May 27, 1997 in Nation/World

60 Arrested At Pro-Pot Festival

Compiled From Wire Services

Sixty people were arrested over the weekend at the eighth annual Weedstock Festival, a pro-marijuana event that police said caused less trouble than expected this year.

“It think it went very smoothly,” Sheriff William Fillbach said. “If they took over the town or something, you could have had a mess.”

Organizers said about 3,500 people attended.

From Friday to Monday night, police made 42 drug arrests and 18 non-drug arrests. They also issued 76 traffic citations and 341 traffic warnings. Last year, 130 people were arrested.

Over the weekend, a 20-year-old man was hospitalized after he was beaten. He told authorities he had been using marijuana and amphetamines since Friday and did not know or remember his assailants.

A 17-year-old boy was hospitalized after police saw him trying to cross a highway. Officers said he told them he had sprayed himself with liquid LSD. They said he was disoriented and combative when officers stopped him.

Speakers addressed the crowd on decriminalizing marijuana and regional bands played on despite scattered rain that turned 80 acres of farm fields into muddy bogs.

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