It’s been over a month since some local liars first posted libelous flyers all over downtown Keene. I responded to it when it first happened here on the blog. It’s by no means the first flyer attacking me ever posted in Keene, but it’s certainly the most sustained effort. Various locals have been removing the attack fliers when they see them.
Haters gonna hate, and lie.
Evidence online has pointed to certain people who call themselves “STOP FREE KEENE” as the perpetrators of the incessant-flyer-posting. While the people involved should be commended for their consistent effort, their “activism” here is little more than littering. It’d be one thing if they kept their postings to bulletin boards, where it could at least be argued that postings are welcome, though no good person wants libelous fliers posted on a corkboard they are in charge of.
Interestingly, my girlfriend Renee was told by someone calling themselves “Max Sand” recently on her radio show Anarchy After Dark, that the libel that the local haters used on their flyer was actually written by Max, an internet troll and fan of Chris Cantwell. SFK’s anonymous blogger has attacked Cantwell in the past, so it’s ironic that they’d use a Cantwell fan’s libelous attack against me in their flyer. Politics sure makes strange bedfellows.
Regardless, some locals are rightfully upset about the flyers littering the downtown that continue to reappear within a day or so of being removed. Here’s a letter to the editor of the Keene Sentinel by David Crawford that addresses the situation:
This letter is about the illegal flyers that have been put up and ripped down for over a month all over downtown Keene and elsewhere, and some that are currently up as this letter is written. (more…)
No longer in FBI custody.
It’s been just over a month since the FBI, state police, and Keene police raided the Free Talk Live and LRN.FM studio in a search for alleged child pornography. They confiscated dozens of storage devices and computers and though we don’t expect them to find any child porn, we also didn’t expect to get anything back anytime soon. Apparently these investigations can take months or as much as a year or more. (It took the DEA nine months to arrest the owners of Phat Stuff after their raid.)
However, in a pleasantly unexpected development, the FBI has returned the video camera I use to record court hearings and other various activism, the Canon HF-G30, when my attorney requested it!
When they were searching the house and found the camera, I asked them to google it to make sure it didn’t have any internal storage (it doesn’t), but they refused and confiscated it anyway. So, given how little they cared at the time, I didn’t expect to see it again for a year.
They were certainly not required to accede to the request, but they did. Thank you to the US attorney and FBI lead agent Scott Bailey. Hopefully this is the beginning of our vindication and a good sign for the return of our church’s equipment sooner rather than later.
Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest on the raid.
Randy Clemens and Ann Leverette Smoke Up at 4/20
This year’s seventh annual Concord 420 celebration on the state house steps attracted approximately 100 hardcore attendees who faced possible misdemeanor charges for possession of cannabis as they smoked in defiance of prohibition on Wednesday April 20th at 4:20pm.
Sadly, despite the NH house of representatives overwhelmingly passing cannabis decrim (again and again), yesterday the full NH senate killed the 2016 decrim bill 14-10.
Here is a list of the scumbag senators who voted to continue the insane war on cannabis in NH and continue locking peaceful cannabis users in cages:
|Sen. Regina Birdsell (r)
Sen. David Boutin (r)
Sen. Sharon Carson (r)
Sen. Sam Cataldo (r)
Sen. Gary Daniels (r)
Sen. Jeanie Forrester (r)
Sen. Gerald Little (r)
Sen. Chuck Morse (r)
Sen. Russell Prescott (r)
Sen. Nancy Stiles (r)
|Sen. Lou D’Allesandro (d)
Sen. Andrew Hosmer (d)
Sen. Betty Laske (d)
Sen. Donna Soucy (d)
Here’s what one of the prohibitionists, Sen. Gary Daniels, a Milford Republican, said to the Concord Monitor:
“We are in a war…The last thing we need is to tell our citizens that it’s okay to use a little marijuana or any other illegal substance.”
Hopefully these sociopaths will be ejected from their seats come this November when prohibitionist governor Maggie Hassan will also be replaced by someone hopefully better on this issue.
