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Joseph Gilmore, President Massachusetts Recreational

Consumer Council;

“We are calling for a collective boycott against Revolutionary

Clinics, which is the dispensary currently engaged in a

lawsuit against the city of Cambridge for their involvement

with the Cambridge Equity Ordnance (which is meant to

benefit people who have been incarcerated by the war on

drugs and really create a market exclusively for people who

have economic empowerment status).

That equity ordinance gives a two year priority period, for

those seeking recreational cannabis licenses in Cambridge,

to applicants who are designed by the state with “economic

empowerment” status. That status is meant to reflect the

disproportionate harm that certain communities suffered as

a result of the war on drugs, and Cambridge followed the

guidance laid out by the Cannabis Control Commission as

to implementing a priority period, reasonable in length, for

those applicants.

That proposal, at the core of Cambridge’s equity ordinance,

is important because this is the first time that any City in the

entire country put this together, but Revolutionary Clinics

believes that the city of Cambridge shouldn’t be able to

have this priority period. In fact, they believe that no town in

the entire state should be able to have an equity period of

this nature.

I personally know a lot of advocacy groups (and a lot of

people in the community) who fought really hard for the language

in MGL chapter 94 G section 484; it was in that law,

created when marijuana was legalized, that mandated that

we create meaningful participation in this industry among

communities that were harmed by the war on drugs. Out of

that law, in turn came Economic Empowerment and Social

Equity status.

So, if the state created this status for communities harmed

by the drug war, and if we haven’t seen more than 1 or

2 applicants from those communities granted licenses in

Massachusetts, then creating the kind of exclusive market

for those applicants (as was done in Cambridge) is one

pathway to ensure those people are the ones to get licenses.

However, Revolutionary Clinics believes they should be on

an equal footing with those who are in those social equity

programs…that they should be prioritized because they got

there first. They’ve maintained their monopoly on medical

cannabis sales since medical passed. These were the

people who had enough money to get in to that market, and

now they’re in a position to transition to recreational use

and attempt to monopolize that market. As such, we believe

that the adult use market should reflect the social justice

goals of Question 4 rather than giving priority to the people

who have had the money all along (such as these RMDs).

Fundamentally, this is where we’re drawing the line; if

groups like these RMD’s are going to fight against the people

who were designated to benefit from this recreational

law, and if those RMD’s want to put their profits ahead of

those people (and equity on the whole), we’re drawing the

line in the sand and loudly saying no.

These RMD’s want to protect their investment. They want

to continue their monopoly even if its at the expense of

equity.”

The Young Jurks Host, Mike Crawford:

“So, just to be clear what we’re talking about here; the City

of Cambridge decided that existing RMD’s (registered medical

dispensaries) that are already open should not get the

leg up in priority licensing for recreational cannabis. In turn,

the City of Cambridge has decided to make those RMD’s

wait two years and instead they gave an exclusive window

for the first two years to those with Economic Empowerment

status. So now, the big dispensary in town, Revolutionary

Clinics, is suing the City of Cambridge that could

put programs/priority periods such as this at risk (as just

happened in Boston where the fear of this kind of lawsuit

resulted in that city choosing not to have a priority period

for those EE or SE applicants).

This group, the Commonwealth Dispensary association

members, has made a lot of money already. We know

that there is a lot of money involved here because of the

campaign that these dispensaries waged against this equity

ordinance in Cambridge. They spent money on the big time

lobbyists, they spent money to “rent” medical cannabis

patients to come out in “patient t-shirts”, etc.

So people need to show up Friday night, I know I’m going

to be there; 6pm, 45 Mt Auburn St in Cambridge.

People are really quite interested in this; this is about doing

a boycott of Revolutionary Clinics (a medical dispensary

in Somerville and Cambridge) because they are suing the

city of Cambridge because Cambridge put forth an equity

ordinance that says, “you know what big cannabis, you

have to wait two years before you can open your recreational

store, because we’re going to try to let the small

guy, the local, the people who have been most harmed by

the drug war, have an opportunity here. To actually have a

chance.”

The reality is that these big dispensaries are already open,

they already have a leg up on location, they have a leg up

on money, they have a leg up on relationships, they have a

leg up on every aspect of the permitting process. If it wasn’t

for this moratorium in Cambridge, those big companies

would simply monopolize in Cambridge just like they do in

other localities with this kind of priority period. Cambridge

decided to do something different, to try to give the small

guy and opportunity, and for that they have decided to sue.

They have tried to scare every other city and town by doing

that and, as I was saying, it should be the opposite.

If these guys had any sense they would expand the market,

J43

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