By Paul Burton

BOSTON (CBS) – Tens of thousands of marijuana lovers lit up on Boston Common Saturday as part of the annual Freedom Rally.

The event almost didn’t take place as the city tried to block the festival, but a Superior Court judge granted an emergency order on Friday allowing the rally.

“Every year the city does whatever it can to try and stop us,” said William Downing of the Massachusetts Cannibas Reform Coalition (MassCann).

“The judge unfortunately ruled yesterday that the vendors, who have been there all summer long and will be there all fall, have to go on the outside and this group can bring their own vendors in,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

“It’s a day to end prohibition against marijuana,” one visitor told WBZ-TV.

This was also a political rally as voters will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Massachusetts.

MassCann is supporting Ballot Question 4.

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Walsh has spoken out against legalizing recreational marijuana.

“The target is children. The target is not adults. It’s very similar to candy bars and the names are similar, so I get concerned about the devastation that edibles can do.”

The Boston Freedom Rally will continue for one more day on the Common Sunday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal reports

Paul Burton

Comments (8)
  1. Old Fart says:

    What a rowdy violent crowd! Bunch of thugs! Marty was lucky to escape alive!

    1. This was an attempt to be funny, right?

      1. Old Fart says:

        Of course it was.
        The worst thing in that crowd was the annoying but harmless dreadlocked dude. I would rather put up with 5 of him than one drunken idiot.

  2. I am 60 and have been using cannabis off and on since my late teens (over 42 years). I’m a husband, father, electronics engineer, community volunteer, musician and successful business owner. I never drink alcoholic beverages or use tobacco products. I vaporize cannabis (no smoke, no smell, no problems) in the evening after work or on weekends. I am in excellent health, my memory is perfect and I run 20-30 miles per week and finished my 2nd Marathon May 22, 2016 in 3 hrs, 35 mins. I am just one of millions of health conscious Americans seeking the least harmful buzz. How long do we have to suffer the lies and ridiculous nonsense from a government whose own data at the CDC shows cannabis nearly harmless by comparison to prescription drugs, tobacco and booze??

    Center for Disease Control numbers of deaths per year in the USA

    * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5000 traffic fatalities
    * Tobacco: 390,323
    * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
    * Cocaine: 4,906
    * Heroin: 7,200
    * Aspirin: 466
    * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
    * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal overdose in all medical history and almost no traffic problems.

    So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate and TAX!

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