As Massachusetts voters prepare to decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use, thousands of people who support use of the drug filled Boston Common on Saturday for an annual gathering featuring music, food, and plenty of smoking.
Volunteers who support the ballot initiative fanned out across the park to register voters while others held signs promoting Yes on 4, the campaign promoting the measure.
“The ballot initiative does accomplish our final goal,” said Bill Downing, member liaison for Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, also known as MassCann. “Our expectation is that it will pass handily.”
MassCann organized the annual, two-day event known as the Freedom Rally, which dates back to 1989. The rally came after organizers went to court Friday to force the city of Boston to allow MassCann’s food vendors to participate.
The group said the city had withheld a permit for the rally until the last minute because it objected to MassCann using its own vendors. [Read more at Boston Globe]