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shall make no law... abridging... the right of the people... to petition
the Government for a redress of grievances."
-- United States Bill of Rights
9-12, 1998, Noon to 8:00 PM
My account of the
happenings after the first day of protest, when Julian got arrested:
Friday, I arrived
right after Dr. Morgan
was speaking for about ten minutes w/out any sort
of sound amplification.
He quit because being a professional lecturer
and professor, speaking
on a personal non-amplified level isn't his
it is neither Dr. Zimmer's nor Dr. Grinspoon's style,
for they left after
discussing whether or not they wanted to try doing
what Samar, John Galt
and myself had been doing the day before. They
did answer some questions
from ogling admirers (including myself) before
deciding to leave.
I must say, they were quite disappointed Dr. Heicklen
was not there and
also seemed perturbed to say the least. Jeremy Garber,
from Indiana University
of Pennsylvania, spoke for about 1 1/2 hours on
hemp education, history
and compassion. Samar Lovejoy, webmistess of
Dr. Pot's pages, read
her personal reasons for recreational
quotes from Abe Lincoln and JFK. I read my speech
at 3 pm and cried
the entire time. I was audible from what friends
across the street
John Galt Jr., founder
of Web Station 19, spoke continuously throughout
the day. He
actually got a huge crowd gathered. All of us who spoke
helped literally hundreds
of journalism students who were at PSU for a
few weeks at summer
seminar report about the weekend's events.
On Saturday, we obtained
over a thousand signatures for NORML's petition
to decrim an ounce
for personal use. PSU police woman tried to badger
Jeremy Garber and
I to move off of the street and we asked her who her
supervisor was and
by whom she was told that we were obstructing
traffic. She became
flustered and when a student photographer was
of her confronting us, and stated she was," extremely
wanted equal resect." The student replied," I am
you and if you want to take my picture that's fine!"
the officer (after
no success with either Jeremy and I AND the student
across the street to speak with State College borough
police but they apparently
had better things to do than screw around
with a few peaceable
sign holders. She came back disappointed that her
power struggle was
lost. (HAHAHAHAH!) Approximately twenty new people
came and held signs
throughout the day. A retired physician came and
hugged all of us and
told us to keep it up. An elderly lady came up and
listened to our views
and another woman brought her two teen daughters
so she could have
us explain our viewpoints and to show the girls what a
protest really is.
I was filled with such a sense of strength, mostly
derived from these
people who thought enough of our efforts to listen to
us and check out how
very versed and extensive our research was. I was
humbled all throughout
the day. It was a change from the day before when
many of the people
were very cold and unfriendly. Also, there
great many people
honking their horns and they weren't mostly youths
like many would have
thought. There were middle aged folks with children
in their cars, elderly
folks traveling together and beeping their horn
while throwing us
the peace sign and some were even lighting up as they
drove past. One old
guy, even held his bag out of the car while passing
us. A police officer
with a D.A.R.E. sticker even gave a thumbs up (I
think the horn beeping
would have gotten him into trouble). PSU EMS
bikers stopped to
talk to us as well and asked about medicinal aspects
was sucessful. * a riot occured Sat nite, but of
course was sparked
by excessive drinking. It had zero to do with weed.
Big bonfire in the
middle of downtown road, ten light poles torn down,
14 officers injured.
hmmmm....as compared to how many real people
were injured but not
Simon Grille, lawyer
for NORML came and took several pictures and held a
sign for a bit and
Tanya Kangas (litigation for NORML) spoke to us for
quite sometime about
NORML's efforts and what they are doing in D.C.
More folks from out
of state who had heard about the protest on the
internet came up and
introduced themselves (Jim Incollingo from South
asking if they could stand with us and hold signs.
Other passers-by asked
if we could take a break and hold our signs so
they could get a good
amount of pictures of themselves as "freedom
fighters." It was
We were smoking joints
by days end. All in all, everyone made new
contacts and all became
close or closer friends. Many said they would
organize their own
peaceable protests and write to us to let us know
from Dr. Heicklen after his release from prison after the 30 hour Smoke-out
Here is a copy of my opening address to the 30-hour Marijuana Smoke
Out. After many
weeks of ignoring us, the Penn State police took a heavy
hand, and disrupted
our planned activities. They forbade us from using a
bullhorn, and prohibited
us from using tables to distribute literature or
chairs to sit in.
They even tried to prevent the demonstrators from
sitting on the grass.
Charlie Miller counted 8 violations of our
This was the police state in action.
In spite if the police interference, signs were carried, many
thousands of leaflets
were distributed, and speeches were given as best as
possible without amplification.
More details will be posted on my web
State College, PA
July 9, 1998
Hello! Welcome to the 30-Hour Marijuana Smoke Out.
The reasons to re-legalize marijuana are several:
It is immoral to arrest someone for owning a vegetable. We have the
right to keep and
bear vegetables. The most fundamental of all human rights
is to have control
over your own body. As long as you are not harming
others, your body
belongs to you to do what you wish.
It costs about $26,000 per year to keep someone in prison. In
addition, the inmate
is not earning, so his tax dollars are lost to the
community. Often an
inmate's family has to go on welfare. The total cost
for imprisonment can
run up to $50,000 per year per inmate. There now are
about 50,000 people
incarcerated in the U. S. for non-violent marijuana
offenses. The total
cost to keep these people in prison is about $2.5
billion per year.
We are criminalizing an enormous percentage of the population. In
1994, 7% of all U.
S. males of age 18 or older entered prison or jail.
A male has a 9% chance of being incarcerated in state or federal
prison during his
lifetime based on 1991 incarceration rates.
Two-thirds of convicts now entering prisons are doing so for
One-half of these are for non-violent narcotics violations.
From 1980 to 1995, the incarcerated population in the Pennsylvania
Department of Corrections
Hemp is a valuable agricultural product. It is used to make
clothing, shoes, diapers,
rope, cellophane, paints, fuel, chain lubricants,
paper, fiberboard, cement blocks, food, cosmetics,
and soap. The Declaration
of Independence and the U. S. Constitution were
written on hemp paper.
Hemp was the number one crop on George Washington's
plantation at Mount
Vernon. It was the number two crop on Thomas
Hemp seed is a highly nutritious source of protein and fatty acids.
Hemp seed has the
second-highest amount of protein of any food (soya being
the highest). It is
low in saturated fat. One handful of hemp seed per day
will supply adequate
protein and essential oils for an adult.
Hemp normally requires very little fertilizer and grows well almost
anywhere. It is pest
resistant, so it requires no pesticides. Hemp puts
down deep roots, which
is good for the soil. Hemp has been known to grow on
the same soil for
20 years in a row without any noticeable soil depletion.
One acre of hemp can
produce as much paper as four acres of trees. Hemp
paper is more durable
than paper from trees. Hemp requires a growing season
of 100 days, while
trees must be grown for 20 years or longer before they
can be used commercially.
Marijuana has been used as a medicine for 4800 years. It helps
sclerosis, and glaucoma. It is a pain killer and an
very sick people are being denied appropriate medical
care, because it is
a crime for a doctor to prescribe, or even advise, his
patients to use marijuana.
Finally a reason to legalize marijuana is because it provides
pleasure to some people.
That is what the anti-drug people really detest.
You will notice that
there is no movement to outlaw glue, which probably is
much worse for you
than marijuana. That is because glue sniffing does not
provide much pleasure.
The reasons against re-legalization of marijuana are:
1. We must protect
our youth from harm
It is often heard that drugs must be illegal, because we love our
children and must
protect them from harm. This argument is insincere. The
not care one bit about our children. If they really
wanted to protect
our children from harm, they would outlaw football. Now
there is a dangerous
activity. It glorifies violence. Every single football
player suffers some
permanent injury that nags him for the rest of his
life. Some are paralyzed
from football. Occasionally one dies. Those things
do not happen from
Unlike marijuana, football is highly criminogenic. It leads to
student riots, public
drunkenness, gambling, and ticket scalping. Football
has completely corrupted
our universities. Football players are terrible
role models for our
youth. Any prohibitionist that seriously wants to
protect children would
not be interested in marijuana, but would be
fighting to ban football.
2. Marijuana is a
gateway drug to hard drugs
Many people, especially government officials, propagate the belief
that marijuana is
a gateway drug; it leads to use of harder drugs. The fact
is that 83% of marijuana
users do not graduate to hard drugs.
However, these people will tell you that 95% of cocaine users used
marijuana before they
used cocaine. They are wrong. Marijuana is used by
99.8% of cocaine users.
But let me tell you something else. Milk was used
by 100% of cocaine
users before they started snorting coke or crack. Milk
is the true gateway
drug, and it should be made illegal.
