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Bill Delahunt’s a medical marijuana entrepreneur (potrepreneur?)

Former Rep. Bill Delahunt, wants to get into the medical marijuana business. (AP Photo/Howard Yanes) Former Rep. Bill Delahunt, wants to get into the medical marijuana business. (Howard Yanes/AP)

The typical post-Congress gig  for retired lawmakers is in lobbying — maybe join a firm, or find a nice post at the head of an association. Former Rep. Bill Delahunt is blazing a new trail, though, looking to greener pastures in the field of medical marijuana.

Delahunt (who has already done the hang-your-own-shingle thing by opening government affairs firm The Delahunt Group) has formed a nonprofit that is applying for licenses, set to be distributed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, to open three medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Bay State Democrat formed a nonprofit, Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts Inc., that’s looking to open dispensaries in Mashpee, Plymouth and Taunton, a move first reported by the Boston Business Journal. He told the Boston Herald that he doesn’t touch the stuff himself (so no plans to sample his own wares), and after taking a tough stance on pot dealers when he was a prosecutor and a congressman, came around to the idea that medical marijuana was a different beast.

“No one has ever died of a marijuana overdose,” Delahunt told the Herald.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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