Marijuana advocate happy to take his medicine

By Amy Calder acalder@mainetoday.com

Marijuana advocate Donald Christen shows a jar of the weed to Skowhegan Deputy Police Chief Dan Summers during the Patriots Day “smoke-in” on the steps of the Somerset County Courthouse. The event is staged annually to support full legalization of the drug. – David Leaming/Morning Sentinel

SKOWHEGAN – Donald Christen ate marijuana cookies Monday and produced a quart-sized Mason jar of the aromatic weed as he stood on the steps of the Somerset County Courthouse.

“Sorry,” he said, apologizing for not sharing his cookies. “If you have a card, you can have one — that’s the law. Patients can now share with one another if you have a card.”

A founder and longtime member of the group Maine Vocals, Christen, 59, of Madison, has argued for many years for full legalization of marijuana.

Monday marked his 23rd year of standing at noon on Patriots Day on the courthouse steps to continue his efforts, he said.

“If the Legislature changes the law this year, which is a good possibility to do, we won’t have to come here and do this,” he said. “This could be our last one if the Legislature does legalize.”

 

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