For the last couple years the jam band Phish has played several New Year’s Eve concerts at Madison Square Garden, this year doing four shows over four days. By the end of the third show there were at least 228 reported arrests, with many including marijuana (which is decriminalized for up to 25 grams in New York), hash, MDMA, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms — basically everything you would expect there to be at a Phish concert. That expectation is part of the problem here, it’s a cliche at this point how people bring tons of drugs to Phish shows, and police are clearly aware of that. Though the number of arrests is high, not all were drug-related (some are due to ticket scalping and public urination), and as of now there are only 10 felony charges (primarily people charged with selling to police) with most of the others being misdemeanor charges and court summonses. Still, this sounds like a supremely bad night for a lot of people. Read the full report here.
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