NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The annual pro-marijuana Extravaganja festival is expected draw thousands of people to Northampton Saturday.
More than 10,000 people are expected to come to the Three-County Fairgrounds for this year’s Extravaganja festival, and many of those people will be smoking marijuana.
This is the 25th year the UMass cannabis reform coalition is holding Extravaganja, but this is the first year it’s in Northampton.
The event was held in Amherst for years, but the town refused to issue permits this year because of the large crowds.
Most of the people who attend this event are in favor of full marijuana legalization.
Tiffany Barfield, a Chicopee resident, told 22News: “I think it would be like if somebody were to be drinking out in the middle of the field. I mean, actually I think it’s kind of safer, pot compared to alcohol, which takes lives, I don’t see it being so bad.”
Private security, Northampton police, and UMass Police will all be on the fairgrounds to direct traffic and issue citations if necessary.
Northampton Police told 22News they plan on issuing discretionary marijuana citations.
Police will also try to make sure no one is driving home high.