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Cannabis in New England

Most New England states now allow recreational cannabis
Retail pot shops are widespread in ME & MA


Recreational use of marijuana / cannabis is now allowed for adults in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont. (Also, possession is decriminalized – meaning subject only to fines – in New Hampshire.) So, a visit to New England is a nice opportunity for people over age 21 to enhance their vacation by smoking or ingesting cannabis in edible forms.

Cannabis in New England

Cannabis Curious?


Vacation also is a time to try something new and maybe a bit adventurous, right? People who have little or no experience in smoking or ingesting pot may want to try it but not know how to begin. The short answer is to seek guidance from staff members at pot shops. These people are knowledgeable and eager to guide you. Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont have an abundance of recreational pot shops for customers over age 21. 

Cannabis Curious?

Where to Smoke?


There are few places to legally smoke it outside one’s own home. You may not smoke marijuana in all the places where smoking tobacco is prohibited, like public facilities, commercial lodgings, restaurants, and other indoor public spaces. You may not smoke pot outdoors or in a car while it is being driven. This leaves a few options, including smoking in a private home or on a private boat, with permission.

Where to Smoke?

One Solution: Edibles


Another option is buying the various types of edibles that you may consumer without smoking. Especially if you are new to cannabis use, you must be careful about size of dose when using edibles. The high from edibles comes on much more slowly than when smoking weed, so people may be tempted to take unadvisable second helpings. Get expert advice and follow it when you use edibles.

One Solution: Edibles

Your Best Friend: the Budtender.


Budtender is the term used for expert sales people at pot shops. They are like your concierge to marijuana products and use. Part of their job is to educate you. Never hesitate to ask questions to your budtender about products, delivery systems (smoking, edibles, tinctures), and dosage levels. These people are trained to advise and guide you. Don’t be shy about seeking help or admitting to lack of knowledge when you are working with a budtender.

The Budtender

Explain: Strain?


Strains are different breeds of the cannabis plant, usually created with the purpose of creating different effects on the user.

The word strain is often thrown around alongside indica, sativa, and hybrid. These words refer to categories of marijuana; usually, people think of indica weed as being relaxing; sativa as being energizing, and hybrid as being a blend of the two. However, the terms indica and sativa are used so broadly as to be almost meaningless.

“Strain” refers to a particular and established breed of plant. Let’s hasten to add that you don’t need to be an expert at any of this to choose, buy, and enjoy marijuana; as always, your bud tender is your ally and guide.
If you want to do some research before buying, though, keep in mind that strains are created with certain effects in mind. Here are some of the most well-known strains and how they work on the body, as described by user reviews in Leafly.

  • Acapulco Gold - Very popular. Creates a feeling of well-being and energy. Helps sufferers of fatigue, stress, and pain.
  • Blue Dream - Soothing but still somewhat uplifting. Helps with pain, swelling.
  • Purple Kush - Relaxing and rest-inducing. May help relieve insomnia.
  • Sour Diesel - The choice to raise the user’s energy and spirits. Helps relieve pain.
  • Bubba Kush - Brings on restful sleep and relief from stress.
  • Granddaddy Purple - Also a strain that induces relaxation, rest, and relief from anxiety.
  • Afghan Kush - Very relaxing; brings on a nice sleep.
  • LA Confidential - A hedge against insomnia, Reduces pain and swelling.
  • Maui Wowie - This strain works in many directions: relaxing, but with a push toward creative energy. Reduces tiredness.

Cannabis Around Your Kids


Parents want to enjoy family vacations with their kids, but if adults want to partake in some cannabis, complications can arise with children nearby. Experts and seasoned parents know how to manage family travel and marijuana, starting with frank talk with the young ones.

Cannabis Around Your Kids

Glossary and Guidelines:


Cannabis chemicals – The cannabis plant contains hundreds of chemicals compounds:
THC – Creates a feeling or euphoria, and may relieve pain and nausea.
CBD – this non-intoxicating compound will not get you high. For many people, CBD may relieve inflammation and pain.
Indica – tends to be physically sedating and very relaxing. Remember: Indica could send you “in-da-couch”
Sativa – creates invigorating and cerebral effects. Best for socializing, physical adventures, mental or physical projects.

