1st Amendment Exception Helps Medical Cannabis Festival Blossom
There was once an occasion when it didn’t appear that enough donors would hop on board with Charlie Wynott to achieve the city’s monetary requirements to obtain a permit for Deering Oaks Park for the Atlantic CannaFEST. The informative medical cannabis expo had limited funds to work with after inspiration hit…
Atlantic Cannabis is a registered Maine non-profit collective that assists terminally ill and low-income patients obtain their medicinal pot. Its founder and fellow card carrying cannabis patient said, “We were actually given the concept through Occupy Maine for the free speech and right to occupy public space amendment to the city code.” The cannabis non-profit applied to the city and requested a waiver of fees.
Nicole Clegg, city spokeswoman stated, “If it’s considered free speech and lies beneath the 1st Amendment, a majority of the fees don’t apply.” The permit fees don’t apply due to the fact that the city intermits to the 1st Amendment, ensuring rights to assembly. Event coordinators were in search of sponsors to handle rent and insurance for the location. The goal of the medical marijuana awareness event is to connect the marijuana patient along with caregivers – emphasizing on cost. Wynott created CannaFEST to help marijuana advocacy and also assist the patient and caregiver. He worked on the Maine task-force prior to medical marijuana being legalized. Ever since the intro of medical cannabis, pot collectives have blossomed.
CannaFEST will have no gate cover or fees with the event being family friendly. “Kids are more than welcome to check out the safe and serene environment from the medical marijuana community,” said Wynott. With a friendly and open atmosphere, why not make a day of it. It’s not like their are beer carts creating an more rambunctious and darker atmosphere.
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