GreenLeaf Magazine - July 2016


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What’s Inside,

Strain Reviews: Ace High and Tomahawk by Green Point Seeds 6

Visionary Healing 9

Goldman Saacks: Patients to Protest Dispensary Opening 14

Galaxy Gnail Review 17

The Green Mile 20

The Emerald Cup 24

Rolling Debate 26

We Could Lose This 36

Cannaball Event 39

Mass State House Smoke Signals 42






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Strain Review

Strain Name:

Ace High

Genetic Lineage:

Ohio Lemon G x

Star Dawg

Sex: Regular


Mostly Sativa


63 - 77 Days




Indoor & Outdoor

Ace High



When you think of Ohio, whats the 1st thing to come to mind? Does cannabis come to mind? Well you should of your looking at this

strain! Lemon G is one of the most famous strains out of The Mid-West along with the “Death Star” (Sensi Star x Sour Diesel) and Indiana

Bubble Gum. This Lemon G strain should be renamed “Consuela” from Family Guy because the smell and taste is Lemon Pledge all the

way! This is definitely the strain for all those Lemon Terpene lovers out there. Not many people have the cut, and wasn’t circulated at all

really. Lemon G was hoarded by whoever had it at the time. It was a heavily guarded, well sought out strain from most people wanted at

time. According to Archive Seed Bank, apparently there are 2 different cuts of Lemon G floating around. The widely circulated one is the

Sativa version, which supposedly is Skunk Misty x Indica Lemon G. The growth structure of the Lemon G are incredible. Tall, stretchy, and

massive looking buds, but the flowers grow pretty airy, making it look like more than it is. The growth structure of this strain isn’t why it

is so popular. It’s the aroma and flavor. The smell coming off this is INCREDIBLY LOUD! Incredibly reminiscent of Lemon Pledge, and

Lemon Heads Candy, with slight hints of Lemongrass, and Lemon Peels. Its an incredible Lemon overload! For concentrates, if you like the

citrus terpene profile, you’ll be doing back flips for this. Because the Lemon G is incredibly dominant, if it were to be used for concentrates,

alone, Lemon G is almost too overpowering. Some people mix about 10% Lemon G with other flavors, just so the lemons wont drownedout

the other flavors present in the concentrate. The effect of the Lemon G are very sativa-esque. Happy, clear-headed, focused, creative, and

energetic, but not too Sativa for all those people who don’t like the paranoia, racy, speedy, borderline psychedelic strains.

When Lemon G meets Star Dawg, expect to find some impeccable phenotypes that will be hard to narrow down. The Star Dawg would

fill out those loose buds on the Lemon G making them tight, but keep an eye on certain phenotypes that will want to keep stretching. It

will also give the Lemon G-dominant phenotypes an acrid, sharp, pungent chemical cleaner aroma that should blend well. Make sure you

use all of your super cropping techniques and definitely use a trellis to maximize on the space you have. Smell and taste should range from

astringent, acrid, lemon chemical cleaner, nail polish, paint thinner, and yellow sharpie markers. You will have fun watching these grow,

and watching how different some can be. The Lemon G might dominate most phenotypes, since sativa traits come through more than the

Indica does in the hybrid strains, so if you find a Star Dawg-Dominant phenotype, Keep her around! The males from this cross should be

worth looking into as well, so if you find a good male, try and keep it or collect pollen for future projects


Strain Review

Strain Name:

Tomahawk from Green Point Seeds


Genetic Lineage:

Gorilla Glue #4 x Star Dawg. {(Sour Dubble

x Chem Sis) x Chocolate Diesel} x (Chem 4

x Tres Dawg)

Sex: Regular


Mostly Sativa


63 - 77 Days




Indoor & Outdoor

Get ready to be the most popular kid on the block all over again! With this cross

of Gorilla Glue #4 from Josey Wales, to this Male Stardawg, there are sure to be

many phenotypes worth keeping, depending if your leaning more towards GG4

or Star Dawg. Gorilla Glue # 4 is a cross of {(Sour Dubble x Chem Sis) x Chocolate

Diesel}. Superb resin content, and spectacular bag appeal. When she’s grown

well and trimmed nicely, it looks like it was rolled in sugar! So many visible

cloudy trichome heads that are sticky to the touch, hence her name. Her terpene profile is incredible as well. If I were to describe the GG4 aroma, it

would have to down the lines of Soap/Detergent/Piney/Chem/Cocoa Butter. Slight nose tingle upon getting a big whiff. The room reeks of nothing but

skunky weed when you crack open the jar. The flavor of Gorilla Glue is incredible. Rich/Creamy/Chem/Cacao with a slight hint of some diesel coming

through on the back end. Alone, Gorilla Glue #4 test incredibly high in THC too. Might be a “1-Hitter Quitter” for the occasional cannabis consumer.

