View­points vary on ‘Ok­to­ber­fest for weed’ in Hub

Boston Herald - - NEWS - — JOR­DAN FRIAS

Vis­i­tors who stopped by the Com­mon dur­ing yes­ter­day's 28th an­nual Free­dom Rally had mixed re­ac­tions to the throng of rev­el­ers smok­ing pot in pub­lic. Here's what some of them had to say when asked to weigh in on the controversial cel­e­bra­tion.

“I think it's a very good thing, but not ev­ery day be­cause there are fam­i­lies that want to en­joy this as well and this Com­mon is for the commoners of Mas­sachusetts ... It's like Ok­to­ber­fest for weed ... and now that it's le­gal, I don't see why we shouldn't be able to.” — Dan Het­zler, 25, of Fall River

“I think it's awe­some. I think the en­tire coun­try should have it, ab­so­lutely. I'm all for it. Young peo­ple and old peo­ple ben­e­fit from it, vet­er­ans, sick peo­ple, for any type of dis­or­der. And for those who use it for recreation to re­lax, I say, `why not?'” — David Wil­son, 56, of St. Au­gus­tine, Fla.

“I think they take up too much of the Com­mon. I don't ap­prove of it. It's nice to have ev­ery­body happy and all but I just worry about the con­di­tion of the park ... and I hate the smell of marijuana.” — Su­san Lester, 75, Friends of the Pub­lic Gar­den mem­ber from Bea­con Hill

“I didn't know it was hap­pen­ing, but I did smell a few things ear­lier on. I think it should be done in pri­vate, not in pub­lic. It's a bad in­flu­ence on the younger gen­er­a­tion. It's not good for your health. It's like smok­ing cig­a­rettes and this pro­motes it.” — Fred Miller, 57, of Methuen

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