by Julian Heicklen Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Penn State University We are engaged in a struggle for the soul of America. I believe that it is immoral to arrest someone for owning a vegetable. The issue is not smoking marijuana. I do not use or support the use of marijuana. The issue is whether we are going to live in freedom or in tyranny. Competent adults should be allowed to make their own decisions. Today the lighted marijuana weed is the torch of liberty.
 
A series of "Marijuana Smoke Outs" was held to protest the injustice of arresting people for pursuing happiness by using recreational drugs. These smoke outs were supported by the Centre County Libertarian Party and Smart on Crime, a citizen's lobby to reduce the prison population. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is providing free legal counsel.
 
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Marijuana Smoke Out of April 9, 1998 Marijuana Smoke Out of May 28, 1998
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Marijuana Smoke Out of April 23, 1998 Candlelight Vigil for Dr. Heicklen and all prisoners of the Drug War - June 7-9, 1998
Marijuana Smoke Out of April 30, 1998 Marijuana Smoke Out of June 11, 1998
Marijuana Smoke Out of May 7, 1998 Marijuana Smoke Out of June 18, 1998

Marijuana Smoke Out of June 22, 1998

Speech given by John Galt Jr.  May 7, 1998 Marijuana Smoke Out of June 26, 1998

Marijuana Smoke Out of June 29, 1998

Marijuana Smoke Out of May 14, 1998 1st Marijuana Smoke Out in Bellefonte, PA

 

Smoke Out of April 2, 1998 

Hello! Thanks for coming out. I have agreed to be a co-sponsor of the Million Marijuana March to be held May 1, 1999, in New York City. The dress rehearsal will be held May 2, 1998, in New York City. I will attend the rally preceding the march and join the march next month. If you can get to New York on May 2 (one month from today), I urge you to join the march. Details about the march are available at the Libertarian Party Voter Registration table.

Two weeks ago, District Magistrate Alan Sinclair placed me under false arrest. I have contacted two lawyers about filing a malpractice suit against Magistrate Sinclair. I have been informed that you cannot sue a judge, magistrate, or the district attorney for malpractice. Every other professional can be sued for malpractice, but the law does not apply to officials of the court. This is the surest indicator of despotism.

In the United States, violent crime rates did not change from 1973 to 1994 (except for murder and non-negligent manslaughter). For murder and non-negligent manslaughter, the rate more than doubled from 1963 through 1980. Since then, there has been a 23% drop through 1996. Rates for property crime dropped 37% from 1975 through 1992. Crime rates continued to drop for the last 3 years.

Yet the prison population continued to grow. Last year the state and federal prison populations increased 4.5%, and the county prison populations increased a staggering 9.5%. It makes no difference if crime rates go down, the prison population just keeps on growing. The theory is that if crime rates decrease, it proves that putting people in prison works. If crime rates increase, it proves that we are not putting enough people in prison. In either case, putting more and more people in prison must be the solution to the crime problem. Once everyone is in prison, crime will vanish. Except, of course, inside the prisons.

Our Marijuana Smoke Outs cost money. Each of these Smoke Outs costs about $85. So far, we have spent $1650 on legal fees and court costs. That brings our total cost to date to $2500. Expenses will continue to mount. We need money to continue to operate for the long struggle ahead of us. If any of you can help, we would appreciate it. Donations will be gratefully accepted. With your help, we will continue our Smoke Outs each week.

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 trial.

If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

About 150 people attended the Smoke Out. Activist Alan Gordon announced that he was starting a hunger strike until President Clinton outlined a medical marijuana program. A young woman epileptic spoke about how her prescribed medicine does not prevent seizures as well as marijuana does. The campus police stood behind Heicklen and confiscated his marijuana joint shortly after he started smoking.

Smoke Out of April 9, 1998 

Hello! Thanks for coming out. Smart on Crime and the Centre County Libertarian Party have voted to sponsor a 30-hour Marijuana Smoke Out during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts July 9Ð12, 1998. The Smoke Out will be held from noon to 8:00 PM on July 9, 10, and 11; and from noon to 6:00 PM on July 12. There will be 30 one-hour segments, each led by various individuals prominent in the movement. Of course we will need many people to hold signs and distribute literature. If you are interested in participating that way, please let Charlie Miller know what hours and days you will be available.

