The City Council voted 8-0 to approve zoning that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary near Harvard Square. The quest for a dispensary by Sage Cannabis began in November, and is far from over.
Councillors asked for a legal opinion after some worried that a one-block change in zoning to allow a dispensary in the Mid-Cambridge neighborhood seemed like “spot zoning” that was unfair to other pot businesses and possibly illegal.
A coalition of legislators, advocates for poor people and immigrants, and hospitals, including Cambridge Health Alliance, is trying to block an initiative affecting thousands of low- and moderate-income patients, disqualifying some and limiting benefits for others.
Police are investigating a shooting Friday evening that sent two victims to the hospital – one with serious injuries – around Harvard and Cherry street, in the Area IV/Port neighborhood.
City Council meetings increasingly have limits on the way the public can express itself, and some may be unconstitutional – including ejecting a citizen holding a sign and ending public comment that conflicts with councillors’ rules.
Cambridge mothers are planning to raise a stink about gas leaks next week, noting the risks after a February explosion in Los Angeles and the effect of the leaking methane, called by some “a greenhouse gas on steroids.”
Cambridge’s stand against LGBTQ discrimination has been heard, but not adopted, by the National League of Cities. The organization is declining to move its 2017 conference from Charlotte, N.C., likely leaving Cambridge city councillors at home that week.