Stories about marijuana


Smoking marijuana may increase risk of testicular cancer

By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times (MCT) on Sept. 11, 2012, at 8:40 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Male pot smokers beware: Your seemingly harmless habit may be increasing your risk of developing the most dangerous forms of testicular cancer. A new study, published Monday on the website of the medical journal Cancer, reports that men who have testicular cancer are twice as likely to …
In an April 20, 2005 file photo, a University of Colorado freshman, who did not want to be identified, joins a crowd smoking marijuana during a "420" gathering at Farrand Field at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. People who started using marijuana persistently before age 18 risk losing some of their IQ by the time they're 38, a long-running study says. In contrast, even long-term chronic users who started after age 18 showed no such effect, suggesting the drug holds some particular toxicity for the developing brain.

Teens who smoke pot risk drop in IQ

By Malcolm Ritter and Nick Perry, Associated Press on Aug. 28, 2012, at 8:44 a.m.
In the study, a mental decline between ages 13 and 38 was seen only in those who started regularly smoking pot before age 18.
Paul McCarrier of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine shows a marijuana bud to a Dover-Foxcroft man and his mother on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2010 after the group made a presentation about amendments to the state's medical marijuana law that go into effect at the end of September.

Medical pot farmers seek advice, share tips

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 10, 2011, at 11:22 p.m.
BREWER | A gathering held Wednesday to educate people about amendments to the state’s medical marijuana statute that become law next month brought together a number of people interested in becoming caregivers — those who grow medicinal marijuana for up to five patients. They asked questions like, “If I’m …

Ex-NBA star’s entry into Maine medical pot program triggers lawsuit

By Meg Haskell on July 13, 2011, at 2:48 p.m.
The California-based Berkeley Patients Group, which backed efforts to open four of Maine’s eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, is suing Maine-based Northeast Patients Group and its director, Rebecca DeKeuster, alleging she breached the terms of her employment by using inside information to forge a deal with another investor. The lawsuit, …

House votes against fully legalizing pot

By Kevin Miller on June 14, 2011, at 2:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | House lawmakers voted Tuesday to reject a bill that would have moved Maine a step closer to legalizing marijuana for recreational use. As originally introduced, LD 1453 would have legalized the possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal use and would have affixed a 7 percent tax …

International panel: Drug war failed, regulate marijuana

By EDITH M. LEDERER, The Associated Press on June 02, 2011, at 8:13 p.m.
NEW YORK — A high-level international panel slammed the war on drugs as a failure Thursday and called on governments to undertake experiments to decriminalize the use of drugs, especially marijuana, to undermine the power of organized crime. Compiled by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the report concludes that …

Hundreds expected at Portland marijuana expo

The Associated Press on Feb. 26, 2011, at 10:01 a.m.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend and 20 to 30 exhibitors will be on hand at this weekend’s Maine Medical Marijuana Expo 2011. The show is being held Saturday and Sunday at Portland’s Fireside Inn. Exhibitors include grow suppliers, medical marijuana caregivers, dispensary operators, consultants and …

Nationwide ban on ‘fake pot’ kicks in Friday

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 22, 2010, at 4:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Locally sold herbal products that reportedly provide a marijuana-like high have been banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration effective at the end of this week. According to the Federal Register, the ban is “necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety.” Known as Spice, …
Bruce Carter, co-owner of Nature's Kiss, is taking care of Marijuana on Monday. Nature's Kiss is a major dispensary in metro Denver, selling 200 strains in a facility that is set up like a hybrid between a pharmacy and a living room.

Medical marijuana: Maine learns lessons from Montana

By Meg Haskell on Dec. 17, 2010, at 8:29 p.m.
With the strong support of voters in November 2009, Maine became one of just a handful of states that not only allow the cultivation and possession of marijuana for personal medical use but also make marijuana available in retail settings. Nonprofit storefront dispensaries are preparing to open in eight Maine …

Couple gets OK to open marijuana clinic in Auburn

The Associated Press on Nov. 13, 2010, at 1:05 p.m.
A Maine couple has received approval to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Auburn. Tim and Jennifer Smale’s plan to open a dispensary in a former furniture store in the Auburn Plaza has been approved by the city’s planning board. John Thiele, the medical marijuana program manager …