Police Issue Citations, Make No Arrests at Recent Marijuana Legalization Protest

The marijuana menace apparently has not yet been eradicated from out fair city. On Sunday, radical group of protestors, united under the “Smoke Down Prohibition” banner, marched from LOVE Park to Independence National Historical Park for a moment of so-called “cannabis reflection” at 4:20. But don’t be fooled: These folks were doing marijuanas.

Organized by Ed Forchion, popularly known as “NJ Weedman,” the Panic Hour, this past Smoke Down Prohibition was the sixth in a series; a previous protest netted several notable arrests about a month ago. But the righteous whip of the Drug War hasn’t deterred these dopers, and at this demonstration police merely ticketed seven attendees. Oddly enough, though, there have been no reports of insanity or lawless violence at the hands of the loco weed, but give it time. There is, after all, a good reason why marijuana is illegal. Right? [Philly.com]

UPDATE: Ed Forchion did not organize the event, he merely promoted it as indicated in the comment thread below.

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  • Rachael Friedmann

    It’s called “Smoke Down Prohibition”, three words. This protest was solely organized by The Panic Hour, a group of activists and entertainers, with some support from PhillyNORML. NJ Weedman is not an organizer but he did promote the event within his own circles. Please check your facts before publishing.

    • Guest

      this information is clear in the Facebook event linked in this article.

      • Rachael Friedmann

        not sure why i couldn’t delete the above comment..i tried and it turned into a guest comment

    • Rachael Friedmann

      the Facebook event linked in this article was actually discarded by its owners and it was a rally held in DC at the beginning of June. It’s remarkable how that discarded event was dug up to be linked to this article. the actual event link for Smoke Down Prohibition VI, in Philly, held yesterday is: https://www.facebook.com/events/630926430268289/

  • John H Johnson III

    This article can’t be serious reporting. Please tell me this is sarcasm. Calling him an menace when all of his protest have been nonviolent is defamation. The reason why “marijuana” or cannabis is illegal because Harry Anslinger or nation’s first drug czar who said such racist statements like “marijuana makes white women want to seek relations with negroes,” really wanted to protect his uncle in-law’s oil corporations and other investments in the news paper industry, textile and pharmaceutical industries. The lie that cannabis kills brain cells, makes you forgetful or make you crazy stems from lies tolds on that era. It has the opposite affect, it grows brain cells and it keeps you calm. This is why all the protest are peaceful. Please delete or rewrite the article. From the words of Francis Young DEA Administrative Law Judge 1988 – “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.”

    • Rachael Friedmann

      I’m pretty sure it’s a sarcastic article, which is about as professional as his fact-checking skills.

      • John H Johnson III

        Jeez I hope so

    • Duncan20903

      One of the saddest things to come about because of the idiocy of cannabis and (some) drugs prohibition is the death of the arts of sarcasm & parody.

      It’s just not possible to be more absurd than the prohibitionist parasites and their sycophants. It’s actually been codified in Poe’s Law, which says that “that without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.”

      • John H Johnson III

        Wow, very well said. I was trying to be as careful even myself in my reply because you really can’t tell if this guy is serious or not. The only thing you can obviously tell is that he needs to do some much needed research on the War on Drugs. Cheers

    • Nick Vadala

      This is indeed sarcasm. Please go back and read my marijuana-related posts.

  • Robert Edward Njweedman Forchi

    I looked at his mistake as just that but – just to be clear (xxxxxx) – I never once said I organized this event. And i didn’t talk to any reporter from this magazine – Factually: I
    purposely don’t organize anymore I found it to be a thankless job and people get possessive of ideas. But your right I did HELP promote – I promote things I agree with I talked about that with POE months ago. (my own circles? – You mean potsmokers?)

    But PLEASE READ THIS……….I can see how the author confused that fact – I started smoking at the BELL in the 90’s as a public ACT of civil disobedience – and then I held monthly “smoke outs” in the exact same spot upon being released from prison on a weed charge in 2002-2003, they were widely reported on (google it) but lightly attended (public opinion has really changed) – a few times since then I’d go out there with a few people on 4/20/2004 -05-06-11-12) and random other occasions over the years (all documented on the Internet) Colleen Begley, Rob Dougherty and the orginal members
    of PhillyNORML.

    There is video and internet documents were I called for “OCCUPYING Independence park” with potheads smoking and calling for the park to be renamed “PEACE POT PARK”.( Ill send u links/videos if you want)

    So Last winter I got a call from Colleen Begley that she and Chris Goldstein were going to revive the monthly smoke outs and invited me – I didnt BITCH that it was “MINE” – I was in
    California and couldn’t attend but I loved the idea – I thought great maybe the vision of hundreds of people in the park wasn’t so visionary after all – it was happening. GREAT!

    In jan I was invited again by members of Phillynorml – at that time i still never even heard of the PanicHour – I was going to go but “unfortunately” i was jailed until March 14th – I was happy to go on March 18th three days after I got out of JAIL thou and that’s when I heard of the Panic Hour and the protest was now called a “smoke down” – I didnt care one bit!

    I was all for it. – NEVER did i claim ownership or anything near it……….not once!

    In all the reading Ive done about the founding fathers of this country – i never read that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,Sam Adams or the dozens of other signers of the declaration ever claimed the “idea – that era’s social movement as their own”. It would seem ridiculous if they HAD thus I likewise don’t claim ownership of any aspect of this movement – this “reefer revolution”. BUT i’ve been told several times recently in connection with this is event its “OURS” -“its mine” – lol lol – im to OLD and disinterested in getting into a pissing contest with kids to respond.

    BUT …….. In my mind this is a social movement and i’m happy to help promote “IT”. — BUT someone lol will really get pissed if they read what the WASHINGTON TIMES WROTE last month – ( http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/urban-game-changer/2013/may/20/has-adam-kokesh-been-kidnapped-feds-alex-jones-tel/ ) – In 2003, Edward Forchion, known to many as NJWEEDMAN,
    originated what is becoming a regular urban community event called
    Smoke Down Prohibition. Encouraging people to smoke marijuana in public
    to agitate, Smoke Down Prohibition aims to legalize marijuana.

  • Robert Edward Njweedman Forchi

    NICK — fix the typo please “Im not a organizer of this event” and then delete my comment too if you can. – PEACE

    • Nick Vadala

      Ed! Sorry about that man, fixing now.

      • NJweedman

        No Need to be sorry – I didn’t take issue with it ( I just saw this is google search )

  • An important feature of prohibitionism (which it closely shares with fascism) is totalitarianism. That means: a police state apparatus; widespread surveillance, arbitrary imprisonment or even murder of political opponents, mass-incarceration, torture, etc.

    Like despicable, playground bullies, prohibitionists are vicious one moment, then full of self-pity the next. They whine and whinge like lying, spoilt brats, claiming they just want to “save the little children”, but the moment they feel it safe to do so, they use brute force and savage brutality against those they claim to be defending.

    Prohibitionists actually believe that they can transcend human nature and produce a better world. They allow only one doctrine, an impossible-to-obtain drug-free world. All forms of dissent, be they common-sense, scientific, constitutional, or democratic, are simply ignored, and their proponents vehemently persecuted.

    During alcohol prohibition (1919-1933), all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. While battling over turf, young men died on inner-city streets. Corruption in Law Enforcement and the Judiciary went clean off the scale. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have been far more wisely allocated. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally, in 1929, the economy collapsed. Does that sound familiar?

  • justin