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


The grassroots struggle for hashish 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 might have been satisfied that the struggle would possibly nicely be received after spending time in Spencer on the first annual TerpTown Throwdown final weekend.


Described because the “East Coast’s first hashish and music pageant” by organizer Phil Hardy of the Hardy Consultants, the Throwdown performed host to a really 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, no less than everybody within the hashish group, to take pleasure in.


As Matt from Assonet described, “This was my first expertise at a paid hashish 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 most effective ambiance I’ve ever been round at this sort of pageant,” Hawco stated. “A fantastic spot that’s far sufficient from civilization to permit us all the possibility to chill out whereas additionally being shut sufficient for a day journey.”


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


I can really feel the love and light-weight 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 through the passing downpour.


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


One fascinating facet of the totally permitted occasion was the “medicating space,” whereby registered medical hashish sufferers had been capable of devour hashish after verifying their medical marijuana affected person registration with safety and acquiring a inexperienced wristband (public consumption of leisure hashish is at the moment unlawful underneath 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 permit occasions such because the TerpTown Throwdown to facilitate social consumption of leisure hashish for all attendees). That initiative, having been into account for almost a 12 months, was delayed till the autumn of 2019 by a three-two vote at a CCC listening to in late Could following the suggestion of Commissioner Kay Doyle. In its stead, medicating areas such because the one supplied on Saturday in Spencer might nicely turn out to be the norm underneath an obscure provision of state regulation (Chap 94G, Part 13C) that permits consumption of medical hashish in any location whereby cigarette smoking is permitted.


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


Grant Smith is a Massachusetts medical hashish affected person, founding father of Mass Sufferers for Residence 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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