She can easily reach 24%-32%THC as seen on @GGStrains and @RB26CA Instagram page. Gorilla Glue #4 definitely lives up to the hype it has

received over the past 2 years. If you let her do what she wants, she will give you everything you want. Look, smell, taste, effect, and yield from both

the flowers and the oil. If you like making extracts, this will be something you always want to run. With no less than 20% returns, It will definitely be

worth your time for sure. She is a well rounded strain that belongs in every garden. This strain will be sure to replace some of those old OG strains that

are getting played out everywhere

It your a fan of the Sour Diesel or Chemdog Terpene profile, you’ll love what the Stardawg Male does to the Gorilla Glue #4. The aroma, flavor, and

effect all homogenize well together as if these two strains were meant to be together. An exquisite representation of these two powerhouse strains

clashing together to make this one prestigious strain. The all-around, great tasting, dank smelling, heavy-hitting Gorilla Glue #4 crossed to the Legendary

Chem 4-Dominant Star Dawg, give the Tomahawk some large-yielding buds with less internode spacing than just Gorilla Glue #4. It will also

produce a remarkable terpene profile all on the heavy, dank, putrid, pungent side of the spectrum. You definitely will need a good carbon filter for

this strain because of how much this plant will smell before, during, and after harvest. You can expect the aroma and flavor to range anywhere from

Gasoline/ Oil Spill/ Kerosene/ Diesel/ Petrol/ Acetone/ Bleach/ Ajax/ Under-The-Sink Chemicals to Halitosis/ Morning Breath/ Decay/ Dry Socket

with slight hints of vinegar. They all sound like offensive, foul odors, but when it comes to cannabis giving off those specific aromas, products like this

move QUICK! Most phenotypes will most likely finish around week 9, some might even go longer to about week 10, some even to week 11 due to the

amount of Sativa that is in her. BE PATIENT! Let her go as long as she can to get the maximum potential from the Tomahawk. Sour Diesel, Chemdog,

and Gorilla Glue fans should all rejoice, because when this comes around, we all will have a new favorite to brag about! Tomahawk!




Visionary Healing

by Eddie Funxta


Visionary Healing

I want to give a little background into the root of my work, as it explains the direction that I aim for… Health. I’ve been a medical cannabis

breeder since the early 2000’s in Southern California. Helping people with many devastating diseases and ailments such as AIDS, Cancers,

Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, Multiple Sclerosis, and Wasting Syndrome. To chronic illnesses like back pain, migraine headaches, hemorrhoids to

ulcers. Understanding how cannabis helped decrease the burden of their symptoms, if not cure them and give them back a quality of life we all

seek. I looked into more plant research and human health. Always believing in ancient medicines and spiritual shamans. I felt the information

following and calling me. Nowadays, My steps from helping the sick, have turned into helping people from Getting sick! Cannabis was

just a tool in the arsenal that mother nature has gifted us with understanding, with years of research. Now I stumble upon centuries old knowledge

of a magical medicinal healer in the forests all over the world known as “The Mushroom of Immortality” or Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma

Lucidium). Reishi Mushroom is a polypore or “Conk” type mushroom growing off of rotting hard woods. Research keeps stacking up on the

benefits that this fungi carries. First and foremost its a cancer and tumor killer! Prominent in Ovarian Cancer Research, a Natural Killer Cell and

Lymphocyte Cell builder and supporter. These cells kill off bad cells that feed and build ailments and disorders in our bodies.

What about chronic illnesses that hinder our daily lives? Reishi Mushroom treats, if not helps cure, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Viral infections

such as Influenza, Swine Flu and Avian Flu. Reishi’s a powerful Respiratory healer, helping Lung problems such as Bronchitis to Asthma.

Reishi also helps with treating Insomnia, High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol. It’s a Heart health helper thats for sure! Research has

shown that healthy oxygen uptake leads to proper cell replication and smoother blood flow, leading to less ailments.

Adding Cannabis to Reishi extracts was a no brainer in my work. Making special custom recipes per patient has really showed me the

power of natural healing! Organic Mushrooms and Organic Cannabis… My belief to future healing of our planet and her beings!

I’m going to touch on a few other medicines that I truly believe in. Provocative to say the least, but extremely helpful in todays world of mind

tyranny, and societal stresses. These diverse compounds and chemicals are known as Tryptamines, Psychedelics, and/or Entheogens. Many can

be grown, known as “Teacher Plants” that have been documented for centuries. Shamans and Ancient Civilizations believed in these “visions”

sent from other worlds, as information to help mankind.



















Visionary Healing












Nobody knows how some of these century old concoctions were founded and discovered, but I for one, am extremely happy the information

hasn’t been lost. Most people know, and I’ve also written about Magic Mushrooms, but theres more powerful elements that grow wild or even

landscaped into our yards. Dimethryltryptamine or DMT is found in ALL living things. Known as “The Spirit Molecule” colliding

spirituality and science together. Brewed as tea in the jungles of Peru, mixing the bark of a tree and the leaves of another to make Ayahuasca.

