Extravaganja last April 18th, 2015
While the Amherst Select Board did not take an actual vote, their comments seemed to indicate they were in unanimous agreement with Interim Town Manager (for another week anyway) Dave Ziomek refusing to issue a permit this year for the 25th annual Extravaganja pot rally on the historic Town Common.
AFD Chief Nelson (left), APD Chief Livingstone (right)
APD Chief Scott Livingstone and AFD Chief Tim Nelson agreed the rally had outgrown the capacity of the Town Common and represented a potential threat to public safety. The Select Board took pains to say they were not concerned with the message/content of the event, simply its size.
Connie Kruger pointed out they were a victim of their own success. But now that she has two grandchildren she has become "more conservative," and public safety is paramount.
Terry Franklin, citing First Amendment, threatens to bring in ACLU
Longtime event organizer Terry Franklin threatened a lawsuit based on First Amendment grounds.