O, Cannabis! Get Weed Now — No Medical Card Required, if you know where to go
Feb20

O, Cannabis! Get Weed Now — No Medical Card Required, if you know where to go

Standing outside a strip mall in Springfield, I pull on the handle of the double-deadbolted door of a storefront with dark windows and a paper green arrow that says “Herbs” hanging under the company sign, but it doesn’t budge. I can hear men inside talking and laughing, so I give a knock and stare straight into the camera above the door, hoping there’s something in my face that will let the bouncer know I’m cool. Nothing. Do I need to...

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O, Cannabis: Can I Give You Some Weed? and Other Important Questions
Jan23

O, Cannabis: Can I Give You Some Weed? and Other Important Questions

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts on Dec. 15, 2016, but the state is in a legal gray area right now as a system to sell weed is established. The consumption of recreational marijuana is now legal, but the sale of recreational marijuana isn’t yet. That’s quite the conundrum. State lawmakers recently pushed back the open date of recreational marijuana retailers by six months, from January 2018 to July 2018, extending...

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O, Cannabis! Coming Out – to kids, parents, husbands – as a Weed Enthusiast
Dec19

O, Cannabis! Coming Out – to kids, parents, husbands – as a Weed Enthusiast

I came out as a marijuana enthusiast to my family when I was 16 and fell on my mother. Late at night, I had been out with some friends smoking pot and gossiping. I came home to find my mom still up, sitting in her rocking recliner in the living room watching TV. I leaned in to give her a kiss goodnight and fell over on her. That was the easiest time I ever came out to someone who wasn’t passing me a pipe. Short and sweet. Obviously, I...

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O, Cannabis!: Getting the Best Deal on Medical Marijuana
Nov21

O, Cannabis!: Getting the Best Deal on Medical Marijuana

If you get up real close to the New England Treatment Access medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton, you can smell the earthy aroma of cannabis through the brick walls. Established in 2015, NETA’s Conz Street dispensary is, so far, the only medical Mary Jane shop west of Worcester. In August, I obtained my Massachusetts medical marijuana card — and I used it this past week. The dispensary is a weed oasis behind a fortified gate....

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Don’t Light Up Yet: Recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is going to roll out slowly
Nov07

Don’t Light Up Yet: Recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is going to roll out slowly

Before you step outside puffing on a celebratory fattie, know that, despite the vote on Tuesday, recreational marijuana isn’t legal in Massachusetts, yet. That’ll happen on Dec. 15, when the ballot measure goes into effect. And even when Dec. 15 comes, the state is unlikely to see a weed free-for-all. There were rules built into the ballot measure to prevent that from happening and state lawmakers have said they plan on getting...

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O, Cannabis: Worried About Weed? Then Legalize It
Oct24

O, Cannabis: Worried About Weed? Then Legalize It

A stoner buddy of mine recently shocked me when she said she has no intention of voting on Nov. 8. Weed is already practically legal, she argued, and both the presidential candidates are duds. I reminded her that Question 3 on the ballot may set more humane standards for farm animal confinement, and for that reason, she may hit the polls on Election Day. As a journalist, I can be reduced to a sputtering mess when people in my life...

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