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Thousands come out to support legalization of marijuana at Extravaganja event

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NORTH HAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

One of the largest pro-marijuana rallies in New England kicked off today, drawing thousands from around the Northeast.

The annual event comes just months before recreational retail licenses are set to be approved.

For years, marijuana supporters have come together to celebrate Extravaganja.

“We come to this event every year,” says Krysten Perris of Worcester.

Extravaganja is one of the oldest cannabis political rallies in the Northeast. It's organized by members of the UMass Cannabis Reform Center.

“I think,” continued Perris. “A lot of people just in general, don’t know a lot about cannabis…are uneducated and throw opinions where
they shouldn’t be cast, especially when people don’t know the beneficial end of cannabis.

The event features speakers, musicians, performers and vendors for adults over the age of eighteen.

“It’s really just nice to see everybody come together peacefully. and just unify over
the plant,” stated Northampton’s Amiel Hanely.

 

With upwards of eight thousand people in attendance, police stepped up patrols throughout the event.

Police say there weren’t any incidents throughout the day, but the traffic may still cause some headaches for a bit longer.

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