MEXICO — For the past three summers, motorists on both sides of Main Street in Mexico have driven past large lighted signs that display three messages: Weed the, Cannabis Oil Kills Cancer and Natural Cures.

“I am upset as far as people calling and saying it’s about kids smoking pot,” sign maker Don Hamann of Rumford said. “It has nothing to do with that. As far as cannabis oil, I have to be blunt about it to get it out there.”

Hamann admitted the Weed the sign “has got to go … I’d even like to take the signs down, but I can’t take the signs down until the people know. All these people that don’t know about this healing stuff — I’m doing this for my grandchildren. I’m doing this for the kids.”

Hamann, a state-licensed medical marijuana caregiver since 2011, said, “I have a lot of (post-traumatic stress disorder) people. They just need a little bit of pot now and then.”

“This isn’t about pot heads,” he said. “This has nothing to do with that. And I don’t promote children smoking pot, ever. And I definitely don’t promote toxic drugs for those kids either.”

He said the cannabis oil he provides to others has made a difference in his life.

“I was on 10 or 11 pills for 10 or 12 years for prostate, feet pain, blood pressure, cholesterol,” he said.

“I’d been 200 pounds my whole life. I went down to 160 pounds. The doctors kept sending me down to other specialists, blaming it on all these other things and giving me more pills,” he said. 

Hamann said he stopped drugs, alcohol, cigarettes — everything — about six years ago. But he would get up four times a night, each time taking him up to 90 minutes to get back to sleep.

“So I’d sleep like three 20-minute times a night,” he said. “I was tired for like four years, just couldn’t find my way. The pills were making me sicker and sicker. It was outrageous what was going on.”

Three summers ago, while working on his house, his wife, also a licensed medical marijuana caregiver, made some brownies with medical cannabis in them.

“So I ate some brownies and that night, when I went to sleep, I slept the whole night through, Hamann said. “That hadn’t happened for four or five years. The next morning, I got up and wondered what it was and thought it was a fluke thing. So that night, I had my wife make the same meal and I ate at the same time, and the two brownies at 3 o’clock. I then slept the whole night through again. I had to have them every night to sleep,” he said.

“Three years later, I still have to. After two weeks of taking these, my foot pain was gone. The arthritis in my shoulder, my knuckle, my back — all my different types of pain — was gone.”

Hamann, 58, worked construction before partnering with Jim Barnett for 15 years in owning apartment building properties.

He is married with two grown children and three grandchildren.

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What: A heroin and opiate addiction information seminar

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21.

Where: American Legion hall, 184 Congress St., Rumford

Organizer: Don Hamann, Rumford, licensed caregiver


* Dr. Dustin Sulak of Manchester, a leader in medical cannabis and integrative medicine.

* Catherine Lewis, chairwoman/director of education for the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine

* A 12-year-old cancer survivor from Peru.


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