Medical Cannabis and the Cromnibus

Included within the 1,603 pages of the recently-passed federal omnibus spending bill was the following paragraph: “Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, in respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, […]

Therapeutic Cannabis and Depression

In 1621, British clergyman Robert Burton recommended a variety of treatments for depression (what he then referred to as the “Chaos of Melancholy”) in his book The Anatomy of Melancholy, including prayer, good company, exercise and various tinctures and herbs – including marijuana. Today, when faced with the myriad symptoms of a depressive episode, patients […]

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 […]