Philadelphia Marijuana Activists Charged with Federal Felonies for Peaceful Demonstration

For the past several months in Philadelphia, marijuana activists have been holding demonstrations dubbed “Smokedown Prohibition’s” on the grounds of Independence Hall, and at these events, hundreds of activists would spark up at 4:20 PM .  The response from Philadelphia Police and National Park authorities at the Smokedowns have been minimal.  Legally, the Philadelphia Police are not allowed to make arrests on the property because it’s owned by the federal government,but  last Saturday, event organizer and local comedian N.A. Poe and libertarian activist Adam Kokesh (who has actually attended all 5 events) were arrested by National Park Guards.  They were initially taken into federal custody without any charges, but earlier this afternoon,  Poe and Kokesh were charged with resisting arrest, interfering, and assault on a federal officer.  However the videos posted below show a different story.   We will be following the arrests.





Videos of both arrests

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