Hope selectman convicted of cultivating marijuana
Hope — A longtime member of the Hope Board of Selectmen has pleaded guilty to growing marijuana.
Eric Campbell, 48, of Hope pleaded guilty to cultivating marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 27 in Sixth District Court in Rockland.
On or about May 29, Campbell was issued a pair of summons from Maine State Police Trooper Scott Quintero.
According to court documents, Campbell did "intentionally or knowingly grow or cultivate more than five marijuana plants." He also possessed with the intent to use drug paraphernalia to "plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a scheduled drug."
A third charge, possession of marijuana, was dismissed by the state.
Campbell paid a $1,000 fine for the cultivation of marijuana conviction and $300 for the sale and use of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
A phone call to Campbell has not been returned.
Hope Town Administrator Jon Duke said Sept. 5 that he is aware of the situation and was not sure what direction, if any, this will go.
Campbell was elected to the Hope Board of Selectmen in 2010 after a brief hiatus from the board. He served 15 years on the board prior to 2007.