AMHERST, Mass. (AP) – Town officials in Amherst may drop a policy that would have forced a pro-marijuana group to help pay for police protection at its annual springtime festival.

Members of the University of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition said it was unfair to charge them for two additional police officers during “Extravaganja,” a daylong event that attracts up to 1,500 people.

The fee would have also been imposed on other groups using the Town Common for large events.

Select Board chairman Gerald Weiss said Monday that a town lawyer has determined that the fee might be unconstitutional, and the whole idea will likely be dropped.

The cannabis coalition supports decriminalization of marijuana and access to the drug for medical purposes.


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