Homegrown In Maine (15)

A First Timer's Guide to Marijuana Edibles

If you’re certified to use medical cannabis and would prefer not to smoke or vaporize your medicine, cannabis infused edibles are a fantastic way to get long lasting relief. With the proper amount, edibles can be particularly effective for sleep, pain, and nausea. It should go without saying that if you have children or pets in your home, it's especially important to keep them away from your cannabis products. Ultimately, it's your responsibility as the…

Rocky Road Isn't Just a Flavor of Ice Cream

With the transition to a recreational (adult use) marijuana program in Maine, a flavor of ice cream comes to mind — Rocky Road. The number of sides to this process resemble a dice from Dungeons and Dragons – multi-faceted and each one influencing the outcome. We have the legislative component, the medical one, the legal one, the business one, and the users themselves all with a stake in the cannabis market. That said, each facet…

Legal Cannabis Raises Unavoidable Questions for Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program

It’s early days for legal adult use of cannabis in Maine, but already it’s clear that the program will differ from the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMUMP) in significant ways.     Those differences will also call into question whether the MMUMP should continue to exist as a separate program, or whether it should be “harmonized” with adult use.   No Vertical Integration   The MMUMP is almost 100 percent vertically integrated, meaning…

Growing Pains: How to support your cannabis plants

In my last article, I discussed a few ways to train your cannabis plants to increase size and improve yield. Since you’ve started growing wider, bigger plants it’s now time to start supporting those plants as they grow taller, especially during the flowering stage. As your plant starts to bud, the branches won’t be able to support its weight all on its own and the plant will be spending a lot of its energy trying…

The road to legalization in Maine

Following the November election and the passing of Question 1, recreational use of marijuana was legal. What that means and how it really affects Mainers are two different things, as I experienced in Oregon for the past 11 months. After reviewing Chapter 417 Marijuana Legalization Act, I noticed many similarities in the approach taken in Oregon. What isn't spelled out, and is crucial for people who are looking to enter the legal marijuana business in…

Regulating the coming $40 million Maine cannabis edibles market

Based on two years of experience in Washington and Colorado, Maine consumers and legislators should prepare for an active and vibrant cannabis edibles industry by 2019. The projected Maine edibles marketplace, correcting for population and income, could see 70 or more new companies selling nearly $5 million in the first year after commercialization. Maine’s entrepreneurial food culture would supply legal-age consumers with over 200 new edibles products while adding nearly half a million dollars in…

Dispelling common myths about marijuana

While cannabis continues to make strides towards mainstream acceptance, it has long been the most misunderstood drug – pharmaceutical or illegal, and many cannabis myths still ring loud.  The amount of rumors and hearsay surrounding this controversial herb have been prevalent for decades, from as far back as reefer madness in the 30’s, up through to current D.A.R.E. programs (Not to say D.A.R.E. doesn’t do it’s good, but cannabis should be left out of that…

Homegrown in Maine: Why there was no marijuana at our "End of Prohibition" party

 In case you didn’t hear, last Monday, we here at The Phoenix hosted a gathering of 200 or so pro-cannabis advocates to celebrate the end of one of the most ineffective and hypocritical laws in recent Maine history: the banning of cannabis consumption by consenting adults.  The 3-hour celebration (7p.m. — 10p.m.) was a strictly a private affair, 21+ only, with an invite required to purchase a ticket.  There was a buffet of party food,…

Homegrown in Maine: How to train your cannabis plants

There are many ways to increase the size of your harvest, but beyond basic nutrition, there is little that a grower can do that will impact yield more than proper plant training. When growing indoors, lights only produce appropriate growing light a certain distance from the bulb. This varies from light to light, but is usually no more than 4 feet from the light. With the heat the lights produce, you can’t get your plants…

Homegrown in Maine: The potential to save and change lives

I know saying I’m in favor of the proposed moratorium on the recreational sale of marijuana in Maine isn’t going to win me any popularity contests in the Portland area. But I am. It’s not that I am anti-marijuana or that I am against recreational use. I just prefer making sure the recreational market is designed in a way that serves Maine’s economic interests, which at the moment, are pretty desperate. More importantly, though, I’m…
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