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Stoned and stupid

The stoners pushing a referendum to legalize the use of marijuana by adults in Maine's most populous city seem to be growing dopier by the toke — in both senses of dopier.
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By AL DIAMON  |  July 06, 2013
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The NCIA targets cannabusiness reform

By using the vocabulary of Washington power brokers, NCIA appeals to lawmakers in terms they can understand.
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By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 08, 2013
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Hash Oil: Medicinal, or solvent-laden scare?

Hash oil, also known as "BHO," "honey oil," "wax," "honeycomb," and "shatter," is a powerful, concentrated cannabis extract.
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 01, 2013
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Not-so-secret gardens: DIY MMJ

Cannabis cultivation is an art as much as it is a craft — and urban living in our New England climate presents a gamut of indoor-gardening challenges for novices and pro growers alike.
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By ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 08, 2013
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Got a connection?

My sympathies for your pain. You are not alone in your quest for relief without using pharmaceutical painkillers.
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 08, 2013
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Is your weed covered?

Will my health insurance cover medical marijuana? Can I share my medical marijuana? Your burning questions, answered.
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 01, 2013


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Introducing Senator Buzzkill’s new pot bill

Back in November, the people of Massachusetts circumvented their elected lawmakers by legalizing medical marijuana through a ballot measure.
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By ARIEL SHEARER  |  January 11, 2013
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Deck the halls with boughs of dankies

Better than a fat bag of skunk, the Commonwealth's vote to legalize medical marijuana has come as the best gift any Mass stoner could ask for.
GIFT GUIDE 2012
By ARIEL SHEARER AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2012
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As marijuana laws ease nationwide, Maine leads — and responds

With a marijuana legalization proposal on the horizon and a medical cannabis program that continues to evolve, Maine is an active participant in the country's pot revolution.
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By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 30, 2012
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Massachusetts and Medical Marijuana: The FAQs

Everything you want to know about Massachusetts and medical marijuana but were afraid to ask.

By CARLY CARIOLI AND VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  November 16, 2012

Pot patients could be out in the cold

Mainers who live in federally subsidized low-income housing and legally use marijuana to ease symptoms of chronic conditions may find themselves forced to choose between their shelter and their medicine, if a new Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) pol
Gimme Shelter Dept.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 19, 2012


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Weapons in the War for Drugs: Marijuana Unit

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By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  September 28, 2012
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Take a hit

Compromises must be made.
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By KARL STEVENS  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: Ted

Seth MacFarlane is making his big-screen debut with yet another dope and his talking teddy bear.
Dumbing down Family Guy 's Brian for the big screen
By ANNE LEWINSON  |  June 29, 2012
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Sleep | Dopesmoker [re-issue]

In the early-'90s metal drought, a strange strain developed through the cracks in the pavement, as downtuned strings, sluggish tempos, and vintage amplification led to the blossoming of stoner rock.
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By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 08, 2012
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How the General Assembly decriminalized pot possession

The long-term prospects for decriminalizing possession of a small amount of marijuana always seemed good.
June Surprise
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 08, 2012


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The quiet push to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island

The often frustrating push to get a workable medical marijuana regime up and running in Rhode Island has received plenty of ink in recent years. But the state's pot politics don't end there.
Pot is not a crime
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 20, 2012
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The Big Hurt: This week in image problems

Poor Biebs. He just wants to be the wholesome kid next door, but with his 18th birthday creeping up, America's youth-stealing culture just can't wait to liquor him up and lay him.
Bieber's adulthood, Manson and Trent's arson, Snoop's weed, Adele's weight, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé's baby
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 20, 2012
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Medical marijuana 2.0

The medical marijuana movement has always had to be nimble.
In a tough political environment, the movement weighs a tricky reinvention
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 13, 2012

In the Phoenix; and Chafee on Civil Disobedience


I've got a cover story in today's Phoenix about Rhode Island's tricky shift to what I call Medical Marijuana 2.0.After a threatened federal crackdown, Governor...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 12, 2012
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Barfield and the bong

Any resemblance to real cartoon cats, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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By KARL STEVENS  |  December 30, 2011


On reclassifying marijuana


Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced today that they have filed a petition with the Drug Enforcement Agency asking for...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 30, 2011

Chafee Sent Signals on Medical Marijuana


Lincoln Chafee's announcement yesterday that he would refuse to license three medical marijuana dispensaries hit pot activists hard. But it was not unexpected. Some quick...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 30, 2011
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How To Grow Pot In Your Dorm Room

First things first: If you follow the instructions below, you are an idiot who is risking fines, imprisonment, getting kicked out of school, and worse.
Time to make the nuggets
By ROY BLUNT JR.  |  September 30, 2011
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The Adventures of Captain Hub

And his adorable fuzzy sidekick, Super Quill.
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By KARL STEVENS  |  September 30, 2011
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Photos: Freedom Rally 2011 at Boston Common

Mass Cann/NORML's annual Freedom Rally comes to the Boston Common on September 17, 2011.
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By K. BONAMI  |  September 23, 2011


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Photos: Tree play the 22nd Annual Freedom Rally

Tree play the Freedom Rally main stage on September 17, 2011.
Boston Common | September 17, 2011
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 23, 2011
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Rolling Rally

It would have been impossible — or at least boneheaded — to print this sort of treasure map a few years ago.
Make the most of your freedom
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 16, 2011

Green light for Maine’s biggest dispensary company

It'll be a while before Portlanders with doctor's orders for medical marijuana have a local dispensary, but Northeast Patients Group may open its first facility in Thomaston in the next couple of weeks.
Marijuana Watch
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 02, 2011
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Chafee’s number

This week, we continue with a running feature, the Gubernatorial Scorecard. Every so often, we'll rate Lincoln Chafee from 1 to 10 on both the politics and substance of his most recent maneuverings.
Gubernatorial Scorecard
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 29, 2011