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Milton Marijuana Mogul Mom’s Arrest Proves One Thing: There Will ALWAYS Be a Black Market for Pot Because Massachusetts Laws Make Legal Sales Tough, And The Courts Make Staying Out Of Jail Easy

On November 8th, 2016, Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana by a narrow 53.7% to 46.3% margin. Pot heads statewide rejoiced at the thought of free flowing Mary Jane, while other citizens lamented the moral decay of a society that could approve the liberal use of the Devil’s lettuce. Most observers could agree on two things, though. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts would find a way to screw up this potential cash cow, and the sale of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos was about to explode.


Via the Boston Globe:

“Government leaders throughout Massachusetts envisioned dollar signs when marijuana legalization passed. Taxes would help fund the subway, police, and schools.

But because of the slow rollout of pot stores and their far-flung locations, tax revenues have been disappointing so far. The state projected it would reap $63 million in taxes by June 30, but had received only $5.9 million as of March 1.”

 Maybe the newly licensed legal retailers got….distracted?

The first stores rolled out in November. That means the state has brought in roughly $1.2 million a month in tax revenue. At that pace, the actual tax revenue will be a little over $50 million short of projections. You may be wondering why.

“The projection assumed “a reasonable number” of stores would be open last July, Revenue Commissioner Christopher Harding said in 2017. Instead, the first shops opened in late November, four months later.”

That could be a big one. Also:

“Industry analysts say Massachusetts has a much slower local approval process and a more complex system to navigate than other states, where medical marijuana dispensaries were allowed a simpler process to begin nonmedical sales.”

I for one am shocked that Massachusetts over-complicated something. Next you’ll tell me they threw a huge tax on it:

“Massachusetts imposes a 17 percent tax — a 6.25 percent sales tax plus a 10.75 percent excise tax — and local governments 3 percent, for a total of 20 percent. So far, the taxes that have been collected were put into several buckets: nearly $2 million into the state’s general fund that pays for salaries; $350,000 for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; and nearly $300,000 for the School Modernization Fund. Some 75 percent of the pot sold in the state this year will be under the table, according to BDS Analytics, a cannabis market research firm. Several Boston-area marijuana consumers said last month that they would love to buy legal pot, but would wait until the shops could better compete with their dealers on price and convenience.”

 Leave it to this state to somehow make buying pot more convoluted than your thought process after you smoke it.

Speaking of pot logic,  Deana Martin of Milton, MA was doing her part to simplify the whole sales process, while blatantly breaking the law, of course.

From WHDH Boston:

“A 51-year-old Milton woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly running a multi-million dollar black-market marijuana delivery service that operated in Massachusetts from 2015 to 2018, United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced.

Deana Martin was charged with one count of conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. She appeared in federal court in Boston on Tuesday and was released on $25,000 bond. Martin’s attorney says a not guilty plea will be entered on behalf of his client.”


I love a good perp walk! She definitely looks like the type of 51 year old woman who would sell you a bag of weed, and smoke it with her high school kids because “they’re safer smoking at home with me.”

“Martin owned and managed Northern Herb, which had a website that sold an array of products including raw marijuana, pre-rolled cigarettes, and marijuana edibles, according to a charging document.

While Northern Herb purported to provide medical marijuana, prosecutors allege it did not require a customer to provide proof of a medical marijuana card. It’s also alleged that the business would deliver marijuana to unattended locations where unknown third parties might have access to it.”

Nothing for sale, huh? Didn’t we just do this a week ago? Look, Turtleboy loves weed and hates waiting in line for 3 hours to buy a bag of grass for $70 you could purchase in . But have some respect for those who do it the legal way – either sell your ganja quietly to legal adults you know through word of mouth out of your shitty station wagon, or pay for the proper licensing. It’s universally frowned up to set up shop selling bathtub gin on social media, so this is kind of the same thing. Sure, it’s easier for the consumer to buy on the “black” market, but it’s still illegal. And Northern Herb wasn’t exactly discreet about it, with several locations for distribution and storage located throughout the South Shore and employed 25 people. Over the course of just over 2 years, they raked in $14 million, with Martin making an estimated $80k per month. What did she spend the money on?

“Martin paid more than $300,000 towards the mortgage on her house and to buy a 2017 Porsche Boxster, among other things, according to investigators.”


It’s like a real life episode of HBO’s Weeds, ten years too late.

We’ll forgive WHDH for talking about the Porsche while focusing on what is clearly a Nissan Z. But how does someone who made that much money illegally only get hit with a $25k bond? That’s a week and a half worth of salary to her. The only thing Massachusetts has fucked up more than this pot legalization is the court systems. She’ll have her next batch of pot brownies out of the oven by Tuesday.

