Making Marijuana Boring

Recently, during a visit to our Portland dispensary, a local elected took a long look around our lounge—comfy chairs, members chatting companionably, upbeat jazz playing—and offered one of the best backhanded compliments I’ve ever heard. “I have to say,” they nodded. “You’ve done a really good job of making marijuana boring.” Amen. An important tactic […]

EVIDENCE, ANECDOTE AND THE TROUBLE WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS

EVIDENT, BUT NOT EVIDENCE? In July, Colorado’s Board of Health voted 6-2 against adding post-traumatic stress to that state’s list of qualifying conditions for medicinal cannabis. They cited a lack of scientific evidence that cannabis is efficacious and safe for treating this condition. Similar reasoning led Maine’s health review panel to reject adding to our […]

Emphasizing Marijuana Testing

A small, but vital step in the right direction came out of Washington this week that could help in the effort to decriminalize marijuana nationwide. The Obama administration has decided to eliminate a regulatory obstacle for medical marijuana studies, which means new and needed research could begin in the not-too-distant future. As we expect, new […]

Nothing Like Big Tobacco, Part 2.0

The 2014 Monitoring the Future report issued by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse indicated that, in the midst of increased national discussion about cannabis policy, and the incipient legalization of the plant in two states at the time of the study, teen use of the plant continued to decline. […]

Five Reasons LD1401 is the Best Way to Legalize in Maine

By Rep. Mark Dion (D-Portland) and Rep. Kevin J. Battle (R-South Portland) As two former police officers with 59 years of collective law enforcement experience, we believe LD1401 is the only way to safely and effectively legalize marijuana in Maine in 2015. There’s no reason to wait until 2016, marijuana legalization is coming – we should make […]

CARERS Doesn’t Seem to Care about Patients

By Jill Osborn The federal CARERS Act was introduced in a bipartisan effort by Senators Booker, Gillibrand and Paul on March 10th. 2015. (CARERS is short for Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015.) CARERS was recently featured in “Weed 3” on CNN, the third installment in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s ongoing series. […]

Nothing Like Big Tobacco

Dire predictions that legal adult use of marijuana will set the stage for “Big Tobacco 2.0” to hoodwink us and poison our children simply do not stand up to the weight of scientific evidence or practical policy considerations. While the economic allure of entering a newly-minted legal industry has tobacco companies taking notice, continuing to […]

The Time is Now

By Rep. Mark Dion Here in Maine, competing ballot initiatives will bring the question of marijuana legalization to a confusing vote in November of 2016. While both initiatives contain positive and negative elements, there are compelling, common-sense reasons to submit the issue first to the Legislature and then to voters in 2015, rather than waiting […]