BOSTON (WHDH) – He’s a combat veteran who completed dozens of missions in Iraq. His newest mission is delivering medical marijuana in Boston, and he let 7News come along.
I was asked by 7News to help them with a story a while back.
They are under a lot of pressure to support the status quo and get ratings so I appreciate the airtime and opportunity to be heard. Nevertheless locals are way behind on these issues in my opinion. If I hadn’t have participated what would their story have looked like?
I did series of shoots with 7News before the Olympics and before the recent incident where law enforcement officials were blaming a local crash (into a state trooper) on cannabis, when it was obvious that there was MUCH more going on with the driver than cannabis. Politicians like Governor Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston were campaigning against the new cannabis ballot question hard back then. Don’t hear from them now huh? They now have their eyes and paws all ready for a bunch of cash that they plan to squeeze out of legal cannabis patients.
I believe that all locals should have access to the new cannabis market, not just government, not just the connected, not just the wealthy, but yes any old Mom and Pop from the neighborhood! Call me old fashioned, but that’s where I choose to take my biz. Just like my dry cleaning.. I shop local to support my community. Why cant cannabis be similar? Why cant cannabis be used to rebuild our communities instead of being used to take them apart?
Allowing corporate monopolies control over our medicines is how we got the opiate crisis.
I trust people who themselves grow AND use natural and organic cannabis grown from the power of the sun, water, and earth. Government has lost any credibility they may have had on the issue. Corporations and government simply cant be trusted to supply affordable safe quality access to cannabis as medicine.
Chief has been a local cannabis advocate for several years and regularly interacts with public media to include topics and ideas that are relevant to the cannabis community.
In the following transcript from our brief radio call-in to BPRs Ask the Mayor on 4/29/2016..
Starting the conversation on cannabis
Chief catches the entire news team and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh himself off guard by asking very simple and straightforward questions about medicinal cannabis distribution in the city. They were totally unprepared for the question and admitted it had never crossed any of their minds how legal cannabis patients in the city of Boston have been and continue getting their fully legal medication now. It is staggering and disappointing for those of us that use medicinal cannabis to hear that so little thought goes into the voter and patient needs by those that are responsible for policy but you can hear how Mayor Walsh is all excited and knowledgeable about his bureaucratic practices to reap the cash rewards that he may believe the industry has by the way of his dispensary program.
Dispensaries are a twenty year old business model developed for the Californian market, who says it was ever going to work in New England? The blind investment in such a dispensary system is misguided but politicians have been told thats the thing! so everybody hold onto your hats and pocketbooks. The market has been very clear in recent years that patients demand delivery just like anything else they use regularly and may purchase online or through amazon… but as the Mayor admits below there has been absolutely no thought about those types of patient needs at the highest levels of city government.
He knows all about the one dispensary that had yet to open at the time of the broadcast, on Milk St, and knows all about the legal process if you are a big company ready to make millions, but he is clueless when it comes to how patients receive their medicine now? What does this say for individual cannabis rights? What does it say about big business working with government for cannabis profit?
New Politicians Same old Sh**
Marty Walsh is indicative of a certain type of new politician that we are getting more familiar with these days.. The type of politician that stands for and supports the broken immoral, ignorant, corrupt, prohibitionist drug policies of our racist past oblivious to the lies and propaganda that they are practicing, until the voters finally defeat them and their ideas directly, with ballots petitions and votes…
Then these same politicians become experts on cannabis and drug policy overnight despite being so miserably and undeniably wrong for so many decades… and begin to support new regulatory policies aimed at curbing public use and maximizing their governments share of profits.. zoning legal medicinal cannabis distribution points out of and away from our neighborhoods, making sweetheart deals happen behind closed doors for new and old friends and cronies, all the while continuing to push old debunked negative propaganda, continuing to stand in the way of the voter with their tired ignorance, while supporting a possible future big business monopoly behind the scenes at the same time.
Now that the voters are changing the laws without them here come the same politicians that stood against the cannabis community, now claiming to be supportive of the cannabis voting public, to meddle with policy and get their beaks wet.
Government has NO credibility on issue of Cannabis!
Politicians and government have absolutely NO credibility on the issue of cannabis. They have been lying to us for so many decades that any rational person must question what are the legal grounds for class action lawsuits, because it is this writers belief that in the not too distant future cannabis will be confirmed as a legitimate treatment aid to cancer sufferers.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America. Second only to heart disease which can be stress related. Which means that for decades our government and politicians have pulled another fast one, another bold and humiliating hoax on the American people…. misleading them and lying all the while raising money for cancer research and knowing since 1974 that cannabis kills cancer cells in controlled university studies, denying them the very thing that may have lead to cancer treatment breakthroughs, brain, stem cell, and nervous tissue breakthroughs, decreased stress, pain and suffering, and perhaps even longer lifespans marked with less stress, and of course violently taking peoples freedom away for simple and non-violent possession in their drug war. It is immoral. It is corrupt. It is ignorant. and It is Racist.
