Confrontational Pot Smoker Gets A Year Probation

PENNSYLVANIA: An organizer of a marijuana-legalization rally that drew more than 100 people and ended in scuffles with law-enforcement officers on Independence Mall in May was sentenced in federal court yesterday to one year of probation.

Richard Tamaccio, 34, a Philadelphian comedian who goes by the stage name N.a. Poe, was also ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin during his probation to, among other things:

* Not use drugs.

* Undergo drug testing.

* Not enter within 100 feet of Independence National Historical Park if there is a demonstration promoting a criminal act, such as smoking pot.

Tamaccio, a thin man dressed in a white button-down shirt, gray slacks and a tie with a small image of a marijuana leaf on it, was cleanshaven yesterday.

This look differed from that on May 18, when he sported a mustache and beard and wore a yellow T-shirt, jeans and a yellow hat at the fifth “Smoke Down Prohibition” rally at the People’s Plaza on the mall, 5th and Market streets. There was a large police presence, including National Park Service rangers and Philly police.

Yesterday, Tamaccio took the stand and said he acted as the “master of ceremonies” at the rally, organized by PhillyNORML and the Panic Hour, a group he started that has, in his words, a “satirical website.”

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