Video of Oliver Curme's hate-filled diatribe against Army vets with PTSD, people in wheelchairs, people with MS and "cadaverous" breast-cancer patients in "ridiculous turbans" he said would use a proposed medical-marijuana dispensary on Newbury Street came three months after he wrote the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay to support the proposed dispensary.
After the zoning board yesterday heard from supporters of the dispensary, it called for testimony from opponents - and Curme was first in that line. He shocked the crowded room with his disparaging comments - and kept going even after several zoning-board members told him they'd heard enough.
WBZ reports Curme's wife is saying he actually supports the dispensary around the corner from their home in the Burrage Mansion on Commonwealth Avenue and was attempting to be "satirical," something not obvious to the people shaking their heads in the eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.
Sue Baker, a member of the NABB executive board tonight, who testified against the dispensary because of its location on a street popular with children, forwarded an e-mail that Curme sent on Aug. 10 to NABB, City Councilor Josh Zakim and state Rep. Jay Livingstone:
I am writing to express my support for the proposed marijuana dispensary at 331 Newbury Street. I am almost an abutter, residing at 314 Commonwealth Ave. It is past time for fear mongering; now that marijuana is legal, purchasers should not be characterized as drug users, unsavory characters or homeless, any more than those who drink wine at Sonsie next door, or purchase "hard liquor" from Bauer Wine and Spirits across the street. Although I do not use marijuana, I support the right of Massachusetts citizens to do so, and that right should extend to its legal purchase.
314 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02115
The Board of Appeal approved the Compassionate Organics proposal. Several nearby residents have retained local real-estate lawyer and former City Councilor Larry DiCara to fight a dispensary on Newbury Street.