Boston LGBTQ advocates welcome Chick-Fil-A after policy change
Chik-fil-A has announced that the two anti-LGBT charities that it has previously supported are no longer on their donation list. “If in fact they are genuinely backing off of being anti-LGBTQ, then I say welcome to Boston — but that’s a big if,” said Arline Isaacson, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, according to the Boston Herald. Chick-fil-A has previously been blocked from opening any locations within Boston city limits due to their anti-LGBTQ policies.
Boston to see highest Thanksgiving traffic levels since 2005
According to AAA, more than 50 million people are expected to travel over 55 miles from home for Thanksgiving this year. Locally, you should stay off the roads the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — that day, between 4:30 and 6:30 pm, is expected to be the worst driving time of the week. The HOV lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will have extended hours next Tuesday and Wednesday. If you are driving on Thanksgiving night, MassDOT will be serving free coffee at service plaza from 10 p.m. Thursday until 5 am Friday.
Boston considers rule changes in marijuana industry
This week, a ruling that could bring major changes to the still-new marijuana industry in Boston will be brought to a vote. Recreational marijuana has been legal in the state of Massachusetts since 2016, and the first legal marijuana shops in the state opened in Boston almost exactly a year ago in December 2018. The ordinance was initially proposed by City Councilor Kim Janey in February to try to correct for the current marijuana law’s failure to help minority communities which did not get an equal share of the profits from the first rollout of the marijuana legalization. Janey’s proposal would give legal marijuana permit priority to applicants where over half of the leadership meet various criteria including being Black or Latino, having a prior conviction and living in Boston for seven years or more.