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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 —…

'Too High'? ― Twenty Percent Pot Tax Sparks Discussion

In my last installment, we discussed how being an ethical smoker includes participating in the legislative process as Maine’s recreational pot regulations take shape. Folks, the time is nigh. With lawmakers currently hammering out what the state’s commercial pot program will look like upon implementation next year, it’s now critical for those of us interested in eventually buying or selling recreational marijuana to pay close attention — and weigh in, before the full legislature takes…

Bud and Breakfast: Maine's First Cannabis Inn Opens Amidst Slight Controversy

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…

Ancient Highs: Cannabis' Long, Weird History

The history of humans and cannabis is a long, tumultuous love affair that you probably haven’t dedicated much thought to.   Nowadays, ingesting marijuana is discussed endearingly in countless forms of media. We sing songs about it, watch TV shows around it, blog about growing it, and gloat about cooking with it. The love for cannabis extends far past college campuses and music festivals — how many homes do we visit that have some sort…

How It's Made: Shattering Myths About Shatter

It cannot be overstated how important the industry of recreational cannabis will be for the state of Maine. As the industry evolves and becomes more advanced, and as customers demand different products and experiences, the state will start to see new, inventive ways to get stoned.   The most popular way to do so appears to be dabbing, which is hotter now than a red titanium nail.  Simply put, dabbing describes the process of lighting…
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