By - 3/23/15 - 4:38 pm

There'll be no pot districts in Boston, if at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty has his way.

On Wednesday, the City Council considers a proposal by Flaherty that would require at least 2,500 feet - nearly half a mile - between any marijuana dispensaries in Boston, should we ever actually get any.

Although voters approved medical marijuana dispensaries in 2012, Boston still does not have any, thanks...Read more

By - 2/27/15 - 10:38 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today prosecutors cannot use most of the marijuana found in a man's minivan during a traffic stop in Quincy to prosecute him for possession with intent to distribute, because police didn't have the legal right to search the vehicle in the first place.

The ruling also applies to the man's cell phone, on which officers browsed messages they felt showed...Read more

By - 2/13/15 - 11:37 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today tossed a charge of marijuana possession with intent to distribute against a Dorchester teenager found with 13 small bags of pot in his pants in 2012.

The state's highest court ruled that none of the factors cited by police and prosecutors - which included the teen's nervousness when he realized police were watching him and the fact he had no...Read more

By - 7/9/14 - 10:59 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that police with a nose for marijuana can no longer search a person or his car if the smell of unburned pot is the only evidence the person might be holding more than an ounce of the drug.

In rulings stemming from cases in Dorchester and Pittsfield, the state's highest court said the smell of burned marijuana was ...Read more

By - 6/12/14 - 8:59 am

CommonWealth reports the group that helped legalize marijuana in Colorado is setting up shop in Massachusetts.Read more

By - 4/24/14 - 9:44 pm

A couple weeks ago, the Globe quoted Hizzona as saying he was "dead set" against medical-marijuana dispensaries and that "I have made it very clear to the state that I don’t want these dispensaries in our city."

But that's not what he wrote in an online discussion on Reddit today:

To be clear: I support the law and the will of the voters.

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By - 4/16/14 - 6:29 pm

The Dig takes a look at Marty Walsh's steadfast opposition against letting non-profits open voter-approved medical-marijuana dispensaries in Boston even as his administration gets ready to shut its one public Methadone clinic just as Bain Capital is beefing up its portfolio in for-profit drug clinics.Read more

By - 3/27/14 - 11:29 am
Wanted: Luis Orlando Santiago

In 2011, there was the triple murder linked to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the victims' bodies sprinkled with marijuana.

A high-school student was shot to death last week, police say, in an attempted drug rip-off that was aimed at recovering money the victim felt was stolen in an earlier pot deal by his cousin.

And now, Waltham Police alert us, another suspected local...Read more

By - 2/26/14 - 7:58 am

MuckRock finds basic math problems with some of the state-released summaries of applicants for medical-marijuana dispensaries. Its report also links to other reports on problems with the dispensary approval process.Read more

By - 2/12/14 - 1:21 pm

The Boston City Council today called for a hearing on the medical-marijuana dispensaries the state recently approved for Boylston Street in the Back Bay and Southampton Street on the South End/Roxbury line.

Councilor Steve Murphy (at large), who submitted a letter of "non opposition" to the general idea of dispensaries was blunt: "I was lied to" by the operators of the proposed Boylston Street...Read more

By - 1/31/14 - 12:53 pm

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today gave provisional approval to medical-marijuana dispensaries at 364 Boylston St. and 70 Southampton St.

The non-profit operators of the two proposed dispensaries hope to be in operation by this fall.

Good Chemistry of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of a Denver concern, will operate the Boylston Street facility, selling products based on marijuana grown in a warehouse in...Read more

By - 11/24/13 - 10:08 am
Wyoming Street fire

Stephen Beyer watched the house burn. See it larger.

In addition to the $500,000 in damage done by a fire Friday night, somebody at 10 Wyoming St. in Roxbury is now out up to $1 million for the value of the 176 marijuana plants police found growing inside.

Plus, of course, the owner faces criminal charges if found. Police add the Boston Fire Department's arson squad is on the case.

Police...Read more

By - 9/13/13 - 9:26 am

A Middlesex Superior Court judge says Framingham police went too far in their zeal to shut down a local head shop in July.

But while Justice Douglas Wilkins says he sympathizes with Terry Wilson, owner of the Grateful Head on Rte. 9, he declined to issue an order to force police to return most of her stuff, saying she needs to follow proper channels...Read more

By - 9/10/13 - 6:48 pm

This just in from City Hall:

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announced today that a 2013 Park Permit has been granted to the MassCann/NORML Boston Freedom Rally to hold an event/concert on Boston Common on September 14. The permit gives the group permission to hold the event from 12pm-6pm on September 14.

Organizers had sought a two-date permit for their annual Freedom...Read more

By - 9/7/13 - 12:34 pm

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for the Parks and Recreation Department says tonight: "The application for a two day event is still under review by the City of Boston."

MassCann reports the city yesterday denied a request for a two-day Liberty Rally on the Common - scheduled for next weekend.

In a phone call with Bill Downing, treasurer of MassCann, Alex O’Connell, Esq. of the

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By - 8/20/13 - 10:55 pm

Bill Linehan, whose district is at the heart of the city's heroin epidemic, is seeking an ordinance that would raise the cost of a marijuana citation from $100 to $300, at least for people caught smoking in public parks, Boston Magazine reports.

The council considers Linehan's proposal at its regular meeting tomorrow at City Hall. His proposed order reads, in part:

The public consumption

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By - 4/5/13 - 11:25 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a Boston police officer should not have searched the glove compartment of a car he had stopped in Dorchester because he failed to provide evidence he needed to search the car immediately to protect either his own or the public's safety.

The ruling upholds the decision of a Boston Municipal Court judge to disallow the gun and ammunition, which...Read more

By - 11/26/12 - 9:04 pm

City Councilor Rob Consalvo (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says he sympathizes with people with the sort of debilitating illnesses who would require medical marijuana, but he doesn't want the dispensaries approved by voters to be allowed to set up shop just anywhere.

Consalvo on Wednesday asks the City Council to approve a hearing to start figuring out how to limit where dispensaries can open.


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By - 11/10/12 - 11:42 am

Richard Vetstein reports landlords are smokin' mad because the law passed by voters this week lets people with medical conditions grow a two-month supply of weed at home if they can't get to one of those dispensaries the law allows. Homegrown pot could mean mold, water damage, fires from improperly wired grow lights and even an increased risk of burglaries from thieves looking for...Read more

By - 2/13/12 - 11:17 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that people caught with less than an ounce of marijuana can still be tried in criminal court if police and prosecutors can show they planned to sell the pot.

The declaration comes in separate rulings in cases from Great Barrington and Natick, in which police had evidence the arrested people were pot dealers - in one case a text...Read more