Stay tuned here to Free Keene for more media from the successful 420 event in Concord this week.
NH Cannabis Activists Hold the Historic Cannabis Torch
Yesterday dozens of cannabis freedom activists made history in Concord by participating in the first-ever passing of a huge cannabis torch on the beginning of its journey down the east coast of the United States, thanks to the East Coast Cannabis Coalition.
The torch, which looks like a big joint with real flame emanating from a gas tank it its tip, began its trip in Maine and will end in Miami. New Hampshire was its first symbolic passing, and as you’ll see from the hundreds of pictures linked below, everyone got a chance to take a symbolic toke!
Though the time of the event was “high noon”, dozens came out to attend! That should be a good indicator for the attendance of next week’s seventh-annual 4/20 event at the state house in Concord, which should be even better attended as this event was put together in a hurry.
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Darryl W Perry Takes a Rip
Join us to celebrate ending prohibition on Wednesday 4/20 at 4:20pm at the state house in Concord, NH! The following day on 4/21, please come to the NH senate chamber at the state house to see if they will approve cannabis decrim this year finally or once again kill it after the house of representatives overwhelmingly approved it.
Kudos to NH Hempfest‘s organizers Rick and Laurie as well as the Rebel Love Show for putting together such a successful event on short notice and good luck to the cannabis torch as it makes its way down the east coast to Miami.
Here are hundreds of photos from yesterday’s festivities:
What a great group!
Free Keene blogger Rob Mathias also grabbed this video.
Good news from the State House!
Lots of big news from the State House in Concord where state representatives have passed cannabis decrim (again), a new jury nullification bill, used heroin needle decriminalization, civil asset forfeiture reform and more! Here’s a handy summary of what happened in March thanks to the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance‘s political director and liberty-oriented state rep Keith Ammon:
- HB 1270 will require jurors in court cases to be clearly informed of their age-old right to vote according to their conscience and decide on the justness of a law as well as the facts in the case. This is known as “jury nullification.” The bill passed on a roll call vote with a significant margin.
- HB 1420 would have allowed law enforcement to access patients’ private health care information without a warrant from a court. The Health and Human Services Committee recommended that the bill pass 11 to 6. The full House overturned the recommendation and overwhelmingly killed the bill on a roll call vote.
- HB 1453 adds ulcerative colitis as an acceptable condition to receive medical cannabis. The HHS Committee recommendation was to kill the bill 9 to 6. The full House overturned the recommendation and passed the bill on a voice vote.
- HB 1631 reduces penalties for possession of cannabis. The Criminal Justice Committee wanted the bill killed but the full House overturned the recommendation and the bill overwhelmingly passed on a voice vote, to the consternation of the some in House leadership. When the voice vote passed with near unanimous “Yeas,” the House erupted in cheers. The Speaker scolded House Members for “showing emotion.”
NH House Passes Used Needle Decrim!
The House had another session day on March 23rd. In that session the House voted to pass several education bills that protect student privacy and parental rights (HB 1229, HB 1231, HB 1338) and voted down a bill that would have required 100% of charter school teachers be credentialed by the state (HB 1120). A bill that would have legalized the possession and cultivation of marijuana for personal use (HB 1610) was “laid upon the table”, a motion which effectively kills the bill.
The House passed a bill that puts more reasonable restrictions on civil asset forfeiture laws (HB 636). Civil asset forfeiture is a practice where the state can charge a person’s property with a crime, and the accused would have to prove the property wasn’t engaged in crime, turning “innocent until proven guilty” on its head. Another bill (HB 1681) passed which removes the criminal penalty for possessing a needle with an unusable amount of heroin or another drug. This reduction in penalty paves the way for private organizations to set up needle exchanges, to help reduce some of the harmful costs of the heroin public health crisis. The sharing of needles contributes to the spread of diseases such as hepatitis and HIV aids.
There’s always something exciting going on at the New Hampshire State House. Come out and get involved. Show your support with time, energy, or financial resources. We can make a significant impact if we work at it together.
Learn more and get involved at NHLiberty.org