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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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SILVER CANNAVERSARY: YOUR STUDY GUIDE TO THE 25TH MASSCANN/NORML BOSTON FREEDOM RALLY

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With last year’s media attention rightfully focused on that silly excuse – and with a new mayor who has campaigned on streamlining the permitting process – there are some signs that things will go smoothly, though you never really know. Continue reading

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BRING THE CAUCUS: ON THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF OCCUPY BOSTON, A MOVEMENT ALUMNA GIVES PARTY POLITICS A TRY

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Analyzing these sorts of influences isn’t something I can do in any real depth; I was way too involved to have any healthy perspective on it other than to feel rage and sadness. What I can think about, however, is why we were unable to ignore the interlopers who eroded our resolve, and due to my recent experience in a parallel political universe, I’ve thought about these things a lot over the past few months. Continue reading

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PRIMARY SPECIAL: THE DIG DOES DEMOCRATIC ENDORSEMENTS. KIND OF.

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Hardcore wonks will probably be less enthralled by our two cents than sabermetrics geeks at T-ball games, but we nevertheless hope to spark conversation for both novices and know-it-alls. Continue reading

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THE DEARBORN HIJACK: FACED WITH LOSING A NEW $70 MILLION SCHOOL, ROXBURY RESIDENTS FIGHT A CHARTER TAKEOVER

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Due to a risk of the state taking control of the Dearborn, Interim BPS Superintendent John McDonough is proposing to hand over the upcoming $70 million STEM school to a nonprofit that hopes to re-boot it as a charter academy. Since that would mean Roxbury families lose automatic access to the new state-of-the-art Dearborn, locals are intensely pissed. Continue reading