxpayer). Maybe this young never before in trouble woman gets some jail time and the rest of her life is ruined, jail costs the taxpayers a lot of money. 

            Oh yes and lets remember she has a chronic illness that with traditional treatment, will cost the taxpayers a lot more money than you can imagine, than this natural medicine costs. Do you know the cost of the traditional medicine used for Lupus and other auto immune diseases.

          • Anonymous

            So because she has a chronic illness we allow her to do whatever she wants?  I dont think so, its time for folks to be responsible for own actions.  If she is not responsible enough to keep her drugs out of reach of a child, then she is not responsible enough to raise said child. 

          • Guest

            She has a chronic illness that needs treatment. She’s a human being but you simply don’t see that, you don’t want to and you aren’t going to, you want to argue. You are rigid and un moveable, like an oak standing against the wind.

            You take a dim view on life and people who make mistakes. I imagine you’ve never made one.
            Good luck standing against the wind constantly.

  • She is mostly upset that she lost the brownies.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I wonder why she did not hide the cookies so her son would have have no access.  You just can’t leave Merry Jane laying around for anyone’s access, just like any other medications.  She should be penalized.

  • Anonymous

    More victims of the so called war on drugs. If marijuana were legalized, it could be taxed and regulated. For the state to separate mother and son and jail the mother, and for RSU24 to suspend students who ate brownies, is evidence of how absurd and Orwellian this “war” is.  Much of what passes for education in the public school system is far more pernicious than a marijuana brownie.

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