1. Update on Vaping

    What had been a series of isolated vaping illnesses became a serious health concern when the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported in mid September that number of vape-related cases had exceeded 500, with eight confirmed deaths. The growth of nicotine vaping, especially among teens, had been a concern for some time; the fact that vaping could cause death became alarming. With no …Read More

  2. Update on Adult-Use Dispensaries in Massachusetts

    We’d love to report that the pace of dispensary openings has picked up, but unfortunately, licensing and local approval is still moving slowly. There are now 30 recreational dispensaries in the Commonwealth, with five licenses fully approved for new dispensaries due to open soon.  The Cannabis Control Commission has received 230 applications for retail dispensaries, and has given provisional li…Read More

  3. Legal Cannabis: What We Can Learn From Other States

    We looked in-depth at what’s going on in other states that have legalized recreational cannabis, and here’s the bottom line: contrary to what the opposition said, the sky has not fallen. Teens are not consuming more; crime, accidents and health issues have not grown appreciably. Making it too easy to grow cannabis commercially or open a recreational dispensary can cause some problems, as can m…Read More

  4. Legal Cannabis: What We Can Learn from Washington State

    Recreational cannabis was approved in Washington in 2012.  While Washington may have been one of the first states to approve recreational weed, it’s the most conservative in its regulations. Washington is the only state among those with legal weed that prohibits any home cultivation (Illinois permits only home cultivation for medical purposes). It also forbids home delivery and cannabis social …Read More

  5. Legal Cannabis: What We Can Learn from Oregon

    Recreational cannabis was approved in Oregon in 2014, with legal sales beginning in October 2015. Commercial grow licenses were deliberately made easy to acquire in the hope that black market growers would be brought into the legal mainstream. The result has been a glut of cannabis in the state—one estimate says there is a 6.5 year supply. That’s good news for consumers, who pay about 2/3 what…Read More

  6. Legal Cannabis: What We Can Learn from Colorado

    Colorado was the first state in the nation to legalize recreational cannabis.  Since legalization went into force in 2014, the state has been seen as a leader in the cannabis field. Contrary to what many feared, five+ years of legal cannabis has not led to massive increases in consumption, illnesses, fatalities or crime in Colordao.   Consumption among adults is up about 14%, from 13.6% to 15.5…Read More

  7. Legal Cannabis: What We Can Learn From California

    In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis; in 2016 it legalized recreational use as well. While the state took a slightly different approach than Massachusetts in some of its regulations, it’s moved faster on some fronts, and so is an interesting bellwether for where we may be in a few years. The bottom line: high taxes and local bans on dispensaries have retarded t…Read More

  8. The Analgesic Potential of Cannabis

    While some cultures have used cannabis for centuries to relieve pain, it’s only recently, with the legalization of medical marijuana in so many U.S. states, that its potential analgesic (pain relief) properties have become widely known.  Studies on the human endocannabinoid system in 1992 identified the role cannabinoids play in bringing bodily functions back into balance, including reducing an…Read More

  9. Cannabis and Holistic Health

    In the rush to embrace the healing power of cannabis—to use it to fight inflammation, mitigate the effects of chemotherapy—we run the risk of repeating the mistakes of pharma-based medicine, which treats problems in isolation. Instead, many believe we should consider a holistic approach, where a range of solutions are used to address the root cause of problems and create a balanced, healthy li…Read More

  10. Cannabis and Nutrition

    During cannabis prohibition, hardly anyone thought of the nutritional value of weed. More likely, if the issue came up, cannabis was seen as an agent of indulgence—if you ever ate it, it was in something fattening like a fudge brownie, and when you smoked it, it gave you the munchies, leading to binge eating snack foods of dubious value. With the widespread legalization of medical cannabis, that…Read More