Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US ME: Maine Police Thought Powder Was Heroin. It Was Human Ashes

    Kansas City Star, 25 Apr 2018 - After a car crash Saturday in Manchester, Maine, police seized 48 grams of a white powdery substance found in the glove compartment. It looked like heroin to them. It was a dead man's ashes.
  2. US ME: Dozens Pick Up Trash, With Pot Giveaway As Incentive

    Kennebec Journal, 24 Jul 2017 - A Gardiner medical marijuana caregiver says dozens of people took part in a cleanup Saturday in which he and other growers provided a gram of marijuana for every bag of trash collected on city streets by participants. Dennis Meehan, who runs Summit Medical Marijuana with other members of his family in downtown Gardiner, said "several dozen" participants filled more than 100 trash bags - every bag they had on hand.
  3. US ME: PUB LTE: Legalized Marijuana Offers Protections For Kids

    Portland Press Herald, 04 Nov 2016 - As a mother, I understand the fears about legalizing marijuana. Parents want the best for our children. We worry about addiction. But research unfailingly has shown that most hard-drug users start with alcohol or tobacco, not cannabis. And marijuana has never caused a single death, unlike opiates or alcohol.
  4. US ME: LTE: Damage To Lives, Economy Demands Question 1 Defeat

    Portland Press Herald, 04 Nov 2016 - Experience as a 30-year veteran of law enforcement causes me concern regarding misinformation being disseminated regarding Question 1. For more than three decades, smoking marijuana has been a civil violation resulting in neither arrest nor a criminal record. It is ludicrous to suggest that a civil violation would impede investigations of domestic violence or missing persons.
  5. US ME: LTE: Question 1 Is Flawed And Dangerous

    Times Record, 03 Nov 2016 - You may have heard about the biggest mistake in Question 1, which is the removal of the prohibition of marijuana possession by minors. A very big mistake, but there are many more flaws. While the prohibition ban for minors could be corrected by the Legislature, we've seen how well that's been working lately. There are a number of issues that are not getting much publicity: * Any respected law enforcement official will say the pursuit of offenders for the civil offense of possession is not keeping one officer from investigating homicides or looking for abducted children.
  6. US ME: Editorial: Times Record Endorses Maine Referendums

    Times Record, 04 Nov 2016 - Maine voters are deciding on six referendums this election. Here are The Times Record's endorsements. Question 1 seeks to allow the recreational use and tax of marijuana. It's past time to legalize marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug in the nation. According to the Pew Research Center, 49 percent of Americans admit having tried marijuana, while 53 percent support legalization. Legalization would make recreational use safer, free up law enforcement and the courts to prosecute more serious crimes, and provide another source of badly-needed revenue for the state.
  7. US ME: OPED: Maine Can Keep Pot Illegal And Avoid Making The Same

    Bangor Daily News, 04 Nov 2016 - I've spent my 50-year career in public safety and the military trying to protect and keep people safe. Some of the most challenging things I have dealt with were not actions of individuals but the consequences of political decisions. With Question 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana, you get to decide whether this law goes into effect. If it does, I can assure you the unintended consequences will be many. As a naval officer during the Vietnam War, I saw young men devolve into addiction - first with marijuana and then with harder drugs such as heroin. As Waterville police chief, I saw parents neglect their children and watched as young people let their ambitions wallow in a haze of marijuana smoke. As commissioner of public safety, which includes Maine State Police, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Maine fire marshal's office, I read reports almost daily about marijuana-related incidents, crashes and crimes.
  8. US ME: OPED: Legalizing Marijuana Use Is The Rational Alternative To

    Bangor Daily News, 04 Nov 2016 - This paper acknowledges "the U.S.'s long war on drugs has been a dismal failure." On November 8, Maine voters will have the opportunity adopt a rational marijuana policy. Question 1 would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and over. It contains strong protections for kids, employers and landlords; provides local controls; prioritizes Maine farmers and businesses; expands access for all adults; and protects our m-edical marijuana program that has served patients since 1999.
  9. US ME: LTE: Marijuana Madness

    Bangor Daily News, 03 Nov 2016 - Our biggest problem with Question 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana, is how more drug exposure may affect our children. At Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, there has been 51 percent increase in children under age 18 needing emergency room treatment for marijuana-related conditions over the last two years. A lot of these kids are getting their marijuana by ingesting marijuana edibles - candy, cookies, lollipops. Do you want pot shops and pot bars opening up next to your schools, churches, houses, parks and playgrounds? Meanwhile, many of us have seen the TV ads, supported by more than a millions dollars from Washington-based New Approach PAC looking to make more money by not telling the whole truth. Proponents say this will free up police to pursue more serious crimes. In 2014, 1,700 people were charged with marijuana possession, but how many were charged because they were doing something else criminally wrong?