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Philly Cannabis Activist N.A. Poe Gets Probation After Felony Bust

April 5, 2018
(Courtesy of Connor McHugh/PYROSCOPIC)

Last spring, Philadelphia-based cannabis activist N.A. Poe made headlines after police raided a Poe-hosted cannabis party in a South Philly warehouse.

Poe was ordered to serve four years’ probation, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay a $2,500 fine.

“The event, which took place in a warehouse on the 4500 block of Worth Street, was publicized on Instagram by Philly Smoke Session, which was charging $50 per person to attend,” reported the Philadelphia Inquirer at the time. “Confiscated in the raid were about 50 pounds of marijuana, $50,000 in cash, four handguns, and about 100 pounds of THC-infused edibles, according to police.”

After raiding the warehouse party, which drew upwards of 500 attendees, police proceeded to Poe’s home, where authorities reportedly seized an additional nine pounds of cannabis.

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When the smoke cleared, Poe stood charged with seven offenses, including a felony offense of “causing a catastrophe.” This past January, Poe pleaded guilty to two felony charges—possession with intent to deliver marijuana and conspiracy—after which the other charges were dropped.

Yesterday in Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court, N.A. Poe received sentencing for his guilty pleas. As Philly.com reports, Judge Scott DiClaudio ordered Poe (whose legal name is Richard Tamaccio Jr.) to serve four years’ probation, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay a $2,500 fine.

Given Poe’s history of theatrical activism, his community service could be something to see. However, probation and cannabis activism are a dicey combo. Good luck, N.A. Poe.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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  • Kevin

    Just throwing this out there.

    Please understand where i am coming from.

    I am so glad that we are finally moving in a direction toward decriminalization of drugs. It’s great that weed is now becoming an accepted substance, thanks to people like NORML, and individuals such as this guy.

    I personally do not smoke weed, I do not drink either.

    Other than cigarettes, there is one illegal substance i do enjoy, and it has a very bad reputation in the minds of many.

    That substance is crack cocaine.

    Since i strongly dislike the effect marijuana gives me,

    I prefer crack over weed any day.

    But if im smoking crack and caught im going to jail but the guy smoking weed gets a free pass and walks away with a ticket.

    I would be going to jail because the illegal substance i smoke aint weed.

    I am a smoker not a crackhead or addict. I do not smoke every day and i am white educated and otherwise law abiding.

    Lets start with weed and at least decriminalize the use of these substances

    • Alan479 Martin

      The violent criminals, addicts and giant marijuana operations make it bad for all of us and give Sessions more court ammo. Drug user and criminal are not equatable.

      • Kevin

        so true

    • Sko Hayes

      Absolutely, as treatment is a much better solution for all involved, rather than jail. When you bring drug use out into the open, you can help the people who need help.

  • Mark Godfrey

    Mr. Poe has walked off probation before, he’ll do it again. He’s a true warrior.

  • Gargoylz

    It irks me to no end that marijuana, a 100% natural plant with a host of positive effects and medical applications, remains stigmatized and criminalized in such an advanced age. Aside from the guns, if you told this same story but replaced marijuana with alcohol, a man-made substance with none of the positive or medical implementations and which is SOLELY intended for intoxication, nobody would bat any eye. The headline would simply read, “Man Has Big Party.” This dichotomy is absurd. Practically every other illicit or intoxicating substance requires some form of processing by man, leading to harmful, even deadly, side effects. Even the majority of the 100% legal pharmaceuticals used for a myriad of medical conditions treatable by marijuana have harmful side effects. These prohibition-age dinosaurs are enacting policy which has an injurious impact on the citizens they are supposed to protect. This HAS to stop.