NYPD to Leave at Least One ‘Weed Man’ Alone

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Navy veteran Joshua Long posts up in Times Square near Planet Hollywood most days with a sign that says, “Help! I Need Money for Weed!” Tourists love him, but for some reason the police keep hassling him. No longer! He’s filed a lawsuit against the city claiming harassment and fighting his five arrests for charges like disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. Long is seeking damages, but while that’s getting sorted out, a judge’s preliminary stipulation says that police must use their “best efforts” not to bug him while he’s “lawfully begging and promoting marijuana tolerance.” Long claims he’s within his constitutional rights and has said he doesn’t even smoke marijuana anymore. Besides, he’s white!