Cannabis Glossary

Delivery Methods


Smoking pot is traditional and sociable, with the advantage that control is dosage is easy. It is easy to inhale small amounts and wait for the effect to come on, which is usually quick, then to adjust intake. Can be harsh on the throat.

Vaping is easier on the throat and portable vape pens allow discreet intake.

Edibles, such as candies, are a work-around to blowing smoke in the air. It’s very important to manage the dosage, because the effect can come on very slowly, which might encourage people to nibble second helpings way too soon. Start slowly and dose low. The high from edibles is more intense and longer-lasting than with smoking. Ask your budtender for advice on dosage and follow it!

Cannabis Delivery Methods

Basic Guidelines:


  • Don’t smoke marijuana in public places (similar to open-container laws for alcohol)
  • Do not drive under the influence of pot (similar to DUI or DWI laws)
  • Don’t drive with an open container of marijuana inside the passenger area (similar to open-container laws for alcohol)
  • Never offer marijuana to minors

Use these links for recreational marijuana laws for each New England state:
Cannabis in Connecticut
Cannabis in Massachusetts
Cannabis in Vermont
Cannabis in Rhode Island
Cannabis in New Hampshire
Cannabis in Maine

Down to The Roots - Chester, VT
Down To The Roots

7 Pineview Drive Chester, VT, 05143 Phone: 802-374-0095

Come to Chester for VT’s South-Central “Destination Dispensary” Cannabis Retail Experience

Just 10 minutes off Interstate 91, Down To The Roots’ quintessential barn is a warm and welcoming experience as VT’s “Destination Dispensary”. Their knowledgeable, friendly staff is eager to guide consumers through their extensive menu of products from VT craft-grown flower, to edibles, drinkables, tinctures/capsules, CBD items and accessories. They are the first ever dispensary to store all THC products in the state-of-the-art Cannatrol® system for optimum dewpoint and temperature control, and in Cannatrol’s Cool Cure cubes for their deli-style “Bud Bar”. Customers have access to a cannabis registered nurse for private consultations/advice. The barn is adorned with world-renowned artist Angelo Musco’s body-scaped impressionistic photos. On-line ordering, handicapped parking, public bathroom available. Cash and debit cards accepted. Discounts/specials on website.

Cannabis has not been analyzed or approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). For use by individuals 21 years of age and older or registered qualifying patient only. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS. DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING. Possession or use of cannabis may carry significant legal penalties in some jurisdictions and under federal law. It may not be transported outside of the state of Vermont. The effects of edible cannabis may be delayed by two hours or more. Cannabis may be habit forming and can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Persons 25 years and younger may be more likely to experience harm to the developing brain. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. National Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222.
Berkshire Roots B - Boston & Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire Roots - Pittsfield

501A Dalton Avenue Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone: 413-553-9333

Come see why this company’s products are popular throughout Massachusetts

Berkshire Roots products can be found in retailers across Massachusetts, and you’ll see why when you stop in at its Pittsfield dispensary. The product quality is ensured from the beginning of the process, because the plants are grown in a 26,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility right in the Berkshires, where they encompass dozens of diverse strains sourced from the country’s best plant geneticists. Whether you’re seeking edibles (fruit gummies, chews, capsules, even seasonings), tinctures, topicals, pre-rolls, concentrates or flower, cookies or chocolate bars, you’ll find it at this modern, comfortable, secure dispensary. An experienced, caring staff is ready to answer any questions, whether you’re a newbie, a longtime user or just curious. The shop also sells a variety of accessories and apparel

DISCLAIMER: Cannabis/marijuana products have not been analyzed or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using such products, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of Massachusetts.
  • Please Consume Responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
  • For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
Berkshire Roots C - Boston & Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire Roots - Boston

253 Meridian Street East Boston, MA, 02128 Phone: 617-420-2565

Caring, knowledgeable staff delivers quality service and products to cannabis customers

Quality, innovation, customer service: At Berkshire Roots’ Boston shop, the caring, knowledgeable staff takes those words seriously. Their goal is to deliver the finest products to all customers, whether you’re a cannabis newbie, longtime user or just canna-curious. You can choose from a variety of products, from the finest flower to single and multipack pre-rolls, concentrates, tinctures, topicals and infusions. If you’re seeking edibles, the choices are almost endless, including chews, fruit gummies, beverage enhancers, rub seasonings, capsules, dark chocolate and milk chocolate bars and dried apple cinnamon slices. Berkshire Roots’ products are sold at retailers across Massachusetts because of the quality of its plants, grown in its state-of-the-art facility in the Berkshires using natural growing methods and advanced growing and extraction technologies.

