Medical Marijuana

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Will Mass ban medibles?

"Medibles" are medical-marijuana edibles — foods that can come in any number of forms, from candies, cookies, brownies, and lollipops to lasagna, soup, and tea.
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 15, 2013

Listening to Medical Marijuana

The Department of Public Health is moving forward with the development of Massachusetts's medical-marijuana regulations, despite efforts by state legislators to rewrite the law.

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  February 22, 2013

California pot RX: legal in MA?

My boyfriend has a medical-marijuana card from California. Will dispensaries in Massachusetts accept that?
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 18, 2013

Patrick Kennedy's unexpected challenge to marijuana legalization

Since leaving Capitol Hill in 2010, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy has devoted much of his energy to mental health concerns.
Next Act
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 11, 2013

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.
Common Sensi
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  January 11, 2013

Flying high? Your MMJ inquiries, answered

"Doctors have the First Amendment right to talk about things with their patients," including marijuana, explains well-known local pot attorney Steve Epstein.
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 04, 2013


Medical-marijuana caregivers: a growing need

"Common Sensi" is our new series covering the local impact of a national cannabis revolution.
Common Sensi
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 28, 2012

How to toke if you're broke

Welcome to "Burning Questions," the first in a series devoted to your medical-marijuana FAQs.
Burning Questions
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 21, 2012

Smoke signals

The Massachusetts Medical Society's strident opposition to medical marijuana helped prevent passage in the legislature, but could not defeat the ballot initiative.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 14, 2012

Weed the People

The only real role of towns and cities is to figure out where patients will be able to buy, or not to buy, prescription pot.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2012

Prescription Pothole

It seems strange to say that politicians lack the courage to pass a bill that's favored by the vast majority of their constituents. But that's where Massachusetts stands on its long, strange trip to legalize distribution of medically prescribed marijuana
For the sick in need of medical marijuana, it looks like the people will have to provide the relief that their representatives won’t
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 27, 2012


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

Photos: Freedom Rally 2011 at Boston Common

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

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

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

Portland’s medical-pot prognosis: Keep patients waiting

The bloom is off the buds, that's for sure.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 22, 2011


Up in smoke?

Ten months after President Obama took office, his Justice Department issued a remarkable directive.
Obama is threatening a medical marijuana crackdown in Rhode Island and across the country. Should Governor Chafee call his bluff?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 15, 2011

Higher education, with joint enrollment

When he's teaching pot-growing classes at places like the Ramada convention center in Saco, Ray Logan doesn't use actual marijuana plants for demonstration — he substitutes basil or pepper plants, whatever's available that day from High Tech Garden Suppl
Summer school
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011

Obama's medical marijuana crackdown

Rhode Island's medical marijuana community took another hit this week — only this time it didn't result in any healing.
Weed Dept.
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  May 06, 2011

Smoke Local

Lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, and . . . pot? As Maine's medical-marijuana program inches closer to business-as-usual, weed is on the verge of becoming a meaningful part of the state's economy — a budding piece of Maine's local, sustainable, pro-agricu
Where will marijuana fit into Maine's economy?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2011

Mass pot reform blazes up

The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) is hardly a stoned cadre of spliff-roasting slackers. They don't have that luxury.
Legalize It
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 07, 2011

Election whoas

Never before have a I seen such a classist, racist, lock-step-thinking set of election results in my time living here, and I — OK, kidding; kidding. Just wanted to get a rise out of the people who still think I'm all "Maine is a mess" and "White people
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 12, 2010

Illegal smile

Suppose you lived in an alternative universe, and you needed toothpaste, so you could brush your alternative teeth and look hygienic.
What if toothpaste were as hard to get as medical marijuana?
By AL DIAMON  |  August 13, 2010

Where to put the pot?

With last week's decision that Northeast Patients Group, based in Augusta, has been chosen by state health officials to open the first medical-marijuana dispensary in Cumberland County, we have moved just a tad closer to having an actual functioning medi
Scouting locations for Cumberland County's first medical-marijuana dispensary
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  July 16, 2010

Where to put the pot: Our map

Scott Getchell's rendering of a site map for medical marijuana dispensaries in Greater Portland.
Pronounced "pot lend"
By SCOTT GETCHELL  |  July 16, 2010

Wanna sell some pot?

If you want to sell pot legally in Maine, now's your chance.There are a few catches:-you have to incorporate as a non-profit-you have to have...
By Jeff Inglis  |  May 05, 2010


Reefer gladness at the Crowne Plaza

Thirty-five years ago, a doctor took Elvy Musikka aside and told her that she’d go blind from her glaucoma if she didn’t start smoking. Marijuana, that is.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  April 23, 2010

Montel on marijuana

Montel Williams (talk-show host, multiple sclerosis sufferer, veteran) will deliver the keynote speech at Maine's June 5 medical marijuana conference. Here, he debates the topic...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  April 22, 2010

Pot bill progresses in Augusta

At the end of February, Topsham became the latest Maine community to consider moratoriums on medical-marijuana dispensaries in the wake of last November's election.
C'Mon Doc ...
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2010

Pot cookies

This video is on the PPH website. Watch through the end, and you'll understand why. (The folks behind the medical-marijuana initiative are planning a June conference...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 03, 2010