NORML to Protest D.E.A. Imprisonment, Starvation of UCSD Student

Contact: Michael Cindrich (619) 262-2500 | Lance Rogers (619) 333-6882

Please be advised that on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:20 p.m., the local chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will protest the Drug Enforcement Administration’s detention of UCSD Engineering student Daniel Chong for five days without food and water. The protest will take place outside of the DEA office compound at 4560 Viewridge Avenue in San Diego. If you can’t be in San Diego, show your solidarity by joining the protest live online at live.norml.org.

According to news reports, Chong was arrested for smoking marijuana at a 4/20 party with other UCSD students. He was transported to a DEA holding cell and then forgotten about. During his five days in the federal cell, Chong had no access to food, water, or access to the outside world. He was forced to drink his own urine to stay alive. At one point, Chong broke his glasses with his teeth and used the glass shards to attempt suicide. He attempted to carve the words "Sorry Mom" into his arm. According to Chong, he "pretty much lost (his) mind" during the ordeal.

NORML advocates for the full legalization of marijuana so that innocent users such as Daniel Chong are not subjected to torture at the hands of the DEA. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965. NORML believes that the time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, regulation, and education.

More information can be found at San Diego NORML’s Facebook page.

69 thoughts

  1. I wonder if marijuana has ever harmed anyone as bad as this? HELL NO! Stop the Lies Obama and listen to the science. Stop listening to Corporate America and Do The Right Thing and Legalize Cannabis. If people would get their head out their A$$ they would see Cannabis could never do the harm that is being done by our own Govt.

  2. I would hold Obama personally responsible for this poor souls torture
    He’s prob sittin up there thinkin I’m setting an example for all the 420 crew..

  3. This is horrible!

    it makes me disgusted, and down right furious.

    a man was FORCED to drink his OWN URINE, STARVED and become temporarily INSANE. If this doesn’t wake people up about how Prohibition is completely failing and endangering lives, then I don’t know what will.

  4. The DEA couldn’t say they have acted appropriately or have any excuses, so they gave Daniel Chong an apology.

    I’ve heard that CBS World News said it was four days. I’ve wounder were they got that?

  5. I wonder how Romney and Obama will take on the issue? Probably just say “oh well, fuck him, he’s a pot smoker”…

    You people and your voting will not solve this.

    Get a clue and Viva Le Revolutiona

  6. You terrorists! Protesting is now a terrorist act! But seriously, I don’t think the government is going to care at all just like they’ve never cared.

  7. That’s horrible what our nation has come to these days also for the protest you all participating should just smoke right in front of the D.E.A’s faces.

  8. Thank you NORML. On another thread I asked if you were going to cover this and you said you had. I requested a link, as I could not find anything related to this topic on this website. I still can’t find it, but this is better.

    Now the big question: the DEA has a relatively small budget. Less than $1 Million every year if I’m not mistaken. Would a $20 million lawsuit put them out of business?

  9. Peaceful protest is all we have left. Despite the claims of this being an isolated incident which i doubt as i was forgotten in a jail holding cell for two days when i got arrested in the late 90s for fighting. Anyway, if we dont win this you can guarentee this will become common place in our already burgeoning nanny governments future

  10. and education Like crimes against humanity and treason against the Republic.

  11. We also must make absolutly certain all protests for whatever reason are always conducted SUPER peacfully for even a squideon of hostility just give those pricks a reason to ignore our purpose and beat, spray, taze, and imprison the SHIT out of us.

  12. The D.E.A. has done nothing but violate peoples rights and destroy families and lives. They are ditch diggers, who dig ditches and fill them back up with the same dirt that was dug out of the same whole. This is known as a system with an input, our tax dollars, but with no real positive output. Sure this mad industry creates jobs but at what cost. Are we going to just let the government continue to create ditch digging departments? Should we not require fiscal responsibility?

  13. Wow that’s horrifying. It’s too bad I live in Pennsylvania or else I would certainly come to this. I’ll be sure to join online.

  14. DEA shouldn’t exist no more after what they’ve done to Chong. It’s unacceptable!

  15. Surprised this even got out to the public. This is happening all over the states in Jail and Prison systems.

    And guess what, dea will not be held accountable, no body will be held accountable. Nobody will face charges of attempted murder & false imprisonment. But if a citizen falsely imprisonments some human, they would get years behind bars. But the DEA,Swat & FBI are on the special list that get infinite free passes.