Cannabis still has a serious stigma here in the Bay State. BostonCannabis.Info is working hard to change that.
The following is a transcript from Boston Public Radio show on 4/29/2016 Ask The Mayor w Jim Braude and Margery Eagan
BPR Post at 1:35:55 Chief from Mass Bay Cannabis and BostonCannabis.Info question Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh about city cannabis policy.
WGBH BPR’s Ask The Mayor 4/29/2016;
MAYOR WALSH: Is it Chief? in Mattapan?
CHIEF: Yes it is how do you do?
JIM/MAYOR: Go Chief.
CHIEF: Thanks for taking my call. Good afternoon. I wanted to ask the mayor.. If he.. I know he is against ah medicinal cannabis dispensaries in Boston but I wanted to know if he is against medicinal cannabis deliveries in Boston? There have been some .. many services operating for a while but have recently been shut down by the department of public health and Im just wondering if the mayor understands the need for those cannabis delivery services and if and what his thoughts are on how people get their cannabis in the city of Boston?
JIM: Thank you Chief
MAYOR: Thank you. Thats the first time I think its ever been brought to my attention I guess my response would be do we deliver prescription drugs from CVSs and from pharmacies……and if we do is there a system in place that they deliver prescription drugs that they could deliver marijuana?
MARGERY: I Don’t know.
MAYOR CONT: I wouldn’t suggest.. if it doesn’t happen i think its a very different thing you have to make sure the right person gets it..its a prescription you have to sign for it. I think.. Im not sure how the policy is going to work but I don’t know if we deliver prescription drugs today. So I..
JIM: But you wouldn’t want them to be treated any differently than prescription drugs are? Is that what you are talking about?
MAYOR: No I mean. I never heard I never even thought of this. No one.. This is the first time I ever heard something like this So I don’t know.
MARGERY:I never heard it either..
JIM: Chief? Chief are you still on the hold.. the line?
JIM: why don’t you.. pardon me?
CHIEF CONT: …people who have cards and they have been trying to get medicine for a long time so they utilize delivery services which have been running long before dispensaries were ever available here in the city. . you know so, now that dispensaries are coming online they are shutting down these delivery services saying they are no longer compliant because there is dispensaries around, while people have become used to getting the service.. uhm..
MAYOR: I have honestly I have got to look into it because I, Im not sure exactly.. I will contact If we want…
JIM: can we put him on hold?
MAYOR: yeah give your number to the producer here and uh we will have somebody from public health, our public health Boston Public Health and give you a call and look into the situation.
JIM:One related question.. we all know we have had this discussion with you ad nauseum and will continue I guess until november how strongly you oppose the marijuana legalization thing. Chief just said you opposed, which I was unaware of, .. ah the medicinal marijuana question too? ..How did you.. I wasn’t aware of that and Im embarrassed that I wasn’t so my apologies in advance or not in advance but my apologies..
How do you justify that a, in a doctor patient relationship a doctor can prescribe an opioid or virtually anything but he or she shouldn’t be able to prescribe marijuana if the doctor believes thats whats..
MAYOR: well.. I mean.
JIM:…is most needed by the patient?
MAYOR: This is a battle.. two years ago that I clearly lost because the voters support it but my point.
JIM: No Im just curious as to what ..
MAYOR: my point.. at the time that you could get marijuana in a pill form. Which is a little bit different than the smoking form. umm but now that the voters voted the way they did we are working, we have one marijuana dispensary coming to the city of Boston
JIM: where is that gonna be?
MAYOR: ahh its one on Milk St.
MAYOR: which is supported by the city, by the BRA by the ZBA because they need to change the zoning and it is in the process of moving forward. Theres a couple of others that are being proposed. I believe out in the Brighton Allston area… and one maybe in a couple other areas of the city.
There have been a couple proposed that haven’t gone anywhere because of the communities uproar but i think that if they do the comm, proper community outreach and they talk to the neighborhood and the neighborhoods ok with it, I mean its the law so Im not gonna stand in the way of the law.
JIM: ah Katie in Dorchester..
MARGERY: Milk St thats sort of an interesting place right in the middle of a financial district.
MAYOR: Yeah it is but what they did was they went into a building
MAYOR: .. and they wanted a storefront view but they we had conversations well if everyone going has a prescription why do you need a storefront? So they moved into the building.