12/20/2012 – Over one hundred and fifty supporters gathered in Philadelphia on Saturday December 15th to call for the federal legalization of cannabis. “Smoke Down Prohibition” was organized by a local comedy activism crew The Panic Hour and supported by PhillyNORML. The event took place in front of Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell.
Speakers included: N.A. Poe and Steve Miller-Miller from The Panic Hour; Adam Kokesh from AdamvsTheMan; Ken Wolski from The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey (CMMNJ); Vanessa Waltz medical marijuana patient; and yours truly from Freedomisgreen.com and PhillyNORML.
At 4:20PM most of the crowd participated in civil disobedience by smoking cannabis until 4:30PM.
Although there was presence of Philadelphia Police and National Park Police, there was no interference of the protest: No arrests or citations took place at the event.
A 48foot by 14foot banner asking to “Legalize Medical Marijuana” from Robert Platshorn at The Silver Tour was rolled out with passing cars and even SEPTA buses honking their support.
Many of the participants called specifically on President Obama to end federal marijuana prohibition.