    They can do what they want when ever they want. And people like Chong has to suffer for it.

    When I was in Jail, one of the CO’s aka corrections officer put an inmate in a secluded holding cell for 3 months just because the fat bitch didn’t like the inmate. Any request he made over the intercom was denied, phone, doctor, ect, his voice box was put on iggy.

    Don’t know what to say about Chong other than I am very amused his story got out. Most Jail/Prison stories is kept a secret by the govt/personal owners of the jail systems that make a huge profit for having an inmate in their jail.

    $150 a day for regular inmates and from $350-$500 a day for DOC inmates.

    I bet the DEA made a profit of $750 just for having Chong in their facility.

    Wow? Yea. Almost a lost life because of some weed and a profit of nearly a grand.

    The amount of terms I want to say cannot describe the DEA, Swat and the FBI. I’ll put one term in here, complete “scum”.

    Just sad to read this story. Damn.

  16. I just read Maryland has lowered its penalties for small amounts of marijuana, because prosecutors are loath to spend limited funds to prosecute such cases. Seems like money does really talk, and lawsuits would be an effective weapon in cases like this.

  17. Yeah, this happened. In America. To an American citizen. By the American government. Whut’s wrong with this picture, Mr. Nobama?

  18. Sue ’em! Oh right, we the taxpayers will get dinged for more moolah in The War On Some Drugs.

    Shoot ’em! Oh right, that’s “terrorism”. Can’t have any of that can we unless it’s the government spewing the terror.

    Elect ’em! Hope and change baby! How did that work out? LOL!

    Well folks, this bit of news won’t last for long in the media cycle. Another forgotten victim to go with so many others. Then think about all the similar stories going on that don’t get reported which go on all over the planet.

    Care to join me in a prayer for nuclear war?

  19. Owen (May 4, 7 pm above) raises the point wherther a $20 million lawsuit could break the DEA. Interesting, but even more pertinent– an acquaintance I had in Chicago years ago, Bill Shapiro, said a court proceeding creates a forum in which issues can be aired and testimony is public record not to be hidden away henceforth. That terror and torture are directed against users or promoters of any ALTERNATIVE TO NICOTINE $LAVERY– such as cannabis– is the third rail commentators and politicians shy away from, and court hearings are a way of rubbing their noses in/on it (i.e. the TOBACKGO).

  20. Let the games begin.

    Thugs will die like thugs one way or the other.

    Live by the sword die by the sword.

    These bald zipperhead jackbooted thugs deserve to be put down as they have put the people down.

    They’ve treated us like dogs and worse.

    I say if they they continue the Mexican Drug Cartels will make examples of these over fed pigs someday very soon.

    If we put this marijuana market back into the streets this is exactly what will happen.

    Cartel bosses will not lay down like our homegrown dispensary owners do like Mr.Lee has done with Oaksterdam U.

    They will brutally protect their interests with firepower and bloodshed just like in Mexico.

    Have fun with that Washington D.C.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!!!

  21. LOL Listen to Herb:

    Herb Herbman says:
    May 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Peaceful protest is all we have left. Despite the claims of this being an isolated incident which i doubt as i was forgotten in a jail holding cell for two days when i got arrested in the late 90s for fighting. Anyway, if we dont win this you can guarentee this will become common place in our already burgeoning nanny governments future

    Hey Herb, I got news for you – peaceful protest is the ONLY thing we have tried. And guess what? It doesn’t work. Better find a new plan.

  22. Galileo Galilei says:
    May 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I just read Maryland has lowered its penalties for small amounts of marijuana, because prosecutors are loath to spend limited funds to prosecute such cases. Seems like money does really talk, and lawsuits would be an effective weapon in cases like this.

    BIG FUCKING DEAL!!!! Now you only have to worry about spending 90 days in jail for a fucking harmless act.

    WAKE THE FUCK UP PEOPLE!!!!This is NOT a GOOD DEAL.

  23. John says:
    May 5, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Surprised this even got out to the public. This is happening all over the states in Jail and Prison systems.

