Defiance of Prohibition Comes to a Head in New Hampshire Trial

Defiance of Prohibition Comes to a Head in New Hampshire Trial

On March 26 in Keene, NH, when prominent marijuana legalization advocate Rich Paul goes on trial, we will be seeing a new willingness to stand up to the bigots who run the machinery of Prohibition. Like Martin Luther King before him, Mr. Paul will not plea bargain; thereby refusing to concede he is doing anything wrong, and at the same time demonstrating he will not crumble under the threat of jail.

The civilly disobedient boys and girls of Keene have been remarkably defiant in their effort to live as if they were free, regardless of the consequences. Of course the government hates defiance, and loves to dish out consequences. When it comes to the Drug War, New Hampshire is surprisingly primitive and harsh. However, in one area of human rights, NH is light years ahead of other states, in that it allows jury nullification to be argued during trials.

The trial is at Cheshire Superior Court, 12 Court St. Currently, pre-trial motions are scheduled for Tuesday March 26, at 10 AM, with jury selection over the following week or two.

This trial seems destined to be a media circus, and a watershed event in the struggle against the Drug War.

For those with Facebook, an event page is here with up to date info on any changes. There is also a donation page here.

Defenders of Mr. Paul are urging all legalization supporters to make an effort to attend the trial, or the picket line outside the courthouse. They point out that the bravest among us in the fight for a better world, need to know they have our backing in the personal struggle they wage on our behalf.

  • v4peace

    Thank you Rich Paul and best of luck to you. Weed will remain illegal and its users persecuted unless and until we the people assert our right of equal protection under the law.

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  • MikeParent

    Bad laws should be struck down. Preferably by the political system, but Jury Nullification works too, albeit on a one at a time basis.

  • Jake Witmer

    Rich Paul is a good man, and his action is righteous. The jury should vote to acquit. If any juror does not vote to acquit in this case, they cannot be a good, moral, decent person.

  • Malcolm Kyle

    Prohibition has finally run its course: our prisons are full, our economy is in ruins, the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans have been destroyed or severely disrupted. What was once a shining beacon of liberty and prosperity has become a toxic, repressive, smoldering heap of hypocrisy and a gross affront to fundamental human decency.

    If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy then you can stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled—required even—to act according to your conscience.

    * It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.

    * You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.

    * You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty.

    * Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

    We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for and end the most destructive, dysfunctional, dishonest and racist social policy since Slavery.

    If you wish to replace prohibition with a far more sensible system of legalized regulation, PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!

    • JustGimmeSomeTrooth

      Right on, thanks for this vital info. People forget the power of the jury.

  • Norman Gooding

    As more states and cities legalize marijuana any jurors in a trial over marijuana will be able to nullify any charges made by the feds and the jury panels will be made up of the voters that legalized marijuana despite federal laws,,the last thing the feds want is for their laws to be nullified because then laws change regardless of bought and paid for legislators.

  • Mike

    If the authorities continue to dawdle, or even worse act to strike against the will of the people in Colorado and Washington State (or the other jurisdictions soon to join the first two), jury nullification will be among the most useful tools we will have to fight the prohibitionists. If they still think they can enforce a law against the will of the people, then it is up to the people to make the law un-enforceable. It won’t take too many acquittals to make it clear that it’s a waste of time and resources to arrest, if the question of whether someone is found guilty or not becomes an open question, rather than the slam dunk prosecutors today are lazy enough to expect.

  • Sasha Shepherd

    If people can just start growing the cannabis plant whenever they want, soon people will be able to grow their own tomatoes and lettuce. And then all hell will break loose.

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