Philadelphia Activists Arrested, Framed and Denied Bail for Speaking Out in Favor of Marijuana Legalization


May 23, 2013

(Philadelphia, PA, May 22, 2013) — Comedy-activist troupe “The Panic Hour” and activist advocate Shield Mutual are supporting a rally Thursday May 23, 2013 at the James A. Byrne federal courthouse at 601 Market St. in Philadelphia that will demand the immediate and unconditional release of activists Adam Kokesh and N.A. Poe from federal prison.

More than two hundred friends and allies of Kokesh and Poe are expected at the rally, which runs concurrent with Kokesh and Poe’s 1:30PM detention hearing.

At 2:30PM, representatives of Kokesh and Poe will hold a press conference on the steps of the Byrne courthouse to address these events.

Kokesh and Poe were arrested on Saturday, May 18, 2013 while speaking to a permitted marijuana legalization rally at Independence Mall National Historic Park in center city Philadelphia, in a space specifically designated for free speech. They are being framed on felony charges of assaulting a federal officer, despite overwhelming video footage to the contrary.

“They just came after Adam [Kokesh] and N.A. Poe, the organizer of Smokedown – the only two there out of hundreds present who were taken into custody,” said Michael Salvi, an observer of the rally.

At a preliminary hearing in front of US Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Rueter in the Byrne courthouse on Monday, May 20, 2013, Kokesh and Poe were denied bail.

“We are not deterred. We will continue to fight to get our friends removed from federal custody and continue to organize to legalize cannabis in Pennsylvania,” said Vanessa Maria, producer of “The Panic Hour.”

About N.A. Poe

N.A. Poe is a comedian, writer, and organizer who is active in the cannabis legalization movement, the fight against drones, and abolishing the Federal Reserve. Poe uses comedy to express his ideas as the host and executive producer of “The Panic Hour.”

About Adam Kokesh

Adam Kokesh is a former US Marine corporal and veteran of the Iraq War who is active for peace, marijuana legalization and the right to keep and bear arms. Kokesh is the host of internet talk radio show “Adam vs The Man.”

About “The Panic Hour”

“The Panic Hour” is a comedy and activism troupe based in Philadelphia. “The Panic Hour” produces street videos and an online talk show hosted by N.A. Poe. They also organize the monthly cannabis legalization rally, Smoke Down Prohibition.

About “Adam vs The Man”

“Adam vs the Man” is an internet talk radio show by Adam Kokesh about challenging authority, sticking it to the man, and giving the millennial generation a voice. It’s also about living like a free, dignified human being and loving it.

About Shield Mutual

Shield Mutual is the agora’s first defense agency. We defend activists from government attack using leadership and public relations.

Further Information

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