Penn State Professor Continues Marijuana Civil Disobedience for Fourth Consecutive Week 2/13/98

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Julian Heicklen, the retired Penn State professor who has smoked marijuana in front of the campus gates every Thursday since January 22 to protest the injustice of marijuana prohibition, was at it again this week. A large crowd, estimated at well over 200 was on hand to witness the event, including several people who joined the professor in civil disobedience. "I want to be arrested for marijuana" Heicklen said, "but I am not exactly an advocate for it -- I represent the fight for freedom. I'd like to ask for a trial by jury and have a quick one (trial). It's immoral to prosecute a person for using a vegetable: it's our business, not the government's to decide what we put into our systems.... I want to nullify the Marijuana laws in the United States."

Heicklen was not arrested on Thursday, although several uniformed and plainclothes officers did approach the crowd and forcibly grab lit marijuana cigarettes out of the hands of some protesters, stepping them out on the ground. Other students, however, reportedly lit joints of their own in defiance of the police action. Local sources report that charges are being filed against Professor Heicklen and five others who were in attendance.

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