Here is the Radio Boston rundown for June 8. Tiziana Dearing is our host.
- You'll soon be able to order recreational marijuana right to your door in Massachusetts — starting in a 15-mile radius around Taunton. That's because Taunton-based Freshly Baked kicks off operations this week as the first recreational company authorized to make deliveries not only in the Commonwealth, but the entire east coast. Freshly Baked co-founder Philip Smith joins us. Later, we talk with Steve Hoffman, chairman of the state cannabis control commission, about how the delivery industry is regulated, and what it could mean for the state.
- Two Boston School Committee members have stepped down over racially charged text messages they exchanged during a committee meeting in October. Lorna Rivera, a Latinx professor of women's studies at UMass Boston, submitted her resignation on Friday after private messages between her and the latest chair of the Boston School Committee, Alexandra Oliver-Dávila, denigrating residents of West Roxbury became public. Alexandra Oliver-Dávila announced her resignation earlier today. This comes after the resignation of Michael Loconto, former chairman of the committee, when he was heard mocking the names of Asian attendees waiting to speak at that same committee meeting in October. What's going on with the Boston School Committee, and what does the ongoing fallout from this meeting tell us about what committees in other cities and towns learn? We discuss with WBUR Edify Reporter Max Larkin.
- The number of active COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth are down almost 80% from a month ago. The seven-day average test positivity rate is currently at .53%, and over half of Bay State residents are fully vaccinated. We take listener questions about staying safe, vaccinations and the future of this pandemic as we head into the summer. Our panel of doctors this week includes Dr. Shira Doron, infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center, and Dr. Davidson Hamer, infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center and a professor of infectious diseases and medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine.
This program aired on June 8, 2021.