Filed under: Concord, Personal Freedom, Politics, ToDo, Update, Victimless Crimes
Clayton Holton is at every cannabis hearing at the state house that he can physically bring himself to, which is no easy task. Clayton has muscular dystrophy and lost his ability to walk at age 13. He enters the hearing rooms in his motorized wheelchair and every time tells the politicians the same story. For a decade he has been doing this and this year it finally looked like headway was being made. However, the NH Senate gutted critical provisions that will likely mean imminent death for Clayton. He doesn’t have much longer left. He needs your help by signing this petition asking governor Maggie Hassan to get a clue and let patients grow their own cannabis and have an affirmative medical defense – both things stripped from the bill at the request of the morally-vacant NH law enforcement establishment.
Here’s the petition, and here are Clayton’s own words on why you should sign it:
Because my weight is down to 63 pounds, and there are many other patients like me who can’t afford to wait.
As a 28-year-old battling muscular dystrophy, I’ve been fighting for my life since I lost my ability to walk at age 13.
I know from personal experience that medical marijuana works for me, having spent a summer in California several years ago. In the months that I was able to use it legally, I gained more than 10 pounds and was able to stop taking prescription pain medicines altogether. There is no cure for my condition, but medical marijuana relieves my pain and stimulates my appetite, dramatically improving my quality of life when I’m able to use it. Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FACING 81 YEARS, RICH PAUL PLANNING TO APPEAL CONVICTIONS TO NH SUPREME COURT
Rich Paul, political activist and founder of the 420 Foundation, is seeking help to appeal the guilty verdict he received recently at Cheshire Superior Court in Keene, NH. Rich was on trial for selling marijuana to an undercover Drug Task Force informant. The drug sting was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and culminated with Rich Paul being asked to “cooperate” with the FBI in order to ensnare more local activists by wearing a wire into the Keene Activist Center.
The appeal will center around the recent New Hampshire State Law, HB 146, which affirms the legality of a jury to judge not just the case but the law itself. This ancient power of juries, called Jury Nullification, predates modern court systems as a part of common law. Judge John C. Kissinger refused to read jury instructions that included the jury nullification component. Mr. Paul has admitted to selling the marijuana and pursued a jury nullification defense only to be stymied by the Judge just before deliberations.
Should Mr. Paul succeed in his appeal it will help create a binding precedent allowing for all future jury instructions to include the jury nullification component. He hopes this will counteract the over-arching power that the State has in the courtroom and bring a more common-sense approach to trials. Mr. Paul has created no victims and should not be faced with 81 years in jail for selling a plant. He hopes to serve as an example for others ensnared by such tactics who also have acted peacefully and created no victims.
Justice is not cheap in America so a fundraiser has started to help hire a lawyer for the appeal. It is being coordinated online through a GoFund Me page and a facebook event. The tentative end date for the fundraiser is the day Mr. Paul will be sentenced, June 8th, 2013, allowing the lawyer hired to have a full month to prepare the appeal. Rich has taken up a tremendous challenge by fighting these charges through the court system rather than taking a plea deal. He is seeking the support of liberty lovers, believers in Jury Nullification, and opponents of prohibition. Contact his press agent James at (603) 209-9283 or jjschless@gmail.
Court of Record: Cheshire Superior Court, Keene, NH
Case Number: 12-cr-131
This press release was emailed to 657 reporters and news agencies on 5/24/2013 at 6:05pm – JJ
Filed under: Announcement, Court, Laugh at the Aggressors, Robin Hood, ToDo, Update
As you probably know, Keene’s heroic Robin Hooders have been sued by the “City of Keene” people and accused of harassing the meter maids. The Cheshire “Superior” Court sent notice of court date of June 10th at 9am. Here is a facebook event for the court date.
Please come out and support Keene’s Robin Hooders. You will also see the event on the Free Keene Calendar.
Filed under: Announcement, Court, Jailed Activist, ToDo, Update, Victimless Crimes
Please come support Rich Paul as he faces up to 81 years in prison for selling cannabis. You can join him on June 7th at 1:30pm at Cheshire “Superior” Court in Keene. Here’s a facebook event.
Also, please give to Rich’s appeal fundraiser. Details are here.
This past Saturday I was enjoying an nice afternoon going to yard sales in Keene. I do it both for enjoyment and as a source of income. Driving down Maple Avenue, I noticed a sign advertising one and decided to stop. For those that may not know, the City has recently repaving its roads and installing granite curbs in place of the old dirt shoulders. On this day the new curbs created a parking issue along this street, causing cars to somewhat block traffic because they were only able to park on a small strip of pavement on the side. The only other option would be to drive over the curb onto the side of the road, but you risk damaging your tires by doing so. I know someone who’s lost two bicycle tires by doing so.
