Mayoral Candidate Nobody Announces 10th Anniversary 420 Rally at Central Square on 9/28 at 4:20pm

Guy Fawkes Mask Cannabis

It’s 420 at 4:20pm Saturday 9/28 at Keene’s Central Square!

Ten years ago, in September of 2009, a group of liberty activists and NH natives made history by gathering every day in Keene’s Central Square at 4:20pm to smoke cannabis in an act of mass civil disobedience protesting New Hampshire’s insane drug prohibition. You can watch a bunch of videos of it here. The group grew larger as the days went by to where, at its peak, there were at least 130 people in the tiny little common in the heart of Downtown Keene. The Keene police were unsure of how to handle the situation after a couple of arrests they made at the rallies resulted in a bunch of protestors smoking cannabis inside the police station lobby!

After that, the police simply ignored the ongoing civil disobedience, publicly stating that they investigated and had found no one was smoking – which was a lie. The historic events garnered local and even international headlines and most importantly got a conversation started among the community about ending cannabis prohibition.

Eventually, the weather got too cold for most to bear, but the following spring, the daily rallies returned! Over time, people went back to their regular lives and the rallies continued yearly at the Concord, NH state house steps. We’d won the territory of Central Square and had essentially turned Keene’s little town common into a demilitarized zone where cannabis prohibition was not enforced!

Now, Keene’s mayoral candidate Nobody, the man formerly known as Rich Paul who created and led the original 420 rallies in Keene, has announced a special ten-year anniversary smoke out will occur this Saturday, September 28th at 4:20pm, at Keene’s Central Square. Nobody will address the rally and it will likely feature other speakers. Here’s an excerpt from Nobody’s official announcement as posted on his campaign website, ElectNobody.com:

420 Rally Meets Pumpkinfest 2009

420 Rally Meets Pumpkinfest 2009

We have made a lot of progress in 10 years, but we have a long way left to go. We have gained medical, we have gained decriminalization, we have, most recently, loosened the cruel and pointless constraints on medical marijuana. Most importantly, we have won the hearts and minds of the people but we are not done. We must serve notice that the people will not be satisfied until the crime against humanity that is the “war on drugs” is over and those responsible brought to justice, or at least to peace.

Cannabis users are not disposable people. Whether we use it for medical, spiritual, or recreational purposes, we retain our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, even if we seek that happiness through unapproved chemical means.

Nobody has invited people to bring cannabis to smoke and share, though in case of a police crackdown, avoid having over three quarters of an ounce, since that is the decrim limit in New Hampshire. As of 2017’s overwhelmingly passed slight decriminalization, possession of under 21 grams of cannabis or five grams of concentrate will only net the first time offender a $100 ticket. Whereas previously it would have been a misdemeanor arrest. So, now the risk to participants at 420 rallies is lower than ever.

However, if the police do show up to attempt to confiscate your cannabis and you end up with a ticket, I highly suggest you don’t take the plea deal! Take the ticket to trial and make them work to get their conviction, and even when you’re found guilty, refuse to pay the fine and instead do community service. Or just sit in jail for a day, since NH allows you to sit off fines at $150 a day. Whatever you do, don’t pay the fine, as that only encourages them to target peaceful cannabis users for fundraising purposes. If the police know they can’t get money out of people for cannabis “violations” and the police’s victims will instead clog up the courts via their right to trial, the cops may just stop ticketing people for cannabis entirely.

I look forward to seeing you out this Saturday, 9/28 at 4:20pm on Keene’s Central Square for the return of the 420 celebration rallies! If it goes well, we might even come back the next day…

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15 Comments

  1. You made a lot of progress over 10 years? What progress? What can you really link yourself to a success? All this is, is a excuse to get wasted and support your local drug dealer. Yes, marijuana was been decriminalized in some states. No, it is still an illegal drug and should you get busted with more then what the state law says, you can still be sent to prison.

    This so called candidate for mayor is a living example of what happens when your brain is 90% bong resin and malted hops. In other words, damaged.

  2. Wow Jacks, you sure know a lot about progressiving and decriminaling and candidating and stuff. Maybe you should move back to Keene and run for mayor? You can change things back to the way things used to be if you win.

  3. “You made a lot of progress over 10 years? What progress?”

    Lets see- for all practical purpose mere possession of consumer levels of cannabis has been decriminalized. They aren’t locking people in cages no more within the state of NH which is what this movement was about. We weren’t ever concerned about other states and to construe that we were is manipulating reality to suite your warped perspective. And yes- this was in big part the result of Nobody leading a revolution.

    “No, it is still an illegal drug and should you get busted with more then what the state law says, you can still be sent to prison.”

    Jacks – you clearly don’t understand how the system works. The feds don’t have the resources to go after small time cannabis smokers. They only ever focused on the international trade. It was the states that would partake in the crackdown under state laws mostly which resulted in a significant incarcerated population. While the federal government is more scary to run against because they place significant resources to target a small selection of significant players they didn’t have the greatest impact on the cannabis smoking population. In the case of cannabis prohibition it doesn’t really work without the support of the states and so at least on this issue the federal government has failed.

