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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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."
In a phone call with Bill Downing, treasurer of MassCann, Alex Oâ€™Connell, Esq. of the... Read more
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... Read more
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
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.
The... Read more
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
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
The Patriot Ledger reports the chairman of Progressive Insurance has contributed $525,000 to a group pushing a ballot question to legalize the medical use of marijuana here. The group has raised $1,167 from other sources.
For the second time this year, the House of Blues is before the Boston Licensing Board for a toking performer - this time for one who took a drag onstage then passed her joint to front-row fans.
My Southborough reports Town Meeting last night approved a $300 fine for spliff sucking - and gave the police chief the power to bring criminal charges against local pot fiends, even though she told Town Meeting she has no intention of re-criminalizing pot possession in the town.
To clarify: the Globe wants to continue the state income tax because they have a huge sexytime crush on Mike Widmer, send pot smokers to Guantanamo Bay forever,... Read more