Music and humanities fest took over Spencer Fairgrounds for trailblazing show of cannabis and group


The grassroots battle for cannabis rights in Massachusetts has been raging for many years, and continues to this present day in entrance of the state’s Hashish Management Fee. Nonetheless, some could have been satisfied that the warfare would possibly effectively be received after spending time in Spencer on the first annual TerpTown Throwdown final weekend.


Described because the “East Coast’s first cannabis and music pageant” by organizer Phil Hardy of the Hardy Consultants, the Throwdown performed host to a very joyous gathering regardless of temperatures topping almost 90 levels by midafternoon. The mercury readings apart, attendees took in tremendous sights and sounds, from musical acts—principally a mix of rock and reggae—to merch and grub starting from Thai meals to carnival staples. There was seemingly one thing for everybody, at the very least everybody within the cannabis group, to take pleasure in.


As Matt from Assonet described, “This was my first expertise at a paid cannabis pageant and I can’t say sufficient in regards to the superior individuals, nice music, and relaxed vibes. … I’ll be coming again in the event that they host one other one.”


Robert Hawco, who co-hosts The Hawco and Carnell Present on the DisruptBoston community that I additionally work with, broadcast dwell from the occasion. “It’s actually the perfect ambiance I’ve ever been round at this type of pageant,” Hawco stated. “An excellent spot that’s far sufficient from civilization to permit us all the possibility to calm down whereas additionally being shut sufficient for a day journey.”


The expansive Spencer Truthful Grounds, hidden in gently rolling hills 10 miles exterior of Worcester, proved to be a great setting for the massive crowd. There was ample room for distributors and attendees alike to unfold out and calm down within the sunshine, me included.


I can really feel the love and lightweight from everybody,” Hawco added. “That’s actually particular.”


I had the identical takeaway—even a day rainstorm couldn’t put a damper on the festivities, as attendees selflessly assisted each other to safe tents and different valuables in the course of the passing downpour.


A radical however rapidly shifting safety equipment was in place to make sure attendees have been 21-plus, whereas the small cadre of native police in attendance have been principally hands-off as they strolled the grounds all through the day. Notably, there have been no reported adverse interactions between police and partygoers.


One fascinating side of the absolutely permitted occasion was the “medicating space,” whereby registered medical cannabis sufferers have been in a position to devour cannabis after verifying their medical marijuana affected person registration with safety and acquiring a inexperienced wristband (public consumption of leisure cannabis is presently unlawful below state regulation).


For his or her half, the state’s regulatory physique, the aforementioned Hashish Management Fee (CCC), has been sluggish to roll out a proposed system for one- and three-day leisure consumption licenses (which might enable occasions such because the TerpTown Throwdown to facilitate social consumption of leisure cannabis for all attendees). That initiative, having been into consideration for almost a 12 months, was delayed till the autumn of 2019 by a three-two vote at a CCC listening to in late Might following the suggestion of Commissioner Kay Doyle. In its stead, medicating areas such because the one supplied on Saturday in Spencer could effectively develop into the norm below an obscure provision of state regulation (Chap 94G, Part 13C) that permits consumption of medical cannabis in any location whereby cigarette smoking is permitted.


As such regulatory hurdles clarify, breaking new floor in an business that’s solely simply starting to have its time within the solar will be tough for even essentially the most clever and well-intentioned business insiders. Nonetheless, contemplating the current speedy tempo of change in relation to cannabis legal guidelines (and the overall societal stigma surrounding the plant), the trailblazing tenacity on full show in Spencer could quickly come to be the norm in Mass and elsewhere.


Grant Smith is a Massachusetts medical cannabis affected person, founding father of Mass Sufferers for House Supply in addition to a contributor to and The Younger Jurks, which you’ll be able to stream at or wherever else podcasts are streamed. 


This text was produced with help from Midnight Mass and The Younger Jurks.


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