Homegrown In Maine (39)

This Machine Tests How Strong Your Bud Is — Here's how it works

If (for whatever reason) you had to convince someone about the legitimacy of the burgeoning cannabis industry, show them some of its products. Twenty-nine states have implemented some sort of legal marijuana measure in the past 20 years and entrepreneurs and growers there have had time to test out some cool gadgets related to the business.   To me, the use of these  — often scientific — tools speaks to the seriousness of the cannabis industry;…

Hypocrisy Revealed — LePage hurt job creators with his marijuana veto

There are many intelligent, knowledgeable people in the Maine cannabis industry that opposed the recreational cannabis sales bill that was vetoed by Governor LePage earlier this week. The bill was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and I respect the opinions of those who were against it, specifically those who offered alternative options while sticking to the original ballot question’s timeline for implementation. The Governor’s veto and letter of explanation (i.e. lies) are…

Trump Blows Smoke on Opioids, Avoids Mentioning Cannabis

At the end of October, President Donald Trump officially declared the opioid epidemic a "national public health emergency," which would free up some federal funds to tackle the crisis, expand the use of telemedicine to treat substance abuse in rural areas, and spur the creation of a “really big, really great” anti-drug advertising campaign, a la “Just Say No” of the 1980s. On the surface, the announcement appeared to be Trump making good on his…

Will Maine's adult-use marijuana bill survive?

LR 2395 – An Act To Amend The Marijuana Legalization Act passed in the Maine House and Senate last Monday but it still faces an uncertain future. Supporters and opponents suspect that Gov. LePage will veto it, despite his pledge last year not to overturn the will of the voters.  Opinions around the legislative rewrite — which has been worked on by a special committee for 7 months — remain contentious.  Some, oppose it simply from…

What's taking so long? Mainers are anxious to start buying and selling recreational marijuana

Hundreds gathered at last week’s 3rd Annual New England Cannabis Convention amidst stalls displaying everything from the latest lighting and trimming technology, cultivation products, and an array of the latest strains, vaporizers, edibles, and CBD topicals, to talk shop about marijuana. But underlying the industry chatter among vendors and attendees was an overwhelming sense of frustration with the delayed implementation of the measure voters approved of in November 2016 and the uncertainty surrounding its rewrite currently…

You Are What You Smoke (or Eat, or Vape, or Dab)

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold It’s just about harvest time for outdoor cannabis growers in Maine, and by the end of the month, 14 marijuana farming operations are set to be accredited by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Certified Clean Cannabis program, otherwise known as MC3.   Now in its…

What Cannabis Means To Me - Perspectives From the Boston Freedom Rally

For the thousands who flocked to Boston Common a couple weekends ago, the 28th annual Boston Freedom Rally was all about celebrating their historic November win, when the adult use of marijuana was legalized by voters in the Bay State.  The event, organized by MassCann/NORML, was layered with live music, public speeches, educational panels, glimmering sunshine and thick smoke-haze— along with curious tourists wandering through, unaware they’d hit the communal joint jackpot. Police presence through…

Culture of Excess: The Strangest Products On The Cannabis Market

Call me old-fashioned, but when it comes to consuming cannabis, I’m perfectly satisfied with a simple, tightly rolled joint. Clean bowls/pipes are nice too. Much of everything else — gravity bongs, CBD oil vaporizers, crazy edibles, and water-soluble THC capsules — seems a bit excessive. After all, I’m usually just trying to make a book or movie more interesting with a delicate buzz, not blast myself to the point where I’m sinking into the couch…

The skinny on solvents

Chemical Separation: Chemical separation is another technique used to remove the trichomes from the plant matter; but it is far different from mechanical because it uses what are sometimes very volatile gases for extraction. However many of the techniques are remarkably safe under the right conditions, and furthermore, many of the solvents used are not even very volatile. Regardless, there are many other parameters to consider when discussing solvent VS. non solvent extractions. Bottom line:…

The glass ceiling: cracked, but intact — When it comes to gender parity, don't let the cannabis industry fall behind

“Jane,” a caregiver in Oxford County, has been growing cannabis for more than a decade; an older female friend of her mother was the one who initially introduced her to the plant’s medicinal properties. These days, Jane serves multiple patients and has years of expertise under her belt. Yet sometimes, she still finds herself forced to assert herself among her male counterparts. Jane has resorted to “interrupting, talking over — even raising my voice —…
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