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humongous harvest

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Cannabis Legalization Comes to Mass by Christopher Keohane

Legal Weed: Illegally Healed Part 1 by Mark Ward

FEATURE ARTICLE: Crockett’s Humongous Harvest by Bobby Black

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No Grass for the Wicked by Mike Crawford


The infamous former senior editor

of High Times shares highlights

from his hot new interview

potcast each month.

The former New Orleans Saints’ tight end turned

marijuana activist/entrepreneur talks about his

new medicated gummy bears and how cannabis

saved his life. Photos by Sly Vegas

BOBBY BLACK: How did you get the nickname


BOO WILLIAMS: My aunt gave me that name

when I was a little kid, one or two years old—

before the term came out, “Hey, that's my

boo.” I was a jokester... I got the name from

jumping out and scaring people all the time. I

thought that was so hilarious, people being

scared. So my aunt just started calling me

Boo, and the name followed me… it carried

into who I was, especially on the football

field. I scared a lot of opponents.

BB: You were with the Saints for seven years,

and obviously loved football… what happened

that made you want to leave?

BW: I just seen the way the game was being

played—and when I say ‘game being played,’ I

mean the political game. I was getting to be an

older guy in the league, and when you're getting

to be an older guy they try to come up

with all these different excuses why they need

to trade you or move you or get rid of you. I

was on the fourth year of my deal when I got

hurt in 2005 and I was put on the injury reserves.

It was just a way for them to make you

give up on the game. And that's what happened—it

just made me turn off totally to football.

Sometimes guys don't get to leave the

game on their terms—the game leaves you. So

that's one thing I like, that I chose to leave the

game on my terms.

BB: Describe the pains and symptoms you experienced

from your injuries.

BW: I was experiencing not just basic pains of

being in car crashes everyday, but it was all

the headaches, the light sensitivity... just the

daily grind of crashing everyday takes a toll on

your body.

BB: At what stage in your career did you discover

that cannabis was a good medicine for

you, that it helped with the pain and other issues

you were having?

BW: I discovered that at an early age—in middle

school. I played on a great team in middle

school, and I can remember after certain

games some of my friends and I would go in

the woods, get some marijuana and smoke.

Boo shows off some medicated emu rub at Chalice 2016.

We didn’t know it was medication, we just

knew that it was something that brought us all

together and took some pain away.

BB: And you were also using it while you were

in the NFL, correct?

BW: Oh yes! Trust me—I had a joint rolled

right after practice! I would have all these different

types of injuries and the only way that

you can block them out and feel a little better

was cannabis—especially if you didn't want to

go the pharmaceutical route. I was given medicine,

but I never really took it, because I

never was a person that was into pharmaceuticals.

My pharmaceutical was cannabis.

BB: What percentage of players, in your estimation,

use cannabis medicinally?

BW: I'd say close to 65%-70%. It's really a

shame what it's come to in professional




Above: Snapping a selfie with Method Man at the 2016 Boston Freedom Rally. Right: Boo and his dog.

sports, especially with cannabis. The NFL and

the NBA are the only two sports that test for

cannabis and expose your name as well as you

getting fined. Major League Baseball and National

League Hockey do not test for cannabis.

BB: It seems to me it would be in the NFL's

own best interest to allow cannabis, because if

your players are happy and in less pain,

they're going to be better players, no?

BW: I mean, that's logical…that’s what you

would think. But if doctors don't have any sick

people, they don't have any jobs, right? If guys

stay healthy all year, that means they don't

need doctors. A player has to take control of

their own body, and that's why they need to

start stepping up to the plate and protesting

for things like this to be implemented in professional

sports, so they don't have to take

that pharmaceutical out.

BB: We discussed the physical pain you went

through, but it also had a very strong effect on

you emotionally and psychologically, did it not?

BW: That's why I am where I am now—because

of the mental things that I went through.

The depression and anxiety, fearing that I'm

going to die… those are the effects that you go

through with head injuries from football. People

have no idea that head injuries trigger certain

things in you off the field that make you

erupt and be someone that you're not.

BB: In 2011, your depression became so severe

that you attempted to take your own

life. Thankfully, you were able to recover

from that dark state… how were you were

able to turn it around?

BW: I was going through a very troubling

time after football, trying to find myself.

Just like other players that had exited the

league, you're losing the identity of being on a

sports team, because you're always taught,

“Team first, yourself last.” I got caught up in

trying to find myself, and found myself suicidal.

