Sensi Magazine March 2019 - Boston Digital Edition
Feb 28, 2019 05:43AM
● By Amber Orvik
ROUNDING UP THE WHAT
A string of studies came out in February and were picked up by various press, including Vice’s health vertical, TONIC, which commented on a large study out of the National Institute of Scientific Research at the University of Quebec. The research examined nearly 320,0000 patients with a history of “abusive alcohol use” and concluded that drinkers who use cannabis had “significantly lower odds of developing liver diseases”, including cirrhosis—something a presumably decent swath of you probably will find comforting in the month that St. Patrick’s Day built in Boston.
Reports also circulated about some people in Texas who, while scoping a choice spot to squat and fire up a joint, discovered a live caged tiger in the abandoned house they were eyeballing for a session. Weird, sure, but call it a Litmus Test: If you find it weirder that people were ducking into a Lone Star State shanty just to smoke cannabis freely than the fact that it’s legal to own a jungle tiger in Texas (if you have a wild game permit) but smoking a plant for recreation isn’t, than it may be time to adjust that moral compass of yours.
A bummer bit that hit last month was Boston’s celebrated Economic Empowerment Program, the first of its kind in the nation, has been delayed. Coupled with the later news that weed giant MedMen is working on a cavernous storefront in the heart of Fenway, it added up to a sour note for all, but especially those for which the EEP program was supposed to lift up. MedMen is currently facing a lawsuit by its own former CFO, alleging “racism, homophobia, misogyny, and financial misconduct” is the rule at the company (CEO Adam Beirman told the crowd at the NCIA “Seed to Sale” show in February the allegations were “absolutely silly and disgusting”), so absorbing both items in a short time has put a little hate in the heart of a lot of weed warriors around town.
And expect more fireworks as the industry continues to grow. Sometimes they have dark connotations like the MedMen situation. Other times, it’s just the sparkle of the state raking in over $24 million dollars in the first two months of legal sales and all that suggests for the coming green rush headed to the Bay State. I loved reading about the CCC granting it’s first final license to a general adult-use cannabis applicant in February. It’s novel not only because it’s the first in the state that isn’t a former medical marijuana outfit going for the rec dollars, but also because it’s hyping a small, local, woman-owned business in a marketplace already unsettled by the encroaching shadow cast by Big Weed, and the (often) rich white men behind it.
Remember the Mass Grass scene is just getting going. The power to shape and mold it in the best interests of the community who fought for years to legalize it—and the great swells of job creation and potential for social justice reform for the communities hardest hit by the failed War on Drugs—is still in the hands of the people willing to work together with aligned interests for true local solidarity. Let’s try to keep it that way.
Dan McCarthy // MANAGING EDITOR // SENSI BOSTON
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