    While I can’t speak to the Drug Enforcement Agency or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, specifically targeting the drug trade I can speak in regards to the FBI and other financial crime matters.The reality of the situation jacks is that the FBI doesn’t go after small time crime and what is meant by that is individual crimes that net less then $3 million-ish in proceeds.

    Now I know you can find some exceptions- like that time a criminal gang defrauded a payment card business and withdrew a million dollars in cash from ATMs around the world within a couple hours- but that is one of the few exceptions. Thus the smarter big time criminals keep the individual crimes to a smaller dollar amount as to not attract the FBI’s attention. They’ll do a million here and million there but no one crime will net more than a million. Or something around that number. This is why it was bizarre that the FBI would get involved in investigating Nobody. It was a red hearing that the crime wasn’t the thing that interested the FBI. It was the politics. If Nobody and his friends were supporting the status quo the FBI wouldn’t have bothered targeting him. The state might have- but not the FBI. In some respects the war has not been won as the state will still harass dealers. However the battles are many and we are on the winning side here.

  4. Well said, kk. Boy, I can’t wait to read some more of Jacks’s canned responses to this. Have any guesses as to which one he’ll use next? I’ve noticed that he hasn’t tried the “your rants and raves fall on deaf ears” retort in a while. I don’t know about you, but that’s the one I’m betting on!

  5. “Lets see- for all practical purpose mere possession of consumer levels of cannabis has been decriminalized”. And how is this little get together responsible for that?
    Regarding the FBI ATF law enforcement, the money that is confiscated typically goes back into the law enforcement budget for weapons, other equipment, ect…

    “This is why it was bizarre that the FBI would get involved in investigating Nobody. It was a red hearing that the crime wasn’t the thing that interested the FBI. It was the politics. If Nobody and his friends were supporting the status quo the FBI wouldn’t have bothered targeting him”. Your mayoral candidate has felonies after his name. and a massive arrest record. He chose to grow marijuana and since he seems to have the reputation of “giving” away or selling his cannabis, yes, the FBI are going to investigate. No one wants a drug dealer living in their town.

    “However the battles are many and we are on the winning side here”. Describe “winning side” Nothing has really happened. Marijuana is still a controlled substance that is illegal in all 50 states. Yes, a small amount of it is decriminalized but the government still tells you how much you can have. Nothing has changed.

  6. But things have changed, Jacks my love. Decriminalization of an act that could once land you in prison is the very definition of change, isn’t it? Why is admitting something like this so tough for you, snookums?

  7. ” yes, the FBI are going to investigate. No one wants a drug dealer living in their town.”

    Your a retard. The FBI does not investigate small time drug dealers. That is state law enforcement job.

    “Yes, a small amount of it is decriminalized but the government still tells you how much you can have. Nothing has changed.”

    Wow jacks- your contradicting yourself. Claim nothing has changed immediately after you say they now allow a small amount. How is that not a HUGE change? Almost all arrests are for small amounts of cannabis by the state. Not the federal government.

  8. It’s highly debatable if there are any Controlled drugs in NH, since the laws under 318-B were never enacted, due to bureaucrat incompetence in promulgating their own decrees. Of course “the state” doesn’t want you to know that and will instruct their judges to work with prosecutors to shut this down.

    Legally speaking though, it’s an on record fact that, “no local (NH) controlled drug schedule” exists…at least prior to 2011 anyway and very likely even now.

    What is not debatable is controlling another persons body, without their permission is the real crime.

    It’s also a self evident fact that any NH cops who arrest or cite anybody would have to admit on a witness stand that the organization they work for, “The State of New Hampshire” gains revenue thru “a federal crime” via their medical marijuana program. That means cops are agents of a federal crime committing organization (gasp) and their testimony is suspect. Not to mention their pay, at least in part, by virtue of it coming from NH “revenue” is derived from federal crime activities.

    Oh what fun could be had!

  9. “The FBI does not investigate small time drug dealers. That is [a] state law enforcement job.”

    Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true, kk. Rich Paul could talk your ear off about all of that.

  10. kk – Again you start with the name calling. That shows how immature you are and you have real argument for this conversation.

  11. kk – I forgot to add. There aren’t half as many Dr.’s prescribing marijuana as you may think. The revenue NH gets from that type of program is minimal at best.

  12. C’mon Jacks! You also forgot to tell kk that his rants and raves have fallen on deaf ears! I shouldn’t have to keep reminding you about these sorts of things, now should I?

  13. “Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true, kk. Rich Paul could talk your ear off about all of that.”

    It is true. The FBI doesn’t investigate small time shit. It never has. It deals with interstate matters. This is one of the reasons it was bizarre for the FBI to be involved in Rich Paul’s case. But the real reason was obvious.

  14. Indeed. The FBI’s role in interstate matters is well-known. As is its less-popular function of spying, particularly on American citizens. But that’s precisely my point, kk. Free Keene consists of a dozen or so non-violent civil-disobedience activists. Wasting investigator resources on these guys is the very definition of “small-time shit,” don’t you think?

  15. i wondered if alot of people went…im imaginging there weren’t alot

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