But I went and got some help at a place

called The Crosby Center, which is where I

found myself again and realized that I had issues

that a lot of other players were also

going through.

BB: After coming through that and emerging

more empowered, you decided to use that energy

to help other people and raise awareness

for these issues. That's when you started the

United Athletes Wellness Institute, right?

BW: Yes. With me going through what I went

through, it only just helped me just spread the

love and spread my education for the guys. It

was a place to come and get natural healing.

The medical benefit that you receive from

cannabis is the best thing for athletes. Over a

span of two years, our transition program

helped over 120 former athletes with neurocognitive

issues get their lives back on

track. We helped them with all the scans, the

tests, and other benefits… helped get them the

proper treatment that they need.

BB: And now you have your own line of

cannabis products.

BW: Black Ghost Enterprises is my brand. I

have my own CBD product called BooBeary

Kares. I'm doing a Booberry Cares Caregivers

Cannabis Tour, where I'm going up and down

the coast doing promos and delivering my

products to the dispensaries. Along the way,

my team and I will also be stopping at children's

hospitals and homeless shelters. We

will be doing things to help change the world

and let people know that cannabis can not only

help you as medicine, but show them that the

cannabis industry is in the community making

a difference too.

Excerpted from Episode #25 of Blazin’ With

Bobby Black. Listen to the full, unedited interview

at, as well as

on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart Radio and

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Writer for Greenleaf Magazine






What does it

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What does it mean

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The Regulation and Taxation Marijuana Act was voted into

favor on November 8th, 2016 by the populace of the State of

Massachusetts via a ballot question. The purpose of the act

is to legalize recreational cannabis for adults 21 years and

over and to provide regulation, taxation and licensing for said


Everybody already knows that. But do you know

what Mass will look like by the time 2018/2019 rolls around?

It’s go time and I am here to explain. As a Massachusetts

resident my entire life and a proponent of legalization for

many years, the time has come to tell you the truth of what

legalization means in Massachusetts now.


Cannabis Plant Basking in the Sunshine

The Nuts and Bolts

Residents of Massachusetts will be able to grow

legally in their home beginning December 15, 2016. You can

grow outdoors too—it just cannot be seen by neighbors or be

near a school. Feeling lucky? If your neighbors rat you out

there will be a $300 civil penalty fine. That means a very

expensive parking ticket. Being near a school carries further

consequences. Simply put, do not grow cannabis outside if

you are near a school.

There are no changes to current DUI laws. That

means you cannot smoke and drive, even if you are medical.

Also involving driving, you cannot keep a bag of pot in your

pocket. The open container laws are in effect now—similar to alcohol. Basically,

keep your stash in the trunk. Don’t have a trunk? You have to put it in the

flap/pocket behind the last upright seat in your vehicle or in an area otherwise not

able to be reached by the driver or passenger.

You cannot sell the cannabis you grow. But you can donate an ounce to

a friend or up to 5 grams of concentrate. One or the other. Not both. That’s

totally cool! Also totally cool? You can possess up to ten ounces in your home

and up to 6 plants that you are growing. You can grow up to 12 if you have a

partner living in your residence. Have too much? Got caught? $100 civil penalty

and you gotta give up your stash to the man.

How about smoking? Well, simply put— you can’t outside. If you get

caught, you get a $100 civil penalty. Worse than that? What a buzz kill getting a

$100 ticket while stoned.

Cannabis from the future stores will be expensive. Taxes come in at

10%, 3.75% excise tax, 6.25% State Tax. Local towns and cities can impose a

local 2% tax on recreational cannabis as well. So, let’s plan for 12%. That would

make a $250 ounce (my fiscal projection once things calm down by 2019) a $280

ounce after taxes.

A Cannabis Control Commission will be created to execute licensing,

regulation and administration of the new law. Essentially, they are what the

Board of Health are to restaurants—a big pain in the ass. However, this commission

is necessary to have a well-regulated market.

Cannabis Shops and Cafes are Coming! (But probably late 2018 and

more like 2019) Yes, the cannabis stores are coming. Endearingly labeled “pot

shops” by our unbiased media, the law follows similar practices of other states.

The medical dispensaries will get first dibs. However, this is not a reason for

concern. Why, you ask? Because the current medical cannabis dispensaries in

Massachusetts are pretty awful.

