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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

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

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

Massachusetts and Medical Marijuana: The FAQs

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


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

Here in Massachusetts and around the country, it's been a celebratory few weeks as marijuana prohibitions have gone up in smoke. But f or doctors, black marketeers, and the entrepreneurs who will soon form Massachusetts's first legal marijuana economy,
Haze of Glory
By 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

On the Cheap: iYO Cafe

Without any children at my disposal, I decided the best way to evaluate iYO Cafe, a self-serve yogurt and waffle shop, would be to rally some girlfriends and smoke a fat joint before heading over.
DIY dessert in Davis Square
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 12, 2012

Take a hit

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

The planet known as California

More future adventures with Karl.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 14, 2012
Short Take: Peace, Love and Misunderstanding

Review: Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

When her husband (Kyle MacLachlan) asks for a divorce, New York corporate lawyer Diane (Catherine Keener) takes her teenage children, brainy vegan Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) and Werner Herzog-wannabe Jake (Nat Wolff), up to Woodstock to meet her estranged mo
Summer of free love
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 08, 2012


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

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.
Southern Lord (2012)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 08, 2012
Short Take: High School

Review: High School

A pot comedy that won't reward even the most easily satisfied stoner, High School is just as inane and ignorant as the Reefer Madness -style films it aims to satirize.
Inane and ignorant
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 08, 2012

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

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


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

Barfield and the bong

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

The Adventures of Captain Hub

And his adorable fuzzy sidekick, Super Quill.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 30, 2011

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

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


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
Cops arrest zero people at Boston’s annual pot rally

Cops arrest zero people at Boston’s annual pot rally

Marking an incremental, mostly symbolic, but still notable victory for New Englanders who love to smoke weed, the BPD reports that they did not arrest...
By Barry Thompson  |  September 21, 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
Our idiot brother 2

Review: Our Idiot Brother

Homeless and bounced from one sister's house to the next, will Ned and his simplicity serve as a touchstone of truth for these miserable women?
Jesse Peretz's obnoxious comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 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
Frank and Pot

Are Civil (Liberties) Unions America's Best Hope?

Ron Paul and Barney Frank make odd bedfellows, but one hopes theirs is more than a one-night-stand.
Freedom Watch

Pot legalization bill release set for tomorrow at 10 am

Representative Diane Russell, a Democrat from Portland, will release An Act to Legalize and Tax Marijuana at Portland City Hall at 10 am tomorrow. The...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  April 19, 2011