MAJOR breakthrough on Cannabis and Jury Nullification

New Hampshire may have cracked open the Dam. But will their trickle turn into a flood?

What they have done is truly radical, and – if the Federal Government does not move rapidly to stamp on it – even potentially revolutionary; causing much more significant change to society than, for example, the liberating effects of the 60s.

You’ll excuse me if I allow myself a high-five or two, given my own first foray into this field back in 1999. I was then promoting a subversive adoption of Jury Nullification designed to get around the obstacle of the Judiciary to any mention of the N word.

What the Libertarians have pulled off in New Hampshire is much more ambitious than that. They’ve managed to pass a State Law explicitly stating:

The Jury in a criminal trial case has the undisputed power to acquit, even if its verdict is contrary to the law as given by the judge and contrary to the evidence. This power of jury nullification is a historical prerogative of the jury inherent in the use of the general verdict in criminal cases.

I genuinely cannot exaggerate the importance of this breakthrough. It may one day be regarded as the day we began the march to true democracy. They’ve “only” delivered the “Second Change“! And if you read that piece you’ll get a feel for the scale of their achievement. The Judicial system has been fighting against this development for over a hundred years.

They actually enacted the new law a few months ago so why didn’t we hear about it before now? Well as you can learn from the “Reason” link above, the law isn’t officially “live” till the first day of 2013. Obviously the Courts in that part of the world are keen to adopt the new rules, which bodes well for their success.

I’m sure you’ll agree that’s worth a spliff…

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About Harry Stottle
Refugee from the Stumbleupon Blogicide of October 2011 Here you will find my "kneejerk" responses to the world and what I happen to bump into. For my more detailed considerations and proposals, please visit my website or my previous main blogging site.

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