They simply do not know what they are doing. Owned by people with

money but no experience or expertise. The cannabis is terrible, the experience is

terrible, and the overall feel of the environment is terrible. This leads me to

believe that the recreational aspect of their business will, well, be terrible as well.

But I digress. Interested in opening a retail spot? Get your

checkbook ready!

For an initial general application, $3,000

For a license for a retail marijuana store, $15,000;

For a license for a marijuana product manufacturer, $15,000;

For a license for a marijuana cultivator, $15,000;

For a license for a marijuana testing facility, $10,000.

But what does all this mean? Well, simply put, you need money to get into the industry. Want to sell pot, produce your own product and

generally keep things controlled? That will carry a price tag of $58,000.00. You will need all the licenses to have a tight-knit operation. Most

savvy business owners will operate under direct control and will require all the required licensing to operate as such.

Cafes are the Sweetest Thing

Ever been to a cannabis cafe? They are righteous. Come in, look at a wide selection of beautiful cannabis, edibles, concentrates and more.

Light up with your friends in a controlled and relaxed atmosphere. Will it be like that in Massachusetts? Kind of. Due to the outright smoking

ban in all public and private establishments in Massachusetts, what we will see are Cafes focused on vaporizer bars and edibles. These will

not open until 2018, but I do not foresee the first cannabis cafe opening until 2019.

The Future

Though the voters passed in favor of legalization, there will be many forces for you to contend with as this law rolls out. Many local authorities

will try to stop the legalization of cannabis in your town due to nothing but fear. Make sure that your voice is heard of any wrongdoings

are happening in your community. Attend your local town meetings to ensure there is a voice for the cannabis community.

Christopher Keohane, aka ‘Snafu’ is our Organic Writer.

Chris owns Northshore Organics, an organic education company

in Massachusetts and has been growing organic cannabis

for over twenty years. He can help you with your questions and

growing issues on Instagram @Snafuorganics, on Twitter

@Snafu and on



Legal Weed: Illegally Healed Part 1

Pamela Jacobsen Enjoying a Winter Day

A s of recent, I was fortunate to

be contacted by Pamela Lewis Jacobsen

and I am honored to hear

and recount her story. Speaking

to Pamela you would see and

hear a vibrant individual full of

vigor and life. This couldn’t have

been father from the case not so

very long ago. Pamela’s battle to

survive started in 2010, at the

age of 40. At the time when Pamela

should have been enjoying

watching her last child graduate

her senior year of high school and

a time that she should be starting

to relish her life in comfort, she


Pamela raised her children

with pride and love of a devoted

mother, but before the last

grown could leave the nest, she

was given news no one is ready

to hear.... she had developed

squamous cell carcinoma of the

Bartholin Gland. Pamela’s cancer

specialist said that she was young

and healthy; therefore they were

going to preform treatments

quickly and aggressively. And so

they did, with seven long despairing

weeks of chemotherapy and

treatment had to been stopped

due to Pamela acquiring second

degree burns. She only took one

week to resume treatment, but

it was a devastating side effect

to encounter. Pamela was taken

from a young and healthy individual

to feeling as if she was near-

while just trying to just make it

through her daughter’s last year

of high school.

Once the treatments were

was given the fantastic news that

the cancer had been beaten and

all she had to do is go home and

get better....or so she was told.

In November she began having

severe and frequent stomach pain

with regular visits to doctors and

emergency rooms. Pamela had

lost health, 40 pounds and had

lost her mother from November

On Pamela’s birthday, she

was taken and admitted to the

hospital with infected gall bladder,

pancreatitis and a perforated

colon. Unknowingly, her colon

had been tearing and leaking,

so she was rushed to have surgeries

to be cleansed of gangrenous

areas. This repeated until

surgeons were forced to remove

half her colon and attach ostomy

bags and ileostomy bags and

hospital Pamela just lay watching

life fall apart as she knew it. Due

to trouble coping with feelings of

helplessness and despair before

and after surgery, Pamela’s

husband had left her, leaving her

Twenty plus colon surgeries

later, Pamela decided that

this was not saving her life…so

she started pilgrimages back and

forth to Colorado, so she could

access a new regimen. Pamela

had a chance to stay in Colorado,

so she had packed everything in

her car, including the meds she

had been purchasing at dispensaries.

