Centre Street Going Car-Free for One Day in July

Jamaica Plain's Centre Street will be car-free for one day in July as part of the city's Open Streets events initiative. Centre Street from Lamartine Street (Jackson Square) to the Soldier's Monument (Centre and South streets) will be closed to vehicles from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday, July 10. That's a 1.4 mile stretch. As part of the half-day event, there will be programming that could include music, games, face-painting, business and community group tabling, fitness classes, bicycle repairs, and more, according to a press release. There will also be a block party in collaboration with SEED in Hyde Square.


Social Justice Cannabis Museum Chief Speaking at Thursday’s BLM Vigil

The chief of staff for Jamaica Plain's marijuana dispensary, Seed, and the Core Social Justice Museum, will be the guest speaker at Thursday's Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter. Tomas Gonzalez is a 15-year veteran of local government and politics, longtime organizer and advocate for social and economic justice, including being a founding board member for Raise Up Massachusetts. Raise Up Massachusetts is the state's largest social justice coalition. Gonzalez is also the chief of staff for Seed, which opened earlier this year as Jamaica Plain's first marijuana dispensary. Following his remarks there will be a call and response reading of the names of victims of racist violence, and a 20-minute standout along Centre Street.


Perkins Street Pride Block Party Hosted by Marijuana Dispensary on Sunday

An all-day free Pride block party featuring live entertainment, a costume contest, drag show and more will being raging on Perkins Street on Sunday. The party will stretch the length of Perkins Street between Centre Street and South Huntington Avenue, just steps away from the Seed dispensary. This is a family-friendly event with a zone that includes games, face painting (which is obligatory for any Boston family event), and more. There will also be a 21+ lounge located within the event. There will be live entertainment all day, with performances by The Chops, The Ray Liriano Experience, the Rick Berlin & the Nickel & Dime Band, Master of Ceremonies and “inter-gay-lactic space alien” Vice V'Ersatile, and DJ Ayo’Buelo.


Video: Preview of Jamaica Plain’s First Marijuana Dispensary Opening Saturday

The wait is almost over for Jamaica Plain's first recreational marijuana dispensary. Plus, the dispensary is co-located with the Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum. "The first of its kind, Core aims to provide a platform for multiple perspectives relating to the defective system of cannabis law in the United States by curating exhibits that recognize and memorialize the inequitable events leading up to the multi-billion dollar industry that is cannabis today," said a Seed press release. American Warden is the current exhibition, and looks at idea of incarceration and "brings voice to those whose lives were negatively impacted by the current inequitable system."   
Some interesting statistics about Seed: 

• 72% women owned
82% local investors
81% Black and Latino investors
> 10 years incarcerated by the Drug War

Seed shared a preview video of the business opening in Hyde Square at 401A Centre Street on Saturday with the festivities starting at 11 am. The social justice museum includes an illegal grow exhibit, which will include fake marijuana plants and vintage cultivation equipment.