Keene State College Students Appreciate Hassan Confrontation

Keene Cannabis Coalition

Keene Cannabis Coalition

Yesterday, the Keene Cannabis Coalition released a public statement supporting Rich Paul and I in our confronting of Maggie Hassan this weekend at the Keene State College graduation. The students said:

thank you for coming to graduation commencement and asking Governor Hassan the tough questions that need to be asked, we applaud you for taking advantage of this unique situation when we were unable to because of the hectic schedule us students were following.

We of course had no intention to disrupt the ceremony for the students, and for the most part, students were not around Maggie Hassan. She was at the back of the procession; the students were at the front. When she got too close to the ceremony, we ended our confrontation.

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17 Comments

  1. I disagree. From what I saw on news media and youtube, not too mention students who were graduating,  Your presences was not appreciated. Matt Phillips got into a fight and lost, The freekeeners were asked to leave. I don’t believe this was a very good idea to raise support for your cause. The majority of the people at the college were graduating. To interrupt proceedings was not mature.

  2. Jumping Jacks It’s funny that you say “mature” as if we are playing a child’s game here.  This is very, very serious.  People’s lives are being destroyed every single day over the war on drugs.  People are being killed.  People are being imprisoned.  If you think that taking 5 minutes, even out of an important event, to make people aware of that is bad, I don’t understand your thinking.  Ruin five minutes vs ruin a life.  I know which I would choose.

  3. RichPaul Jumping Jacks You are playing a child’s game. People have the choice of not taking illegal drugs or taking them. You know the consequences for taking illegal drugs. 

    I suggest you read my posts about Governor Hassan in freekene’s previous article and you will see how people stand. The choice of “crashing” the graduation ceremony is childish. That day was not about you and your cause. It was about people who have spent a couple of years getting their degree. While they were improving themselves getting a degree, do you really think they cared if pot was legal or not?  A lot of these young people are going on with their careers and those that get jobs in their fields will have to pass drug tests to keep their jobs. You and your friends have again, blown it.

    Are those your statements? Do you honestly think you have any kind of chance to have a dialog with the Governor when you are making threats. Do you really expect to be taken seriously when you write these things on a public forum? Hassan already signed a medical marijuana law. I recall activists wanting medical marijuana available. Now it is.

    Everything you do in life is your choice. You are trying to make excuses for your inappropriate behaviors. When they are your behaviors.

  4. Jumping Jacks Can you provide links to news coverage that mentioned this? Thanks.

  5. Jumping Jacks “Your presences was not appreciated.”
    Everyone always wants to speak for everyone else. This isn’t possible. Some people appreciated their challenges; some people didn’t.

  6. SnowDog2003 Jumping Jacks I suggest you speak to those who were attending the graduation.

  7. Jumping Jacks lol, only SFK – thanks for that.

  8. Jumping Jacks SnowDog2003 I assume you have talked to EVERYONE who attended the graduation?  Because although I have spoken to those who did not appreciate our presence, and of course some will not, especially those that disagree, This is a controversial issue.  I have also spoken to those who greatly appreciated our presence, though they were not aware of us until they saw the video, since we stayed well away from the ceremony.

  9. Jumping Jacks RichPaul I think our actions were the best use of the resources we had at hand, for a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I’m sure that Maggie will be more careful in avoiding constituents in the future, and she’s pretty good at avoiding her “bosses”.  But if you have suggestions as to more effective ways to get our message across, I will certainly consider adding them to our arsenal.  My interest is in minimizing the epidemic of death and destruction that is the War On Drugs, and to make people aware that people are having their doors kicked in, their pets killed, their families terrorized, and that some are having their lives taken from them and destroyed by the state.  Unless, of course, they are politically connected.  How would you get this message across to people who are unaware of the brutal massacre being waged upton pot smokers, and the destructive impact that this massacre has on the rest of the nation?

  10. RichPaul Jumping Jacks SnowDog2003 You said, ” I have spoken to those who did not appreciate our presence, and of course some will not, especially those that disagree”. This had nothing to do with anyone that disagreed for your cause. This was a graduation ceremony. I’m sure no one had decriminalization of marijuana on their minds on graduation day.

    Your video didn’t show you talking to anyone that “greatly appreciated our presence” What I saw was a number of people asking you to leave while you shouted insults at Governor Hassan. You and Ian didn’t express any information that would have changed her decision. You pointed fingers and shouted insults. In the end, you were told to leave campus by security. Security said they were told by the higher ups that you must leave.

    Regarding your statements of losing a year in your life because you smoked weed and got caught is your own fault. You knew the consequences of your actions. You can’t call it medicine because you don’t have a Dr.’s prescription for it.

    My niece graduated that day. When I went to my brother’s house the 35 people who came to the party were not in agreement of what you two did at the ceremony.  My brother was very angry about it as well as the guests. 

    Sorry, but what you did was immature, had no relevance to anything, and you made more enemies than friends.

  11. Jumping Jacks RichPaul SnowDog2003 Those who appreciated our presence would be unlikely to interrupt us as we got our message out.  I know that the Keene Cannabis Coalition appreciated our presence, and that at least one of them was graduating that day.  They are a student group at KSC.  The are the subject of this post.  Did you read this article?

  12. Jumping Jacks RichPaul SnowDog2003 And to say that one’s being arrested when he has not harmed anyone is “his own fault” is like saying “If you’re walking through Detroit, and you get robbed, it’s your own fault, you should not have been in Detroit”.  Though I am aware that there is a very large street gang called the Police that take a dim view of my behavior, that does not change the morality of the situation.  I had harmed nobody, and was harmed.  You’re engaged in victim blaming.

  13. RichPaul Jumping Jacks SnowDog2003 You didn’t “get a message out” You just shot insults at the governor. IF your message was “legit” She would have said something.

    You said, ”  I know that the Keene Cannabis Coalition appreciated our presence, and that at least one of them was graduating that day”.  I looked at their website and it’s a closed facebook site that only has about 20 people in it. They are not a recognized student group at KSC. It isn’t sanctioned by the college.

  14. RichPaul Jumping Jacks SnowDog2003 You said, ” And to say that one’s being arrested when he has not harmed anyone is “his own fault” is like saying “If you’re walking through Detroit, and you get robbed, it’s your own fault, you should not have been in Detroit”.  That is not a good analogy. It’s the user who decides to buy the drugs and use them. There are consequences for those actions. Just like driving on the other side of the road or driving DUI. Marijuana is a class 1 drug.

    You said, ” Though I am aware that there is a very large street gang called the Police that take a dim view of my behavior, that does not change the morality of the situation”. It’s not a morality issue and never has been. It is a social economic issue. It’s how much would it cost the taxpayer to clean up the mess of decriminalized drugs. Yes, there is a cost.

    As far as what the police think of you, It doesn’t matter. It has no bearing on keeping marijuana illegal. You are not a martyr.

    You said, ” I had harmed nobody, and was harmed”.  No, when you break the law, the DA decides what charges to bring. The DA represents the people. To  the city and state. You are harming the people when you break the law. You chose to break the law. You knew the consequences of your actions and claiming to be a victim doesn’t wash.

    You said, ” You’re engaged in victim blaming”. That is a desperate statement.  Again, you chose to break the law, you know what the consequences will be. Drug addicts are not victims. You are not a victim.

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