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What's next with pot? Recount sought; rulemaking awaited in new frontier of marijuana legalization

Marijuana legalization is now the law of the land in Maine, barring any 11th hour surprises, and supporters say they now want to turn their attention to what could be a lengthy rulemaking process "It will probably be a year before anything happens, We just have a commitment to making this a safe and a great system," said Patricia Rosi, CEO with Wellness Connection of Maine, the state's largest operator of medical marijuana dispensaries. Wellness…

A post-Pirates world: Maine adapts in first season without hockey franchise

Portland Pirates hockey fans have turned to other pursuits since the team left Maine seven months ago. But now, as professional hockey action picks up speed across the country — but not in Portland — county managers must confront the conundrum of how to make up revenue at the Cross Insurance Arena. The arena, formerly the Cumberland County Civic Center, is where the Pirates played for 23 seasons. In May, the Portland Pirates, American Hockey…

Thousands of acres, millions of dollars: Saddleback purchase goes big

A push to buy and reopen Saddleback Mountain ski area starts with a $4 million fundraising goal but could end with conservation of more than 21,000 acres and a fully functioning four-season resort owned by the community. The Saddleback Community Mountain Resort, LLC needs to raise $4 million in a plan to purchase the 723-acre mountain and re-open the ski area, architects of the deal reported during an announcement Thursday at the Portland office of…
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Marijuana as a business opportunity: Entrepreneurs sense momentum, understand dissent

The vote on marijuana legalization in Maine hasn’t been settled — that’s coming Tuesday, Nov. 8, when Question 1 appears on the ballot. But business people and entrepreneurs are laying the groundwork for a post-legalization world. The stakes are high. Question 1 on Maine’s upcoming Nov. 8 ballot would legalize adult-use marijuana in Maine and potentially pump $2.8 million in annual sales tax revenue into state coffers, not to mention the economic ripples from marijuana-related…

Public TV travel host: Legal pot embraced in Europe, overdue in U.S.

The genial host of “Rick Steves’ Europe” served up a hard-hitting and unflinching endorsement of marijuana legalization in Maine Monday. “Rich, white guys are not getting arrested,” Steves told The Phoenix in an interview at the Portland headquarters of the “Yes on 1” campaign. Steves shed his persona of European travel host for public television – a persona marked by a soothing, obsequious demeanor. Meet Rick Steves, civil liberties crusader. “Anybody who cares about kids knows…

'Powered by Girl' community event inaugurates Maine Girls' Academy

The Maine Girls' Academy held its first community evening last week, gathering together educators and activists. The discussion proposed practical ways girls could get involved to change the ways they are misrepresented in media, boardrooms and classrooms.     The monthly program, called “Girls Who Care, Girls Who Lead,” featured Colby College professor Lyn Mikel Brown, an activist and author who has written six books about gender and girlhood. She discussed the relational lives of…

'Big Marijuana' complaints: Yes on 1 campaign rebuts concerns over legalization

On Tuesday, the "Yes on 1: Regulate and Tax Marijuana" campaign rolled out a television ad and prepared for the final five weeks before the Tuesday, Nov. 8 election.Yet nobody expects complete unity on the rocky and uncertain path to a legalization vote. And not just from predictable precincts. Campaign manager David Boyer has encountered not only the conventional opposition to pot legalization — concerns about effects on young people, possible ramifications for crime and other…

Greater Portland Landmarks lauding locals: Awards honor passion

Recipients of the Greater Portland Landmarks 2016 Preservation Awards were scheduled to be honored Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, one of 12 organizations and people being recognized.     “They have a true faith, to believe it would be possible,” Hilary Basset, executive director of GPL since 2000, said of the heritage center. “The people there are so committed, so enthusiastic, so hardworking. They have a true passion and belief and…

New Roots reaches first fundraising goal for cooperative farm

Four New American farmer-owners, after launching New Roots Cooperative Farm this summer, reached an initial fundraising goal of $10,000, organizers reported last week. New Roots is a 30-acre farm on College Street in Lewiston that is the first New American cooperative farm in Maine, organizers reported.  The four farmer-owners of New Roots — Mohamed Abukar, Batula Ismail, Seynab Ali and Jabril Abdi — are originally from Somalia. For the past 10 years, they have farmed…

Worship without walls: Warehouse Worship takes message of hope to the streets

As the refrains of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” echoed down Congress Street, the Warehouse Worship team surveyed downtown Portland.  On Saturday, Sept. 17, a Christian ministry that largely operates behind the scenes emerged for a public concert in Monument Square. Some of the music was secular, and all of the outreach was done with a light touch. No fiery sermons. No pleas for money. On Sunday, the same group was part of the…
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