The Smoke Outs are catching on. Cheryl Miller, severely disabled by multiple sclerosis, used medicinal marijuana in U.S. Rep. Jim Rogan's office with the help of her husband and caregiver, JimÊMiller. Both were arrested for marijuana possession in this act of nonviolent civil disobedience. "Eating marijuana relieves my pain and spasticity," said Cheryl Miller.

I would like to say a few words to our law enforcement officialsÑpolice, prosecutors, and judges. I will quote you the words of the prophet Isaiah, Ch I, verses 16­26:

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 trial.

If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

On April 9, 1998, it was raining hard in State College. Thus the turnout at the Smoke Out was only 50 people. However 16 of them smoked marijuana. Because of the rain, we moved the Smoke Out off the University Campus and across the street into State College. We stood under a canopy to keep out of the rain. Now we had entered the jurisdiction of the State College police. The only other time that we had done this was the occassion on which 5 of us were arrested. No arrests were ever made at a Smoke Out on the University campus.

Eventually a State College police officer appeared. He notified us that we were blocking the sidewalk and an entrance to a business establishment. He asked us to remedy this situation, which we did, and he left. He made no effort to seize our joints or make an arrest.

Smoke Out of April 16, 1998 

Hello! Thanks for coming out. Ken Krawchuk and other Libertarian Party candidates will be here for the April 30 Smoke Out.

Smart on Crime and the Centre County Libertarian Party have voted to sponsor a 30-hour Marijuana Smoke Out during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts July 9Ð12, 1998. The Smoke Out will be held from noon to 8:00 PM on July 9, 10, and 11; and from noon to 6:00 PM on July 12. There will be 30 one-hour segments, each led by various individuals prominent in the movement. Of course we will need many people to hold signs and distribute literature. If you are interested in participating that way, please let Charlie Miller know what hours and days you will be available.

The following have accepted invitations to participate as seminar leaders in the 30- hour Marijuana Smoke Out during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Here is the story of a trial in the United Kingdom that involved both jury nullification and a medical necessity defense. A man who gave his terminally-ill wife cannabis to help ease her suffering was cleared by a jury of cultivating the drug with intent to supply. The jury at Warrington Crown Court acknowledged that Alan Blythe, 53, had grown cannabis and Judge David Hale had told the jury that the defense of duress of circumstance in relation to the charge of cultivation could not be used.

But Andrew Mattison, defending, urged the jury to find his client not guilty. The jury, in returning their verdict, chose to reject the judge's direction. The verdict came at the end of a two-day trial in which Mr Blythe, a taxi driver and a father of two, had argued that without the drug his wife, Judith, 48, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, might commit suicide.

Over 125 people attended the Marijuana Smoke Out of April 16, 1998, with a maximum at any one time of about 40. Of these, 13 smoked marijuana. For the first time since these Smoke Outs started, no police and almost no press appeared. State College has accepted these Smoke Outs as permissible behavior.

Smoke Out of April 23, 1998 

Hello! Thanks for coming out. I wish to thank the citizens of Centre County for their hospitality on April 20, 1998. I was provided free room, board, health club, around- the-clock police protection, and the opportunity to see some old friends and meet some new ones at the Centre County Prison. Particularly enjoyable was the guitar playing of one inmate during exercise in the weight room.

Arraignments for Andy Burke, Ken Keltner, and Jenny Corbett were held on April 20, 1998. Mine was supposed to be held on that day, but I did not appear, because I was not indicted by a grand jury. Amendment 5 of the U. S. Constitution says in part: "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or indictment of a Grand JuryÉ"

At 4:30 PM on April 20, 1998, I was arrested by two deputy sheriffs (Polly Clontz and John Peters) at my home. They performed a body search, placed me in handcuffs, and drove me to the Centre County Prison, where I was incarcerated until 1:45 PM on April 21, 1998. Then two other deputy sheriffs escorted me in prison garb, handcuffs, and leg shackles to the Courthouse for my arraignment. I stated at the arraignment that I would not participate in a trial, unless I was indicted by a Grand Jury, as required by Amendment 5 to the U. S. Constitution. Judge Charles Brown, Jr. ignored my statement and proceeded with the arraignment. I refused to sign the arraignment escorted back to the prison, still in handcuffs and leg shackles, by the two deputy sheriffs, where I was released at 2:50 PM.

