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Bands Do Battle for Slots at Freedom Rally PDF Print E-mail

Get set for protracted musical warfare. The Battle for the Rally is opening fire on all sides. Since victory means a slot to play at the Freedom Rally, it is anticipated that the musicians will erupt in riff-to-riff combat with no chords barred. The following skirmishes are already unavoidable; the presence of as many spectators as possible is desired to witness the mayhem..More information at masscann.org.:

August 17th @ Beachcomber, Quincy MA- http://www.facebook.com/events/358058420929620
August 18th @ The Limelight Lounge, Haverhill MA  - http://www.facebook.com/events/358058420929620/
August 19th @ Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge MA - http://www.facebook.com/events/137202736421100
August 31st @ Beachcomber, Quincy MA  - http://www.facebook.com/events/120598911419804/

August 17th- UNRegular Radio is coming down to the the Beachcomber in Quincy, MA!

This is the Quincy opening round for the BATTLE FOR THE RALLY!

Nadia Washington

August 18th @ The Limelight Lounge - it's Round 1 for the Battle for the Rally. UNregular Radio is coming out to Haverhill to see what the area's got. Getting in the ring is:

Still Well Angel

SUNDAY - AUGUST 19th - Middle East Upstairs Cambridge MA **Battle for the Rally SEMI FINALS**

Congrats on moving onto the 2nd round of the MassCann Battle for the Rally! This round will be judged and scored similarly as the opening round. There will again be an online vote starting on August 12th, a crowd vote and MassCann judges.

August 31st- UNRegular Radio is coming down to the the Beachcomber in Quincy, MA! This is the Quincy opening round for the BATTLE FOR THE RALLY!

Smashy the Blues


The battle is judged by guests chosen by MassCann/NORML

Each band will be judged upon a scale of 0-4 in the categories of:

Musical Ability- how well an act plays their instruments and plays together
Song writing- the originality, creativeness and dynamics displayed in a band's songs
Crowd interaction/stage presence- an act's ability to entertain a crowd vocally and physically
Originality- an acts ability to stand out as different yet good amongst the competitors

There will also be a CROWD VOTE and ONLINE VOTE that will both be worth one full point added onto a band's final score, which is the aggregate of the band's score in the 4 categories).

CROWD VOTE will happen throughout the whole show
ONLINE VOTE will start 1 week before each show at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.UNregularRadio.com&h=kAQGvcuwb&s=1.

There will be 2 winners from each region (North Shore, Boston, South Shore & Western Mass) and 2 wild card bands from the entire competition selected by the MassCann board. The finals will be judged in similar fashion on September 14th at The Middle East Downstairs.

The grand prize is a slot on the main stage at the 2012 Boston Freedom Rally.

Cara Crabb-Burnham

Public Policy Questions Make the Ballot PDF Print E-mail

Petitioners representing MassCann and other groups have been gathering signatures to place public-policy questions on the November ballot in various parts of the state.

Voters in much of the 6th Congressional District will find a public policy question on their ballot asking their opinion about the repeal of the "federal prohibition of marijuana, as the 21st Amendment repealed national prohibition of alcohol, so that states may regulate it as they choose?"


Towns voting on the question include Gloucester, Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Middleton, Newbury, North Andover, Rockport, Rowley, Wenham, West Newbury, North Reading, Wilmington  Lynn, a Marblehead, Swampscott, and BIllerica.

Attorney Steven Epstein of Georgetown, the coordinator of the volunteer signature collection effort, explained: "The question is in support of HR 2306, the ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act’ sponsored by Democrat Barney Frank, Republican Ron Paul and 19 other members of the 112th Congress."

"It is modeled upon a question on many Massachusetts ballots in 1928 ‘requesting Congress to take action for the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, known as the prohibition amendment,"  added Mr. Epstein.  "It passed handily.  Two years later Massachusetts voters fed up with the violence and expense of enforcing the state's "little Volstead Act" repealed it by initiative, leaving it to the 'feds' to enforce alcohol prohibition in Massachusetts. Three years later, Utah ratified the 21st Amendment ending alcohol prohibition."


Meanwhile, John Leonard of DPFMA  reports that Signatures gathered jointly by DPFMA (Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts) and MassCann together have turned in sufficient signatures to place public policy question on the ballot for the 2nd Middlesex Senate District (Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, Winchester), the Middlesex and Suffolk Senate District (Chelsea, Everett, Cambridge, Allston, Charlestown), and the 2nd Berkshire State Representative District (Greenfield, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Savoy, Windsor, Bernardston, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Northfield, Rowe, and Pittsfield). .

John Leonard of DPFMA reports: "Unfortunately, we did not make the ballot in the 4th Berkshire State Rep District that comprises the very pro-reform southwestern corner of the state and includes Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lenox, and Lee.  We came tantalizingly close.  The petitioner was evicted from the supermarket in Lee he was working on the last day of petitioning under threat of arrest by the state police.  We had 185 certified signatures plus an unprocessed petition sheet of 12 signatures that was returned to us by one small town even though they admitted receiving the mail before the July 3rd deadline.  It wasn’t worth litigating with the town as it would not have made a difference in the end."

The wording is as follows: "Shall the state senator from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana in the same manner as alcohol?"


A proposed law authorizing medical marijuana has been certified for the November ballot in Massachusetts. (Question 1 is a so-called Right to Repair law intended to give consumers more options about how their cars are repaired; Question 2 is a Death with Dignity law allowing assisted suicide.)  Passing Question 3 will allow for both the setting up of dispensaries and the private growing of plants for patients. At the same time, the law provides stiff penalties for anyone obtaining marijuana under fraudulent pretenses for recreational purposes. In short, being sick will no longer be a crime,though being healthy and feeling a little too good will still be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The campaign for Question 3 is being run by Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. Their website is at www.compassionforpatients.com


Barney Frank to Speak at Freedom Rally PDF Print E-mail

Barney Frank, the longtime Massachusetts Congressman currently serving his last term, has agreed to speak at this year's Freedom Rally, September 15. Frank has been a longtime advocate of civil liberties, including but not limited to the right of people to smoke pot in their homes without answering to the law. Other speakers will be announced shortly.


Freedom Rally 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Freedom Rally 2012 will be held Saturday, September 15th, 2012 on Boston Common from noon till 6 p.m. Potential vendors are urged to visit the Rally Vendor Page and to contact Bill Downing at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Bands who would like to play for the Rally should contact Treg Ogborn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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