This powerful antidote has cured many ailments such as PTSD, Alcoholism and nicotine dependency. Thats the just the noticeable part, fixing

their all around spiritual outlook is unmeasurable. Their feelings of compassion and love for themselves and everything around them

can only be explained as, a warm embrace of Mother (earth). 5-MeO-DMT extracted from the Sonoran Desert’s Bufo Alvarius Toad, is the most

powerful entheogen documented. 5-MeO-DMT is produced in our Pineal Gland, which is believed to be where melatonin is

produced to induce sleep and our natural knowledge of seasons. It is released during traumatic near death experiences, and at death. This chemical

is released in our brain and sends us into the after life. The Bufo Alvarius Toad has venom glands located on its neck and shoulders. When

squeezed, a white milky substance is harvested and dried which can be vaporized or smoked. My experience can be easily

explained as 50 thousand hours of therapy in 20 minutes! 5-MeO-DMT almost replicates serotonin, the happy chemical in the body, meaning it

absorbs relatively fast into the body with little to no residual effects. I work with Dr. Gerardo Isaac M.D. OB/GYN of the Bufo Alvarius

Foundation in Quintana Roo, Mexico. My Shaman. He has helped me with many tools for understanding in my work in the healing of myself

and others.

Cannabis, Mushrooms and Herbs for the body. Bringing in Tryptamines and Visionary Entheogens along with a healthy counseling of

understanding to heal the mind. Psychedelics are in the early steps of legalization, just as cannabis was when I was a teenager. I know this is the

future of mental medicine… from the past!!

I’m Eddie Funxta…Thank You For Your Mind!










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Medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts have fought for

years for more cannabis dispensaries. Though voters approved

such facilities in 2012, there are still less than half-a-dozen statewide.

But when the long-awaited Patriot Care opens for business

in Lowell this week, the occasion will be met with protest.

For relevant intents and purposes, this leg of dispensary-related

dissent in the Bay State broke out last month after Adam Vaccaro

of published an article titled, “Medical marijuana

lobbyist to oppose pot legalization push.” The piece revealed that

a hired gun named Daniel Delaney, who is registered with the

Commonwealth to represent the interests of three Patriot Care

dispensaries (one of which is in Boston), started a campaign

called Safe Cannabis Massachusetts to oppose the Campaign to

Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol initiative that will appear on

the ballot in November.

A DPH-registered nonprofit expecting to open three locations

in Massachusetts, Patriot Care is owned by Columbia Care, an

industry behemoth that boasts “leadership … from renowned

businesses and organizations including Goldman Sachs, Staples,

PepsiCo, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institutes.” Led by former

Goldman investment bankers, the company operates more than

a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries in five states besides the


In speaking to, Patriot Care spokesperson Dennis

Kunian praised Delaney while denying that the dispensary is

involved with the anti-legalization campaign. “He’s doing this

independently of us,” said Kunian of lobbying efforts. “Although,

if he’s doing it, he’s pretty darn smart, and it’s something we’re

going to be taking a look at.”

In any case, public records for the Safe Cannabis website show

that yet another Patriot Care contractor is tied to the anti-legalization

campaign as well. The domain is registered to Greg

Czarnowski, whose name recently appeared in my email inbox

with an invite, on behalf of Kunian, to the Patriot Care grand

opening this week. Asked about this coincidence, Kunian replied

in an email:

Greg is an outsourced contractor working for me on a number

of events for both Columbia Care and Patriot Care among other

things that he does for me … He is a terrific web designer and

3 years ago I introduced him to Dan Delaney who has been our

lobbyist in Ma. since the very start. We are not involved in any

of Dan’s other activities, other than his work for Patriot Care.

We have not donated to Dan’s drive to oppose the Ballot issue as

it is written, nor will we donate in the future. As hard as people

in the recreational area have tried, they will find no link between

what Dan is doing for Patriot Care other than helping us

get open in Mass.

Kunian assures that his company has “no voice in the recreational

issue positive or negative and will always continue to

stay our own course.” Delaney claims the same, saying that

Czarnowski designed the anti-legalization campaign website,

but he says those jobs are independent of any work for Patriot


“This CRMLA Initiative is MPP (Marijuana Policy Project),

Washington, DC boilerplate that did not consult all of the stakeholders

in the Commonwealth such as law enforcement, municipal

groups, and property owners,” Delaney says regarding

his rationale for creating the opposition campaign. Delaney says

he’s seeking input from all stakeholders, including anti-marijuana

Mayor Marty Walsh as well as those in the medical marijua

na community, and expects that it will take $2,000,000 to defeat

the current legalization initiative.

CRMLA political director Will Luzier says the Bay State initiative

is an improvement over legalization in Colorado, which

is being held up as a failed experiment by the likes of Delaney.

