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BLUNT TRUTH: QUESTIONS FOR OUR GOV-TO-BE …

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Medical marijuana passed in 2012, and patients still cannot get access in 2014. What will you do about that, and how quickly? Is it acceptable to you that patients should be denied their medicine for years while a long political process plays out? Continue reading

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BLUNT TRUTH: ‘THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS BLOOD ON ITS HANDS TODAY’

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As the crowd got bigger, the smell of marijuana and the message grew stronger, more specific. “They’ve taken $3 million of applicant dollars,” said Martin, who along with others questioned what the commonwealth has done with patient and dispensary fees. “Show me the money!” Continue reading

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NOVEMBER BALLOT MEASURE MADNESS: 4 QUESTIONS TO HOLD MASS OVER UNTIL POT LEGALIZATION IN 2016

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Historically speaking, 54 percent of questions put to Bay State voters have been approved since 1990. This time, after much speculation and signature wrangling—and in one case a court intervention—four initiatives remain from an initial field of 33. So there are really only two questions left: Which ones will pass, and which will flame out? Continue reading

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VETO POWER: DEVELOPERS RUN SOMERVILLE AND CAMBRIDGE AND THERE’S NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT

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At a moment when Americans seem eager to chase money out of politics, it’s disappointing that Cambridge officials proved unwilling to confront developers. And that doesn’t begin to describe the scene in Somerville, where last week Mayor Curtatone vetoed a campaign finance measure passed by the majority of aldermen. The ordinance would have capped political contributions from those working for municipal contractors at $250, half the $500 state limit. Continue reading

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BLUNT TRUTH: MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES RAISE HELL, DEMAND THAT MASS OBEY THE LAW

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What do you do when the state violates a law? Who do you troll when government is willfully prohibiting access to important medicine? Or when your elected representatives pocket millions from Big Pharma and healthcare conglomerates, but won’t let patients seek the treatment they want? The treatment they need? Continue reading

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BLUNT TRUTH: BASICALLY EVERYTHING WE REMEMBER FROM THE FREEDOM RALLY

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As you might imagine, regular Blunt Truth columnist Mike Cann needed a break after more than two days of nonstop partying. The Freedom Rally, though a certifiable force of good, can take its toll on mortals, and so we told Mike we would fill this space with all our memories remaining from the glorious 25th anniversary of the mighty MassCann tradition. Continue reading

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BLUNT TRUTH: FREEDOM RALLY SMOKE AND VAPE FINES (AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOATHE THEM)

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With the 25th Annual Boston Freedom Rally scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday (Sept 13 and 14) on Boston Common, we figured now is a kind time to consult with a couple of rally veterans about the city’s recently enacted smoke and vape fine.
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POST-PRIMARY: DISPATCH FROM THE SADDEST LITTLE POLLING PLACE IN BOSTON

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As an alternative publication, it’s our responsibility to hammer home the fact that there were more people queuing for Apple products than primaries this week. But since that line of complaint becomes more obvious and cliché with each passing horse race, we sought out an electoral slice of Boston so dismal, such an insult to the democratic process, that it might properly reflect the single-digit idiocracy we’re headed for. Continue reading

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BOSTON TROLLING (PART III): THE FUTURE OF PRE-CRIME IN THE COMMONWEALTH

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Five years from now, readers may look back on this dystopian account and laugh at how naive we were about the exponential maturation of our vast surveillance state. That blind acceptance of these all-seeing technologies, however, may be the most frightening revelation of all, as these potential threats to constitutional protections continue unabated and largely unscrutinized.
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