I returned home by taxicab, showered, shaved, and drove to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I delivered a scheduled speech at 7:15 PM in front to about 300 students as part of Marijuana Awareness Week. Organizational arrangements were made with some of the students to start Marijuana Smoke Outs on a regular basis at Indiana University of Pennsylvania starting with the fall semester. Some of those students will attend our 30-hour Marijuana Smoke Out during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, July 9Ð12, 1998.

The Marijuana smoke Outs are catching on. Last weeks I told you about a husband- and-wife smoke out in the office of U. S. Congressman. Jim Rogan (R-Calif.). The husband and wife were arrested, but the charges have been dropped. Since then I have learned that Bryan Anderson, a student at Southwest Texas State University, was arrested for smoking marijuana in front of a police officer on campus. As a result, he has been suspended from school for two semesters. If any of you here today is from another county and wishes to hold Marijuana Smoke Outs in your county, please see me after today's smoke out.

I have learned from newspaper reports that criminal charges were filed by campus police against me on April 17, 1998, for possession of a small amount of marijuana at the March 19 and 26, 1998, Marijuana Smoke Outs. I have not received any official notification from the court. At our criminal trials, we will need witnesses that are using or have used marijuana for medical reasons. If any one of you is such a person, and you are willing to testify, please see me after today's smoke out.

Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania and other Libertarian Party candidates will be here next week for the April 30 Marijuana Smoke Out. I hope that all of you will attend and bring your friends. We owe Ken a sizable crowd to show our appreciation for his support. Also I remind you that the dress rehearsal for the Million Marijuana March will take place in New York City on Saturday, May 2, 1998. I hope to see some of you there.

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 trial.

If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

Attendance was about 120 people. About 10 smoked marijuana. The Skeptics Club had representatives at its own table. The Hare Krishna musicians marched past our demonstration. The "Thursday Marijuana Seminars" have become a happening in State College and are attracting other groups. Campus Police appeared, but remained in the background. There was no interaction between the police and any of the three groups, all of whom had amicable relations. Two of the Skeptics Club members joined us for lunch after the seminar.

 

Smoke Out of April 30, 1998 

        Hello! Thanks for coming out. I have learned from an E-mail letter that Alan Gordon that he has left the county. I gathered from the message that his departure is permanent. I was arrested again for participating in the Marijuana Smoke Out
of April 2, 1998. This brings my total number of arrests to six-4 for possession of a small amount of marijuana and two for failure to appear.  Apparently the two failures to appear charges have been dropped. My next court appearance is May 6, 1998, at 1:00 PM for preliminary hearings for the march 19 and March 26 arrests.

        As a result of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th marijuana possession arrests, I was requested to appear at University Police Services for fingerprinting prior to May 4, 1998. On April 27, 1998, at 2:15 PM I did appear at University Police Services. I was informed that Officer Hazel would be with me in a few minutes. At 2:36 PM, I inquired why Officer Hazel had not
appeared. I was informed that Officer Hazel would be with me as soon as he completed a telephone conversation. At 2:42 PM I left.

        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 trial.

        If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

        On March 4, 1998, in Washington, DC, a coalition of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee approved a "sense of the House of Representatives" resolution stating that "marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug and should not be legalized for medical use." House Resolution 372 - introduced by Crime Subcommittee Chair Bill McCollum (R-
Fla.) - was approved by a voice vote despite efforts by several Democrats to kill or amend the measure. The House Republicans believe that they can change the facts of nature by legislation. This indicates a detachment from reality, and makes them medically insane.

        Unless we are willing to be governed by the medically insane, we must replace our current leaders. Fortunately we have a political party that can return sanity to our government. That party is the Libertarian Party, the party of freedom. A delegation of leaders of that party in Pennsylvania is here with us today. The delegation is led by the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, Ken Krawchuk. Governor Krawchuk will be a champion of freedom. He has demonstrated that by acting as a
witness for us at two previous marijuana Smoke Outs, and he has promised to return again and again. It is my pleasure to reintroduce him to you. When he concludes his remarks, he will introduce the other members of the
delegation, so that they may say a few words to you. Ladies and Gentlemen, the next governor of Pennsylvania-Ken Krawchuk.

        A number of prominent Pennsylvania Libertarians were present.  These included Ken Krawchuk, Libertarian Party candidate for Governor with his wife Roberta, George Brusstar, Libertarian Party candidate for state representative in the 149th District, Stanley Long, Libertarian Party candidate for state representative in the Johnstown area, and David Easlea,
Ken Krawchuk's Campaign Manager.  Julian Heicklen, Ken Krawchuk, George Brusstar, and Stanley Long addressed the crowd.