Unlike marijuana, which is not addictive, milk is highly addictive
to a certain segment
of the society; that segment under 6 months of age. Do
you know what happens
if you take milk away from a milk-addicted baby? The
are excruciating. The baby gets terrible stomach pains
and screams uncontrollably.
It is terrible to hear. Eventually if deprived
of the milk, the baby
gets sick and dies. There is nothing else known that
is this addictive.
If we are going to stamp out hard drugs, we must stamp out milk
first. Milk should
be made illegal. If a woman gives her baby milk, she
should have her breasts
removed. Some of you bleeding hearts may say that
without milk many
babies will die. Probably so, but isn't this preferable
to the disease of
addiction that inflicts and undermines our society?
should not be rewarded.
It is not right that the responsible people have to care for people
that harm themselves.
Why should the taxpayers support with welfare and
medicare, those irresponsible
people that have abused their bodies by using
drugs? I say we shouldn't
do it. Anyone that abuses his or her body does
not deserve government
support. That includes illicit drug users, as well
as users of alcohol,
caffeine, and tobacco. It includes any one that has an
athletic injury or
medical problem. Any person that recklessly endangers
his or her body should
not receive government benefits. That includes
anyone that rides
a bicycle, drives a car, or flies in an airplane. Many
accidents happen in
a shower or bath tub. Any person that bathes should be
prohibited from partaking
in government programs. Mining, farming, and
cooking are particularly
dangerous. Anyone engaged in these activities
should be barred from
benefits of all government programs. Why should we
pay the bills of the irresponsible?
Of course, it is only fair that anyone barred from all government
programs should be
exempt from income and social security taxes. I have
just recited for you
the Libertarian Party Platform. If you agree with it,
sign up with the Party, and sign the Party petitions.
All the necessary
papers are available at the Libertarian Party table at
this Marijuana Smoke
We are involved in a struggle for the soul of America. The issue is
not marijuana. Marijuana
is the messenger, not the message. The issue is
whether we will live
in freedom or under tyranny. Choose freedom. The
weed is the torch of freedom.
I ask that no-one under 18 years old smoke marijuana. We appreciate
your support, but
if minors smoke, it will hurt our cause. If arrested,
give only your name
and address. Go limp and make the officers carry you
away from the demonstration.
Plead not guilty and ask for a speedy, jury
If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the
fetal position, and
use your hands to protect your head. Under no
if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your
Smoke a weed and enjoy the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the
Arts. Thank you for
This was the opening talk at the 30-hour Marijuana Smoke Out, which
began at noon. I was
using a bullhorn, so about 400 people heard this talk.
I then smoked a marijuana
cigarette. The Penn State Police approached and
did not care about
the marijuana cigarette. In fact when asked about the
by a FOX news reporter, two police officers denied that
they smelled marijuana.
However the police were upset about the use of the bullhorn. They
pointed out that the
use of bullhorns was against University policy, and
they wanted me to
stop using it. I pointed out that the University had no
and that my policy was to use it. Since they could
not arrest me for
using the bullhorn, they snatched my cigarette. At 12:45
PM, I was arrested.
I went limp and was dragged into a patrol car. I was
taken to the Campus
Police headquarters, where I remained limp until
dragged away to the
district magistrate's office for a 2:40 PM arraignment.
District Magistrate Carmen Prestia set my bail at $50,000 straight
bail for an offense
with a usual bail of $500. The purpose of the high bail
was not to insure
my appearance at court, but to keep me incarcerated until
the 30-hour Marijuana
Smoke Out was finished. It was a violation of my 8th
Amendment right to
no excessive bail. Then I was dragged into a patrol car,
driven to Centre County
Prison in Bellefonte, and dragged into the prison.
I remained in prison
for 4 days until Charles Andrew generously posted the
$50,000 bail money.
Letter # 2 from Dr.
his is a letter of
apology to all of the speakers at the 30-hour
Marijuana Smoke Out.
Things did not go as planned. After 13 weeks of
benign neglect from
the campus police, they became bugged by the bullhorn.
Apparently there were
some complaints. I felt that I could not give in on
this issue, because
the bullhorn was necessary to reach the uncommitted
across the street.
During my talk about 300 people were across the street
listening to me.
If we could have kept crowds that size, we would have
fulfilled our expectations.
The noise was not even the issue. I
understand that on
Sunday, some system was developed where the talks were
carried on FM radio,
which was just as loud, and the police did not
I could not be arrested for using the bullhorn, which was legal.
