Massachusetts’ fractured pro-pot movement was on full display Tuesday as the state welcomed its sixth medical marijuana dispensary in Lowell.
Across the street from the ribbon-cutting for Patriot Care’s new facility in that city were protestors organized by MassCann, a group that cemented its role as the leader of the state’s legalization efforts over decades of rallies and advocacy.
MassCann opposes Patriot Care’s ties to lobbyist Daniel Delaney, who opposes the current push for recreational legalization via ballot initiative. Delaney, of Delaney Policy Group, is a registered lobbyist for Patriot Care. He is also running a campaign to oppose a ballot measure that would legalize recreational weed in the state.
“At the very least we view this as a conflict of interest that should be addressed,” MassCann’s leaders wrote in a statement. “We believe these political goals to be nothing more than an attempt to scuttle the chance to form a tax and regulated market of recreational cannabis in Massachusetts, thus securing the medical monopoly they desire.”
Boston.com first reported on Patriot Care’s affiliation with Delaney in January.