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    Maine drug counselor pleads guilty to marijuana conspiracy charges

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    PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine woman who worked as a certified drug counselor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture more than 50 marijuana plants.

    The Sun Journal reports that 41-year-old Stephanie Beck, of Lewiston, pleaded guilty in US District Court on Monday.

    Prosecutors say Beck provided patient names to a nurse practitioner, who then created fraudulent medical marijuana certifications under the guise of Maine’s medical marijuana program.

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    Beck was charged in connection with a federal raid over a year ago that had led to the indictment of more than a dozen people.

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    Court documents say a growing drug trafficking organization had been using the state’s medical marijuana program to distribute marijuana.

    Marijuana and derivatives were sold to buyers who were not participants in the program, including out-of-state customers.