For those who are unfamiliar with the Extravaganja event, it is held in order to bring political activists and causal smokers together in order to promote cannabis acceptance. It is organized by the UMass Cannabis Reform Coalition, which happens to be the oldest student run drug reform group in the entire country. The people who put Extravaganja made the purpose of the event to bring cannabis users together with those in political positions of power, in order to show the politicians that cannabis users spread across many generations and that accepting the plant is definitely the best option.
The president of the UMass Cannabis Reform Coalition, Sebastian Vivas, takes a full year to plan this event. He says that the group works closely with the city officials, as well as the police department in order to put on the safest gathering possible. Vivas had nothing but good things to say about working with these people, stating that “they have been just great to work with. I love being in a place where they aren’t afraid to hold such a controversial event in the center of town.”
Vivas also compared the Extravanganja event to the Blarney Blowout, a similar kind of event that focuses on alcohol instead of weed. While the Blowout goes well for the bars that officially host the event, the rest of the student population seems to go out, get completely obliterated drunk, and cause extreme issues with police personnel and citizens alike. Like most stoners, Vivas states that thousands of people getting drunk stands a much higher chance of causing accidents as compared to thousands of people smoking weed. Events like the Blarney Blowout can be fun if monitored but mostly, the thousands of drunk college age kids cause riots, accidents, and serious damage with must be fixed with tax payer money.
Colorado’s recent marijuana legalization has Reuters predicting that there will be at least $98 million in tax revenue by the end of this year from official marijuana sales. This number is 40% higher then what officials originally predicted the state would make. This money will be used to help school programs, fix roads, and improve other aspects of the community as well. Imagine all of that money being spent on people in the community, rather then the people having to pay taxes in order to keep nonviolent offenders in jail. With those people released and no new arrests for nonviolent marijuana crimes being made, plus the revenue from sales, it’s hard to come up with a logical explanation as to why more states haven’t begun to take a second look at their marijuana laws.