Youth Protest 4/20 in the Zion Curtain!
There are at least 3 different marijuana protests in the Zion Curtain during the 4/20 holiday.
The first two were in Idaho Falls, that we reported on earlier. There was also a small protest in Logan Utah!
‘A plant’s no crime’
Logan City police chief Russ Roper, left, warns protester Randall Shields, right, to stay on the sidewalk during a protest supporting the legalization of marijuana on Main Street in Logan Monday. (Alan Murray/Herald Journal)
By Karen Lambert
More than a dozen teens gathered in front of the Logan Tabernacle on Monday evening to rally for the legalization of marijuana.
“It’s 4/20, and where this is national marijuana day and we want to legalize marijuana (we came to rally),” said Jamie Gurinch, 15, of Logan.
Internationally, April 20 typically motivates a series of rallies and special events among those who favor the legalization of marijuana.
Dylan Lofthouse, a 14-year-old who goes to Willow Valley Middle School in Wellsville, attended with his two brothers, ages 13 and 15. He said both his mom and his step-mom would agree with the cause as well.
“Everybody talks about legalizing it,” he said, “but they never do anything; we thought we’d do something.”
The ages of those in attendance ranged from 13 to 20. Their homes span the valley from Wellsville to Lewiston, and they attend a sprinkling of different middle schools and high schools.
“We hang out every day,” said Logan resident William Mohan, a 17-year-old who attends Cache High School.
Mohan said at about 6 p.m. that the group of friends had been there for two hours. It was his first rally.
“We were just all hanging out and we thought we should go protest on 4/20,” Mohan said. “We’re pretty much standing for what we believe in.”
Mohan said legalizing pot is their solution to getting the nation out of the recession, as the sales could stir the economy.
Teenage boys in sleeveless shirts screamed while holding signs that depicted their viewpoints.
One sign read: “The plant heals,” while another said: “God made it.”
“Say no to man-made drugs,” one yelled.
“A plant’s no crime,” said another.
A few repeatedly chanted together, “Legalize Marijuana.”
Richmond resident Kassy Sanders, a 17-year-old student at Fast Forward High, talked to a friend about one of their buddies they’d visited who was in jail for marijuana use.
“We’re supporting the kids who got locked up,” she said, while emphasizing that the more important reason for the rally was much bigger than that.
Some of those who drove by honked and cheered, while other drivers pointed their heads straight ahead and kept quiet. A few muttered insults, such as “Get a life.”
Mohan said police officers visited the group by earlier in the afternoon. Even though his group had not applied for a permit to protest, Mohan said an official said it was OK, as long as they stayed off the street.
Later in the evening, Logan Police Chief Russ Roper came by to make sure the rules were being kept.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” Mohan said. “It’s pretty nice they’re just going to let us keep doing it.”
I want to commend these young men, and again I want to commend the young men that appeared on channel 8 in Idaho Falls!
Also, the National NORML organization had a lot of great things to report on about 4/20 also! Check out www.NORML.org
I joined NORML yesterday! I can’t wait to get my NORML shirt!