Reflections, After Legalizing Cannabis for Adult Use in Maine.

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Maine voted on legalizing cannabis for all adults in the state of Maine on Nov. 8, 2016 and while we have yet to implement any retail locations for Mainer to purchase their cannabis besides established Medical Patients who can purchase cannabis from the many dispensaries around. With more popping up in anticipation of eventual implementation of our adult use cannabis laws. Why we don’t have them yet is a long story but it boils down to one basic fact.

Maine-Governor-Vetoes-Bill-to-Regulate-Sale-and-Tax-on-Adult-Use-Marijuana-facebook Our Governor Paul Lepage has been the major Road block to enacting the law that we voted on. The bill has been butchered and several thing have been taken away from Mainers. Including a reduction in plant count and the elimination of cannabis social clubs for example. Maine is now going to be a better place as he is leaving office at the end of this year and hopefully with his departure the road block to retail sales will be lifted.

There has also been a shift in the acceptability of cannabis use in public. As someone who has needed to use cannabis in public to manage my pain where it felt I still had to really hide it to what it is now. As long as you are being respectful and not smoking at the entrance of a store or in a crowded area, people just don’t care anymore. Really the way it should be. This also makes it easier to share with people. For example after I got my dogs nails trimmed and buffed I saw his groomer outside vaping so we shared I joint I was about to smoke. Or the appliance delivery guys that came to my house I shared a bowl with. It’s like offering someone some tea when they are at your house. It’s only polite.

This does not mean everyone loves cannabis now. I still run into people: who don’t like it, or don’t use it, or don’t fully approve of cannabis, or believe the old stereotypes, but they are not as vocal as they once would have been and a few that are still stuck in the reefer madness area of thought, but they are few and father in-between.

Overall, I have to say that cannabis is in Maine is pretty widely accepted and that is a really good feeling.

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Grow room pest: Spider-mites

One of my biggest fears as a medical cannabis grower has happened. My grow room and flower room have been infested with spider-mites.

I’ve only dealt with these pests once before when I lost power for almost two weeks. I’ve yanked out and composted the worst of the infested plants. Got some help and throughly cleaned the flower room and everything that was inside it; all the pots, saucers, pot elevation platforms and ect… Along with recycling all the the ducting uses in the rooms.

I’m now about half way through my battle with this pest now. I’ve treated the remaining plants in my veg room with Green Cleaner an all natural spider-mite killer.

I will get past this pest and get my rooms on track again. Life is chaotic but I will face down my fears and win this battle. I’m also grateful that I have not got the borg sub species of spider-mite that is a cannabis specialist and nearly impossible to kill.

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Maine’s Adult Use Marijuana Bill reviewed and the limbo Maine is in.

potlawsBoth the Maine House and Senate have voted on H.P 1199 L.D 1719 and after several changes to the bill the passed it. This bill only needs to be signed into law by the Governor of Maine Paul Lepage. He has 10 days to sign it or veto it. Gov. Lepage has vowed to veto the bill even though it passed with a number of votes that could easy over turn a veto. As the goal prior to sending the bill to the Governor that it should be veto proof. How did they make it veto proof? The made the bill a money grab and reduced the rights the bill allowed. Hoping that would entice the Governor into signing the bill.

The newly amendment bill changes several things from the original bill that Mainers voted for. Some of the biggest changes are a higher tax rate from 10% to 20%. Along with increasing excise taxes on the seeds, mature plants, and on bud/extracts that will be levied at the growers of adult use cannabis that will trickle down the the consumer. This also strips down the rights of Mainers to grow their own cannabis by reducing the plant count allowed from 6 mature plants to 3 mature plants. It also removes the provision to allow cannabis social clubs a place for people to gather and use cannabis. To read the bill yourself follow the link to the Maine State Legislator at the bottom of this post.

What then is governor Lepage have against the bill? Well as it was reported in The Maine Press Herald, “LePage has been pushing more consolidation of the medical and recreational industries. If the pending adult-use bill becomes law, Maine would tax recreational cannabis at an effective rate of 20 percent while taxing medical marijuana at a much lower rate of 5.5 percent, or 8 percent for medical edibles. LePage believes the tax differential would encourage recreational marijuana users to use medical marijuana instead of the adult-use market to save money.”

So if someone qualifies for medical cannabis and would save money on the taxes and that is what he has a problem with. The bill was changed to be a money grab by the state compared to what Mainers voted on and the new bill just does not seem to take enough money from people. This is actually extremely revealing in his motivations and it is honestly scary.

A few points against this thought that the medical program will not prevent the adult use program from making money. Not everyone qualifies for medical cannabis. Not everyone will want to go through the process of getting a medical card even if they do qualify. Maine is a tourist state; tourist all will pay the adult use taxes on their cannabis. Lepage is just being extra greedy on a bill that was changed to be a money grab by the state. The bill already increased the tax from 10% to 20% the tourist will pay a lot already. Stop being so greedy over a plant!

Maine might stay in our limbo of having passed adult use cannabis laws but without the ability to legally purchase adult use cannabis. If Lepage does veto the new adult use cannabis bill the numbers in the House and Senate that voted for this bill could over turn Lepage’s veto, but that is still more time and more delays in the implementation of the adult use cannabis bill.

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Maine State Legislator:

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1719&PID=1456&snum=128

Portland Press Herald:

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/16/lepage-said-he-intends-to-veto-retail-pot-bill/

Reading Maine’s adult use cannabis bill…

Today, I’m reading the new adult use cannabis bill HP 1199 LD1719 (73 pages) and it’s amendments (84 additional pages).

It was voted on and passed Tuesday night. This will be Maine’s new cannabis laws.

Blog article to follow with my thoughts…

Source: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1719&PID=1456&snum=128

Congratulations Vermont, for being the 9th State to Legalize Adult Use Cannabis.