Among other differences, Luzier says cannabis in Massachusetts

will be taxed at lower rates in order to cut deep into the black

market. On the other side of the argument, Delaney doesn’t

like that the CRMLA proposal allows for adults to grow up to

six plants per person or a dozen per household, with only civil

penalties for anyone caught with up to double that amount.

“Even for medical marijuana,” says Delaney, “I think you would

be hard-pressed to find many medical patients needing to grow

24 plants.”

Many medical cannabis patients are supporting CRMLA so that

they can grow their personal supply without permits or licensing.

Bill Downing, a controversial caregiver who provides medical

marijuana outside the dispensary system and is currently

facing heat from the Suffolk County District Attorney, wrote

in an email to other local activists, “Patriot Care’s support of

Delaney and potential support of his effort to stop legalization

could have a terrible cost. Many cannabis activists and patient

advocates understand, as I do, that cannabis regulation has great

advantages for patients.”

In response to news that the same people advocating for Patriot

Care are pushing against legalization, CRMLA supporters are

planning a protest outside Patriot Care in Lowell on Tuesday.

Quite the optics there, patients picketing the same dispensary

they backed through the approval process. Delaney isn’t worried,

and denies that he is helping to protect regional dispensary

monopolies; the lobbyist says there’s no good reason for him

to oppose the CRMLA, because if passed, the initiative could

potentially create even more work for consultants like him.

While Delaney will make bank either way, it’s easy to see why

the Patriot Care poobahs who pay him may be concerned. In

Boston, for example, the company stands to dominate virtually

all of downtown — especially if zoning measures recently proposed

by City Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty take hold.

Rooted in an unsubstantiated reefer madness and irrational fear

of pot shops popping up on every corner, according to what

Flaherty told reporters, his arbitrary rule would “literally protect

the West End, North End, Downtown, Beacon Hill and some

other neighborhoods from getting another [dispensary].”

All while protecting the interests of Patriot Care and limiting

future access for patients.


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using concentrates. A nail, a heating element that allows one to vaporize cannabis

concentrates. Most nails are made from glass, quartz, titanium, or ceramic. A dabber,

a tool used to scrape the concentrate onto the nail. A launch pad, similar to a mouse

pad, helps keep the rig from moving. A torch, although I suggest you skip this step and

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The Green Mile.

Whether due to campaign contributions or pure ignorance, Boston City Councilors restrict patient access and claim otherwise.





A few weeks ago, on the

Morning Show with Kim Carrigan

on WRKO, Boston City Councilor

Tito Jackson was asked by a listener,

“Will you oppose the proposal for a

Boston medical marijuana ban on

new dispensaries within one mile of

an existing zoned site?” The conversation

led to Jackson saying that

some patients are still having difficulty

gaining access to cannabis as a

result of high cost and low accessibility.

The councilor wasn’t sure about

how he would ultimately vote on the

issue, but seemed to understand that

the proposal on the table would hurt


Others have expressed far less enlightened


Later the same day, the City Council

considered the zoning proposal,

formally introduced by Councilor

Michael Flaherty, which seeks to

keep new medical facilities — or

future retail stores if marijuana is

legalized through a ballot initiative

in November — from opening within

one mile of an existing dispensary. It

was the first round in the latest series

of clueless Council maneuvers to pit

medical outfits against recreational

shops, precipitating the now-infamous

anti-pot op-ed in the Boston

Globe by Mayor Marty Walsh, Gov

Charlie Baker, and Attorney General

Maura Healey. With some members

expressing concerns and saying they

needed more information, the issue

was delegated to a newly formed

working group set to meet at a later


The ordeal resumed in the Council

chamber on Tuesday, March 1. Since

Flaherty’s amendment to the Boston

Zoning Code was already the subject

of a prior hearing, last week’s

meeting was open to the public but

without an opportunity for people

to offer testimony. On the surface,

that seemed understandable — lord

knows testimony can drag on — but it

made for some frustration. Councilors

conceded that they have no idea

what’s going to be in this upcoming

recreational marijuana initiative.

Meanwhile, marijuana advocates like

Nichole Snow of the Massachusetts

Patient Advocacy Alliance and Will

Luzier of the Campaign to Regulate

Marijuana Like Alcohol, both of

whom know a considerable amount

about the move in play, sat in polite


This while








and cited

outdated regulations about dispensary

placement that were changed

months ago by the Department of

Public Health.

Councilor Sal LaMattina of East Boston

urged caution. “The sky hasn’t

fallen in Colorado,” he said, presenting

a chart showing just how restrictive

a mile radius would be in most

parts of the Hub. Likewise, speaking

with audience members after the

meeting, Councilor Mark Ciommo

of Allston-Brighton suggested that it

was, on the whole, time for marijuana

to be legal and regulated.

Overall, none of the councilors expressed

righteous horror at the prospect

of legal recreational marijuana.

