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After weeks of reporting on the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) medical marijuana regulations, this column focuses on mostly positive marijuana news—

the week’s top 10 stories that show
“We’re winning.”

1. Marc Emery aka The Prince of Pot, a Canadian national imprisoned in the States for embarrassing a Bush drug czar, is granted his request by the US Dept. of Justice to serve the rest of his prison sentence in Canada.

2. Patients are protesting the Mass. DPH over medical marijuana regulations. On Thursday, August 1, 2-4:20 p.m., Massachusetts medical marijuana patients, including The King of Pot and myself, will be picketing at 250 Washington St., Boston, headquarters for DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett.

3. After a successful Silver Tour to Washington, D.C. lobbying Congress on medical marijuana, Robert Platshorn releases his latest, “Should Grandma Smoke Pot? 2013,” airing on CBS and FOX television stations in Louisiana, Florida, and Indiana.

4.  N.A. Poe’s federal felony charges—covered in the previous Blunt Truth column, “No victim, no crime”—have officially been dropped. Poe and his Panic Crew castmates, with the support of Philly NORML, will continue to hold Smokedown Prohibition Philly events at the Liberty Bell.

5. Maine caregivers are now able to service Mass. medical marijuana patients, allowing their thousands of legal caregivers to service the needs of any Mass. patients shut out by Mass. DPH regulations. Maine, the way life should be.

6. Yours truly is booked as a studio guest on WBZ 1030AM CBS Radio’s Nightside with Dan Rea on Thursday, July 25 at 9 p.m. to discuss Mass. DPH Medical Marijuana regs. Cannabis reform broadcasting over a 50,000 watt signal.

7. Valerie Vande Panne asking the tough questions about the poor Mass. medical marijuana law and the need for further reforms and protections for patients in the Boston Business Journal: “Pot law won’t diminish employers’ rights to enforce drug policies.”

8. Boston’s biggest 4:20 fishbowl, MassCann/NORML’s Freedom Rally will, for the first time, go two days on Sept. 14 and 15 on the Boston Common.

9. Local Jon Napoli of the Hempest hopes to win a Boston medical marijuana dispensary permit.
“I think I should get a license because we will provide a model for the rest of the state and East Coast,” Napoli says. “We will have the highest quality medicine available and a wide selection of cannabis flowers, concentrates, and edibles. The stores will be secure and aesthetically pleasing. We will help the communities we are in economically. Our nonprofit will build gardens in the neighborhoods we operate in. We will do it right!”

10. Blunt Truth columns for DigBoston. Patting ourselves on the back, yes, and it gets us to an even 10.



  1. tom obear tom obear says:

    I was wondering which states law makes #5 legal for maine caregivers to serve mass patients?

    Can a visitor to Maine use medical marijuana?

    A patient who is visiting Maine from another state that authorizes that person’s medical use of marijuana may receive protections under Maine’s medical marijuana law as long as they possess:

    1. A valid Maine-approved written physician certification form on tamper proof paper, completed, signed and dated by the visitor’s home-jurisdiction treating physician. The Maine form is available on the division’s webpage at

    2. Valid medical marijuana certification issues by the visitor’s home state.

    3. Valid photo ID card or driver’s license from the vistor’s home state.

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  4. medicine Socks medicine Socks says:

    I tried calling the Maine Dept of Health and Human Services and was told that the dispensaries there could support a qualifying patient from Massachusetts if that patient has documentation from both a Massachusetts doctor and a Maine doctor. Then I started calling dispensaries and one after another they each said they would not support patients from out of state. They gave various reasons for this denial.


    Medicine Socks, try caregiver services in Maine, I think you might have more luck that way. I’m going to start looking myself to see if I can find some good Maine caregivers to service MA Patients that frequently call looking for access….