My favorite part of this news report was this guy, though.


This is Deana’s son, Nathan Pierre. Tell me he doesn’t look like he’s completely stoned. He’s talking about the charges his mom is facing, but all he can think about is that bag of Doritos and taking a nap.

“As far as I know, and I know my mom obviously, she never did this to hurt anybody or break any laws,” he told 7News. “We did our due diligence trying to get licensed.”

“We were trying to file taxes for the money that we were showing in the bank,” Pierre claimed. “We purposely weren’t hiding anything, as we figured we were operating in a gray space.”

 This is why attorneys tell their clients, or in this case their clients’ family, not to talk to the media. I’m no legal expert, but that sounds like an admission of guilt to me. Selling pot without a license is illegal, Natedogg. No license, no selling the grass, that’s the law. Maybe you guys should have slowed your roll at the first $500,000. Aren’t potheads supposed to be about peace and love and living like a broke dirty hippie anyway?

The bottom line here is that selling weed illegally is still a lucrative business. As long as Massachusetts continues to tax it to death and makes it as difficult as possible to obtain licenses for shops to open, you’re still better off calling your reliable hook up than waiting in a 2 hour long line, and financing the irresponsible lifestyle of idiots like this.

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28 Comment(s)
  • All about the benjamins
    April 6, 2019 at 11:08 am

    The govt. doesn’t like anyone making tons of $$ and not giving them their cut. None of this has anything to do with selling weed and is all about tax evasion. If they weren’t making so much bank the govt. wouldn’t care. I don’t blame these people. They are no more a crook than wall street hedge fund managers or corrupt politicians.

  • who watches the watcher
    April 6, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Anyone else find it interesting how Police and Fire Unions fight tooth and nail to remove random drug testing of firefighters and police officers in the collective bargaining agreements?

    If ever there was a profession that should have regular drug testing it’s the people who enforce the laws and have to act in life and death situations. You want your partner or person operating the ladder truck come off a 2 day weed or coke bender?

    • like dis
      April 6, 2019 at 7:14 am

      By Jonathan Saltzman and Frank Phillips, Globe Staff | October 4, 2007

      One of two Boston firefighters who died fighting a fire in a Chinese restaurant in late August was legally intoxicated at the time, and the other had cocaine in his system, two officials said yesterday.

      A source who was briefed by a person with knowledge of the autopsies of Paul J. Cahill and Warren J. Payne told the Globe that one firefighter had a blood-alcohol level higher than .08, the level at which someone is too drunk to drive legally in Massachusetts. The other firefighter had traces of cocaine in his system, the source said.

      A government official briefed on the findings of the state medical examiner’s office said Cahill registered a blood-alcohol level of .27 in the autopsy, which would have placed him at more than three times the legal limit, while Payne had cocaine in his system.

      Neither official was specific about the amount of cocaine found in the firefighter.

    • no like dis
      April 6, 2019 at 7:16 am

      Three Boston police officers accused of taking $35,000 in exchange for protecting a cocaine shipment were arrested in Miami on federal drug charges in an FBI sting operation, authorities said Friday.
      Roberto Pulido, 41, Carlos Pizarro, 36, and Nelson Carrasquillo, 35, were arrested late Thursday in Miami. Authorities described Pulido as the ringleader and said he was involved in a broad range of other illegal activities, from identity theft to smuggling illegal immigrants to selling steroids.

      • Really like Dis
        April 6, 2019 at 9:35 am

        3 affirmative action low score hires who took jobs from whites with high scores.

  • Rob RonButtHolzio
    April 5, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Operating in a gray space. Thats what the midget owner of New England Compounding Center fame said before he murdered 80 people with his poisened meds.
    Michigan wont fail like massachusetts did in its prosecution on 2nd degree murder charges against little barry. This asshole should finally get what he deserves.

  • randiguy2006
    Randall Guy
    April 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I still get it from the neighborhood kid.

    • The angry taint
      The angry taint
      April 5, 2019 at 3:14 pm

      This about weed not you getting your starfish stretched out

    • bigdaddy
      randall guys tiny penis
      April 5, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      So that means you bend over and take it up the ass ?

    • murdochpatsymcreynolds
      Randall Guy's Dad
      April 5, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      Randy! Git your dumpster juice soaked ass back behind that dumpster, you little bitch!

      • Oscar the Grouch
        April 6, 2019 at 6:51 am

        Yo yo yo… hold up dog!

        I happen to live in a converted dumpster, steam pressure washed, new paint, insulation, satellite tv, swimming pool. Don’t send that degenerate Randygay to my house.

