Lessons From Portugal: Drug czar comes to the RI State House
“Drugs are good — drugs are so good that they may become the only source of pleasure in one’s life.” Those may not be words that you would expect from someone in charge of a national drug policy, but Dr. João Goulão knows what he’s talking about. On January 9, a crowd of about 75, […]
New Year, New Rules?: Oversight committee tackles issues in medical marijuana program
RI’s medical marijuana program has undergone several iterations since it was made into law in 2006, evolving from a program widely known for supporting patient rights and access to one dominated by money and politics. Recent proposed changes to the program would increase the number of compassion centers to nine from three, which is a […]
Love+Destroy: Form meets function with locally made cannabis accessories
Britni Sweet, founder of the 3-year-old cannabis company Love+Destroy — named for its founder’s love of weed and desire to destroy the stigma surrounding it — creates high-end, visually appealing cannabis accessories. Sweet is a designer by trade, which came in handy when she couldn’t find a cannabis product that met her needs for design […]
US House of Reps Makes History, Votes to Deschedule Marijuana
On November 20, the US House Judiciary Committee took a huge step toward ending the prohibition of marijuana when they voted to pass the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act. True to its name, the legislation would not only remove cannabis from the federal controlled substances list (where it currently sits at schedule 1, […]
From Dakota with Love: Lessons on cannabis farming from Indigenous lands
My cannabis journey began in the 1980s, and I always knew there was more that Indigenous people could teach others about plant medicines. In 2018, former Fall River mayoral candidate Erica Scott (Lenape tribe) and I were fortunate enough to cross paths when we embarked upon an adventure in the industry. Because she’s a clean water […]
Pot Politics: Who should have the final say in RI cannabis regulations?
There were significant changes made to RI cannabis policy in last year’s budget submitted by Governor Gina Raimondo, involving both the medical marijuana program and the newly legalized hemp regulations. The House Finance Committee also added a provision to the state budget that would require all new cannabis regulations to be “subject to approval by […]
Mixing up the Medicine: CBD in cocktails?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: In my opinion, cannabis is WAY safer than alcohol. But what happens when the two are combined? I’m not talking about getting crossfaded after you decide to take a puff or two after a night of drinking — I’m talking canna-beverages. Weed beer and wine have […]
On Cloud Nine-One-One?: Vaping safety
Unless you’ve been avoiding the news (which is honestly understandable these days), you’ve probably heard recently about the dangers of vaping. This week we saw the sixth confirmed death from the mysterious vape-related illness that seems to be sweeping the nation. Although we have yet to see any cases in RI, the RI Department of […]
Nature’s Medicine Cabinet: Fight back against colds with cannabis
Last week I felt it. That refreshing and distinctly cool breeze that whips in and out of the hot summer air and lingers around our shoulders just long enough to remind us that summer is not endless here in New England and… Autumn is coming. Aside from the celebrated decomposing chlorophyll, the onset of fall also […]
4/20: Do its origins appear in Lovecraft’s writings?
H.P. Lovecraft wrote these words in 1936, describing a psychoactive plant that may sound familiar to some readers: “I had encountered at last one of those curious mirage-plants about which so many of our men told stories. Anderson had warned me of them, and described their appearance very closely – the shaggy stalk, the spiky […]