DISCLAIMER: Cannabis/marijuana products have not been analyzed or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using such products, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of Massachusetts.
  • Please Consume Responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
  • For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
Logo - Pine Grove Organics - Brandon, VT
Pine Grove Organics

335 Grove Street Brandon, VT, 05733 Phone: 802-265-0136

Journey to Brandon for Vermont's Finest Craft Cannabis

Pine Grove Organics is an independently owned & operated cannabis dispensary in Brandon, VT that strives to provide high-quality cannabis and an education-focused retail experience. Their curated selection of bulk flower is available via a deli-style flower bar. An Online Menu can be found on their website - once there, you'll discover pre-rolls, vaporizers, and a variety of edibles (strain-specific gummies, cookies, chocolate bars, beverages, and even infused barbecue sauce). Products are sourced through partnerships with local farms & producers across the state of Vermont. Pine Grove Organics is located on Rt. 7 just north of Brandon with Handicap-Accessible Parking. Cash and debit cards are accepted.


Cannabis has not been analyzed or approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). For use by individuals 21 years of age and older or registered qualifying patient only. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS. DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING. Possession or use of cannabis may carry significant legal penalties in some jurisdictions and under federal law. It may not be transported outside of the state of Vermont. The effects of edible cannabis may be delayed by two hours or more. Cannabis may be habit forming and can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Persons 25 years and younger may be more likely to experience harm to the developing brain
It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. National Poison Control Center - (800) 222-1222
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Aura of Rhode Island

1136 Lonsdale Avenue Central Falls, RI, 02863 Phone: 401-335-5356

Quality products and a friendly, knowledgeable staff at state’s premier dispensary

Quality products, fair prices, a super-friendly staff: That’s what you’ll find at Aura of Rhode Island, the state’s premier cannabis dispensary. Built on a foundation of quality, passion and dedication to the art of cannabis, Aura sells cannabis from the state’s top cultivators. In addition to a wide selection of flower, products include pre-rolls, tinctures, concentrates, THC and CBD topicals, a large selection of vape products, accessories and apparel. And edibles come in all forms, from green apple and red raspberry gummies to cookies-and-cream chocolate bars, beverages, brownies, cookies and CBD pecan butter. The dispensary’s wait times are very short, a loyalty reward program leads to future discounts, and there’s plenty of parking. The staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

Cannabis Products are NOT SAFE FOR KIDSFor Ages 21+ and medical cannabis patients.
- RI License # MMP CC005
Display Counter - Sweetspot Dispensary - Exeter, RI
Sweetspot Dispensary

560 South County Trail Exeter, RI, 02822 Phone: 401-268-5126

Customers at this shop enjoy exceptional service, quality products, worry-free experience

Sweetspot Dispensary is the first and only cannabis retailer in South County providing a seamless experience from check in to check out. Their enthusiastic and friendly patient counselors will work with you to identify products that fit your needs. Whether you're an experienced consumer or a curious beginner, they provide a comfortable and judgment-free environment where experts can answer any questions you may have. Whether making a pit stop on the way to the beach or placing a convenient delivery order from the comfort of your couch, Sweetspot has you covered. Sweetspot offers next day delivery services throughout Rhode Island, operating from 10am to 6pm. Placing an order is as easy as visiting our website.

Cannabis Products are NOT SAFE FOR KIDSFor Ages 21+ and medical cannabis patients.
- RI License # MMP CC004
Cannasations with Kris Brown - A Vermont Cannabis Podcast
Cannasations w/ Kris

Step into the world of Cannasations w/ Kris, the smokiest podcast in Vermont! Join us as we highlight the cannabis industry in the great state of Vermont. We talk to knowledgeable people from seed to sale and everyone in between. We have high times as we talk about the culture, what's going on in the industry, and find out about the amazing people growing and producing our premium cannabis. You can find Cannasations w/ Kris everywhere you listen to podcasts. "Stay blazin' and stay amazing!"
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