But before she could make

the move permanent, the medical

refugee was detained by Kansas


with intent to distribute and

possession of paraphernalia.

She was at bottom, or so

Pamela thought. This was until

April of that year when she was

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then facing amputation of her

right leg. At this time she was


a fate of





then began

a high THC

and CBD


and using


oil only for

pain management.

Then miraculously,

her surgeons

were Infection Cannabis Helped Heal.

The Scar on Pamela’s Leg from an


at the difference in tests since

the new cannabis regimen. Even

more astounding, doctors were

even convinced it had a role in

saving her leg from amputation

and they have to admit it is working.

A once bleak existence

Months on end in the hospital Pamela

just lay watching life fall apart as she

knew it.

is now showing promise and a

new beginning. Pamela is now

completely off of her pharmaceutical

medication, a task she

was told would never be accomplished.

Also, Kansas had recently

reduced her charges to two

misdemeanors and six months

unsupervised probation. Pamela

accounts that she has been truly

blessed to have found her cure

and The Hope Grows Foundation,

whom without their generous donation

of their cannabis regimen;

she feels she would not be here

today. Pamela will now happily


to live instead of exist and

to be illegally healed.








the tangie man and his team taCkle

their most ambitious projeCt yet:

a multi-greenhouse mega-grow

fondly niCknamed “el dorado.”

story by bobby blaCk

photos by bigness


Walls of weed: Crockett and partner Nick of Phenotype

Farmers marvel at the fruits of their labors. Below: The

unassuming entrance to El Dorado.

There’s nothing quite like

the olfactory elation of walking into a monstrous

marijuana garden and having one’s

nostrils inundated by the intoxicating aroma

of tantalizing terpenation. Or the giddy giggle

that inescapably gurgles up from within when

you find yourself surrounded by towering

walls of weed. Such was the reaction I had

upon visiting the latest and greatest of Crockett

Family Farms’ four cultivation locations—

a massive greenhouse compound hidden

away in Central California the crew has taken

to calling “El Dorado.”

If you consider yourself a cannasseur and

haven’t yet sampled any of Crockett’s fruity

phenos, you need to pull your head out of the

proverbial sand. Over the past several years,

this humble farmer has rapidly risen from relative

obscurity to become one of the country’s

most respected and sought after breeders.

His genetics are currently carried in nearly

half of all the dispensaries in his home state

of California and have won over 100 awards to

date—most notably, the citrusy strain called

Tangie that’s catapulted him to pot stardom

and earned him the nickname “Tangie Man,”

which itself has won over 20 awards in the

past few years.


Of course, Crockett hasn’t done it all alone—managing

multiple grows, building a brand and slinging seeds at

cannabis conventions around the world requires a top-notch

team of reliable workers and partners. In this particular case,

that team is (as the company’s name implies) Crockett’s

“Family”—both biological (wife Kristi, daughter Sierra and

son Brian all help run the company) and extended (breeding

partner Nick of Phenotype Farmers and crew Leslie and Nate).

To emphasize that point, each member of The Family has their

own personalized Crockett Family Farms work shirt. It’s this

strong familial bond and camaraderie that truly sets this particular

group and this grow apart: in stark contrast to the

many modern mechanized and sterilized grow ops controlled

from iPads or tended to by hired hands in hazmat suits, this

garden is basic, all-natural, and tended to by loving hands.

The 10-acre compound is comprised of a series of eight

open-air grow warehouses, each containing an acre of canopy;

three of these acres are owned by CFF, the other five he is

overseeing as a consultant. Each of his three greenhouses is

Before and after: One of the greenhouses

shown at its peak (above) and then

nearly cleared out (inset).

home to around 2000-2500 plants, for a total of roughly 7000

plants—averaging around 6-7 feet in height and eventually

yielding approximately one-half to three pounds each.

What follows is a brief breakdown of the means, mediums

and methods Crockett Family Farms used for El Dorado, in the

words of the Tangie Man himself:


“Basically we came in and we had about 60 days to get the

place ready. These were old cut flower greenhouses, so we

had to do some maintenance and some alterations on different

things. We came in in April, decided we were going to

start doing it in May, and started planting around June 1.”


Harvesting is

fun but messy


A dense and frosty

plant nearly ripe for

the reaping.

Crockett’s son Brian tends

to a tremendous tree.


“We used a blend of organic soil from

Vital Earth that he custom made us

for our specific project. We started

making all the clones and getting all

the plants ready and all that stuff,

and put them in at the right times.”

