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Consumers Concerned Over Gas Pump Discrepancies in Maine; Was it a Scam or a Simple Mistake?

When Maine consumers learned about the Department of Agriculture’s Quality Assurance and Regulation division’s discovery of a large gas station overcharging customers, they were horrified. Calls flooded the department as well as the offices of state representatives. However, after contacting Hal Prince, Director of the Maine Division of Quality Assurance and Regulation, New England Post found [...]

Maine Medical Marijuana Laws at Odds with Federal Laws; Local Police Unsure how to Deal with Stolen Plants


While California is having problems keeping its medical marijuana dispensaries down to a reasonable number (and is even looking at intervention from the Department of Justice), Maine’s future with medical marijuana is just beginning. In contrast to California, which has set no restrictions on how many dispensary locations there can be, Maine has given the [...]

Fireworks an Explosive Issue In Maine; New Law Already Causing Controversy

On January 1st, a new law will allow Mainers to purchase, possess, and light off fireworks. However, a number of municipalities, including Portland, South Portland, Westbrook and Gorham, have preemptively banned purchasing and possessing fireworks within city limits. Others, like Lewiston and Augusta, are considering a ban. While state officials thought they were doing towns [...]

Gambling Back on the Ballot in Maine; Would Casinos Create Jobs or Ruin the State’s Reputation?

For the sixth time in ten years, gambling referendums are on the ballot in Maine this November.  This year, voters will be asked to decide on two separate  gambling scenarios: Question 2:  Citizen Initiative Do you want to allow a slot machine facility at a harness racing track in Biddeford or another community within 25 [...]

Maine Voter Registration Law To Be Decided By Maine Voters


The repeal of a 38 year old law allowing Mainers to register to vote on Election Day was put into effect on June 21, 2011 by Maine Governor Paul LePage, and has been cloaked in controversy ever since. Within hours, Maine’s League of Women Voters, part of the Protect Maine Votes coalition, which also includes [...]

Downeaster Expansion Receives $21M in Stimulus Funds.

Getting from mid coast Maine to Boston and back is about to get a whole lot easier. The federal government awarded $21 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for expansion of Amtrak’s Downeaster rail line from Boston to Brunswick. A stop in Maine shopping mecca and LL Bean hometown, Freeport is also part [...]

Fall Favorite: Pumpkinfest Prep Underway in Maine

During the final weeks of September, many Maine towns are winding down and getting ready for the long, slow winter ahead, not Damariscotta. For the past 5 years, Damariscotta has hosted an Pumpkinfest celebrating giant pumpkins. It all started as a informal gathering of a few friends; Buzz Pinkham, Billy Clark, and Tom Lishness who [...]

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