Local residents react to Extravaganja event held in Northampton

Hampshire County

The annual Extravaganja cannabis rally was held in Northampton this weekend.

The perception toward one of the largest cannabis rallies in the northeast has changed a lot since it was first celebrated 27 years ago.

Mike Scikora, a Northampton resident told 22News, many people in the area weren’t as fond of pot when Extravaganja first began, “There used to be so much misinformation, like if you use marijuana you were a crazy person or act wild.”

Scikora told 22News that events like extravaganja are held to show cannabis culture is about more than just a plant.

Raymond Gilkes, another Northampton resident said that even though marijuana is legal, he believes rallies like extravaganja are still necessary, “Beer has been legal for a while, and people still hold beer celebrations and parties so I feel like marijuana is something that should be promoted and put out there.”

Although the event and marijuana popularity has grown over the years, many Northampton residents said safety remains the number one priority

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