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For recreational smokers, gift exchanges are an option

So if recreational marijuana is legal to own and consume, but illegal to buy, how do I get ahold of some? I sought to answer this question the day after Old Port Fest — or rather, the moment my stash went dry. Could I acquire some online and not get in trouble?   My Internet searches didn't last long before I found an ad on Craigslist that read Peanut Chews With Delivery – $250 with Free…

Resisting Corporate Takeover: The Ins and Outs of Growing Cannabis At Home

What is the Corporate Takeover? The No On One Campaign virtuously campaigned against the idea of a “corporate takeover” up until votes on the issue were cast in November of 2016. They insisted that the language of the bill had been designed in the favor of large corporations and out-of-state finance. Were they wrong? Actually, no. Shortly after lawmakers began the committee on recreational cannabis regulation, lobbyists and representatives of cannabis business statewide began approaching…

E-screwed by Escrow? Cannabusting Maine's Marijuana Myths

Just a little over a month ago, during the days after what's becoming a widely recognized national holiday, April 20, news began to surface in the cannabis community that was very unsettling. The newly formed recreational cannabis legislation stated that in order to qualify to apply for a recreational cannabis cultivation facility, one would need to have at a bare minimum $500,000 dollars in escrow. What is escrow? An escrow account is an account that…

How To Be An Ethical Smoker

The ethical arguments for legalizing marijuana are abundant and compelling—from reducing mass incarceration to funding treatments for addicts. But now that it’s legal in Maine, and state after state seems poised to follow suit, there’s a new, more complex question to consider: how can you be an ethical smoker? It’s hard to admit, but weed can be harmful when taking environmental impacts and supply chains into account, making its prominence in hippie culture a tricky…

First time at a cannabis dispensary? Ask these important questions

Even though Maine has one of the longest-running medical marijuana programs in the country, many new patients still don’t know how to navigate the waters of safe access once they become certified.  Below is a basic guide to questions you should be asking whether approaching a caregiver or dispensary.     First off, it’s a good idea to call a potential caregiver or dispensary ahead of time to see if they can answer your questions. Depending…

Home Grown Show Brings Common Ground

As both the recreational and medical cannabis industries in Maine attract more and more attention from successful businesses from Colorado and other legalized states looking to expand their brands here, networking and marketing become more and more vital for local businesses and entrepreneurs. Lucky for us, Home Grown Maine, the longest-running cannabis industry convention in New England, is held right in our backyard (well, Augusta). The 6th annual event will be held at its now familiar…

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…
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