Hemp Fest Revelers Stir The Pot in Hub

Hemp Fest Revelers Stir The Pot in Hub
Posted by CN Staff on September 16, 2006 at 22:26:57 PT
By Shaun Tolson
Source: Boston Herald 
Massachusetts -- Boston Police passed out fliers yesterday making it perfectly clear they would not grant amnesty for marijuana possesion during the Boston Hemp Fest, but that didn’t stop 19-year-old Will Germaine of Hastings, N.Y., from trying to conceal his stash in the BPD handout, police said. Germaine and 52 others were arrested for marijuana possession during the pro-pot festival.
From $5 hemp leis and subscriptions to High Times magazine to T-shirts with slogans such as “marilize legajuana,” the all-day event was a cannabis buffet of reefer paraphernalia and freedom of expression.   “When people smoke weed at Hemp Fest in Seattle, they don’t get arrested,” an unidentified man shouted into a microphone from the WBCN stage. “People don’t get hurt. You, unfortunately, are in the city of Boston.”   “Trying to arrest our way out of pot use is a fool’s errand,” said Michael Cutler, a lawyer with, an organization working to reform marijuana laws.“These policemen who are surrounding the Common should be searching for terrorists. They should be at Logan Airport.”   “We’re here to support something that shouldn’t be illegal,” said Ben Foley of Hull, who was attending his third Boston Hemp Fest, officially titled the Fall Freedom Rally.   “It’s going to happen,” said Townsend resident Marie Roche of the desire to legalize marijuana. “It’s just a matter of time.”Source: Boston Herald (MA)Author: Shaun TolsonPublished: Sunday, September 17, 2006 Copyright: 2006 The Boston Herald, Inc.Website: letterstoeditor bostonherald.comRelated Article & Web Site:MassCann Freedom Rally at Common May Support Us All -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #8 posted by potpal on September 18, 2006 at 04:45:26 PT
And that's what I'm suggesting, just smoking a joint-like fattie of tobacco, let it burn, pass it to a friend, don't inhale. Let them play with their surveilance toys, spot you on a camera, dispatch a dope cop via radio/ear plug, have them accost you over it, let them smell it, see if they pass the drug test, hand them a educational flyer (great idea, btw), stick a flower in their lapel, tell 'em there's more where that came from, bye-bye, free the weed.Just had another idea, everyone show up in a suit and tie and their hair, if long, in a ponytail...yuk yuk yuk otho, why doesn't hemp ever get a mention in these biofuel scenario articles? Are they allowed to grow hemp in the UK yet? 
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Comment #7 posted by whig on September 17, 2006 at 13:48:22 PT
JR Bob Dobbs
I used to do pill testing for people when I was working with a harm reduction group. We would be at a lot of raves, and many of the people wanted to be taking MDMA. We didn't help them get anything but we did tell them if they wanted us to test a pill whether it was likely to be something else. The thing is when the group started, before people knew we were there, there were a lot of people who would get sick, and then we would go and help them and get them water or first aid or just a place to chill and have a little friendly conversation.It turned out a lot of what was making people sick was the legal drug dextromethorphan, DXM, which can be obtained as a powder and pressed into pills. It's really cheap I guess and technically if someone gets caught in possession he isn't guilty of a crime, since you can possess DXM legally. But it's a lot more dangerous actually than MDMA and especially if someone takes a combination of both it can be life threatening.So we were glad that when we could tell people, there were almost never people who got sick on that again.
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Comment #6 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on September 17, 2006 at 13:23:34 PT
Lombar, I've seen in our local police blotter people busted for the crime of "trafficking in look-alike substances". However, you have to be selling it - someone smoking a hand-rolled cig at a pot rally isn't claiming it to be anything other than it is. And actually, I support the laws against look-alike substances... like Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's campaign platform in his 1970 run for Sherriff, he wanted to punish dishonest drug dealers. I think that, under prohibition, that's idea's not as strange as it first sounds. Of course, with alcohol legal now, we very rarely (if ever) see anyone selling lookalike (smell-alike?) booze, so obviously ending prohibition would solve all these problems.
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Comment #5 posted by lombar on September 17, 2006 at 09:18:58 PT
I am not certain but in Canada, if I sell you a bag of oregano claiming its cannabis, it is trafficking. 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on September 17, 2006 at 07:59:01 PT
 JR Bob Dobbs 
I'm one of those short people. I'd get a kink in my neck looking up if I was over there! LOL!
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Comment #3 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on September 17, 2006 at 07:52:53 PT
Prohibition stunts your growth
The Dutch are the tallest people on the planet and getting taller. I wonder if there's a connection?
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Comment #2 posted by potpal on September 17, 2006 at 04:53:34 PT
And every cigarette ought to be rolled my hand (by those that use the deadly legal weed tobacco) that day, and a thousand catnip joints to add to the mix. Then let's see who gets arrested and how much time gets wasted.
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Comment #1 posted by whig on September 17, 2006 at 00:26:43 PT
We should have hand-outs for police
I'm just brainstorming here, but it seems to me that if the police are going to be arresting people at hemp and cannabis festivals, we ought to be able to hand them a piece of literature which presents our issue in a way addressed to them, as LEAP does.
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