On The Common, They Like The Grass

On The Common, They Like The Grass
Posted by CN Staff on September 21, 2008 at 06:50:44 PT
By John M. Guilfoil, Globe Correspondent
Source: Boston Globe
Boston, MA -- The distinct odor of burning incense - among other things - hung in the air over Boston Common yesterday afternoon during the 2008 Boston Hemp Fest.A large crowd gathered, its members enjoying the warm, sunny weather and the diverse offerings of food vendors as they debated political ideas or simply relaxed on the grass.
"I tell you, it's eclectic. From getting things like nice tie-dye shirts to getting, like, say, falafels and things like that," said Lee Litif 44, of South Boston, who was decked out in tie-dyed clothes himself, along with sunflower-rimmed sunglasses. "It's utopia; it really is."Litif was happy to express his support for an upcoming ballot question that would decriminalize marijuana possession in the state."No doubt. I'm for legalization of marijuana. Legalize gay marrage and legalize abortion, regardless," he said.Supporters of both Question 2, the marijuana measure, and Question 1, which would eliminate the state income tax, were out in full force with literature, stickers, and even free fresh fruit to try to lure people to their side.Arthur Torrey, a libertarian from Billerica, was handing out literature to passersby from a booth. Across the way, a group of socialists were handing out their materials."We agree on a lot of social issues," he said.A number of people were smoking marijuana and some could be seen inhaling substances from balloons. Police reported making six arrests, but officials last evening did not have specifics on the charges.Police were not visible walking through the crowds, but flashing blue lights on the perimeter of the Common reminded everyone that they were in the vicinity.Before providing information on the arrests, Officer James Kenneally, a police spokesman, said the Hemp Fest was "rather orderly."Globe correspondents Padraig Shea and Caitlin Castello contributed to this report. Source: Boston Globe (MA)Author:  John M. Guilfoil, Globe CorrespondentPublished: September 21, 2008 Copyright: 2008 Globe Newspaper CompanyContact: letter globe.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on September 27, 2008 at 05:21:33 PT
Just wanted to say
Thank you, and I love you guys (including girls). Thank you.
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Comment #12 posted by gloovins on September 22, 2008 at 02:49:06 PT
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Hope... 
and your family in this time of loss...But 96 years of LIFE is to celebrate in a way...I bet your grandmother was a knowledgeable soul...just like you...Stay strong knowing she's in a better place...
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Comment #11 posted by Dankhank on September 21, 2008 at 19:42:31 PT
96 years is a blessing few of us will receive. Your Grandmother surely was/is an example for all to emulate.My sympathy to you in this time of sadness can not be spoken.Peace to all who follow the way of truth and compassion.
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Comment #10 posted by Paint with light on September 21, 2008 at 19:40:42 PT
My thoughts are with you and those who share your grief.May her light continue to shine through you and all those whose lives she touched.You are truly a positive spirit.
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Comment #9 posted by HempWorld on September 21, 2008 at 17:12:55 PT
Hope I Love You!
You have touched me! Numerous times, with your thoughtful comments at! I fell in love, intellectually speaking. If you are like that, your grandmother must have been very special also.Please take comfort in the fact that her essence and spirit lives on and that you will meet her again when you are there as well. Maybe she will even give you a sign in this life.All the best!
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Comment #8 posted by Storm Crow on September 21, 2008 at 16:20:01 PT
To Hope.............
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Comment #7 posted by BGreen on September 21, 2008 at 15:38:48 PT
I'm so sorry, Hope
All I want to do is just wrap my arms around you and hug you.In my heart that's what I'm doing.Bro. Bud
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Comment #6 posted by greenmed on September 21, 2008 at 14:36:35 PT
I just read of your grandmother's passing. I am sad for your loss. From my experience there's always hope that our loved ones will be here 'just a while longer.' When they leave us suddenly it's a shock, especially if they seem to be doing well. Your grandmother gave the good fight, and now, as museman writes so eloquently, she continues her journey. Indeed so.All peaceful and good wishes to your grandmother and those who love her, especially you, Hope. Take care.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on September 21, 2008 at 13:37:03 PT
"Our grandmother"...
Museman, there couldn't be a sweeter and dearer condolence than that. Thank you.I want to celebrate her life and I'm thankful that she had such a long and mostly exceptionally healthy life.Thank you all for your prayers and good vibes for her and for me and the rest of my family. Thank you.We were shocked, because she was doing astoundingly well under the circumstances. I'm trusting that it was what's really best for her, for her to go on, and give up the pain and suffering she was facing. Thank you for caring. I can't see you... but I know you're out there and you're real and you mean a lot to me.I wanted to mention that I've been talking... listening, really, to a lot more people than usual lately. The "tide" has, most definitely, turned. They aren't doubtful. They're convinced and sure that we have to go the legalization and regulation route. The way it is being now is so wrong and insane. People are sick of the drug war, the arrests, the killings, the arrests and jail and criminal records, the expense, the waste, and all of it. So many people have mentioned their feelings about this to me, lately. It's amazing. I didn't bring it up... they did. People are ready for legalization and regulation because they are so completely fed up with the destructive and useless war, prohibition and all it causes, itself. 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on September 21, 2008 at 09:43:31 PT
What you said is so nice. Hope is making funeral arrangements so she might not check in for a while.
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Comment #3 posted by museman on September 21, 2008 at 09:30:30 PT
FoM -Hope
My prayers go out.May the Great Spirit guide our grandmother (We are all relatives) to her next journey, peace and comfort for those close to her, temporarily left behind.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on September 21, 2008 at 09:05:42 PT
A Note About Hope
As many of you know Hope's 96 year old Grandmother has been in a fight for survival for many months. She lost the fight and Hope wanted me to thank all of her friends on CNews for the emotional support that has been given. I pray that the Peace that passes all understanding wraps it's arms around her and her family.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on September 21, 2008 at 07:19:57 PT
Farm Aid from Boston
For those who weren't able to watch Farm Aid yesterday the songs by Neil Young have been made available for download by a kind person from the Rust List. The second group of the songs are the best I think. Enjoy!
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