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Medical Marijuana Club Launched In Bangor, Maine

new york medical marijuanaThere are those who hold a medical marijuana card that do not like to be seen using the plant. Whether they think that their job will look down on it or they think their families won’t like it, there are many reasons to keep cannabis smoking a private thing. But for some people in Bangor, Maine, that’s easier said than done. Especially for the doctors, architects, and lawyers who end up smoking uncomfortably in their cars in order to avoid prying eyes. But for those that are around Bangor, the VIP smoking lounge 13 Owls Club will provide an outlet for discreet marijuana smoking.

The club is the idea of Christopher Ruhlin, the owner of Herbal Tea & Tobacco Shop which has recently expanded to include this new VIP club. Renting the space on an hourly rate, Ruhlin hopes to create a space that people will be able to medicate without fear of being thought of as a criminal. “These people depend on a discreet, professional environment,” Ruhlin said. He declined to say how many members have joined so far.

Maine voters passed the medical marijuana law in 1999. When the plant appeared again on the ballot in 2009, the voters wanted to expand the law to include more permitted medical conditions and to allow patients to legally buy from eight nonprofit, government sanctioned clinics and cultivation centers. In 2011, the law was amended again to eliminate patients being required to register with the state. 2013 brought another review of the bill, changing again to allow PTSD, inflammatory bowl disorder, and multiple other disorders that previously hadn’t been considered medical marijuana worthy.

“There are no laws or rules prohibiting qualified patients from gathering in one location to consume medical marijuana other than on a school bus, on the grounds of a school. or in a correctional facility.” Sarah Grant, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a web interview. “Further, smoking marijuana may not occur on public transportation or in a public place. That said, the Department cannot speak to municipal zoning ordinances or other local regulation that may prohibit this activity.” The assistant city solicitor in Bangor, Paul Nicklas, said that the city has local ordinances in places that cover medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations and they follow the state’s rules on use. “The plant’s use in a private setting is generally allowed,” he said.

Source: THCFinder.Com

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    Regarding the second sentence, “Whether they think that their job will look down on it or they think their families won’t like it, there are many reasons to keep cannabis smoking a private thing.”:
    For 77 years and counting, we Americans have had “marihuana” hysteria and lies beaten into our heads by local TV stations, newspapers, school teachers, lawmakers, and borderline fascist government agents. Behind all of them are corporate executives (at drug companies, agricultural behemoths, etc.) who know full well that legal cannabis will cut into their profits. All bosses and coworkers in America who frown on cannabis consumers need to lighten up–or even try a medicated truffle during their holiday time off. As long as people consume responsibly, it’s none of their business. The seizure and search of our urine to get a job, in America, should itself be a criminal act.
    The naysayers also ignore the whole ugly picture. You want the anger toward law enforcement in this country’s black communities to go away? Then completely legalize cannabis cultivation tomorrow–utilize these plants like we did for the first 160 years of United States history. That’s a great place to start. Today’s numbers constantly show, year after year, that people of color are arrested–forever harming them with criminal records–at far greater rates than whites. Instead, let us all join together to build and recreate America’s NEW cannabis industry.

    • $20 A LID

      Lawrence you kinda lost me with the black community thing. So, you’re saying if we legalize(which I desperately want) then this whole gangsta-thug-tough guy thing will disappear? And all of these criminals and their illegal guns will suddenly become hard working community helping individuals? Ya think?

      • Lawrence Goodwin

        Thanks for reading my rant and the critique, $20 A LID. I’m saying “this whole gangsta-thug-tough guy thing” is a main product of the “war on marijuana,” and I’m certainly not the only one (see what many experienced law enforcers themselves say at http://www.leap.cc). This monstrosity of a public policy has caused many problems in our society, including the unfortunate reality of violence in our streets. People are getting stabbed or shot on a regular basis where I work in Schenectady, New York–the state that’s home to one of the most aggressive anti-marijuana operations in the country. I’m hoping readers will think about how many jobs can be created–career-track employment with full benefits and security for life–when we halt this madness, letting establishments like 13 Owls Club be perfectly legal, taxpaying businesses in every state, along with thousands of cannabis hemp-related companies. The “war on marijuana” prevents all of that, and also fuels nothing but distrust and anger in black communities everywhere. Its very foundation is made of pure racism.

  • Michelle

    I hold a card and would like to groe my own this summer. Where can I buy starter plants?