Cornish Maine is now home to a new cannabis venture that’s attracted both tourists and controversy.
The Laughing Grass Inn held their soft open party last week and generated a lot of buzz. Why? Well, the 200-year-old, 16 room house doesn’t just invite visitors to indulge in the region's bucolic pleasures: it offers a chance to wake-n-bake too.
As part of the all-inclusive package, guests at the historic, country-themed inn are served up a cannabis infused breakfast, with choices ranging from 20, 50, or 100 mg for “experienced eaters.” Fans of non-psychoactive breakfasts, can, of course, order one without a cannabis infusion.
Later in the afternoon, 4:20 pm to be exact, the cannabis happy hour starts, when the “bud bar” opens and visitors are gifted bowls, and joints, stuffed with marijuana grown right here in Maine. A volcano bag filled with cannabis vapors gets passed around as well.
Trinity Madison, the executive chef at the Laughing Grass Inn told the Phoenix there’s no smoking allowed inside, but guests are encouraged to spark up on the porch or outside on the lawn.
“The Inn is absolutely beautiful, my most favorite building in Cornish,” says Madison. “I got a lot of support for this, and received so many responses since our launch party.”
But not all the responses have been positive. Madison says she’s caused a bit of a stir in her idyllic village.
“There’s a lot of controversy here now because of me,” she says. “A few very loud people oppose me and are trying their hardest to stop a legal venture.”
The cannabis chef at the Laughing Grass Inn, Trinity Madison.
Madison estimates that about four people vocally oppose her cannabis Inn and hold some sway over the town’s selectmen, who have been actively trying to shut it down, despite it being in accordance with the current laws. So far they’ve unsuccessfully tried to revoke the Inn’s liquor license.
The town of Cornish is voting on August 9 on whether or not the town would permit recreational marijuana sales. Some of the people opposed to Madison’s venture believe this will spell trouble for the Laughing Grass Inn.
“People keep coming at me saying ‘the vote is happening, we’re going to make sure you don’t move forward.’ But the vote doesn’t affect me, I don’t sell marijuana,” says Madison.
Under Maine’s current marijuana law, the Laughing Grass Inn is perfectly legal. It exploits a loophole (which we’ve covered extensively in this column) that allows adults 21 years of age and older to “gift” up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to other adults.
“I’m not in violation of any laws,” says Madison, who also got approval from the town’s sheriff, and code enforcer.
To make sure nobody would perceive Madison’s operation as a one that outright sells recreational marijuana, she ensures guests enjoy plenty of other amenities as part of their stay. Included in the price of the stay — at least on the weekends — is live music, fire-eaters, glass blowing demonstrations, educational speakers, and cannabis cooking demonstrations.
“What people pay for, they get it in services,” says Madison.
The Laughing Grass Inn is not technically open yet, but folks there are hosting a “Bud and Breakfast event” from August 15 to September 7, as a means for locals to “get a feel for the establishment.” So far though, bookings have been completely from other states, like Georgia, California, New Mexico, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
“We’re interested in being a part of the community,” says Madison. “And I’m bringing some much-needed tourism to Maine, and I’d like to continue.”
Like getting stoned and enjoying the outdoors? You can book a room here: http://thelaughinggrassinn.com/
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