Despite Guilty Verdict, Rich Paul is Victorious in New Hampshire

Despite Guilty Verdict, Rich Paul is Victorious in New Hampshire

With New Hampshire’s most prominent anti-Prohibition activist sitting in jail tonight, after his marijuana conviction in Keene today, it might not appear a “win” to everyone at first.

Like Martin Luther King, the victory is in the righteousness of his stand.

Rich stood firm and defiant. He would not spy on his friends for the authorities. He would not kowtow. He would not apologize. He would not plea bargain. He would not, in any way, concede he had done anything wrong.

Rev. King endured jail at the hands of his era’s bigots, as Rich will now have to do. For both of them it is a matter of maintaining integrity.

In unintended irony, the snitch who set up Rich Paul was given the codename “Socrates” by the police. The name of a man noted for holding onto his integrity while those around him wallowed in their cowardice.

This weekend, on stages at 4/20 rallies all across the country, Rich Paul’s integrity and defiance will be invoked. The bigots of our age have only managed to turn him into the Movement’s national hero. That’s a win.

Here is an earlier story about the case.

This author can be reached at terryfranklin (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  • We Remember Peter

    Stand tall, Mr. Paul!

  • Bob_Robert

    When the legislature will not stand up to their godfathers in Big Pharma, there is nothing left but for the people themselves to say No!

  • Mike

    Another prisoner of war is sad. But let’s be clear, I agree there’s victory here. Mr. Paul has done his part for now. He needs the support of his community and beyond.

    His conviction and those of others from now on should continue to act as a focus of resistance. Likewise, jury nullification as a tactic is something that needs to be considered by activists in every community. Here at the tipping point, deadender resistance to ending the war on marijuana is likely to continue. Given our justice system is dependent on consent of the governed, once it becomes clear that a jury trial is likely become a ticket to freedom, rather than a rubberstamp conviction, it doesn’t matter if the political class doesn’t change the laws — they simply become ineffective and enforcement will be abandoned.

    • IQTech52

      There are members of law enforcement who have already started to side against

      marijuana laws as pointless and unenforceable.
      Unfortunately, police unions, prison unions, private prison corporations, alcohol and beer companies, pharmaceutical companies and lobbyists all have a huge stake in keeping it illegal. It is an uphill battle.

      • Mike

        Yes, it’s a numbers game. Their money versus our numbers. Desire for the enforcement of marijuana prohibition has been a minority position for some time now. The forces of freedom need to step up their game, because rabid dogs are always most dangerous once cornered.

        Coincidentally, I received my call to jury duty in the mail Saturday. This should be interesting…@/<<
        Don't ever miss opportunities like this, folks :)

  • John Padgett

    While they lock us up for hamless herb, meanwhile in middle east…

  • William Perry

    Cannabis, as well as drug prohibition in general, is the last holdout of the nation’s channel legacy of racism and intolerance. The sooner people realize that these laws of operation were not conceived out of concern for public health, the sooner we can correct the injustices and move forward as a society.

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