UNITY, Maine — Dawson Julia, who opened one of the first medical marijuana storefronts in Maine, East Coast CBDs, is fighting for his life at a Miami hospital.
Julia, one of the founders of the Maine Cannabis Coalition, was critically injured in a moped accident last week while on vacation in the Bahamas.
Julia who suffered brain damage and other serious injuries was flown to a Miami Hospital and remains in an induced coma. A GoFundMe account has is set up to help with medical expenses. Those include 350,000 to fly Julia from a clinic in Nassau to Kendall Regional Medical Center in Florida.
Family members say despite setbacks such as kidney failure and a sepsis infection and other medical challenges, Julia continues to improve and doctors are cautiously optimistic.
Susan Meehan is a medical marijuana caregiver and one of the co-founders of the Maine Cannabis Coalition. She is currently the interim Chairperson of the non-profit advocacy group and calls Julia a champion for both cannabis patients and caregivers.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Kellie, daughter Kyli and his family. This community loves Dawson," Meehan said.
This story will be updated.