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The murky world of marijuana
T he most frequent kind of emails I receive: the plea for a hook-up or connection.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  April 16, 2014


The sky isn't falling

Countering the ProJo's anti-pot editorial
In a March 2 editorial titled “Get off pot,” members of the Providence Journal’s editorial board called the idea of legalizing pot “explosively contentious.”
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 12, 2014


Obama's smoke screen

All talk, no action on marijuana reform
I wish I had a dollar for every person I know who gets super excited about something President Obama says.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 13, 2014


Why I don't smoke pot

And why I think you should be able to
Here’s why I quit smoking: I couldn’t think clearly — and no amount of exercise, coffee, or meditation cleared the fuzz.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 08, 2014


Blurred (state) lines

Territorial rights and wrongs
Does Massachusetts honor medical marijuana patient cards from Rhode Island? And vice versa?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 11, 2013


Marijuana, Monsanto, and you

Burning Questions
Exploring the fact and fiction about genetic modification.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  November 14, 2013


Stop the war (on drugs)

Plus, medical marijuana vacations
Contrary to the popular assertions of US marijuana activists, legalizing marijuana in the USA will not end the Drug War in Mexico.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  October 09, 2013


Arrested developments

Let the pot prisoners go!
If they legalize pot, will they let all the people in prison for pot out of jail?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  September 04, 2013


Burning Questions: Slinging slang

Is 'pot' a pejorative?
Musing on “ganja,” “herb,” “trees,” “nugs,” “buds,” “reefer,” “smoke,” “dope,” “green,” and “kind.”
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  August 07, 2013


Burning Questions: Keeping your crop clean

On pesticides and pot
Should there be concern about medical marijuana that has been treated with pesticides?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 10, 2013


Will Mass ban medibles?

Burning Questions
"Medibles" are medical-marijuana edibles — foods that can come in any number of forms, from candies, cookies, brownies, and lollipops to lasagna, soup, and tea.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 13, 2013


Hash Oil: Medicinal, or solvent-laden scare?

Burning Questions
Hash oil, also known as "BHO," "honey oil," "wax," "honeycomb," and "shatter," is a powerful, concentrated cannabis extract.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  March 01, 2013


Got a connection?

Burning Questions
My sympathies for your pain. You are not alone in your quest for relief without using pharmaceutical painkillers.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  February 08, 2013


Is your weed covered?

Burning Questions
Will my health insurance cover medical marijuana? Can I share my medical marijuana? Your burning questions, answered.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 29, 2013


California pot RX: legal in MA?

Burning Questions
My boyfriend has a medical-marijuana card from California. Will dispensaries in Massachusetts accept that?
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 15, 2013


Flying high? Your MMJ inquiries, answered

Burning Questions
"Doctors have the First Amendment right to talk about things with their patients," including marijuana, explains well-known local pot attorney Steve Epstein.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  January 02, 2013


How to toke if you're broke

Burning Questions
Welcome to "Burning Questions," the first in a series devoted to your medical-marijuana FAQs.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 18, 2012


Everything you want to know about Massachusetts and medical marijuana but were afraid to ask

Haze of Glory
Here in Massachusetts and around the country, it's been a celebratory few weeks as marijuana prohibitions have gone up in smoke.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  November 16, 2012


Higher education: How to do drugs in Boston

If you choose to partake, at least do it right
The leaves are changing color, and it's not because you ate a special mushroom pizza. The air is crisp, the nights are getting longer, and you're drinking coffee at 4 am. It's fall, and time to go back to school.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  September 01, 2010


Air waves

Pot radio blows outta Boston
Nestled in an unsuspecting downtown loft, a radio station swirls with pot smoke. Six days a week, burns up listeners' ears with a mix of local music and comedians.
By: VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  July 15, 2011
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