The Biggest Hurdle

You probably haven’t heard about it in the mainstream media. But this week, in a high-rise building on I Street in downtown Sacramento, CA, history is quietly being made. The building is a federal courthouse, and in a courtroom on the 15th floor, Federal District Judge Kimberly Mueller is holding an evidentiary hearing on whether […]

Dispelling Marijuana Myths

Being on the ground, gathering signatures in York, South Portland and Lewiston, I have talked to hundreds of Maine voters. Given the topic – marijuana legalization – you can probably imagine the diverse reactions I get from people. Thankfully, the majority of interactions are positive, as more and more people see the benefits of ending […]

As Campaigns Heat Up, Candidates Stay Cool on Cannabis

Suddenly, signs of fall are popping up everywhere. Trees are starting to blaze red and orange; sweaters are making their annual migration out of their summer hideaways; and political ads are stacked back-to-back in every commercial break on TV. While candidates scramble to differentiate themselves from their opponents, there’s one item that almost all of […]

Bringing Reality to Hope

Our guest blogger this week is emergency-medicine specialist James Li, M.D. After nearly a quarter-century as an ER physician, Dr. Li has witnessed firsthand the devastation that opiates can cause to individuals, families, and communities. Here, he shares his perspective on medical cannabis, Maine’s opiate crisis, and the potential for therapeutic use of marijuana to […]

What’s in that weed? Maine patients deserve lab-tested products

Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program was recently scored as the best program in the country in terms of patient access, regulation, and oversight by the national group Americans for Safe Access (http://bangordailynews.com/2014/07/08/news/state/new-report-calls-maines-medical-marijuana-program-the-nations-best/). We certainly have come a long way in Maine to provide access to this safe and crucial medicine for Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.  We […]

Regulating Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries

Fear of the federal government guided the early development of Maine’s medical marijuana dispensary program. I should know; 2010 was the beginning of the regulation of a complex, federally illegal, state-run program, and I was at the center of it. I was also regulating Maine’s health care system for the Maine Department of Health and […]