Thousands of Marijuana enthusiasts lighting up in plain sight, even though it’s illegal. “It’s public acts of civil disobedience, it is decriminalized here in Massachusetts, but what it is a civil infraction here. We work really closely with the police and the town. The police’s main purpose here is keeping the people of Amherst safe,” said Patrick Mund, treasurer of the UMass Amherst Cannabis Reform Coalition.
The coalition started the event in 1991 as an on campus demonstration. Although people were arrested, that didn’t stop them from coming back out year after year until finally the group came to an agreement with the police that there would be no more arrests.