Nevertheless, most seemed chiefly

concerned about imaginary threats

posed to residential areas. “I’m not

trying to keep people from smoking

marijuana,” Councilor Frank Baker

of Dorchester said. “I just want to

add an extra layer of protection for

the neighborhoods … It should be

difficult to open a pot shop. If it’s

easy, we’ll have them all over the


And then there was Flaherty, who

claimed that some mom-and-pop retail

stores in Colorado — hair salons,



been displaced by pot shops that pay

exorbitant rents. The chief intention

of his amendment, the councilor

from South Boston explained, was

to avoid creating a stoner version of

the old Combat Zone. Flaherty also

argued that forcing marijuana retail

outlets (medicinal or potentially

recreational) to spread out would increase

access by ensuring that outlets

would be spread out across the city.

“When this passes — and I don’t think

there’s anyone in this room who

thinks it isn’t going to pass — the action

will be fast and furious,” Flaherty

said. Bracing the body for a vote on

his amendment the following day, the

councilor put forth the notion that

his measure was the only thing keeping

residential blocks from turning

into Red Light districts overnight.

All 13 councilors were present for the

one-mile vote on March 2. Flaherty

announced that after speaking with

some stakeholders and in order to

quell skeptical colleagues, he decided

to adjust the amendment back to a

half-mile. Then Flaherty repeated his

theatrics. “We know this is going to

pass. There will be a mad dash once

that happens … I don’t want to have

another Combat Zone.”

chusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance

filed an open meeting complaint

against Linehan with the office of the

Commonwealth attorney general. In

the complaint it alleges:

The open meeting rules were violated

when the Boston City Council

moved the zoning amendment 0271

to a vote during the meeting, and the

resulting vote therefore cannot stand.

Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance

believes that these open meeting

law violations were intentional.

The City Council was aware since at

least Friday, February 26, Massachusetts-based

cannabis advocate and a

member of MassCann-NORML

2016 that MPAA was opposing this

zoning amendment. We were denied

the ability to speak or participate in

the political process on several occasions

even after explaining that we

were the primary stakeholder.

turned to the Massachusetts Office

of Campaign and Political Finance


As it turns out, all the councilors who

received contributions from people

affiliated with Patriot Care, which

currently has three locations planned

for the Commonwealth, voted for

the measure, which will seemingly

benefit the medical dispensary by

drawing a half-mile No Competition

Zone around its coming Milk Street

location in downtown Boston. It’s become

apparent over the past couple

of weeks that Patriot Care is fighting

to put competition at a disadvantage.

According to OCPF records, the

councilors who collected the most

contributions from Patriot Care

are the same ones who introduced

zoning that will ostensibly benefit the


With a vote looming, we attempted

With the half-mile amendment put

to a vote, Downtown Councilor Josh

Zakim told the group that he wasn’t

trying to deny marijuana to anyone.

He called medical marijuana “necessary

and important,” and put forth

the argument that forcing dispensaries

to be apart from each other

would ensure that various parts of

the city are served. Eventually, the

amendment passed, with only Campbell,

Ciommo, and Pressley voting in

the negative.

Following the hearing, the Massa-

The MPAA complaint also noted that

Flaherty’s “amendment was created

based upon misinformation presented

by the creator and predicated on

incorrect and outdated information.”

Whether the meeting was legal or

not, one has to wonder why councilors

would deny stakeholders a chance

to testify. Looking for answers, we

to contact the officials who received

campaign contributions from individuals

associated with Patriot Care.

Councilors Zakim, Matt O’Malley,

and Baker, as well as Boston Mayor

Walsh — each of whom received

between $150 and $300 — did not respond

to our requests for comment.

Councilor Flaherty, who reported the


most Patriot Care-related contributions

for a total of $850, did

respond, but rejected the notion his

zoning proposal was made as the

result of any donations. In a phone

interview, Flaherty suggested that

his having 4,000 donors proves that

no single contribution — or in this

case, four donations — could sway


“I would note that I did not support

Patriot Care in their zoning appeal

on Milk Street,” Flaherty added. “If

I could be swayed by a donation,

why didn’t I support them then? I

chose to side with the neighborhood

opposition, if you remember, and

money had nothing to do with my

actions in regards to this zoning


I also reached out to Patriot Care

spokesman Dennis Kunian for

comment. He said his group had no

position on the zoning amendment,

and added that Flaherty “came up

with [the proposal] on his own.”

“My wife or I contributed to Councilor

Flaherty,” Kunian wrote in an

email. “We also gave to many other

councilors, city, state, and national

figures along with a number of


Lewis, who are overseeing a special

committee on legalization that

just released a controversial report

warning against the pending voter


For those trying to protect their

businesses from competition,

it’s seemingly money well spent.

Whether the impediment is stemming

from campaign contributions

or pure ignorance, Massachusetts

politicians seem more interested in

passing additional restrictions than

they are in increasing access for


Mike Crawford is a medical

marijuana patient, the host of “The

Young Jurks” on WEMF Radio, and

the author of the weekly column

The Tokin’ Truth, which is produced

in coordination with the Boston

Institute for Nonprofit Journalism.