        About 150 people attended the rally. Thirteen of them smoked marijuana.  The police did not appear.

 

Smoke Out of May 7, 1998

        Hello! Thanks for coming out. On May 2, 1998, several of us from the State College area were in New York for the Million Marijuana March dress rehearsal.  There were about 4000 people that marched from Washington Square to Battery Park.  I was interviewed by CBS, NBC, Fox News, Hi Times magazine, and others.

        The preliminary hearings for my arrests of March 19 and 26 and April 2, 1998, for possession of a small amount of marijuana were held on May 6, 1996. The hearings were called for 1:00 PM and were started at 1:10 PM. District Magistrate Bradley Lunsford presided. He started by asking for prosecution witnesses. I interrupted to introduce myself and my court
stenographer, Lahana Judy. He continued the proceedings, but I interrupted to ask who he was. He identified himself. He then asked the Assistant District Attorney, Anthony DeBoef, to continue. I interrupted and said that
I would like to make a statement. My request was denied.

        Magistrate Lunsford announced that the 3 preliminary hearings would be held simultaneously. I objected and stated that I had not been consulted nor had agreed to combine the trials. Magistrate Lunsford said that he was combining the 3 trials for purposes of the preliminary hearings, and that my objection was overruled.

        Mr. DeBoef questioned his first witness, whose name I did not get, but presumably was Penn State Campus Police Officer David M. Jordan. Then the Magistrate asked for the second prosecution witness, who was not present in the court room. Magistrate Lunsford called a 5-minute recess at 1:12 PM and left the court room. So far, the total proceeding had taken 2
minutes.

        In about 5 minutes the second prosecution witness, Penn State Campus Police Officer James Robison, was sworn in. The questioning of this witness was done by Magistrate Lunsford. I objected to the judge acting as the prosecutor, and stated that the questioning should be done by Mr. DeBoef. Magistrate Lunsford overruled my objection, and said that he could do the questioning. Mr. DeBoef did not question this witness.

        When the Magistrate finished questioning Officer Robison, he asked if I had any questions of the witnesses. I refused to answer. Then he asked if I had any testimony to introduce. I said that I would like to make a statement. Request denied. I said that he did not even know what I was going to say. He said that I was going to make the same statement that I made at my preliminary hearing of March 25, 1998. I asked him how he knew that. Then I proceeded to read my statement. Magistrate Lunsford
interrupted me in the middle and ordered me to stop. He notified me that if I did not stop, he would find me in contempt of court. I ignored him and completed my statement. He found me in contempt of court, sentenced me to two days in prison, but gave me 30 days to file an appeal. The statement that I read was:
 

        "The 5th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution requires that, in order to hold a federal criminal trial, the defendant must be indicted by a grand jury. The crime that I have been accused of is both a federal and
state crime.

        If I had been arrested by federal agents, rather than by the local police, I would have been entitled to a grand jury indictment. It makes no sense that the procedure for a fair trial depends on who happens to make
the arrest.

        Therefore I am requesting that a grand jury be convened to determine if I should be indicted. I am entitled to a public trial.  Therefore, I request that the grand jury proceedings be public, and that I be allowed to address that grand jury before an indictment is issued."

        The hearing was over at 1:28 PM, having lasted a total time of 13 minutes plus the 5 minute recess. I was released on my own recognizance, but refused to sign the bail papers. The court administrator refused to give me a copy of the bail agreement, because I had not signed. My arraignment is set for June 1, 1998, at 1:00 PM; my pre-trial conference, for July 17, 1998, at 8:00 AM; and jury selection, for August 3, 1998, at 8:30 AM.

        Also present in the courtroom was my video camera man, John Weber.  Just a few minutes into the proceedings, Wayne Bradburn, a public defender, told Mr. Weber that he could not take video camera pictures and to stop doing so. Mr. Weber did not know Mr. Bradburn and assumed that he was a court official, so he stopped taping the proceedings. It is interesting
that a public defender considers himself to be a part of the prosecution.

        We will continue these Marijuana Smoke Outs every Thursday.  I will not be here on May 21 or May 28, but Carla Moquin will organize them.  On May 28, Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, will return again.  At the Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts from July 9-12, we will have a 30-hour Marijuana Smoke Out. