According to WABI TV 5, a new Maine law that seeks to reduce the penalties of possessing certain types of drug paraphernalia has now gone into effect.

Effective yesterday (10-18-2021), the new law will eliminate criminal penalties against people in Maine that are found with syringes and/or fentanyl testing strips and what the law describes as 'other safer-use supplies for ingesting substances'.

During a portion of public testimony, State Representative Genevieve McDonald of Stonington said,

“We know that having laws in place that discourage the acquisition and use of clean needles increases the spread of infections and diseases like HIV and hepatitis and do not help people break free from an addiction” 

Prior to the law going into effect, penalties of possessing such items carried punishments of up to 364 days in jail and fines up to $2,000.

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Be The Former President's Neighbor In This Home In Kennebunkport

Buy this home and then keep up with the neighbors in one of Maine's most exclusive summer neighborhoods.

This five-bedroom four-bath home is located at 271 Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport just down the road from the Bush compound on Walker's Point. Buy it for $9.25 million, and then just imagine taking the dog out for a walk some summer morning and crossing paths with former President George W. Bush, your new neighbor.

There is no doubt that you'd experience the coast of Maine at its finest as you would own this classic Cape Cod-style home on 1.6 acres of land with 200 feet of coastline.

The place comes with a swimming pool that overlooks the ocean and you'd have your own tennis court to enjoy.

The home is listed by Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty and you can find out more on

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