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Philly Smoke Down Prohibition Events

Philadelphia is the birthplace of freedom. At the very gate of that freedom, hundreds of activists have been assembling monthly in protest against the ludicrous drug war that has cost our society over a trillion dollars since the 60's and has destroyed countless lives due to harsh penalties for a victimless crime.

Smokedown Prohibition Events are coordinated by Philly NORML and The Panic Hour.


Smoke Down Prohibition VI

3:00 - Drug War Horror Tour of Philadelphia.

We will be touring by foot some of the establishments that are maintaining the insane drug war. Speakers, games and prizes have been assured and the 4:20 moment of reflection is still slated to go on at the Liberty Bell.

June, 30TH, 2013 --- 420 REFLECTION AT 4:20PM, HANGOUT TILL 5' ISH

RSVP at the Facebook Page Link above! Smoke Down Prohibition V will include speakers such as:


UPDATE, 5/23/2013 -"Released 130524 with felony charges reduced to citations

which I refused to sign. Played hardball. Won. Talk to you Monday." ~Adam Kokesh

UPDATE, 5/23/2013 - "This just in - our prophet and savior, man of the people, N.A. Poe has been blessed by Justice the Guardian of Liberty and is being released shortly on ROR. Praise to Jah." ~The Panic Hour

"Kokesh is refusing to give his address, so he's staying in jail for now." ~ James Babb, Activist and noted FIJA Supporter

Adam Kokesh displaying what's imagined to be .02% of his arsenal

According to sources at the Federal Detention Center at 700 Arch Street in Philadelphia where N.A. Poe and Adam Kokesh have been kept since the 18th, Adam Kokesh will remain imprisoned on the grounds of non-compliance as he has yet to release his address in Pretrial Questioning.

N.A. Poe Released on Recognizance, 5/23/2013

On a brighter note, N.A. Poe of the Panic Hour will be Released on Recognizance shortly, as said on the Panic Hour's Facebook page.

UPDATE, 5/20/2013 -

The latest from Chris Goldstein: press spokeswoman at US Attys Office (prosecutor in case) says charges will be filed at initial hearing 1:30PM [5th Floor MAGISTRATE COURT room either 5A or 5B]
note: this will be open to the public but you must be dressed for court

UPDATE, 5/19/2013 - NA Poe and Adam Kokesh have been arrested and brought to the Federal Building at 700 Arch Street. Several others were arrested through the course of the event including individuals handing out fliers on ending the Fed! Most speakers were able to say their piece prior to 4:20pm, which is when, during the moment of marijuana reflection, Adam Kokesh was gripped up by grimy, pea-brained authoritarians drunk on power. Adam had not even lit or smoked a joint of his own - he was simply targeted because he is a controversial radio/ Podcast host with plans to conduct an armed march on Washington DC in peaceful protest of the assaults on our 2nd Amendment rights.

NA Poe reportedly "shoved" a Federal officer though witness accounts vary. Poe was abruptly shoved to the ground and held by many officers. He was held for a couple of minutes under the weight of at least two arresting officers, then he was escorted away to the "base of operations" where the Park Rangers had amassed to observe the event.

Crowds boo'ed, chanted and video recorded the entire time, ensuring that the actions of the officers and the Police Chiefs on scene would be seen by all across the nation. NORML Philly organizers remain free. They have begun solidarity movements at the Federal Building both the evening after Smoke Down and also the day after, (5-19-13) protesting the arrests.

Video will be up shortly - check back for details.

Diane Fornbacher

Attorney Richard B. MacDonald

Connie Guy

- "NJ Weedman", Ed Forchion

- Retired Philly Police Captain, Ray Lewis

- Mike Whiter, (veteran) of Pennsylvanian Veterans for Marijuana Legalization

Don DeZarn, Candidate for NJ Senate on the Libertarian Party Ticket

Kevin Clough, Executive Director of Philly NORML


1 comment:

  1. MY ONLY COMPLAINT IS - i was supposed to get on the mic just before 4:20 - don't know what happened ( Diane and i had the same time slot i guess ) - // but i'm glad i wasn't arrested because later i helped calm things down when there was about to be a violent confrontation between the police and about 20 young freedom fighters who didn't want to take it anymore.

    i think the event still went well - the police actions will bring renewed interest in this event. There are plenty of passive types who will cringe but they can stay in their closets anyway.

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