Homegrown In Maine (22)

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…

Homegrown in Maine: As MA Blinks on Legal Weed, ME Must Seize Its Marijuana Moment

After a tumultuous campaign topped by a nine-day recount to confirm its narrow 3,995-vote victory, implementation of Question 1 to legalize adult use of cannabis in Maine begins this month. But don’t expect smoother sailing for the implementation phase. January 30, 2017. That’s the day the seeds drop for legal adult home cultivation of marijuana in Maine. It’s also the day that adults over 21 will be able to possess cannabis (up to 2.5 ounces)…

Homegrown in Maine: Caring for cannabis plants during the winter

How do your plants feel about the weather? Living in New England, a chilly winter wonderland in the morning can become a sunny, muddy 50-degree mess in a matter of hours. Although most New Englanders have come to adjust (and even thrive) off of this constant weather change, it can be difficult for plants to find the same rhythm. With the recent legalization laws, Mainers are now allowed to possess up to six flowering marijuana plants,…

Homegrown in Maine: Discreet ways to self-medicate over the holidays

Those who suffer from migraines know just how debilitating they can be. Fortunately for those who medicate using cannabis, they have an easy way to soothe their head. Scientists have long theorized cannabinoids are beneficial in regards to regulating migraine headaches, and according to the Pharmacotherapy Journal, cannabis usage is associated with a decrease in their frequency as well. Staff from Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science and investigators from the University of Colorado…

Homegrown in Maine: What's expected with cannabis law after the recount effort

To see what was up with the marijuana vote, I spoke with Yes on 1 Campaign Manager, David Boyer, over the weekend to get an update on Question 1’s status and the recount effort. After the first week, Boyer reported that 15 percent of Maine ballots have been counted and there was little change in the vote count. During the second week, the No on 1 campaign targeted towns they felt might be ripe for…

Homegrown in Maine: Your go-to place for local and regional marijuana news

Although this column started running last issue, we only just got around to naming it this week, so I guess this is the official premier of the first weekly print media column dedicated to the cannabis industry in Maine. With that, some disclosure is in order. In addition to my role as associate publisher here at the Portland Phoenix, I'm also part-owner of NECANN, the company behind the recent Portland Cannabis Convention at USM and…
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