Andy Gaus is a Massachusetts-based

cannabis advocate and a member of



Which brings up a good point about

how much influence dispensaries

are peddling statewide. This isn’t

just a Boston issue. As the inevitable

medical vs. legal battle warms up

in the Bay State, it’s important to

keep in mind that people affiliated

with groups like Patriot Care have

donated to the campaigns of officials

including Sens Vinny deMacedo

and Brian Joyce, Attorney General

Maura Healey, and House Speaker

Robert DeLeo — all of whom oppose

legalization. Also on the receiving

end of such contributions are state

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by Chris Foye

Every person that has ever taken up

the mantel of activist in the United

States has envisioned themselves at

one time or another taking the fight

of reform to our nation’s Capital,

Washington D.C..It’s the Madison

Square Garden of social reform

fighters everywhere. Groomed from

decades of images romanticized the

marches of Martin Luther

King Jr for civil rights; The sit-ins

and walk-outs of thousands of students

fighting the war pigs over Vietnam;

Veterans leading the charge of

Dispatch from the MassCann/NORML Sons of Liberty Road Trip.

peace and awareness regarding the

seen and unseen scars of war; Our

LGBTQ brothers and sisters fighting

to be considered simply equal in the

eyes of the State. However, this isn’t

some history class I’m talking about,

and it most certainly isn’t some Hollywood

movie, not yet anyway. This

is the fight to end the prohibition of

cannabis. Over this past weekend,

cannabis warriors from all over the

country converged on our Capital

with two goals in mind: reform and

civil disobedience.

Thanks to the coordinating

efforts of the Washington D.C.

based reform group DCMJ, all

roads lead to the White House this

weekend for procannabis organizations

from all over the country. For

one well-known organization, the

Massachusetts Cannabis Reform

Coalition (MassCann/NORML),

that road started in their home state

of Massachusetts, where they are

deeply engaged in the fight to legalize

in November 2016. MassCann is

certainly no beginner to the fight for

cannabis freedom. The organization

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Freedom Rally, the largest annual

pro-cannabis rally on the east coast,

for nearly 3 decades. However, with

the possibility of legalization coming

to their state in November, reform

organizations like MassCann are beginning

to ask themselves,

what comes after legalization for an

organization whose sole purpose is to

legalize? One of the obvious changes

in the mission of the organization is

the scope of their reform. MassCann

has plans of expanding their mission

scope to include reform for all of New

England, as well as direct involvement

in federal reform, which focuses their

aim towards D.C after 2016. So to the

directors of the organization, endorsing

DCMJ’s direct action event at the

White House, #Reschedule420 and

organizing as a group to make sure

MassCann was represented there was

a great first move towards stepping up

onto the national stage. The importance

of rescheduling cannabis can

not be over stated. Under the Controlled

Substances Act, the U.S. has

five “schedules” for drugs and chemicals

that can be used to make drugs.

Schedule I is reserved for drugs that

the DEA considers to have no “currently

accepted medical use.”

Marijuana has been classified

as Schedule I for decades, grouped

together with other substances like

heroin and LSD. Many reformers call

for the out and out descheduling of

cannabis, but whether we re-schedule

or deschedule,many believe either

move is really the first step in completely

eroding any argument the

prohibitionists have left. Most of the

blatant ignorance stems from the

ability to shrug and simply say, “there

hasn’t been enough testing.” So on a

wing and a prayer, and 2 days notice,

MassCann threw together their field

trip, they dubbed, “The Sons of Liberty

Road Trip,” resolute not to miss any

of the fun DCMJ was planning.

It’s not just enough to show up to a

party however, you have to make an

entrance, and

that is what

MassCann set

out to do with

their outing to


Capital. Dropping

the funds to

rent a 15 passenger

van and

hotels for its

people, Mass-

Cann set out to

fill their road

trip with activists

from as


state NORML

chapters and

other organizations

as they

could link up

within 48 hours.

They first set out

to fill seats from

their own ranks

of Massachusetts

activists, some

of those invited

included military


activist Stephen

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and Dr. Uma Dhanabalan of Uplifting

Health and Wellness, who was able to

squeeze a last-minute flight into her

busy schedule to show her support.

Hitting the road around midnight on

Saturday April 2nd, MassCann started

its trek down Route 95 for D.C..

Rhode Island NORML was first on

the way south. RI NORML reps Mark

Ward and Arthur McCarthy hopped

in the van early Saturday morning as

the MassCann crew trucked onward

through the night towards its next

pick up in Philadelphia. Sleep was

made all the better by the donation of

medibles by Beast Coast Bacon and

The Hardy Consultants.The van rolled

into the City of Brotherly Love at

about 7am to meet up with an all-star

team of New Jersey and Pennsylvania

activists. New Jersey NORML member

Ricardo Rivera was invited to join

the trip. Ricardo advocates tirelessly

for his young daughter, Tuffy who suffers

from Lennox Gastaut Syndrome,

a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy.

