Extravaganja attendance may reach new highs since states new pot law is in effect

Hampshire County

One of the largest cannabis rallies in the Northeast is back this weekend.

Extravaganja draws thousands of people every year, and the excitement may reach new highs this weekend since the state’s new pot law is now in effect. 

Extravaganja is a massive party that celebrates the cannabis culture. Thousands of people will take over the three-county fairgrounds in Northampton Saturday. This year will be the first year that recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts.  

“The industry is there, it’s getting bigger, progress is happening,” Claire Walsh from the UMass Cannabis Coalition said. “We just want to make sure that progress is toward’s a community that is good for everyone and that it pick’s up on people’s strengths and to live a better life.”

Although recreational marijuana is legal in some states, including Massachusetts, police will be on high alert for this year’s Extravaganja. 

“We’ve met with the organizers and the town’s surrounding us just to prepare for this type of event,” Captain John Cartledge of the Northampton Police Department said. “With this many people coming into town for a few hours tomorrow, certainly traffic and the amount of people is something we’re aware of.”  

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and smoking is not allowed on the fairgrounds. However, marijuana smoking routinely takes place during Extravaganja. It remains to be seen if Northampton police will issue any $100 citations. 

You must be 18 years or older and show a valid ID to enter the fairgrounds Saturday.

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