    And guess what, dea will not be held accountable, no body will be held accountable. Nobody will face charges of attempted murder & false imprisonment. But if a citizen falsely imprisonments some human, they would get years behind bars. But the DEA,Swat & FBI are on the special list that get infinite free passes.

    They can do what they want when ever they want. And people like Chong has to suffer for it.

    When I was in Jail, one of the CO’s aka corrections officer put an inmate in a secluded holding cell for 3 months just because the fat bitch didn’t like the inmate. Any request he made over the intercom was denied, phone, doctor, ect, his voice box was put on iggy.

    Don’t know what to say about Chong other than I am very amused his story got out. Most Jail/Prison stories is kept a secret by the govt/personal owners of the jail systems that make a huge profit for having an inmate in their jail.

    $150 a day for regular inmates and from $350-$500 a day for DOC inmates.

    I bet the DEA made a profit of $750 just for having Chong in their facility.

    Wow? Yea. Almost a lost life because of some weed and a profit of nearly a grand.

    The amount of terms I want to say cannot describe the DEA, Swat and the FBI. I’ll put one term in here, complete “scum”.

    Just sad to read this story. Damn.

    Yeah, and what the fuck are YOU going to do about it, except pay lip service on some fucking web forum?

    TALK IS CHEAP. Bring out the heavy artillery and watch how quickly they change their fucking attitudes……..

  24. If Obama tortures the first few kids he meets on 4/20, the rest of them will be easy to handle.

  25. Watch out for undercover police disguised as protestors insinuating acts of violence, uprising or other illegal activities. Unfortunately the right to protest has been stricken. The government will create a law that makes whatever protest you are doing illegal.

  26. @owen: Bro what would you have the people do rise up? PLEAAASE with the tech out there now and the level of control our gov has over everyday people they would SQUASH us like bugs. Maybe 20 yrs ago when Americans were still stubborn and born loud and proud then we would hav had a chance. But todays generation of pussies, yes men, and politically correct whiners? Yah rite that ship has sailed. Besides Owen look at things like the NDAA and other recent goings on that effectively make the American dream of freedom and liberty a thing of the past. No we are certainly headed for more gov control and if we fight they will just lower the boom on us and we would lose even more rights. All we can do is OBEY and grasp fervently at the freedoms we have left till we all start reprting to labor camps.

  27. Unlike prescription drugs and alcohol, not one person has died of an overdose of marijuana. The multiple medicinal uses of marijuana pose a threat to the pharmaceutical companies, which lobby against the legalization of marijuana at a huge expense to the american people. Not only is incarcerating innocent people a crime, it destroys families and demonstrates our government’s total lack of concern and compassion for the citizens of this nation. Also, rather than cutting spending for education, the government should legalize marijuana, release prisoners who are incarcerated for marijuana related charges, and shut down the DEA. Huge savings!

  28. this is disgusting. the flipping goverment has gott’n so bad it isn’t funny. they talk about other countries and the way they treat there people, well maybe they should take a look at then selfs. just leglize pot, but no the goverment can’t do that it makes to much sense or shoud I, say it would make the goverment $.

  29. Why has this horrifying incident not blown up in the media like the Zimmerman scandal?

    A public statement of concern or apology is in order at the very least,24 hours without food or water is bad anough, let alone,5 F***** DAYS,That’s outright torture -intentional or not.

    Just think, if he wasn’t rescued from that demonic 4/20 party he might of ate some pizza and gone into a deep sleep and woke up being a healthy& sane individual

    I doubt he would be trying to carve a message on his arm with broken glass or drinking urine..

  30. All we can do is OBEY and grasp fervently at the freedoms we have left till we all start reprting to labor camps.

    Herb,

    Yours is “sheeple mentality”.

    You are just going to wait until they come and get you? Not me. If they come to take me down, I’m taking as many of them as I can with me.

  31. wanna cut wasteful government spending? Get rid of the DEA, or limit its jurisdiction to protecting our borders and leave citizens alone!

