Marijuana Legalization Proponent In Court For Distribution

“The Hempest” is a Cambridge-based store that sells products made of hemp. This is similar to “CDB Please,” the store that Bill Downing operated in Allston. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

One of Massachusetts’ most vocal proponents of legalized marijuana was in court Tuesday, charged with distributing marijuana. Bill Downing of Reading has been providing marijuana- and cannabis-related products for years, ever since Massachusetts voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 2012. According to The Boston Globe, police are arguing in the latest charges that Downing “is using medical marijuana laws to conceal” illegal distribution of marijuana.


John Swomley, lawyer at Swomley & Tennen Associates, which tweets @Swomley_Tennen.


WBUR: Mass. Medical Marijuana Caregiver Openly Violates Single Patient Rule

  • “Until medical marijuana dispensaries open in Massachusetts — which could happen as early as this summer — patients who can legally use pot for medical reasons are supposed to either grow their own or designate someone to grow it for them. Under the law, that person is known as a caregiver.”

CommonHealth: Medical Marijuana 101: What Does A Dispensary Worker Need To Know?

  • “As the marijuana industry takes shape in Massachusetts, it will need a trained workforce. What skills will that person behind the dispensary counter have?”

The Boston Globe: Police Seek Charges Against Marijuana Advocate

  • “Boston police are seeking criminal charges against Bill Downing, one of the state’s most vocal marijuana legalization supporters, a move that his lawyer calls retaliation for his criticism of the state’s regulation of the medical marijuana industry.”

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