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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 norml.org, 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 Tolson
Published: Sunday, September 17, 2006
Copyright: 2006 The Boston Herald, Inc.
 

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