Saturday, September 26, 2009

College Town Protest in New Hampshire

Though not exactly breaking news, yet I hope you'll find these photos and captions interesting. I had a blast taking them, talking to people and otherwise cavorting with college students on Central Square in Keene, where a sizable group of people showed up to protest current marijuana laws and calling for legalization and protection from a police state. 

Early arrivals

An anarchis arrived to much cheering and greeting from the band

Ms. Anarchist?
(I'm not sure but she and I had a bit of a chat. She asked if I was protesting the protesters. Which I found terribly offensive ;-)  Me, protest a demonstration? I don't know what she was thinking, except that she probably thinks she and her friends invented this sort of thing just last year! ;-)  She was very sweet.

They may have something there, huh?

This fellow rapidly posed for me. I don't know the character. Do you?

This is a little more American over here.

There were many people lighting up and a few were trying to pass pipes and joints around. Most people I heard declined, but there were little clusters of youngsters smoking and laughing and chatting. One scene in this street performance involved two men who were lighting up pipes and a cop that stood very close to them, staring them down. Yet, they weren't arrested.

Wholesome looking boy, I thought to myself.

Legalize Freedom 
(it's kind of hard to make it out)

This man, I was told, is one of the main organizers of these daily protests...

Yes, must be!

 If you read the little newsclip I've linked to from last Thursday, there had not yet been any arrests. I'm interested to see how this all turns out. One of the themes that was coming through the megaphone was hassling law-abiding, peaceful people.

If you take into account the penalties for possession of marijuana in New Hampshire, you might agree these people have a point. The state recently rejected legislation aimed at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, similar to what we now have in Massachusetts.


  1. That character that you don't know is V he is a repersentation of Guy Fawks.

    About Guy Fawks

    About V

  2. We had a step backwards regarding the status of Cannabis here despite medical advice. Personally I wouldn't get worried about posession of small amounts of the stuff. After all how many marijuana related cases of wife violence have there been?

    On the other hand if it makes someone laugh at Dharma and Greg and eat low quality pizza....

    Guy Fawkes was part of teh Gunpowder Plot of 1605. A group of catholics tried to blow up King James I & VI while he was addressing Parliament. (James I & VI as he was the first James to ruele England but teh sixth to rule Scotland.. he was the first monarch to rule both countries)

    The mask was made popular by the film V for Vendetta

  3. If Big Pharma could patent pot, it would be legal. I'm so tired of the War on Some Drugs.

  4. I just read that the man who was arrested on Saturday was released on a $1,000 PR bail.

  5. Ma, you've GOT to see V for Vendetta since apparently you haven't! I only saw it recently oddly, despite everyone hounding me about how I'd love it since the second it first came out. You'd love it.

  6. Supergirl! You've made my day by commenting here. It's been two days since we've spoken and that is much too long. I miss you so much, I can't think straight. :-(


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