  • Dave's Not Home
    April 5, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    If you don’t have a medical card , it’s fairly difficult to get what you want. All the shops are like in the continental interior of Massachusetts. The one or two in Eastern Mass. are by appointment and also without a medical card no edibles, only an eighth at a time, all sorts of bullshit. Now that it’s legal to grow fucking six pounds of plants I haven’t really had to buy any. This hardly is “legal” in the same way as tobacco and booze are. It’s legal in the sense that viagra is legal.

    • RIP Nipsey
      April 5, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      I agree. Once you learn to master cooking your own edibles, which is wicked easy, there is no use for these overpriced dispensaries. There are tons of videos on how-to this and how-to that which really give you no excuse. So many people have weed to sell now that it is incredibly everywhere and without recourse for being in possession of it, this will only be more widespread.

  • Dick LaBone
    April 5, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I get my weed dropped shipped from Cali. It’s really tasty! Author of article was spot on. How could you possibly fuck this up?

  • Rev. Ray Ray
    April 5, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    The feds have a 98% conviction rate. This douche will get 5-10 years no doubt and it has nothing to do with selling weed. She “is a million times worse, (she) is a tax cheat” [saul goodman voice]

  • TJB
    April 5, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    While you’re on taxes….why do people who live outside of 495 have their income taxes hijacked to pay for the MBTA, a service they will never use? Because the “T” and its ghetto free cab service “THE RIDE” is nothing more than a job program for blacks. Dont believe it?…..fill out an application. White✔ Man✔…..application~trashcan.

    • bigdaddy
      Bobby Deleo
      April 5, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      Dont ask questions like that just shit up and pay your fucking taxes My salary and pension dont pay for themselves

    • Mass Gov is corrupt as fuck, A - Z, crime labs, police, judges etc etc
      April 6, 2019 at 7:02 am

      “The Ride” is the most worthless and abused transportation system ever. It makes the mass-health scam vans legit.

      Mass turnpike authority, MWRA, DCR, Mass Legislature, police details on empty roads or cell phone in one hand and coffee in another back turned to traffic are all more effective than The Ride.

      Marijuana business in Mass is another scam, out of State interests with big $$$ are taking it over. Mass Residents little to no chance to get into the game. The rich get richer…. and god knows we have a surplus of pot experts in this state.

  • Ratchets are like cockroaches
    April 5, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I’ll stick with my 140 an ounce. Mass going for $300+ gtfo

  • Noah Webster
    April 5, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Ignore “Lame,” TT, good article, and timely subject. My own Emperor Andy Cuomo is trying to do the same thing here. Folks have been quietly growing their own for years. Love that pic of Deana “That’s Amore” Martin in her dolomite-quarry camo. And if you look up “stoned” in my dictionary you find that pic of her spawn Nascent Penis.

    • Lala
      April 9, 2019 at 12:49 am

      Damn I pay $225 in lil Rhodie but that’s primo dispensary bud. I buy an 1/8 at a time, I wound not chance my money on an O of street bud! Hell no!!

  • Thanks For My Retirement Package With Near Zero Legal Risk
    April 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Why would anyone pay the ridiculous prices of the legal weed dealers when they can get a pound of organically grown top notch weed from…um…my friend for 1,500.00.

    • Batman
      April 5, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Hopefully it wasn’t your guy that got pinched in Brockton the other day. Guy seemed to be an idiot from the story, if you can call it that, in the herald the other day. Sweet deal btw. Cough cough would like to discuss.

      • Captain Trips
        April 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

        Holy Pot Smoke Batman!

  • Lame
    April 5, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Article and subject matter sucked. If someone were to talk about this to me in public with the same statements as made in this article id desperately be waiting for them to shut the fuck up lol. Ooo weed sales oh no! Shut the fuck up about it, about handicapped spots. Uncle TB should just go solo.

    • Travis Rearick
      April 5, 2019 at 10:54 am

      I definitely don’t agree with the writer’s stance that dealers should just do it the legal way and stay out of the way of the do gooders. Blame the state for there still being a demand for black market marijuana, not the dealers themselves.

  • Captain Trips
    Captain Trips
    April 5, 2019 at 10:30 am

    “He’s talking about the charges his mom is facing, but all he can think about is that bag of Doritos and taking a nap.”

    I love it.

    Don’t blame Deana. She had to fall back on something when her modelling career went bust.

  • Travis Rearick
    April 5, 2019 at 10:24 am

    When or if New Hampshire will legalize marajuana it will be all over with in Mass. The state liquor commission actually does well despite being state-run. I’d imagine they would do well with marajuana.

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