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Gathering For Ganja

Legal cannabis is a foreign concept to a lot of people on the East Coast.  Marijuana supporters have gathered for the past 26 years at the Boston Common to smoke and speak up about the current law of the land at the annual Boston Freedom Rally. One of the most important objectives of the event is collecting signatures for pro-cannabis initiatives like medical marijuana and legalization. MASSCAN and NORML, two cannabis advocacy nonprofits, organize the event. One of the most important objectives of the event is to start and carry the conversation about legalization.

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(Source: Tyler Curtis)

Booths For Daze

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The booths ranged from magazines to smoking utensils and gave the attendees a lot to check out.  Cannabis possession in small amounts is decriminalized in Boston, punishable only with a $100 ticket. Many attendees were aware of this legislation and felt comfortable smoking publicly at the Rally. Some glass brands and extraction artists like Hitman Glass and Fly High Extracts presented their art and products to those that lined up for samples and information. Thousands of smokers filled the air with thick clouds as the paths filled with hazy foot traffic and anyone within a couple miles of the historic Boston park got quickly clued in on the happenings.

Music For Legal Marijuana

Source: Tyler Curtis
(Source: Tyler Curtis)

Gusts of wind blowing out lighters didn’t stop the masses from hearing speakers and musicians perform their hearts out. Stage highlights included New York City alternative group Circadian Clock and their earth shattering vocals and stage presence that shook the grassy floor of the Common. On Sunday, Gracie Curran set the stage ablaze like no one else throughout the weekend. Curran and her blues band,  worked through originals and covers that turned some purple buds into blue ones.  ToshOne (son of Peter Tosh) and even rock steady legends The Skatalites helped get people moving along to the free entertainment.

Speaking About Sensi

In between sets were speakers that touched on their experiences and hopeful futures in the marijuana industry. Two of the guests were GreenLeaf Magazine founder Brett Cogill and associate publisher of High Times Magazine Rick Cusick, showing that green journalism drives and retains a large role in the movement. NORML Women of Washington’s Danica Nobel and Jill Osborn from Parents 4Pot were two of many women that took to the mic to share powerful insight and advice in a state that is looking at possible legalization. Other guests spanned Prisoners of War, state representatives, radio and TV hosts, scientists, and activists that gave the audience some ideas to take home.

Changing The Law Of The Land

(Source: Tyler Curtis)
(Source: Tyler Curtis)

Among the two main initiatives that were there to drum support was the Bay State Repeal, and is backed by MASSCAN/NORML. This initiative aims to have cannabis fully legalized without any restrictions other than sale to minors. State licensed farms, markets, and product producers would provide the public with exactly what they would be legalizing. Municipalities like cafes and shops would take care of those looking to buy their marijuana safely and more officially, instead of growing their own. The initiative also demands that parents not be considered guilty of abuse or neglect solely because of cannabis use, and employees would be protected from being fired for use on their own time.

Looking To Legalize

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At the Rally there was no need to hide anything while everyone around continued getting high out of different mediums. The socializing between people from different parts of the country encouraged those that aren’t as accepted where they live for their use. If you weren’t one of the many in attendance, there’s a bunch of time to plan for next year, and it’s the last year before Massachusetts decides if they want to end marijuana prohibition.

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