State issues warning about accidental marijuana ingestion

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) – The state is sending out a warning about accidentally eating marijuana-laced food. According to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, there were 16 calls made to the Northern New England Poison Center last year for accidental marijuana ingestion by children under six.

There were only two the year before.  Pets can also accidentally eat pot.  Edibles can come in the form of candy, brownies and other baked goods.  DHHS recommends locking the food items up.  And they warn, what works for younger kids may not do the trick for your teenagers.

The Maine Center for Disease Control has a new campaign to provide tips on safe storage of marijuana-related items as well resources related to youth-use prevention, and potential health consequences nlegal issues.  For more information, log on to

Agreement Reached On Retail Marijuana In Maine, But It Could Be Again Delayed

Jan 9, 2018  A coalition of supporters and opponents of recreational marijuana says it has come up with a framework to regulate the drug in Maine. The announcement marks a possible path forward as legislators restart the process to create rules that affect how marijuana is tested, taxed and sold. But it also comes amid questions about the possibility of a federal crackdown.

In 2016, Maine voters legalized the sale and growing of recreational marijuana, by a narrow margin. And the voter-approved law has run into trouble ever since.  Lawmakers took months to draft rules to create dozens of regulations, but the resulting bill was vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The new, second effort was complicated last week when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was rescinding an Obama-era policy that kept the feds from cracking down on the pot trade in the states where the drug is legal.

“From our vantage it just adds more confusion to something that was already really confusing,” said Mike Saxl, a lobbyist representing Narrow Gauge Holdings, a medical marijuana outfit trying to get into the recreational market.

Saxl’s client is among the coalition of groups that announced Tuesday that they had agreed to a general framework to regulate legal marijuana, including strict advertising standards, an opt-in requirement for cities and towns and a sales tax rate of 17.5 percent.

The coalition includes opponents of legal marijuana like The Christian Civic League and Mainers Protecting Youth and Communities, as well as Legalize Maine, the group that helped get the 2016 referendum on the ballot.

Saxl said the groups reached agreement despite divergent interests.

 “If we’re going to have adult-use cannabis we should have a serious regulatory infrastructure to protect our families and our communities and also to maximize revenue in the state of Maine,” he said.

Paul McCarrier of Legalize Maine said he agrees, even though the agreement means his group will potentially have to surrender the prospect of marijuana social clubs.

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