Fresh off his federal probation

for his Smoke Down Philly antics 2

years prior, PhillyNORML member

and FreedomLeaf editor Chris Goldstein

joined the parade, as well as his




Philly partners in crime, Panic Hour host NA Poe, and

Marine Corps. veteran/activist Mike Whiter. With so

much activism and cannabis products packed onto one

van, it would have really made for an interesting police

report if some lucky prohibitionist happened to stop our

weed warriors on their way to the White House. But of

course, that thought was far from the group’s mind as

“The Sons of Liberty Road Trip” continued on its journey

to Washington D.C..

Things kicked off at the DCMJ offices at about

1:15pm, located just a couple blocks from the White

House. Activists hustled at rolling out the boasted 51-

foot joint, attempting to move it into position directly in

front of the White House. Right then, the police stopped

the procession of the huge inflatable joint being carried

down the streets by 100s of supporters from proceeding

any closer to the White House. A short stand off ensued,

and for a moment things seemed like they were going to

go south before they even got started.

Rather than head-butt a wall, protesters opted

to appease Big Brother and deflate their giant doobie,

and move the crowd to President Obama’s lawn. With

a beautifully simple PA on a hand cart and powered by

car batteries, DCMJ opened up the mic to any and all

advocates to address the crowd and add in their opinions

to the collective discontent. Among many of the great

speakers that come to D.C. in solidarity, some of the

standout speeches came from the Sons of Liberty crew;

MassCann’s own Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, NJNORML’s

Ricardo Rivera, Philly’s NA Poe and Mike Whiter, all

stirred the crowd.

As the designated time, 4:20, to light-up in

peaceful civil disobedience approached, there was an

ever growing police and secret service presence.

Located just a block away, were dozens of cruisers and

paddy wagons on stand by. But as the bell tolled and the

smoked rose, the sky did not fall. There were no mass

arrests, there were no images to share of young people

being dragged through the street of our nation’s Capital.

There were no arrests at all, as far as I have personally

heard of. There were in fact two $25 dollar fines, as

dictated by D.C. “legalization” laws. However, in the true

spirit of solidarity, NA Poe was seen personally paying

the 2 protestors fines, handing them cash right from his

own pocket. The crowds slowly began to disband after

about an hour of undisturbed peaceful civil disobedience,

and the participants of the event left with the

charge to continue the fight, where ever it may need to

be fought.

Let’s talk about civil disobedience for a minute

before I wrap this up, for it is the focal point of a never

ending debate raging among activists. The argument

revolves around whether or not it is a viable tactic that

helps facilitate change or it’s a counterproductive hypocritical

action that compromises the message of a

movement by breaking the law. Henry David Thoreau

once said, “Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey

them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey

them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress

them at once? Men generally, under such a government

as this, think that they ought to wait until they have

persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if

they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the

evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the

remedy is worse than the evil. It makes it worse.” I have

always tended to gravitate towards Thoreau in his views

of civil disobedience as a catalyst for reform. But it is a

tool of activism and like any other tool, you want to have

the right tool for the job. Sometimes playing nice is the

correct form of action, sometimes demands need to be

made, sometimes reform needs to be taken because it

will never be given. So I’ll leave you with this to reflect

on; 2 days after the massively successful #Reschedule420

protest, the DEA announced, “The Drug Enforcement

Administration plans to decide whether marijuana

should reclassified under federal law in “the first half of

2016,” the agency said in a letter to senators”. Coincidence?

I like to think not!






by Andy Gaus

For the past few weeks, opponents of

legalization have been piling on. A now-infamous

op-ed by the Commonwealth’s governor,

attorney general, and most powerful

mayor in the Boston Globe. The report of

the state Senate committee on marijuana.

A declaration of the Massachusetts Hospital

Organization. Against, against, against.

Arguments range from the anticipated evils

of Big Marijuana (apparently the only kind

of business that shouldn’t be big) to the dangers

of edibles. But two arguments — both

equally spurious — stand out as candidates

for the Big Lie treatment in the coming


1. “Legal marijuana will be more available to

minors.” More available

than the current 100 percent? Well, perhaps

a few minors can’t get ahold of any weed,

but if so, it’s because they have no friends.

Kids themselves, when surveyed, respond

that alcohol is harder to get than marijuana

because it’s sold in stores where they check

ID. But what do the kids themselves know

about what is and isn’t available to them?

Surely not as much as our wise legislators.

BIG LIES Emerge Against Legal Marijuana in Mass.

2. “We already have an opioid crisis, we

don’t want marijuana too.” This,

of course, is also the opposite of the truth.

