Jul 242011
 July 24, 2011

evil copThe American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska had to step in and warn police in Scottsbluff, Nebraska that officers cannot order protesters off public sidewalks, even if they disagree with the message.

The Nebraska Cannabis Coalition met at Northwood park to recruit supporters for Proposition 19. They hope to get the measure to legalize cannabis on the ballot in 2012.

The protestors have a permit to demonstrate in the Northwood Park in Scottsbluff, but when they tried to take their message to a wider audience by standing with signs on the adjoining sidewalk, they were threatened with arrest, according to a report by KOTA News.

The beatings will continue until moral improves

Group organizer Tessa Armstrong says she told officers she had a constitutional right to protest on public grounds, but the officer threatened to arrest her and told her city ordinance overrules the Constitution.

Armstrong says her group was following ordinance, and that they were being targeted because of their message.

She adds, “I honestly believe it is because they disagree with what we are doing here today. It has nothing to do with following city ordinance or anything.”

In response, ACLU Nebraska sent a letter to Scottsbluff police and the county attorney advising them of protesters’ rights and has requested the police and county attorney take immediate action to protect the free speech rights of the demonstrators.

About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • ConservativeChristian

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.
    The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will allow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. Email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml and ask them to sign on as a CO-SPONSOR of HR 2306.
    For more info, here’s the USA Today article
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/06/ron-paul-barney-frank-marijuana-/1
    And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom-loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

  • TheDeacon

    Jesus said, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” None of us would want our child thrown in jail with sexual predators over marijuana.”-I second that motion!!!. For the Bible tells me so.

  • wroughtnluv@hotmail.com

    somebody please do something i have 3 kinds of cancer live in alliance neb and refuse to take oipiates……….weed helps but is not legal or safely available…i do not want to leave my home i was born and raised here …jus to get relief