Preparing the plants

to be trimmed.


“We ended up deciding on making raised beds. Then we put two layers of trellis,

plus side trellising, eight-foot stakes all along the beds and built like a tent that

[the plants] go in. We rowed them up and topped them at specific points to make

hedges along the rows, to fill up the entire canopy and try to put enough biomass

in the room to where it was going to make a solid canopy across.

“Generally, what I do because I love to see big plants, is I generally grow

bigger plants and stake the individual plants. If you notice that one of your

greenhouses doesn't have a ceiling that's as tall as the other greenhouses,

well you can grow taller plants in the other ones and shorter plants in this one

by using specific techniques. There are different uses for different techniques,

and being a good farmer means you can use any of them that you have to use.

Just knowing them all is the main thing; it's like a guitar player— you’ve got to

know all the chords to make a song.”


“We irrigated with drip tape and hand-water…we do a lot of hand-watering

here. We also foliar fed through the vegging time and top-dressed throughout—

mostly using Myco-Fusion. He's a great guy out of Oregon that makes only the

best organic top dress filled with all kinds of good stuff.”


The CFF Family, plus one:

Leslie, Nate, Brian, Crockett,

yours truly and Nick.

The crew uses a

series of large

fans to speed the

drying process.


“There’s half an acre of Tangie, half an acre of

Strawberry Banana and half an acre of Lemon, as

well as a quarter acre of Banana Pie and smaller

patches of around 54 other strains, including

many of the new strains we’re developing.

There’s White Pineapple, which smells just like a

pineapple soda, Golden Peaches, Plum Crazy,

Grape crosses…and of course, the Bob Ross.

There’s a whole bunch of different stuff that I'm

working on.”


“This harvest was a massive amount of work. It

took a crew of around 70 people close to a month

to harvest and hand-trim all of the plants, cola by

cola. We started harvesting at the end of September

and didn’t finish until around October 21st. We

worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week with no

days off. We really took it to the limit.”


“Around 70% of the material was fresh frozen,

to be sold for extraction—the rest was hung to

dry and cure for around 8-12 days.”


All in all, it took Crockett and his team approximately

two months to prepare and set up the grow,

four months to cultivate the crops to maturity and

another month to harvest—a total of around seven

months, making El Dorado a one-crop wonder, so

to speak. He says they decided to tackle the ambitious

El Dorado project for two reasons: to help

satisfy the growing market demand for his genetics

that he couldn’t meet with his existing operations,

but also because they’d yet to run a grow of

this size and simply wanted the experience.

“This was more for scale than sophistication,”

he explains. “My other, built-out greenhouses—

the ones that are fully automated, have light deprivation,

lighting, all of the bells and whistles—I

can plan on getting about four crops a year out of

them. But this is an older facility, so it serves a

great purpose for only once a year. You could do a

second crop, but it wouldn't be as good.”

Despite said age and lack of sophistication,

Crockett was apparently very pleased with the

results at the facility, as he plans to invest in

fixing it up for another run next season.

“The great thing about this facility is that [the

owners] are working with the local and state government

and having it completely licensed and all

of that, so we're going to be putting in newer

greenhouses and actually turning it around to be

built to suit specifically for cannabis,” he says.

Well… if they were able to produce such a

monster crop of mind-blowing marijuana in

such a broken-down, bare-bones facility, I can’t

wait to see what they’ll be able to do in a fully

suped-up El Dorado. Lucky for me, I know I’ll be

returning next year, as Crockett has informed

me that I too am now an honorary member of

The Family. I just hope I don’t have to wait that

long to get my personalized shirt….

by the numbers:

Number of grows Crockett

Family Farms operate: 4

Number females in CFF’s

genetic library: 180

Number of males: 36

Amount of California

dispensaries that carry CFF

genetics: Approx. 50%

Most potent strain: Hell's Fire OG

(28% THC)

Awards won by CFF genetics: 100+

Largest Grow: “El Dorado”

el dorado

Land area: 10 acres

Canopy area: 8 acres

Area owned by CFF: 3 acres

Plants per greenhouse: 2500

Total plants: 7000

Average plant yield: 1/2-3 lbs.