Cannabis therapy is one of the

principal alternatives to opioids, and the

availability of medical cannabis has been

shown to lower opioid deaths by 25 percent

in states that have implemented medical

marijuana (which, of course, doesn’t include

Massachusetts). This line of falsification is

particularly disappointing coming from a

governor who has publicly vowed to fight

the opioid epidemic with every tool at his

disposal — except, apparently, cannabis.

We can’t let prohibitionists create the vague

feeling that legal marijuana “just isn’t safe.”

We need to counter loud and strong — and

soon — that marijuana is safer than alcohol

and legalization is safer than prohibition.

And so, to my colleagues at MassCann, our

allies at the Committee to Regulate Marijuana

Like Alcohol and other interested parties,

I offer, royalty-free, the following slogans,

suitable for billboards, bumper stickers and

hand-lettered signs, not

to mention sound bites and protest chants:
















Polls in Massachusetts have shown majorities

for legalization, but that could be eroded

if opponents create a thick enough smog

of fear and uncertainty. If our side doesn’t

come hammering back with the theme that

legalization makes us safer, our prospects in

November aren’t safe either.

Andy Gaus is a Massachusetts-based

cannabis advocate and a member of MassCann-NORML.




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Mass State House Smoke Signals


By Mike Cann

Is marijuana legalization coming to Massachusetts

sooner than November 2016? Local advocates hope so

with two new marijuana reform bills filed with

the Mass Legislature as well as a new Marijuana Legalization

Committee just established by the new MA

Senate President, Stanley Rosenberg. Good news are

the house bills; HD3436, An Act to Regulate and Tax

the Cannabis Industry sponsored by Rep. David Rogers,

Cambridge and HD1502 which aims to help legal

medical marijuana patients get access and employment

protection among other things. HD1502 is sponsored

by Frank Smizik, Brookline. As of press time, it has

been confirmed that both bills have been filed, text of

the bills has not yet been released, posted to the State

House website.

Mass Patients Advocacy Alliance which helped write

HD1502 has posted a summary of that bill, which most

importantly hopes to protect legal patients in need by

lifting the arbitrary and cruel caregiver limits that the

Mass Dept. of Public Health enacted.

MPAA’s Deputy Director, Nichole Snow released this

statement to us, “Over the last two years, I have attended

wakes and funerals of patients that were waiting for

safe access since the passage of the Act for Humanitarian

Medical Use of Marijuana of 2012..Through

HD 1502, we are asking to expand patient protections

through ending employment, residential, and education

discriminations. We are also asking to exempt

medical marijuana from taxation and to increase the

amount of patients that caregivers can serve if they do

not have a dispensary open near their homes.

The status of the medical marijuana program is a public

safety emergency. Patients live in fear of losing their

homes or their employment. Some patients

continue to receive substandard medication on the

black market to treat life threatening illnesses. This

makes matters worse by forcing them to be involved in

criminal activity or worse; exacerbating an already dire

health situation.”

“The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance will

continue to ask Representatives to sign on as cosponsors

to “An Act to protect patients approved by physicians

and certified by the department of public health

to access medical marijuana.”

“It’s not a tough question. Patients deserve these protections.”

“One dispensary is not enough to treat all. We need

caregivers serving more than one patient.”

Meanwhile the Rep Rogers sponsored bill

HD3436 would hope to legalize marijuana for those

21+ with reports that it is a comprehensive bill which

would legalize retail outlets and cafes, allow home

grow provisions, and even hope to grant blanket amnesty

for past marijuana offenses.

All good news, right?

Yes, but then there’s Senate Leader Rosenberg and

Charlie Baker. Rosenberg after announcing his Legalization

Committee went on Boston Herald Radio

making the case that the Initiative process for marijuana

reform is not the preferred way to pass “controversial”

laws, that the Legislature could do it better than

reformers who passed decrim in 2008, medical marijuana

in 2012, with plans for a legalization initiative for

2016. New Republican Governor Charlie Baker quickly

responded that he supported Rosenberg’s move to

study legalization but that he was still firmly in

opposition to any bill that would hope to legalize

cannabis. Rosenberg for all his harping about how this

Committee would do better than Initiative process

totally left out (as did the Herald interviewers) that

reformers have only turned to the Initiative process

because after decades of hearings, studies and double

talk at the State House, no new laws. If we had waited

for the state house to get it perfect? We’d still be talking

about decrim, never mind fixing medical

and going legal. It’s been decades since any marijuana

reform bill in Massachusetts has been allowed to pass

Democratic leadership in their various legislative committees

to even allow a final vote on the floor. It

remains to be seen if Rosenberg will help steer either

bill out of Committee should they be introduced in the


If there’s any leadership up there, Baker and

Rosenberg will help push HD1502 and finally implement

the medical marijuana as intended the first

time around before Governor Patrick’s Department of

Public Health.

destroyed it.

In 2016, expect legalization to be on the ballot

on MA and that most local politicians are blowing

smoke signals about it until then.


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