Medical marijuana patient busted in Washington DC

Ed Forchion, aka "The New Jersey Weedman" and his friend Daniel Price, who both have medical marijuana licenses, attempted to go to Washington D.C. where Forchion would be speaking at an event. While going through a security checkpoint, Price was detained for bringing his medical marijuana onto federal property where it is illegal to possess. Forchion gave us this statement afterwards:

"This is a example of The irrational war on drugs at its finest - here on the lawn of our capital citizens arrested and persecuted for a plant! This is the reason we now lead the world in the imprisoned we are not the bastion of a Freedom we once were - Return freedom to America / End the drug war."

The police banned him from the event but they let him go!

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  1. So let me get this straight.

    Two men from a part of the country where medical marijuana is legal travel to a part where it isn't legal and get arrested under the local laws. How is this different that any other case of illegally transporting something over state lines?

    The two are licensed medical marijuana sellers - shouldn't they have been aware of the legal situation surrounding their own product?

    The two were apparently headed to a speaking event - why exactly did they have their medical marijuana with them on this trip?

    And that pull quote!

    This is an example of the irrational war on drugs at its finest - here on the lawn of our capital citizens arrested and persecuted for a plant! This is the reason we now lead the world in the imprisoned we are not the bastion of a Freedom we once were - Return freedom to America / End the drug war.

    He's quite right about the fact that we incarcerate way too many people, and that a vast majority of them are senseless charges for possession of minor amounts of marijuana, but that doesn't mean you don't still have to be aware of and obey the laws as they currently stand regarding marijuana until decriminalization actually takes place.

    And what is that nonsense complaint about "citizens arrested and persecuted for a plant"? We have plenty of state and federal laws and regulations about transporting various plants and animals across state lines, yet he doesn't seem to be complaining about them, oddly.

    Also interesting that apparently being arrested for breaking the law now constitutes "persecution"? Will the courts that try his case be guilty of "tyranny"? If he goes to jail, is that "oppression"? Is the entire legal system "literally operated by terrorists" these days?

    Wait, what's that? He was only detained? For trying to bring a locally illegal drug through a security checkpoint? And he's raising this huge stink about it?

    Christ, what an asshole.

  2. You left out the Nazis. Definitely needs more Nazis.

    Actually, I think his actions are pretty classic civil disobedience. The only shortcoming is his rhetoric is stuck in middle school - but stoners are like that.

  3. Usually, there is an actual reason why you can't transport one thing or another over state lines. Generally, that reason is to prevent invasive species. In the case of marijuana, I believe the reason for those laws were first passed was literally to keep negros and shifty mexicans from stealing our white women.

    I imagine the reason they brought it was to get arrested and draw attention to what is probably the greatest mass injustices in America. It is a pretty boringly common tactic when fighting unjust laws. It isn't like more words is going to fix a politician who thinks it is a-okay to ruin millions of lives in the name of police budgets, keeping private slavor labor prisons full, or whatever inane reason helps them sleep at night. Nothing but pissed and angry constituents is going to fix the problem and make these conscienceless sociopaths stop brutalizing millions of Americans. Contrasting activist getting arrested while another state legalizes without instantly imploding or having all of their white women stolen is a worthwhile statement.

    No, you see, you actually don't have to obey the laws. You can actively break them to draw attention to the injustice. This is a pretty time honored tactic that Americans (among other people) have used to fight gross civil rights violations. I struggle to think of a larger and more obvious civil rights violation taking place right now than infinitely stupid 2nd round of prohibition (which is certainly more dumb than alcohol prohibition).

    Probably because those are just laws that attempt to stop invasive species, rather than the most common kludge used to beat the living shit out of vulnerable and poor people, fund police, funding private slave prisons, and fund brutal gang violence.

    Can you truly not see how being arrested for breaking an unjust law is not oppression or persecution? Were people who violated Jim Crow laws just a bunch of common criminals and not brutalised and oppressed people being persecuted by the state? If it was the 60's would you be giving us a "no shit, of course those black folks sitting in a white dinner were arrested, what is there problem?" bullshit argument?

    So you are telling me that the law is so stupid and obviously not facilitating the public good that they are embarrassed to enforce it when it isn't a black teenager getting a stop and frisked by a NYC cop? Are you suggesting that marijuana DOESN'T result in our white women being stolen by negros? If that is what you are saying you better call you senator quick!

    People should scream at the top of their lungs to end prohibition. Nothing but constant shouting is going to end this over half century of brutal and unfathomable injustice. Since the inception of these laws tens, if not hundreds of millions of Americans have had their lives ruined either directly or indirectly. Hell, every American has payed the price in increased gang funding and police costs. People committing public acts of civil disobedience, as this clearly was, are heroes trying to right one the largest injustices in American history. If you can't see the destruction of so many lives and be horrified and want to stop it NOW, you have a disturbing lack of empathy.

  4. To play advocate here, I think there is more that's being highlighted than just the matter of knowing state law. Medical marijuana is legal in DC. It's unclear from the original article whether the person detained had a mm license that would have been valid in DC, but either way the reason he was arrested was apparently because the event was on federal property and the check point was manned by federal agents. It's this dichotomy that is really the issue; the federal government isn't following the state law in which they are acting. And in a place like DC, that means literally on the sidewalk one place it's legal, one foot in to a park it's a felony.

    If we stop thinking of marijuana as a drug and start thinking of it the way nearly half the states do, as a medicine, then the idea that a person might travel from one place where it's legal to another place that it's legal, and bring their medicine with them on a speaking engagement doesn't seem so ridiculous.

  5. Raoul says:

    I'll just point out that in most other civilized countries, police do not generally feel it necessary to force a person face down onto the ground with a knee in their back when that person is being compliant and (relatively) polite.

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