  32. @ Owen. your right i feel defeated. I used to be one like you who thought if the government ever got crazy then we would all rise up like patriots and bring back the Red White and Blue by force. but i know that is a farce. Ive accused 100s more ppl then you of being sheeple but over the last year i just woke up to reality. We have prison for profit, crooked cops, judges, congress, senate, and more gov programs designed to control than the goddam chinese. Ever hear of NDAA? Theyll come a calling once we start saying shit they dont like call us terrorists. But to stand up and fight would just hasten there take over i believe. Remeber what Edward Murrow said? “A country of sheep will yield a government of wolves.” Well im sure besides you just about all other ppl you hang with all go BAAAAAA! And every time i turn on the tube i dont see or hear of the America my grandpa and uncles tell me about. All i hear is AWOOOOOOIO from the gov. Sorry to dissapoint bro but most Americans are weak while our gov is strong it dont take a genius to see what lies not far into the future in regards to our “freedom” and it goes far beyond cannibus rights and legalization

  33. It is somewhat outrageous the extent to which US and corporate leadership have conspired to maintain the prohibition on marijuana.
    The US Government has indeed tossed out individual Constitution rights with regard to the so-called criminal behavior of marijuana usage, and has encouraged big business to be the proxy enforcer to sanction those whom the law somehow miss.
    The US Government encourages corporations to conduct invasive search on the human body and also exploit self-incrimination by forcing prospective employees to adhere to strict policies which do require the employee to be subject to intrusive scrutiny whereas corporations themselves do not conform to any sense of moral standards when they compete for business and are not obliged to reveal any compromising secrets to anyone without being subject to legal force,if successful.
    Corporations can act as the governing tyrant and help enforce a failed law where the local law authorities cannot legally intrude .
    The fear of being discovred is not just the paid local police but also the clinic which gathers ones urine in order to have the “privilege” to work, even though the right to pursue employment is actually a HUMAN NEED AND THEREFORE RIGHT and not just a privelege..
    Big business is now the prime force behind the criminalization of marijuana and they now all insist on the right to conduct an intrusive search of the human body on a prospective employee to search for any signs of usage within a recent lengthy extended time period.
    To deny person the right to the pursuit of a decent living because of what I consider an unconstituional search of the human body is in essense a violation of the principles on which the United States was founded and can be listed as one of many reasons why he exisitng governemtn could be overthrown when it no longer creates laws to the good interest of the general population, but has instead discarded the founding principles, so that a wealthy 1% minirity can maintain tyranny over the 65+% majority of the affected public.
    Business and law think marijuana smokers have no rights and are criminals, and they are inflexible concerning this. Hence they feel they can treat smokers as less than human, convinced that marijuana smokers forfeit their right to human life and human rights as soon as they light up. It is just the way the so-called legally righteous think.
    Those who wish for the law agaisnt marijuana to remain strict do not give a damn whether the student lives or died, and probably chuckle at the thought of him drinking his own urine.
    UCSD and Sanford have one thing in common. Their local law authorities would prefer to see marijuan users go away or die for being such pot criminals.

  34. Forgot what? who me I’m perfect. I don’t smoke dope and never forget anything.

  35. gary has described the “masterpiece in the art of brainwashing” that cannabis prohibition is.

    BTW,

    HOW MANY OF YOU FUCKERS SHOWED UP AT THE DEMONSTRATION TODAY, HUH?????

  36. Well Obama, what or who is next to be tortured by you and your posse of fools. Should have done yo homework, huh. Amazing what a lie will get you these days. What lie will you tell to dodge this mess?

  37. I hate Obama as much as the next guy but he is not to blame… It is the DEA’s fault because they didn’t feed him, not Obama’s. The reason no one takes pot smokers serious is because there are people that loose control n just start cussing n showing how unintelligent they are. Legalize pot but use your head people. It is comnon sense.

  38. Yes Kyle, pot smoker’s cuss too,as well as having emotions-especially when they have been lied to and deceived repeatedly In fact pot smokers have been known to express their political opinion like anybody else(as well as vote)

    they also have the right(as all humans) to be intelligent or retarded or both simultaneously

    should we blame the human for smoking pot…

    or should we blame the pot smoker for being a human? …

    hahaha..it’s a conundrum dude

  39. “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

    It sucks to be Mr. Chong, without a doubt. . . but his story could be the “Unintended Consequence” which shows the world what a sick, twisted thing the War on (Non-Corporate) Drugs really is – leading to it’s Ending.

    I’ll burn one for ya, Daniel.

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