O Cannabis: Hey Pilgrim, How Was Your First Weed Harvest? 
Oct23

O Cannabis: Hey Pilgrim, How Was Your First Weed Harvest? 

The harvest is in and I can’t believe the results. My husband and I didn’t weigh our cannabis haul from our home garden, but we were able to fill a bunch of regular-size salsa jars with marijuana. This is more than good enough for me! Like many weed enthusiasts in the state, we enjoyed our first home-grown harvest in October. Strike up the weed exchanges! It’s kind of like a cookie exchange — and there may be cookies — but way danker....

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O Cannabis: A How-To Guide to Harvesting Weed
Sep25

O Cannabis: A How-To Guide to Harvesting Weed

You can smell fall in the air — and in Massachusetts the aroma is a lot danker than usual. This October will mark the first major outdoor weed harvest since people ages 21 and up were given the green light to legally grow marijuana in Massachusetts on Dec. 15, 2016. In May, I wrote a how-to-grow guide and it feels fitting to follow that up with a how-to on harvesting. I spoke with cannabis artist Marty Klein of Easthampton and medical...

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O Cannabis! : Puff Or Pass? Best and Worst Rolling Papers for Your Weed
Aug28

O Cannabis! : Puff Or Pass? Best and Worst Rolling Papers for Your Weed

Rolling papers and Rodney Dangerfield have long had a lot in common: they didn’t get no respect. But as marijuana’s cultural cachet has risen, so too have the quality and variety of smoking equipment. The humble rolling paper has been elevated to prestige level with Shine, a 24-k gold leafed paper that sells for $12 per sheet and, from what I hear, provides a premium smoking experience as the gold flakes off with the burn. Overall,...

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O, Cannabis: Getting Into The Weeds On Massachusetts’ Pot Bill
Jul24

O, Cannabis: Getting Into The Weeds On Massachusetts’ Pot Bill

We’re no Nevada, but last week Massachusetts took two rippin’ steps toward weed legalization and protection in the state. First the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a business cannot fire an employee for being a medical marijuana patient — a decision that is causing headaches in HR offices around the state who claim it will be difficult to maintain drug-free workplaces. Then the Legislature passed a compromise bill on...

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O Cannabis: Getting Into The Weeds Of Massachusetts’ Pot Bill
Jul21

O Cannabis: Getting Into The Weeds Of Massachusetts’ Pot Bill

We’re no Nevada, but last week Massachusetts took two rippin’ steps toward weed legalization and protection in the state. First the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a business cannot fire an employee for being a medical marijuana patient — a decision that is causing headaches in HR offices around the state who claim it will be difficult to maintain drug-free workplaces. Then the Legislature passed a compromise bill on...

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Growing Your Own Weed In Massachusetts: A How-To Guide
May22

Growing Your Own Weed In Massachusetts: A How-To Guide

With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, many people with green thumbs are preparing to put their saplings and seeds into the ground — the beginnings of this season’s garden. It’s usually the same old stuff: tomatoes, green beans, peppers, berries, carrots. But this year there will be an exciting, new addition to many home gardens: the gloriously stank-n-dank flower cannabis. Massachusetts is in a hazy space with marijuana at the...

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O, Cannabis! How to Taste the Nuances of Marijuana Like a Pro
Mar27

O, Cannabis! How to Taste the Nuances of Marijuana Like a Pro

Now that marijuana is legal, the perception of the drug is changing. We’re on the road of cannabis no longer being thought of as some seedy contraband in a sandwich bag tossed through a car window to potheads, but a varied, quality — and dare I say, refined — hobby. With the ability to purchase and grow identified strains with known THC and other compound levels, weed smokers can zero-in on the buds they like and sample the best of...

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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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O, Cannabis! It Could be Worse, healthier ways to consume weed
Aug22

O, Cannabis! It Could be Worse, healthier ways to consume weed

At a concert — years ago — I was dancing in the front row when the familiar aroma of bright piney buds wafted by. It didn’t take long to find the source; a friendly gorilla finger was passing down the line. A sweaty dude in the neon pink knit cap exhaled a big billowing cloud before handing me the joint. Almost a roach at this point, I put the paper to my lips and got a mouthful of tar. As I spat sticky clumps of resin onto the dirt,...

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O, Cannabis: A Heady Vacation, Traveling With Weed
Jun27

O, Cannabis: A Heady Vacation, Traveling With Weed

It’s summer! The season in which most Americans seek to do some deep unwinding by hopping in the car, on a plane, or a ship and getting away from it all. There is one thing millions of people aren’t seeking to leave behind, though, and it’s also headily conducive to a deep unwind: weed. Since marijuana was decriminalized in Massachusetts in 2008, being caught with less than an ounce of pot amounts to a fine. But not everywhere else is...

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O’Cannabis: Snacks ‘n’ Snags – Stoner eats; the march toward marijuana legalization hits a bump
May23

O’Cannabis: Snacks ‘n’ Snags – Stoner eats; the march toward marijuana legalization hits a bump

The hungry stoner is a crude cliche. Ravenous, bug-eyed, slovenly, and insatiable is how the type is usually portrayed in pop culture. The truly initiated, however, know that while weed can bring on a powerful case of the munchies, it’s nothing to go all reefer madness about. In fact, what brings on the need for nosh is a small tweaking of the senses. In 2014, a team of European scientists found that THC, the chemical in marijuana...

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O, Cannabis! Pro-pot and Proud, Extravaganja in Northampton
Apr25

O, Cannabis! Pro-pot and Proud, Extravaganja in Northampton

Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, you’re wasting your time with your anti-marijuana legalization effort, the Campaign for a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts. So far, the campaign, which launched in late April, has little more to say than, “Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children!” The campaign’s site is literally a link to a Boston Globe editorial, a “donate” button, and a...

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