Therefore I was arrested
for possession of marijuana. I expected that bail
would be set at at
$1000, and that I would return to the 30-hour Marijuana
Smoke Out. Instead
the outrageous amount of $50,000 was set as bail to
keep me away.
The police then moved into its full police state mode. They
made the demonstrators
remove the tables, stop selling printed matter
(against the First
Amendment), stop placing signs on the ground, sitting in
chairs, or even sitting
on the ground. In State College (across the
street), the police
did not allow handing out of literature (against the
littering laws, they
claimed). Apparently the littering laws supercede
<Freedom of the
Many speakers did not talk, because the conditions were so
I can not blame them. I appreciate the support that we did
all learned how oppressive our society has become. The
ultimate irony is
that this occurred at a university that supposedly is
dedicated to the dissemination
In spite, or perhaps because, of all the harassment, the 30-hour
Marijuana Smoke Out
was a huge success. First my arrest generated enormous
were carried several times on each of the major local
radio and TV stations.
Fox News from Johnstown carried the story at least
regionally, and perhaps
nationally. I was told that the story appeared on
CNN. The story
appeared on DRCNet News, and I presume, on other internet
I assume that there will be a story in High Times magazine.
The $50,000 bail generated
enormous sympathy for our cause.
Second, thousands of pieces of literature were distributed. I have
been informed that
our copying costs ran into the hundreds of dollars. The
public reception was
uniformly favorable. Hundreds of signatures were
obtained on each of
our three petitions. Charlie Miller and Carla Moquin
told me that they
were making instant conversions to the cause. No counter
protests or hecklers
appeared. We ran out of <Free Julian Heicklen>
have dozens of requests for more. Yesterday I picked up
another 250 such buttons.
Both Carla Moquin and John Weber thought that we
were at least as successful
as we had hoped. The feeling is that enormous
momentum has been
given the movement in State College.
Therefore, in spite of the fact that the planned speaking program
collapsed, our objective
was realized. You may not have had the
opportunity to deliver
your remarks. I am sure that you are disappointed
by that, and I apologize
to you. However you were part of an important
process in State College.
Your efforts and support were essential. Thank
you for your help
I hope that you will stick with us. Remember that the important
thing is to win the
war, even if we lose some of the battles. We cannot
win without your help
George Brusstar, Libertarian Party candidate for PA state
Andrew Burke, Penn State student and one of the arrestees
Jennifer Corbett, Penn State Student and one of the arrestees.
Diane Fornbacher, Honey Bud Weed Whacker, illegal medical marijuana user,
John Galt, Author of Mininum Acceptable Marijuana Policies (MAMP) and
of web Station #19.
Jeremy Garber, Organizer of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Marijuana Smoke Outs.
Alan Gordon, illegal medical marijuana
No-Show at Rally
Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical
co-author with James Bakalar of Marijuana, The Forbidden Medicine,
and author of Marijuana Reconsidered (1997) http://www.pdxnorml.org/MTFM_Depression_1997.html
Dan Groves, Past President, Libertarian Party of Penn State.
Julian Heicklen, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Penn State
Founder, Smart on Crime; Organizer, Centre County Libertarian
and one of the arrestees.
Lawrence Elliott Hirsch, Attorney filing an action class suit for
Ken Keltner, High-School Senior, poet, and one of the arrestees.
Ken Krawchuk, Libertarian Party Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania.
14. Samar Lovejoy,
Marijuana Smoke Out Webmeister. http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/j/k/jkl122/weed.html
Ryan Matlock, President, Libertarian Party of Penn State.
Charlie Miller, Secretary and Press Liaison, Centre County Libertarian
Secretary, Libertarian Party of Penn State.
John Morgan, Professor of Pharmacology, City University of New York and
of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts. http://188.8.131.52/guide8-97/mythsfacts.html
Carla Moquin, Consulting Director, Smart on Crime, and Past Treasurer,
Party of Penn State.
Ben Norman, Co-Director, Penn State NORML.
Sam Richards, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Penn State University;
Advisor, Penn State NORML.
Allen St. Pierre, Deputy Director, NORML http://www.norml.org/
Ted Vallance, Professor of Human Development and Associate Dean
Penn State University; author of Prohibition's Second Failure:
Quest for a Rational and Humane Drug Policy. http://www.ndsn.org/FEB93/VALLANCE.html
Lynn Zimmer, Professor of Sociology, Queens College, City University
New York and co-author
of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts. http://184.108.40.206/guide8-97/mythsfacts.html
would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.