WSJ- “Occupy” protesters in Minneapolis were used as “guinea pigs” in a government drug research program, their lawyer told a federal magistrate judge this week.The hearing follows a February lawsuit filed by a half-dozen protesters in their late teens and early 20s who allege that police officers approached them at an Occupy Minneapolis demonstration, gave them large amounts of “powerful marijuana,” and then drove them to a government warehouse near an airport for observation.The plaintiffs, who are suing state and local law enforcement agencies in Minnesota, say they later realized they had been subjects of the state’s “Drug Recognition Evaluator Training Program.” One of the participants was given at least 10 pipe bowls worth of marijuana, according to the lawsuit, which claims that police violated their privacy and First Amendment rights. Jason Hiveley, an attorney representing several police departments, said it wasn’t an experiment but a training evaluation. “Each Plaintiff voluntarily used marijuana and voluntarily participated in the evaluations performed by the officers enrolled in the drug recognition program,” he told Law Blog by email. “The Plaintiffs knew exactly what they were getting involved in.”
Thankfully most of these idiots gave up after realizing that sitting in one place complaining all day isn’t actually an effective method for sweeping social reform, but this is still worth mentioning because if this doesn’t sum up the Occupy movement then I don’t know what does. A bunch of whiny protesters bitching about unjust laws, the merits of socialism and police brutality get free weed from the cops and still find something to complain about. So what, instead of paying for mids to smoke in a tent all day the cops gave you really good weed free and had you chill at a warehouse all afternoon instead? I honestly don’t even understand what they’re suing over. Not sure where in the Constitution it says you’re not allowed to do this but I also haven’t had the chance to squat in a city park for a week getting politically enlightened so I’m probably just missing something.