Scenes from the 25th Annual Boston Freedom Rally

Danny Danko fron High Times told the crowd that marijuana prohibition is far from over. (Photos by CelebStoner)

The East Coast's answer to Seattle Hempest, Boston Freedom Rally remains the largest marijuana festival this side of Washington State. Over two days this weekend, bands and speakers appeared on two stages in Boston Common, plus there was a large vendor village.

Jazzy jam-band Moxa on the Gazebo stage, where the Freedom Rally was originally held more than 20 years ago

Build a Machine performed their version of "Who’s Got the Herb" on the Hitman Glass stage.

Vendors selling food and marijuana-themed products were a major attraction.

The weather cooperated on Sunday after late showers shortened Saturday's festivities. Though few of the bands are well known outside of the Boston area, they were all routinely solid, including Build a Machine, who closed their Sunday set with a version of "Who's Got the Herb"; Gorilla Finger Dub Band; Moxa; Sweatshop; and TigerMan WOAH.

Band of Brothers: High Times’ Rick Cusick and NORML’s Keith Stroup.

This lone cop had little to do at the peaceful Freedom Rally.

In Massachusetts, marijuana is both decriminalized and medicalized. However, dispensaries have yet to open in the  Bay State. No arrests were made at the rally, which was organized by Mass Cann/NORML

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.