Homegrown In Maine (26)

How It's Made: Shattering Myths About Shatter

It cannot be overstated how important the industry of recreational cannabis will be for the state of Maine. As the industry evolves and becomes more advanced, and as customers demand different products and experiences, the state will start to see new, inventive ways to get stoned.   The most popular way to do so appears to be dabbing, which is hotter now than a red titanium nail.  Simply put, dabbing describes the process of lighting…

Wacky Cannabis News From Afar

This week, we’re taking a break from highlighting Maine-centric stories in the marijuana world, and expanding to see how our favorite plant is making headlines in other parts of the planet.   Are Those Epic Red Bud Shots Photoshopped? Have you seen those photographs online of bright red cannabis flowers? They can’t be real right? Well actually, some of them are. Like most plants that change colors during certain months in their grow cycle, cannabis…

Is It a Crime to Make and Possess BHO?

Ahhh, the years-old question of the legality of making butane hash oil. When the mainstream media exploded with stories of backyard or basement chemists blowing up their homes in Colorado making BHO using poor techniques, it seemed to become common knowledge overnight that to produce or even to possess any amount of hash produced with butane was a felony. However, this raises dozens of questions: how would a police officer or a court of law…

Omnibust: On Ridiculousness, Rancor, and Vulnerable Cannabis Laws

As Maine slowly slogs through the process of regulating the sale of recreational cannabis, it’s worthwhile to see how the same process is playing out in Massachusetts, where some legislators seem determined to re-write the law entirely. A Mass House revision introduced last week would have more than doubled the tax rate on recreational cannabis from 12 to 28 percent, as well potentially added a 21.75 percent tax on medical marijuana. House Speaker Bob DeLeo…

The Safest Places To Get Stoned In Portland (For Now)

As we approach the first summer of legalized recreational cannabis use in Portland, the struggle to find "safe" places to get stoned just isn't the important business it used to be. Public use still isn't legal though, so there's still a need for a little pre-planning before heading out. With that in mind, below are some of the better places Portland has to offer.  Just to clarify, this isn’t a list of Portland’s best scenic…

For recreational smokers, gift exchanges are an option

So if recreational marijuana is legal to own and consume, but illegal to buy, how do I get ahold of some? I sought to answer this question the day after Old Port Fest — or rather, the moment my stash went dry. Could I acquire some online and not get in trouble?   My Internet searches didn't last long before I found an ad on Craigslist that read Peanut Chews With Delivery – $250 with Free…

Resisting Corporate Takeover: The Ins and Outs of Growing Cannabis At Home

What is the Corporate Takeover? The No On One Campaign virtuously campaigned against the idea of a “corporate takeover” up until votes on the issue were cast in November of 2016. They insisted that the language of the bill had been designed in the favor of large corporations and out-of-state finance. Were they wrong? Actually, no. Shortly after lawmakers began the committee on recreational cannabis regulation, lobbyists and representatives of cannabis business statewide began approaching…

E-screwed by Escrow? Cannabusting Maine's Marijuana Myths

Just a little over a month ago, during the days after what's becoming a widely recognized national holiday, April 20, news began to surface in the cannabis community that was very unsettling. The newly formed recreational cannabis legislation stated that in order to qualify to apply for a recreational cannabis cultivation facility, one would need to have at a bare minimum $500,000 dollars in escrow. What is escrow? An escrow account is an account that…

How To Be An Ethical Smoker

The ethical arguments for legalizing marijuana are abundant and compelling—from reducing mass incarceration to funding treatments for addicts. But now that it’s legal in Maine, and state after state seems poised to follow suit, there’s a new, more complex question to consider: how can you be an ethical smoker? It’s hard to admit, but weed can be harmful when taking environmental impacts and supply chains into account, making its prominence in hippie culture a tricky…

First time at a cannabis dispensary? Ask these important questions

Even though Maine has one of the longest-running medical marijuana programs in the country, many new patients still don’t know how to navigate the waters of safe access once they become certified.  Below is a basic guide to questions you should be asking whether approaching a caregiver or dispensary.     First off, it’s a good idea to call a potential caregiver or dispensary ahead of time to see if they can answer your questions. Depending…
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