Retired Penn State chemistry professor Julian Heicklen was arrested on Monday for smoking a marijuana cigarette as an act of civil disobedience to protest the state’s criminal marijuana penalties. Bail was set at $10,000 and Heicklen presently sits in jail awaiting a July 1 hearing.
Since the spring, Heicklen has organized weekly “Marijuana Smoke Outs” at Penn State University and in front of the Centre County Courthouse to challenge marijuana prohibition. He is planning a 30-hour demonstration beginning July 9 which will feature speakers Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation, Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School, Dr. John Morgan of City University of New York Medical School, and others. Heicklen said he never smoked marijuana before he started organizing the protests this spring.
For more information, please contact either Tanya Kangas, Esq. of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751 or visit marijuananews.com.
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