Prep time: 2 months

Grow time: 4 months

Harvest time: 1 month

Number of strains planted: 54

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DPH Proposes Eliminating 10 Ounce

60 Day Supply

By Jeremiah MacKinnon



ig changes are on the way for

Massachusetts cannabis patients

in more ways than one. Besides

amounts of non-medical marijuana

becoming legal following the passage

of Question 4, the Massachusetts

Department of Public Health

has suggested changes to the

amount of medical marijuana that

patients in the Commonwealth

are legally allowed to possess and

purchase during a 60-day period.

The proposed amendment considers

giving certifying physicians

new authority to limit patients’

60-day supply below 10 ounces.

Patients and advocates oppose the

proposal because it confuses and

complicates the medical marijuana

law voters passed in 2012. Patients

continue to fight to preserve their

rights in Massachusetts as the

state becomes fifth in the Union to

legalize recreational marijuana for

adults 21+.

These regulatory changes

were prompted by Governor Baker’s

Executive Order 562, which

made all executive state agencies

improve, streamline, and simplify

regulations. On September 14, 2016

Department of Public Health staff

presented the proposed regulatory

adjustments to the Public Health

Council. Amendments include

allowing nurse practitioners to

provide medical marijuana certifications,

allowing dispensaries

to post product prices online, and

registration of independent testing

laboratories. The Department of

Public Health said their amendments

“embody common sense

reforms to simplify and clarify the

regulation [of medical marijuana].”

The statute passed by voters

in 2012 tasked DPH with defining

the presumptive 60-day supply

of medical marijuana for patients

based on the best available evidence.

Since 2013 the regulations

have defined the 60-day supply

limit as “ten ounces, subject to 105

CMR 725.010(I).” Certifying physicians

are currently allowed under

105 CMR 725.010(I) to increase

the 60-day supply above 10 ounces

for patients requiring such an

amount. The proposed regulatory

adjustment seeks to amend 105

CMR 725.010(I) to allow flexibility

for healthcare providers to certify

patients for amounts less than 10

ounces for a 60-day supply.

Patients have raised concern

that changes to their 60-day

supply would preclude them

from obtaining the safe quality

controlled amounts of medicine

they need when they need it. “To

propose lowering the ten ounce

limit is tantamount to withholding

medicine, and something we find

to be morally objectionable,” said

Peter Bernard, President of the

Massachusetts Growers Advocacy

Council. “This makes hardship patients

suffer even more hardship,

as they cannot sustain a necessary

level of their medicine.” Fair and

consistent access for all patients

is lacking due to hiccups in implementation

of the law voters


Michael Latulippe, Development

Director of the Massachusetts

Patient Advocacy

Alliance feels that the DPH is not

being practical, “If the goal of the

Governor’s sweeping regulatory

adjustment order was to clarify

and streamline regulations, this

proposed change around limiting

the 60-day supply would do the

opposite.” Michael continued,

“Nearly half the population of patients

according to the Department

of Public Health Medical Marijuana

Program dashboard have

never visited a dispensary and

are presumably growing cannabis

under hardship cultivation rules.

Considering hardship cultivation

patients should be paramount in

the Department’s thinking when

producing regulatory changes and

we at MPAA believe this proposed

change pretends patients growing

under hardship don’t exist and assumes

all patients are purchasing

cannabis from dispensaries.”

Medical cannabis is difficult

for patients to access for a

number of reasons. The state’s

delayed medical program roll-out

has lead to only nine dispensaries

opening since the law passed four

years ago. That means thousands

of patients have either traveled

miles between dispensaries to

access what they need, grow their

own medicine, or obtain marijuana

“To propose lowering the ten ounce limit is

tantamount to withholding medicine, and

something we find to be morally objectionable,”...

from the illicit market. Currently

only one dispensary is offering

delivery services and prices at dispensaries

mirror the cost of marijuana

on the street. Patients also

pay out of pocket for certifying

physician visits and an annual fee

to DPH.

Kathleen Owens of Brookline

is a medical marijuana patient,

advocate, and cancer survivor.

Owens questioned limiting patients’

supply and whether letting

recreational users possess more

than patients is acceptable. “I

mean we’re the ones paying for

it,” she said, “our cards and all our

other stuff. Is Joe Schmoe now just

going to walk into the dispensary

and buy four ounces of this and an

ounce of that while us patients are

only allowed two ounces? Medicinal

should come before recreational.”



