Cannabis, CBD to return to the home and garden show
With Maine lawmakers expected to allow retail sales of marijuana sometime this year — and towns enacting their own ordinances regarding this fast-moving industry — what more convenient way to learn about it (and check out a huge variety of CBD and cannabis-related products) than at the Home Garden Flower and Cannabis Show coming May 17-19 to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds?
While possessing small amounts of cannabis for personal use is already legal in Maine, retail sales of cannabis is prohibited, though the Legislature is expecting to roll out regs governing what experts say will be a $250 million industry.
There are two broad categories of cannabis: one with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient that gets people high; and CBD (cannabidiol), which is derived from hemp and contains only trace amounts of THC.
CBD is used for medicinal purposes, and the amount of THC in it is so low that CBD products currently are legal in all 50 states.
Most of the cannabis-related exhibitors at the upcoming home and garden show will be selling CBD products. These products are said to be good for what ails you and are commonly used to treat joint pain, stress and sleep problems.
Some skeptics dismiss CBD as just another supplement, but the first drug with CBD, Epidiolex, was approved last year by the Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare and severe form of epilepsy.
An unfortunate consequence of that approval, however, was that it set off a firestorm in Maine as the FDA then defined CBD as a medicine rather than a supplement and issued a directive banning edible products infused with CBD.
The ban forced CBD Maine sellers to close down, affecting thousands of growers, processors, and retailers. The legislation was quickly passed by the Maine Legislature to effectively overturn the FDA, and Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill last month that put the CBD industry back in business.
The 25 cannabis-related vendors at the show will be selling everything from the products you need to grow your own, plus a variety of CBD-infused items, including oils, creams, and edibles. There’s even a vendor selling a board game called Weedopoly. Plus, there will be lots of clothing and wearables.
The non-profit Marijuana Caretakers of Maine organization will have information on becoming a caretaker and getting a medical card.
No one under 21 will be allowed in the cannabis building without an attending guardian.
Note: Smoking cannabis, like smoking tobacco, is prohibited on the Fairgrounds.
All Kind Candy
Bad Frog Budz
Best Budz / Clean Green
CannaCare Doc / MVC Technologies
Cannabased Wellness / Nectar of Maine
Crocket Family Farms / Greenleaf Magazine
The Glass Cook
Great Atlantic Puffin Company
Greener Evolutions, LLC
Irie Bliss Wellness, Inc.
J & K's Hemp Works
Maine Cannabis Solutionz
Maine Garden Products, Inc.
Maine Greenyards, LLC
Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM)
Moose Budz & The CBD Kitchen
NATURE PRESSED (Infusion)
Old Man Farms
One Hit Oneda / TAA DA Inc.
Sniff My Snack
Southern Maine Kitchen / SoMeTemescal Wellness, Inc.
Weedopoly Board Game