The Associated Press

Amherst Rally, ‘Extravaganja,’ Again Calls For Marijuana Law Change

AMHERST, Mass. — A rally in Amherst to push for national marijuana reform contrasted with a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration that resulted in violence and dozens of arrests.

The 23rd annual Extravaganja, which is organized by the UMass Cannabis Reform Coalition, drew a crowd of thousands on Saturday. It’s intended to highlight efforts to change marijuana laws from decriminalization to approval of medical marijuana to legalization for recreational use.

The Springfield Republican reports that Sebastian Vivas, president of the UMass Cannabis Reform Coalition, says thousands of people smoking marijuana with no public safety issues, in contrast to last month’s gathering that led to an alcohol-fueled melee proves that marijuana laws need to be changed.

He says alcohol, which is legal, can lead to chaos and marijuana is illegal while it causes no public problem.

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  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • Matson Law

    The contrast between the cannabis rally and the St Patricks Day Alcohol madness is noteworthy and striking.
    No arrests, no mayhem.

    Marijuana legalization is coming in 2016, and as we are learning from Colorado, the sky will not fall. It will ultimately be no big deal.

    Meanwhile in Boston, Mayor Walsh is fighting dispensaries for medical marijuana from opening in Boston.

    It’s really unbelievable and embarrassing. This is just medical marijuana for sick people, and he is worried about a “slippery slope”? To, what exactly?

    The mayor is going to have to catch up to reality and common sense very soon, when Mass voters have their say on full legalization.

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