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Reaping What We Sow

Harvest time has a special connotation in the cannabis world. In California, “trimmigrants” make their annual migration to the Emerald Triangle, and a slightly skunky smell attaches to the cash spent at local stores. Outdoor-garden patients and caregivers in medical cannabis states like Maine keep one eye on the weather forecast and the other on […]

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 […]