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- May 29th, 2012  

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Denied access

On Sunday at the NMC BBQ in T.C., a small group of activists were there to collect signatures for our petition to qualify for the November ballot to end Cannabis Prohibition here in Michigan.

It was a bust because we were forced by campus security (backed up by Traverse City police) to leave ASAP or be arrested. We setup across the street from campus, but only got about 50 sigs of an anticipated 1,000. Both campus head of security and a T.C. cop told me that they were being forced to remove us by certain college board members.

We were even told that if we stayed on grounds after putting away my back-pack sign (that drew folks to us) & clipboards, without purchasing a meal, we would be arrested for loitering.

We were also told that we would be arrested if we set-up at the entrance on the public sidewalk. They said we had to go across the street.

There were other folks on campus, going table to table, asking folks to sign some other petition and a demonstrator against bullying homosexuals at the entrance which WERE NOT bothered at all. In the city that proclaims tolerance & diversity, prejudice is STILL alive & well!!

Rev. Steven B. Thompson Chapter Director, NORML • Benzonia

 
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