Penn State Professor Protests Pot Laws with One-Man Smoke-in 1/23/98

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Julian Heicklen, a 65 year-old chemistry professor at Pennsylvania State University, staged a one-man "smoke-in" last Thursday, right in front of the university gates. The professor, reclining in a lounge chair and surrounded by approximately 50 students and supporters, lit a joint for the first time in his life. "I'm not doing this for the marijuana," he told the Centre Daily Times (PA), "I'm doing this because we have a right to make free choices."

Heicklen, a member of his local Libertarian Party, said that he was carrying $1,500 on him in case of arrest. Police, who were present during the protest, declined to arrest him, however, claiming that they didn't believe that the substance he was smoking was in fact marijuana. Heicklen promised to repeat the act next week.

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