Marijuana Protest Held Outside NH Statehouse

04/21/10 6:06AM

About 100 advocates of legalizing marijuana rallied outside the New Hampshire Statehouse on the eve of a Senate vote to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

Some people smoked while organizers with bullhorns, including former Epping Police Officer Bradley Jardis of Hooksett, cautioned them not to say a word if police came to arrest them. The 29-year-old Jardis said he is just a free person now "trying to protect the liberties I've taken away."

State troopers watched from inside the Statehouse, but planned no action unless the crowd got unruly.

The Senate votes today whether to allow adults to possess one-quarter ounce or less of marijuana. Gov. John Lynch says he will veto the bill if it reaches him.

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