Nichole Snow is Executive

Director and President

of the Massachusetts Patient

Advocacy Alliance, representing

the coalition that passed the

referendum in 2012 to legalize

medical marijuana in the Commonwealth.

MPAA has been

working with the Department

of Public Health to implement

the medical marijuana law, but

question this particular regulatory

change. “I fear that these

are the beginning stages of

diverting patients into a taxed

based system so that interested

parties can reclaim lost taxes

and revenue by limiting the

amount of medicine patients

can purchase through the Medical

Marijuana Program.” Nichole

explains, “Patients fought

to establish the 10 ounce limit

in 2013 to have the breathing

room to experiment with various

applications with certification

from their physician.” The

MPAA plans to testify before

the Public Health Council on

November 28th regarding these


“Ten ounces is what I

want,” said Jeanne Ficcardi-Sauro,

a medical marijuana patient

from Mansfield. “We need to

keep a ten ounce limit because

many people [are] making their

own concentrated medicine

such as Rick Simpson oil which

“Most doctors are not educated in this

subject and are nowhere ready to say

what amounts a patient needs.”

is high in


takes a lot

of plant


to make a

small amount of oil. I use it for

my cancer treatment in tandem

with chemotherapy and it helps

me greatly.”

Barbie DeJager is a patient

in South Hamilton who

was able to wean herself off of

the prescription opiates she had

been taking for several years by

using medical marijuana. “I’m

never going back to that life I

lived,” she said, “Who is anybody

to tell me I can only have

two ounces in 60-days? That

would drive people right to the

black market especially now

that it’s recreationally legal.”

After December 15th all Massachusetts

residents 21 years and

older will be

allowed to




of nonmedical


under lock and

key within their

home legally as well as a limited

amount of plants one can


Sunny Rose of Cambridge

is a chronic pain patient

using medical marijuana in conjunction

with her regular therapies.

She believes the proposal

is imposed by unfamiliarity

rather than research. “To take

away a patients rights [and]

give it to the physician seems a

reversal rather than progress.”

She said, “Being able to have

enough medicine increases

patient ability to be interdependent.

The use of the cannabis

as medicine allows patients to

function, releasing them from

bondage of prescription medications

and the symptoms caused

from taking these medications.”

A physician’s recommendation

certifies a patient for

the medical use of marijuana,

potential benefits outweighing

risks. Since marijuana is still a

Schedule I drug with no accepted

medical use it is unlike

a prescription. Instead, patients

self-regulate intake and


dosage within

their allotment.

Massachusetts patients experience

shortages and rationing

all too often which forces

patients to obtain

medicine from

multiple sources.

Dr. Uma

Dhanabalan is

principal physician at

Uplifting Health &

Wellness in Natick. Her

practice has overseen 800 patients.

She feels that it’s too

early for changes to the

60-day supply. “Right

now there are

different forms of

delivery systems and we don’t know what

amount is needed to produce these products,”

said Dhanabalan. Methods of ingestion vary

from edibles, topical, concentrates, vaporization,

smoking and even suppository. She adds, “Most

doctors are not educated

in this subject and are

nowhere ready to say

what amounts a patient

needs.” It’s about

titrating for the

patient what is appropriate…We are still learning,

and more than that patients are still learning

what they need.” The medical use of marijuana is

a journey of trial, error, and discovery.

Jeremiah MacKinnon is the Vice-President

of the Cannabis Society, an Advisory Board

Member at the Massachusetts Patient

Advocacy Alliance and and a writer at the

Weed Agenda. This article is produced and

syndicated through Weed Agenda & The

Boston Institute for Non-Profit Journalism’s

The Tokin Truth Column.




Mass Could Ban Home Grows Even Though People Voted For Them

That didn’t take long. Immediately after Massachusetts

voters passed Question 4 to legalize marijuana, the top

office-holder tasked with leading the implementation

and regulation of the law, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, was

already asking to change it.

She wasn’t alone. Within a week of people passing the

initiative to tax and regulate cannabis, many other

influential Bay State politicians — and at least one

hack scribe, Boston Globe pro-business siren Shirley

Leung — were advocating to repeal parts of the law that

1,745,945 heads pulled for.

The day after the initiative passed, Goldberg kicked

it off by gesturing to extend deadlines. Later in the

week, she voiced support for the state legislature to

outlaw the 6–12 plant home grow provision and to

increase the tax rate. Goldberg said home grows would

hurt retail sales, and cut into the state’s take as well,

which is interesting since weeks ago the treasurer was

complaining that the initiative was written by the

commercial marijuana industry. Now she seemingly

supports holding consumers captive to a marketplace

that she presumably distrusts. Go figure.

