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…

Talking Through the Unthinkable: Author Maria Padian's Wrecked

Don’t read this one with the kids unless they are educated about, and fortified against, the unthinkable.   April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It has happened to some of us. A relationship of trust and confidence turns out to be nothing but the worst betrayal other than outright murder. Some bear their scars well, and others allow themselves to be more like their attackers than they would like, if they thought about at all.…

What To Do with Your Descendant-of-a-Wolf

Everybody knows, especially this time of year, that dogs love to kick it up a notch and go forward with more speed than a leisurely walk. It keeps their bodies and temperaments healthy. But as dog people know, even if you jog with your pet, he or she still needs to get away from the leash and really tear around at top speed. The blood of ancient hunters really does flow through their shaggy bodies.…

Faking it

Maine has many serious problems, so it’s only natural the Legislature would devote all its efforts to finding solutions.   Except there’s nothing natural about the Legislature (warning: contains androids, invasive species and random bits of plastic), so it’s no wonder legislators dither away their time on insignificant matters. As everyone in this state knows, actual issues of importance are settled by referendum.   Shuffling complicated policy questions off on the voters frees legislators to…

Redefining Refuge – Maine Senators Back Inhumane Wildlife Law

The human race is pretty strange.   What other species writes poetry, frames its thoughts in words, and performs wonderful acts of kindness while, at the same time, condones cruelty to each other and to other creatures who occupy the planet?    Just recently, the United States Senate passed S.J. RES. 18 by a vote of 51 to 47 to allow the killing of denning wolves and pups, hibernating bears and other predators on national…

Portland Deserves Better Sex

Hi there, Portland. My name is Kaylee and I’d like to help you have better sex. Before we jump into making that happen over the coming months, you might be wondering who I am and why I’m qualified help you accomplish that goal. Totally fair. Let’s discuss. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Which, in spite of being a decidedly un-sexy place, is the starting point in my sex educator origin story. That’s because, sex-ed…

All-Out War in Deering Oaks

You know that clerk at the convenience store or the donut shop that you’re pretty sure might be a vampire? They may wear an ankh, or you might hear them talking with one of their regulars about swords and magic spells? Don’t worry, they’re more likely to be a fantasy role-player than a satanist who’s going to put arsenic in your coffee. Their natural habitat is at a seat around a dungeon-master’s table, rolling dice…

Lead Your Little Horses to Water

Did you know that the original storyline of the ballet Swan Lake included a disastrous ending for the dashing Prince Siegfried and his lovely Odette? Hint: That’s one secret you can share with your kids when you make one more attempt to interest them in the most beautiful form of dance. Go on and let them in on the secret: They’ve read about World War II, right? After that nightmare was over, the Bolshoi Ballet…

Is Your Dog Ready for Spring?

The season is upon us, and for breeds of dogs that grow winter coats, spring is extra shedding time. This is because certain hormones in dogs’ blood will stimulate or delay hair growth, depending on the length of the day. So naturally, as the days grow longer, your black clothes get more unpresentable. What can you do to reduce the number of fur balls accumulating in your home? Here are a few ideas:   When…

Give the credit where it’s due

Here’s a rule they don’t teach in economics classes:   It’s not just about lower taxes. It’s really about paying less in taxes than the competition.   Allow me to use myself as an example. Years ago, I developed a successful scheme to reduce my tax bill: I decided to make my living as freelance political columnist, thereby severely limiting my earnings. But even though my annual bills from the tax collectors in Augusta and…
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