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 […]

Juicing Raw Cannabis

As cannabis experiences a long-awaited resurgence in the U.S., many users in states where the plant is legal and accessible have begun juicing fresh, undried cannabis buds and leaves, alone or as part of a fruit-and-veggie smoothie. Raw cannabis contains many nonpsychoactive compounds, including chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids and the acid forms of both delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THCA) […]

A Compassionate Death

  By Dr. Carey S. Clark PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT “Is it rational to forbid patients who are dying from taking marijuana as a palliative to permit them to gain body weight and to get some food down? It seems madness to say, ‘We’re worried that they’re going to become addicted to marijuana’ — there’s no […]

Pot, Parenting, Rights and Responsibilities

It was disappointing to read the headlines recently, regarding the precedent-setting custody decision involving a parent who is a medical marijuana patient. The story got picked up nationally, and caused some consternation among parents who use medical cannabis, in Maine and elsewhere. However, after reviewing what we know of the case, it appears that this […]

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 […]