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Just a few days ago Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed H.511 that legalized adult use of cannabis for anyone in Vermont over the age of 21. This bill also allows people grow six plants with two plant as mature.  (I assume that means flowering) and allow to keep all of their harvest. The growing limit is by household not by per adult.  Although this bill does not allow the retail sale of cannabis this is definitely a great start for Vermont.

When Vermont wrote their recreational cannabis bill they also did it in a unique way that no other state has done. Vermont pass their cannabis use bill not through a voter initiative on the ballot but instead through legislation. The new law will take effect in July 1, 2018.

Again congratulations Vermont for being the ninth state to come to their scenes an allow adults to use cannabis if the choose too.

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My Reaction to Story of The First Claimed Cannabis Related Death.

IMG_1471This morning I woke up and read an article that came out of Colorado’s local news WZZM13. The Article, “Doctors Claim first Marijuana Overdose Death.”

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The Article goes over a case where a 11 month old child ingests a cannabis edible and several days later has a seizure and eventually dies of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart). Two of the poison control doctors (Dr.Nappe and Dr. Hoyte) are claiming that it was the THC in the baby’s system that caused the myocarditis because it was the only thing in the baby’s system.
It should also be noted that in the article it is also pointed out that, “Myocarditis has a long list of other known causes, mostly from infections by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.” (WZZM13)

When “9NEWS spoke to multiple ER doctors and medical researchers for this story. Many praised the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center as a top-tier institution for researching the issue, but none accepted this case as bulletproof evidence of a marijuana overdose death.” So in reality it seems that the doctors claiming that THC caused this child’s death are making a very bold claim without being able to prove their claim just that it may have or might have caused myocarditis. Is this how medical and scientific study is done now? I think it is, therefor it must be? How about empirical evidence? In the video interview the reported said that doctors can say how cannabis could cause myocarditis. Instead of this really bold claim; how about you submit for peer review before making such an audacious claim.

I think that overall I am on the side of Dr. Kaufman who said, “I’m going to have to call ‘BS’ on this one,” Kaufman said. “I’m not saying that it’s not. But I think it’s a pretty big leap to say that it is.”

I would like to bring up O’Shaughnessy medical study of cannabis in 1839 when he administered a high does of cannabis tincture to a female child 40 days old eventually giving this baby 130 drop equal to 15 grain of resin for several days to control convulsions . (1 grain equals 0.064 grams) making 15 grains about 1 gram of pure cannabis resin. To give an idea of dose O’Shaughnessy noted that 10 drops of this same tincture was enough to intoxicate medical students who experimented with the tincture.  I bring up this medical study to show the amount of a high dose has been historically administered to infant children. Making me seriously doubt the validity of the doctors who claim cannabis killed an 11 month old boy.

I plan on doing some more research on this article and topic. I just wanted to get my reaction out there for people to see.  Make sure to read the original article from WZZM 13, so you get the full context of this story. Also if you have not read O’Shaughnessy, “On Preparations of the Indian Hemp, or Gunjah” from 1839 you are also really missing out.

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Wet Vs Dry Trimming Pt.1

trimWhen you talk to people who grow cannabis you will find that those who hand trim fall into one of two categories. Those who wet trim buds and those who dry trim their buds.

Me, I have always wet trimmed. Why? It was how I learned from the caregiver that thought me. Also I have not been growing for a very long time. I have mastered wet trimming and have deiced to try out dry trimming. For me I can’t give an opinion as to what way is completely better. My perspective is slightly skewed with my experience. I did try out dry trimming for the first time and I do like it. I might be switching styles but can’t completely decide, yet. I only set a few branches aside to try out dry trimming. Now my next plant I plan on doing completely with dry trimming. To get a better idea of what a full plant harvest would be like with the dry trim method.

What I liked about the dry trimming method was it was less time consuming compared to wet trimming and I am pretty efficient at wet trimming now that I have been doing it for a little over 2 years. This was also easier on my physically, but again I was only doing a few branches, so did not have as much to do as normal.

I posted the picture above and asked my community on Instagram, Duby and Facebook; how they personally trim their cannabis and why they trim that way.  To see if I could get some kind of conciseness as to what the most popular ways to trim were.

The reason people said dry trimming was preferable were that wet trimming was much more work than dry trimming. Others claimed that wet trimming interferes with curing by cutting the leaves that evaporation during the drying/curing process could then only come out of the flower causing damage to the resin, terpenes, and overall cannabinoid profile. While others suggested longer dry periods with plastic and paper coverings to enhance the curing process. (Something for me to read more into latter)

The reason people said wet trimming was preferable was that when you dry trim you can see trichomes fly off as you clip the leaves off the buds and that the only time they ever dry trim is if they do not have enough time to wet trim.

Some of these arguments sound the same on both sides. But what does that mean? Is wet trimming better or is dry? Does one method of trimming cause damage to the cannabinoid profile? Or is it all just a matter of personal choice with what your preference is.

Here are my thoughts. I don’t think this is going to be something that we can just prove with a debate. There are experience growers on both sides of this debate.  So, I propose that we do an experiment. I think I should on one of my upcoming harvests take a top bud and dry trim one and wet trim another. Then submit these buds for a cannabinoid profile and terpenes profile test. Then compare the results to see if one method has a significant deference in their results.

TestedLabs in Maine does the tests I would need. The cannabinoid profile test is $40 per sample and the terpenes profile test is also $40 per sample. I have started a gofundme page to pay for these lab tests. As I don’t have the $160 to have all four required samples done to compare the two methods. Once I have the funding for theses tests I will be able to do a follow up article and revel if there is a significant difference in the profiles between wet and dry trimming.

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Until then,

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