Activist Facing 81 Years Admits to Selling Pot, Seeks Jury Nullification

CANNABIS CULTURE – In a story that seems like a Hollywood screenplay, a political activist is making a stand against laws he feels are unjust. Rich Paul, the founder of the New Hampshire based 4:20 Foundation, is facing four felony charges for selling marijuana.

The trial is set to start on April 16th, 2013 at Cheshire Superior Court in Keene, NH. Paul has admitted to the selling the pot and is going to be seeking jury nullification; the common-law right of juries to acquit a guilty defendant when the law is unjust or misapplied. Add the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the mix and the story gets much more interesting.

Rich Paul participates in a Keene, New Hampshire based political activism club called the Keene Activist Center (KAC). Many members of the KAC have caught the ire of local city officials and law enforcement while performing various acts of civil-disobedience. Paul has organized large marijuana rallies and peaceful protests on Keene city commons. At one of the earliest and largest such events in September of 2009, Paul was arrested for marijuana possession.

On May 31st, 2012 Paul was arrested in Keene, NH by Keene Police. When he arrived at the Keene Police Department he was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Phillip Christiana, assigned to the joint terrorism task force out of the Manchester, New Hampshire office. Agent Christiana alleged that an informant had made multiple purchases of controlled substances from Paul and indicated that the maximum sentence he would face was 81 years in prison.

Agent Christiana then offered to make the charges against Rich “go away”. If Rich would agree to wear a wire into the Keene Activist Center, surreptitiously record the other activists, and persuade them to sell drugs to Paul, the charges would disappear. Rich doesn’t recall being asked if anybody at the KAC even sold illegal drugs.

Rich Paul took a heroic stand, rejecting the offer and instead informing his fellow activists of the Agent Christiana’s request. Rather than fleeing the State or the Country, Paul has elected to fight the charges in his own way. Recently, juries have begun to nullify the marijuana law. Doug Darrell, a 59-year-old Rastafarian charged with marijuana cultivation, was acquitted by a jury who felt that the marijuana laws were unjust, despite taking the stand and confessing.

As of 2012, New Hampshire has a unique state statute that explicitly legalizes, “the right of a jury to judge the application of the law in relationship to the facts in controversy.” Paul is looking for a similar result and will be focused on informing the jurors of their right to nullification. Political activism, honor, and courage should not add up to a life sentence.

Paul is available for interview at 603-762-6614 or [email protected]; alternative contact Ian Freeman at 603-513-2449 or [email protected]

Court of Record: Cheshire
Superior Court, Keene, NH
Case Number: 12-cr-131

– Press release from Free Keene.

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  2. Anonymous on

    Who is the great “Satin”?

  3. Atlanta Toker on

    I appreciate your risk. I’ll keep you in my thoughts Mr Paul. Wishing you a smooth passage to freedom sir.

  4. Dirty Harry on

    I wish that man the best of luck with his choice of action! I pray for the day I get called to jury duty and get the right to exercise my nullification right for a marijuana only charge.

  5. gutrod on

    Time to end the war on weed and focus on real threats to Americans like terrorism. Rich should be congratulated for taking on the behemoth. 81 years for a victimless crime. All anti marijuana crusaders who would rejoice in his conviction are far from the religious beliefs that they hide behind. Free all cannabis criminals from their American gulags, including Marc Emery who is a political prisoner of the great Satin.

  6. Anonymous on

    While people are blowing up marathons and doing other terrible crimes, the FBI is investigating activist marijuana sellers. Unless the American sheeple rise up against the two-party system and elect Green and other progressive candidates, they will always live in a fascist police state, even if marijuana legalization becomes more widespread. And America needs to stop all its wars…the drug war and its illegal invasions of little countries.

  7. Anonymous on

    While people are blowing up marathons and doing other terrible crimes, the FBI is investigating activist marijuana sellers. Unless the American sheeple rise up against the two-party system and elect Green and other progressive candidates, they will always live in a fascist police state, even if marijuana legalization becomes more widespread. And America needs to stop all its wars…the drug war and its illegal invasions of little countries.

  8. Jack McGuirk on

    Congratulations Rich Paul! You have already achieved everything necessary to ensure that you leave the earth a better place than you found it. Your bravery, cunning, and righteousness places you in a select group of prophets and there is nothing you can do that will divorce you from your rank. The day has passed when twelve of your peers could be found who would choose to lock you in a cage for 8.1 decades for peacefully promoting the freedom to grow, trade, and consume the most useful plant on earth. You are truly free! I have you to thank for my freedom as well.

  9. CanadianGiant on

    Its people like this who keep me motivated for my fight against the Harper Henchmen at the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit in London , Ontario, who seized my home for growing medical cannabis.Free Marc Emery.

  10. CanadianGiant on

    Its people like this who keep me motivated for my fight against the Harper Henchmen at the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit in London , Ontario, who seized my home for growing medical cannabis.Free Marc Emery.