And then there’s Senate President Stan Rosenberg,

who supported the initiative (when he wasn’t complaining

that lawmakers could have written it better,

that despite the fact that both the Senate and House

failed to allow a full chamber vote on any marijuana

law in the last 20-plus years). Rosenberg told the

Globe, “I believe that when voters vote on most ballot

questions, they are voting in principle. They are not

voting on the fine detail that is contained within the

proposal.” That’s quite the statement. Many voters

would dispute such a characterization. Especially in

this case, and especially as far as home grow goes.

“I absolutely voted for home grows,” says Stephen

Mandile, a local veteran. “If the ballot question

banned home grows, I would have voted [against it].”

Communicating with other readers and people in the

cannabis community, I heard the same thing.

“Home grow is very important,” says Isaac Caplan,

who also went for the initiative. “The only way to know

exactly how quality your weed is is to grow it yourself.”

A few more for good measure. Matthew Krawitz, a

voter from Swampscott, agrees. “Just as I can brew beer

in my basement, I should be able to grow a reasonable

amount of marijuana for personal use.”


According to Peter Bernard, director at the Massachusetts

Grower Advocacy Council, “We will fight to

keep home grows. That’s part of what the voters voted

for. Regulate? Sure. Completely ban a home grow or

arbitrarily change the tax structure? Not so fast. It’s like

giving something and then immediately taking it away

before you can even get the wrapper off.”

In a subsequent interview with a television news

station, Sen. Rosenberg edited himself, telling a reporter,

“I don’t believe people will be willing to get rid

of home grown, but there may be some changes that

would have to occur in that.”

In a remarkable moment of honesty, even Gov. Charlie

Baker, who actively campaigned against the initiative,

told the State House News Service, “That was one

piece [the home grow provision] of that 6,000-word

ballot question that I think a lot of people understood

straight out of the gate.”

As for the enduring prohibitionist forces at the Globe,

they’re only getting more relentless. A page-one story

in November gave space for police chiefs to cry foul

and repeat demonstrably nonsensical talking points

about potency and home grow electrical fires, while

Leung jabbed, “Congratulations Massachusetts, we just

passed one of the worst pot bills in the country. Now


She has one hell of a selective crystal ball; while Leung


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foresees a nightmare weedscape on the near horizon, on the subject of her beloved Boston 2024 Olympics,

the columnist once claimed “we’ll never really know” how that sunken charade would have ended

for taxpayers. Leung is pushing the same capitalist crap we are now seeing from innumerable politicians,

right down to the municipal level. They have no proof to support the claim that taxes at the rate of 3.75

percent (an excise tax on top of sales tax) won’t cover the cost of implementation, yet point to the cost of

regulation as a reason to increase the tax. At the same time, none have expressed much worry about the

financial burden of locking up growers. Spending government resources on busting micro-grows? A-OK

for this crowd. No concerns regarding those expenditures.

You’ll get a similar story from Nicholas Vita, chief executive officer of Columbia Care, which holds three

medical marijuana licenses in Massachusetts (including one for Patriot Care in Boston). Vita cited his

concerns about public safety in interviews, all while shamelessly omitting the reality that home grows

could put a substantial dent in operations like his that sell ounces for upwards of $400.

The cries of those exaggerators and alarmists considered, I turned back to those who believe that they

deserve a choice about where to obtain their legal cannabis. David Pratt, a Hyannis resident who backed

legalization, notes: “Home grow is the most important part of any legalization. Without home grow we are at the

mercy of the ‘big industry’ [prohibitionists] say they are so concerned about.”

“The will of the people has been voiced,” says Bernard of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council. “Let’s

go with that before we try to break it. Nothing recreational will be out there until it all gets sorted out with the

Cannabis Commission and licensing. So really, there is no recreational market before these things are in place.

I know lots of people that would not have voted for it without the home grow provision. Changing the law this

soon is blatantly against what voters voted on.”

Mike Crawford is a medical marijuana patient,

the host of The Young Jurks on WEMF Radio, and

the author of the weekly column The Tokin’ Truth,

which is produced in coordination with the Boston

Institute for Nonprofit Journalism.










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