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 […]


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 […]