Marijuana Rally a Big Hit with Supporters

Marijuana Rally a Big Hit with Supporters
Posted by CN Staff on September 17, 2007 at 06:23:40 PT
By Chelsea Pellissier
Source: Northeastern News
Massachusetts -- A group of teenagers wound through Boston Common. The leader of the posse, a high school junior with blue hair, stopped and said she liked to smoke pot. She then walked away. She was among the students and Boston residents at Hempfest, officially known as the MassCann Freedom Rally Saturday.Keith Saunders, president of the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) and a Northeastern alumnus and part-time professor at the university, began researching drug policy during his Ph.D program at Northeastern. He wrote his dissertation on marijuana reform policy.
Saunders said he is deeply involved with the politics of marijuana reform and gladly shares information about the recent successes of MassCann. Saunders commented on the non-binding public policy questions on decriminalization posted in 30 Massachusetts districts. "The representatives [in the districts] were shocked to find out decriminalization received more votes than they did," he said. That political view was a theme among guest speakers, including High Times Magazine cultivation editor Danny Danko. Danko's speech centered on defining marijuana use as a victimless crime. He called the attendees "peaceful pot smokers" and "no threat to society." Danko, like all of the speakers, repeatedly pointed to the presence of police at the rally, but encouraged respect for the officers, saying they were just doing their jobs. There were two high-profile arrests made during the event for possession of marijuana: the founder of MassCann and the publisher of High Times magazine.Though the marijuana legalization debate was the basis of the rally, the day was hardly all about hard-hitting politics. Food vendors, craftsmen and music attracted a diverse crowd. Rally supporters, as well as those who had no idea what the rally was for, gathered to dance to the live bands, shop the wide selection of hemp products or just grab a bite to eat. The tent set up by Veena Chander, a jewelry maker and vendor, was among the most popular. Chander said she has been selling at the rally for four years and plans to return in the future. Northeastern senior physical therapy majors Emmie Milbut and Evan Deckelbaum, along with their friend Jocelyn Heelan, a recent graduate of the Hartford art school at University of Hartford, browsed through Chander's jewelry. Milbut and Deckelbaum said the rally was their first, and they enjoyed taking in the vendors and music. Heelan, however, is a freedom rally veteran and supports the message the rally sends. "I think hemp is a viable resource to be used for a variety of sources. I definitely support legalization," Heelan said, pointing out her hemp-made purse. "And I'm a big jam band fan."The bands featured at the freedom rally offered a little something for everyone. During rock-country group Three Day Threshold's set, one father danced with his young daughter. The rock-oriented Township brought the teenage crowd to their feet. The longest running rally act Dave Tree and SuperPower were among the crowd favorites, bringing all ages to the stage for some high energy, hardcore rock music.Source: Northeastern News, The (MA Edu)Author: Chelsea PellissierPublished: September 17, 2007Copyright: 2007 The Northeastern NewsContact:  editor nu-news.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:MassCannhttp://www.masscann.orgHemp Activists Get The Joint Jumping Fest Revelers Stir The Pot in Hub
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on September 18, 2007 at 18:57:11 PT
We haven't missed one show since it started. It really has gotten bizarre but the whole show is bizarre so it seems normal to me. LOL!
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Comment #10 posted by fight_4_freedom on September 18, 2007 at 18:43:30 PT:
Scene from weeds
Here's a scene I liked from last season. It's like we are those kids standing up to celia (president bush).The little girl that speaks is Celia's daughter.
Drugs Are Bad!
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Comment #9 posted by fight_4_freedom on September 18, 2007 at 10:29:55 PT:
Season 3
has so many twists and turns so far, I'm absolutely loving it. And there is usually a little political statement thrown in there now and then.I suggest everyone go get seasons 1 and 2. Sit back, relax and enjoy. It's very funny as well.
Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care
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Comment #8 posted by whig on September 17, 2007 at 21:30:28 PT
Mary Kate Olson
Wow. Wow. Wow.I'm so happy she's okay.
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on September 17, 2007 at 18:57:31 PT
Related LTE... ekim,
US CO: Prisoner number is troublingThe United States leads the "civilized" world as measured by the percentage of our citizens behind bars. We also lead in the number on probation. I wonder where we stand in the world in terms of the number of programs designed to improve the social conditions which incubate crime? It is not too late to start thinking about who and what party will get your vote in 2008.Sept. 17, 2007 Tom Parsons, Broomfield, CO (who is not a Summit Daily Staff Writer, but rather someone who writes letters to the newspaper about 2-4 times per month and may be a Democrat leaning person.)
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Comment #6 posted by mayan on September 17, 2007 at 18:24:30 PT
Weeds +
I have never watched Weeds but that preview looks pretty good. Here is an interesting development...Blackwater security firm banned from Iraq: other news, it has been reported that Ron Paul has won what I believe is his SIXTH straw poll victory, the latest being in New Hampshire. Where is the MSM? The media blackout is an insult to every American!!!THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Bush Nominates 9-11 Zionist Judge as Attorney General: General Nominee: Pro-Patriot Act, Giuliani Campaign Advisor, Contributor: BILL MAHER BE GIVEN A LESSON ON 9/11? Maher's Opinion Is Naïve About 9/11: Accountability Laid at CFR Doorstep: Ebersole Stands up for 9/11 Truth: Goodman Supports a New 9/11 Investigation: America Features 9/11 Truthers:
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on September 17, 2007 at 18:17:10 PT
News From 91.3 KUWS
Boyle Reintroduces Medical Marijuana Bill***
 September 17, 2007 Using marijuana for medical relief will be proposed again in the Wisconsin legislature again this session. Mike Simonson reports from Superior.State Representative Frank Boyle of Superior has proposed the legislation for at least ten years but he says it is gaining momentum and is being legalized in some states. Boyle says his bill would all people to use marijuana if it’s written as a prescription by a doctor. People who are going through chemotherapy, or are stricken with AIDS or glaucoma find relief from marijuana. Boyle doesn’t expect the bill to pass this session…but he says some legislators including on the Republican side who used to oppose the bill now support it.Copyright: 2007 DCS Netlink
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Comment #4 posted by Toker00 on September 17, 2007 at 14:51:50 PT
# 1 If It will stop 
Mad Cow disease it very well may stop Mad Man disease, too! Please give all your Congressmen/women some complementary packages immediately!Seriously, though, what won't it cure or treat? That might be a shorter answer than what will it cure.Toke.
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Comment #3 posted by fight_4_freedom on September 17, 2007 at 12:46:16 PT:
little error
I meant to say "I hope it sends A message to America".Sorry about that one.
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Comment #2 posted by fight_4_freedom on September 17, 2007 at 12:36:49 PT:
preview of tonights weeds 
featuring mary-kate olsen.What she says is so true. And I hope it sends us message to America.
weeds tonight
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Comment #1 posted by jmoran on September 17, 2007 at 10:46:31 PT
OT; Pot-smoking cows could stop BSE, maybe
Here is the link to the story.,22049,22430980-5001028,00.html
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