Marking an incremental, mostly symbolic, but still notable
victory for New Englanders who love to smoke weed, the BPD reports that they
did not arrest a soul at MassCann's ludicrously well-attended and collectively-baked
22nd annual Boston Freedom Rally on the Common this past Saturday. The BPD did
not give an estimate of the grand total of attendees, but it was clearly well
into the thousands.
According to a Boston Globe report I just Googled,
only two arrests - for intention to distribute - were made at the 2010 Rally.
Back in '08, Massachusetts
voters approved scaling back the penalty for possession of an ounce-or-less of
the sticky green stuff to a $100 civil citation. This year, a pair of partiers
were issued summonses to appear in court, and 38 tokers presumably got careless
and found themselves nailed with one of those $100 citations. On the bright
side, that's $3800 the state can hopefully use to lock up people who like to do
murders and rapes and steal stuff. Y'know, real criminals.
READ: "Rolling Rally: Our guide to the 22nd Annual Freedom Rally," by Chris Faraone
PHOTOS: Freedom Rally 2011 at Boston Common, by Kristen Goodfriend
PHOTOS: Tree play the 22nd Annual Freedom Rally, by Ariel Shearer