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
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.