Ollie Curme, the Back Bay resident and venture capitalist whose testimony mocking veterans and cancer patients at a Boston hearing on a medical marijuana dispensary went viral before it was revealed as an attempt at satire, is defending his controversial stunt.
Boston zoning officials on Tuesday approved a proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary on Newbury Street in the Back Bay, overriding neighbors who said the facility was too close to residences and would cause traffic problems. The unanimous vote by the city’s seven-member Zoning Board of Appeal removes a major hurdle for the dispensary group, Compassionate Organics, which had abandoned an earlier bid to open a facility in Allston amid opposition from that neighborhood’s city councilor.
Long-simmering tensions between the activist and business wings of the Massachusetts marijuana community boiled over this week, after several medical dispensaries urged the state to grant them a significant head-start in the recreational market while delaying or limiting the licensure of less established players.
@dominickevans I hear you loud and clear -- other people with disabilities have reached out to me, with many saying that this speech was hurtful and inappropriate (and unfunny) regardless of its intent. I'll include some responses in my newsletter on Saturday. Thanks for weighing in.
Public officials in small towns who pick up their phones immediately, are friendly, and know the answer to my question off the top of their heads, you da real MVPs.
Only a few hundred more municipalities to go...
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