Maine

Fri
08
Feb

Getting in the mood: How pot could change depression and anxiety treatment

Even the world’s most seasoned tokers have experienced the overwhelming and frightening feeling of THC-induced anxiety. We’ve all taken a hit (or consumed an edible) too many, inadvertently thrusting our stoned minds into a vortex of bleak thoughts, or even raising unsubstantiated questions like why is everyone looking at me right now?

Thus, while cannabis has been proven to be beneficial for a wide range of medical conditions, one might assume that it doesn’t offer much relief for mood-related disorders like depression and anxiety.

Thu
07
Feb

The crackdown on CBD edibles has begun

CBD, one of the buzziest wellness products of 2019, just hit a snag. New York City has forbidden the sale of CBD edibles in restaurants, bars, and other establishments that fall under the Department of Health's purview, Eater reported Tuesday. Health inspectors in the city are already visiting restaurants to enforce the crackdown.

Fri
11
Jan

Maine lawmakers developing bills to expunge past cannabis convictions

As many other states with legal adult-use cannabis (and some without) have done, Mainelawmakers will soon consider a handful of bills to expunge or seal past cannabis convictions. At this stage, however, legislators are only weighing bill titles related to those policies. Lawmakers say they haven’t yet drafted specific details about the policies or how the state would implement them. But two competing approaches are currently emerging.

Fri
14
Dec

Medical cannabis convenience store opens in Maine

After voters approved adult-use cannabis legalization in 2016, Maine lawmakers haven’t let outgoing Gov. Paul LePage’s veto power stand in the way of the will of the People. Back in May, state legislators overrode LePage’s veto of a bill legalizing adult-use retail sales. And in July, they overrode the governor’s veto of a medical marijuana program expansion. With many of the restrictions placed on caregivers and dispensaries lifted by the new bill, Maine’s medical cannabis industry has more freedom to operate—and innovate.

Wed
05
Dec

Maine's Marijuana Advisory Commission taking shape

The first appointments to Maine’s Marijuana Advisory Commission are lobbyists with ties to the state’s largest medical cannabis dispensary and the Yes on One campaign.

The 15-member panel was created to review state recreational and medical marijuana laws and recommend changes needed to preserve the public’s health and safety, preserve the intent of the 2016 citizen initiative that legalized adult-use marijuana, and integrate the state’s adult-use and medical cannabis laws, rules and programs. The commission will make recommendations to the Legislature but hold no direct regulatory power.

Thu
22
Nov

Maine: Slow motion crawl toward adult-use marijuana sales

Amid headlines about marijuana legalization getting approved by voters this fall in the Midwest and unlikely places like Utah, a question remains: Whatever happened to marijuana in Maine?

If efficiency and effectiveness are the standard for grading how governments implement the will of the people, Maine would get an “F.” Two years after state voters approved the sale of adult-use cannabis in the state, you still can’t buy it anywhere in Maine. By contrast, voters in Nevada and California approved legal recreational marijuana the same day as voters in Maine but have been able to buy marijuana for a long time. Both businesses and the governments are enjoying the cannabis profits.

Mon
05
Nov

Maine gives potential marijuana consultants an extra week

Consultants hoping to advise Maine on recreational marijuana sales have extra time to apply. The deadline is Thursday for those applying to guide state agencies as they craft adult-use marijuana regulations and review Maine's medical marijuana program.

Mainers in 2016 voted to allow adult-use possession and retail sales of marijuana. Adults over 21 can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

But lawmakers delayed sales, which won't become legal until agencies pass regulations and get legislative approval.

Maine must start accepting recreational marijuana applications 30 days after regulations are adopted. Department of Administrative and Financial Services spokesman David Heidrich recently said rulemaking will begin once a consultant is hired.

Mon
24
Sep

Maine investigates restaurant that gave lobsters marijuana

Restaurant owner says blowing smoke over lobsters is meant to lessen their suffering before they are dropped in boiling water.

State health inspectors are investigating a Maine restaurant that tried to mellow out lobsters with marijuana before killing them to be served, cracked and eaten.

The Portland Press Herald reported that Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor remains open but has stopped allowing customers to request meat from lobsters sedated with marijuana.

Thu
20
Sep

A Maine restaurant wants to kill lobsters humanely by getting them high

Want humanely killed lobster? Order it baked. Well, it’s actually steamed, and the thoughtful restaurant serving this crustacean advertises it as stoned. To the point: Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, in Southwest Harbor, Maine, is exposing its lobsters to marijuana smoke before cooking them, according to the Mount Desert Islander.

Owner Charlotte Gill explains that she tested the effects of weed smoke on a lobster named Roscoe, placing the lobster in about two inches of water inside a covered box, and then pumping the smoke into the liquid in sort of a water bong scenario.

Wed
12
Sep

Maine seeks consultant to help set up marijuana markets

Maine is seeking a marijuana consultant to advise officials on how to set up regulations for the state's recreational and medical pot markets.

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