About 10 cars were parked along the road this way at the time I was there. I parked and went to take a look at the goods being offered for sale. I ended up purchasing 3 music CD’s for $1, and started heading back to my truck. It was then I noticed a Parking Enforcement officer writing violations for these vehicles! Apparently Robin Hooding has been so successful in the Downtown area, the Enforcers have had to resort to finding more lucrative sources of revenue. We know they’ve been handing out more handicap parking tickets as an option, but now they’ve found more creative ways to harass people with fines.
Admittedly, I was kind of being an asshole by causing cars to slow down because of the way I was parked. I took a photo to document what was happening, and the Parking Enforcer started walking over to me looking like they were going to issue me a ticket. They were, however, nice enough to give me the option to move my vehicle. I did, and thanked them for doing so.
Is this a new trend of enforcement that Keene residents will have to put up with? Time will tell…
Day after day, I can feel the return of the rage and pain which were my constant companions until I started treating my depression with medical marijuana. For the first time in years, I truly felt the desire to die, the utter despair of full force depression. I thought that I was past it… I thought that the fight would be enough to foster my desire to live. I was wrong.
The paradox of my life is that the only anti-depressant which makes it bearable to be me is forbidden to me by law… If I make my life worth living by taking my medicine, the state will take my life from me, by imprisoning me, and will thereby deprive me of my medicine. That is what has happened to me now. I paid for my medicine by helping others get it.. and now the State in its infinite wisdom and compassion, has decided to make it impossible for me to get it.
If they insist on ruining our lives, why doesn’t the State just go whole hog and end them? Is one more recalcitrant slave worth what it costs to keep me locked up? I do not set my life at a pin’s fee… why should they?
Normally, when I had this kind of thought, I kept it to myself. I never wanted to risk incarceration by telling the truth. I guess that now, being incarcerated, I have nothing left to lose. If only the truth really had to power to set us free!
For those who suggest artificial, big pharma style anti-depressants, I suggest that you look into the recent mass shootings… every single one of them was carried out by a person on psych meds. No thanks, if I go out, I’ll do it alone. And having see one of my best friends die from Prozac, I suffer no illusions that it can’t happen to me. Prozac kills. Pot does not. Big Pharma must make a lot of politicians filthy rich to keep their poison legal while stealing the lives of those who choose natural alternatives.
The last irony I will point out is the irony of being in a state whose motto is “Live Free or Die”, but ill allow me neither option.
N10-1291 (Rich Paul)
The Concord Patch has the story about the weak medical cannabis bill that has passed the NH Senate. The bill is very restrictive and in no way, “live free or die”. But, I guess it’s a baby step in the right direction. Ugh, politics sucks.
Medical marijuana is a step closer to reality for people suffering from serious diseases and health problems in New Hampshire. The state Senate voted 18-6 on Thursday to pass a medical marijuana bill.
The bill is an amended version of the House-passed bill. If the House doesn’t concur with the changes, leadership in each chamber will pick members to sit on a committee of conference to iron out differences in the legislation. Read more
Filed under: Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, National, New Hampshire, News, Robin Hood, Update
Yesterday morning, I sat down with city attorney (or court jester to use the royal parlance) Thomas Mullins, who was responsible for signing the paperwork filing suit against the Merry (wo)Men allegedly associated with Robin Hood of Keene. I was trying to find out why I was named in a ‘harassment’ lawsuit along with five others. I came only to represent myself and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the city’s position is that the purpose of Robin Hood of Keene is to engage parking enforcement officers in psychological warfare. Mullins used the phrase “emotional violence” to describe Robin Hooding. “You want them to quit. Everybody wants them to quit,” Mullins asserted. “From our perspective, you’re trying to force the termination of these individuals by getting them to quit.”
It seems that city bureaucrats have some gross misconceptions about the goals of Robin Hood of Keene. Over the course of the meeting, there was no specific instance cited in which I had done anything to wrong parking enforcers. For this reason, I offered to agree continuing not to commit any crimes against parking enforcement and suggested others would likely do the same to bring about a mutually beneficial conclusion to the lawsuit. The city’s attorney wasn’t ready to put forward an agreement yet, but suggested that there will be discussion of such. Below is a transcript of the meeting constructed from memory and extensive written notes, as Mullins had refused to engage in dialogue if an objective record was to have been made. Read more
Recently I appeared on Fox News talking about Robin Hooding.
Here is the clip: Fox News Robin Hood
This letter arrived from Rich Paul today, and as much as it breaks my heart to read it and type it for him, it breaks him free to have a voice from the cage. Rich has been incarcerated since April 18th, 2013 waiting for sentencing on Friday June 7th, 2013.
“After my late girlfriend, Julie, died of cancer in 2002, I slipped into a deep depression. It worsened when the startup company I had spent 5 years building failed. By 2008, it had ended my career. I was no longer able to focus on my work; for a computer programmer like me, being unable to focus meant being unable to work. I also lost my ability to socialize. I had not dated since Julie’s death, and having moved, failed to make new friends. I wanted to die, but could not commit suicide, knowing how it would hurt my family. Read more