Sensi Magazine November 2018 - Boston Digital Edition
Oct 31, 2018 09:48AM
● By Amber Orvik
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MONTH MAKES
Back in late September, it was announced the Trump administration has greenlit a deal allowing commercialized marijuana to be imported from Canada on a large scale, thus further exasperating the conflict between the two neighboring nations in terms of cannabis legality and accessibility. So far, the G7 country is putting its freedom-touting neighbor to the south to shame on that front. Since then, there have been rumblings from the GOP that the Trump administration will address federal cannabis reforms after the midterm elections, without any concrete details as to what that may entail (as if that’s a shock to anyone at this point).
Add on to that the leading anti-cannabis group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), are raising unprecedented money in advance of the midterms while their main man Kevin Sabet was even on NECN in early October espousing his stance of flatly opposing commercial and recreational cannabis, while stopping just short of endorsing decriminalization or medical cannabis programs. If you want a good refresher on his efforts, simply google his name and cannabis and see cheery features what surface. While you’re at it look up Kennedy legacy Patrick Kennedy’s public opinion on the matter and how he works in tandem with SAM. A Camelot of prohibitionist attitudes if there ever was one.
On the Hub front, things are chugging along at various rates of success. On one hand, the industry is creeping along at an infuriatingly slow speed. On the other hand, in its current state, we’re closer now to a functioning recreational industry than we ever have before. But murky waters the state’s municipalities still be in, when you’ve got towns continually working to figure out what they want, be it a fresh ban on rec pot shops (Bourne), or lifting a former moratorium to allow the rec industry and all its tax dollar windfalls into their town (Framingham).
And yet, the matter of safe and public social consumption means - cafes, social clubs, etc - is still a pressing concern. To date Greater Boston is woefully lacking in that department, which for those unaware why it’s important it’s always worth reminding about the adverse rate of incarceration and harassment minorities and communities of color have experienced, and continue to, as it relates to cannabis use and possession. Add on to that Boston has legalized recreational use while it publicly doesn’t allow consumption anywhere, yet the city continues to roll out legions of new bars and clubs making sure the booze swilling classes are catered to. It’s a hypocritical contrast to the facts about the dangers and well-known stats of the effects of drinking and alcohol related deaths and traffic accidents versus cannabis, among a litany of other comparative facts currently available and regularly coming into public view. In the end, booze and bars still carry favor in the hearts and minds of the public, for now. But the tide continues to turn, with more and more people being re-educated about the realities of cannabis versus alcohol and the comparative societal dangers they can carry with it, both in the court of public opinion, as well as the Supreme Court.
Or to put it as Tom Junod, famed award-winning journalist for Esquire, wrote on Facebook after the circus that was the public job interview for the Supreme Court nominee Brett “Boofing” Kavanaugh came to a close the way it did in the cultural zeitgeist back in October: “Putting aside all the cultural and political ramifications of the Kavanaugh hearing, I will submit that it functioned as one huge advertisement for the advantages of weed over beer.”
Dan McCarthy // MANAGING EDITOR // SENSI BOSTON
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