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Two People Arrested at Pro-Marijuana Rally in New Hampshire

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Two protesters were arrested Saturday in Nashua, New Hampshire at a marijuana rally (click here for original story). According to news reports out of New Hampshire, about 50 people gathered in downtown Nashua at 4:20 p.m. for a public protest against marijuana prohibition. However, not all of the protesters were legit; some of them were undercover NARCS. One of the protesters was arrested by the cops for simple marijuana possession. When the police put the suspect in the back of a patrol car, another protester laid down in front of the patrol car so it couldn’t leave! He was also arrested (disorderly conduct).

After the second man was arrested, the crowd became unruly. “It was pretty calm at first when the two undercover agents arrested this man, it wasn’t until they got out of the car and called for backup that everyone came in,” said one protester, Sam Dodson. After more officers arrived as backup, the protestors decided to march all the way to the police station. After an unspecified amount of time, they disbursed.

I remember when I was a teenager I participated in a pro-marijuana rally in Salem, Oregon with some of my classmates. We had heard from some old schoolers in Eugene that every year, on the State Capital steps in Salem at 4:20 p.m., people gathered to smoke pot in public and hold a ‘peaceful protest.’ I was totally skeptical until I got there, and saw about 300 people smoking down on the capitol steps in plain view of dozens of state police officers. It was crazy, because the cops didn’t even do anything!

I was later told that a guy applied for a ‘peaceful protest permit,’ decades ago, and that as long as he renewed his permit the event was allowed to go on. As long as the protesters were peaceful, and only consumed marijuana in the designated area on the capitol steps, there would be no arrests from 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. I went from 1998 to 2002, and had such a great time. However, I went this last year to see if it was still going on, and there were only state police there (no protestors). I got the balls up to ask one of the cops what the deal was and he told me that the original permit was not renewed. So sad! Could you imagine if rallies like the one I attended, and the one in New Hampshire, were held regularly across the nation, multiple times a week? A lot of martyrs would get arrested, but I’d imagine the attention would result in a constructive conversation about marijuana prohibition at the federal level!

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8 Comments

  1. I hope you can see my blog and give some comments, or information, so that we can do something here in Mexico, to legalize weed, and to make concience in all the people that are interested in all the themes realeted to the world like wars.

  2. I am from Mexico, and two day ago, my boyfriend and I were arrested by the police, because we were in a park, but we were not even smoking, but they catched us with a pipe without weed, and they said they will put more in ower power, to make us more guilty, that’s stupid, I don’t know ahy people seem to be so stupid. I am doing a blogg in spanish I hope you can take a look at it http://jah3helliscloser.blogspot.com/

  3. These events occur regularly in New Hampshire, especially in Keene and Manchester. Check out FreeKeene.com or 420at420.org. I aggree that the more of this the better. The Best part of the story is the fact that we went back to the same place the next day at 4:20 and the police just drove by and waved to us.

  4. wtf are police doing in my town at a pot rally marijuana a simple plant, im willing to go to this rally and spark up, my body my choice police need to take notice to the more serious crimes around not kids smoking a natural plant (not a drug)

    marijuana has never killed anybody in the history of man

    there are even 10,000 deaths each year directly from caffine over dose
    coffee is more harmfull then marijuana and what do are cops usually have with them ( thats right a coffee ) so i think they can go see what else is stores for them besides a simple pot protest

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