Medical marijuana goes mainstream with Portland trade show

November 11th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

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Medical marijuana goes mainstream with Portland trade show

By Beth Quimby bquimby@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Gary Catalano stood beside his booth Saturday, pitching the benefits of his aeroponic marijuana growing system at the Home Grown Maine 2012 medical marijuana trade show.

Sage Peterson of Canuvo Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Biddeford displays medical marijuana his company grows and supplies, during the Home Grown Maine trade show for medical marijuana vendors, caregivers and others, at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland on Saturday.

Maine Sunday Telegram photo by Carl D. Walsh

One vendor displays various treats as an alternative to smoking medical marijuana for medical purposes, during the Home Grown Maine trade show for medical marijuana vendors, caregivers and others, at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland on Saturday.

Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

“It is the cleanest system because it doesn’t use dirt,” said Catalano, of Harrison.

Catalano, who runs Catalano Caregivers and Northern Aeroponics, said being able to grow marijuana legally is a dream come true. He said for years he grew the plant illegally, even though his parents urged him to stop.

“Now I am actually teaching my father how to grow it,” said Catalano, a registered caregiver who under state law may grow medical marijuana for up to five patients.

Catalano was one of dozens of vendors at the trade show, sponsored by the

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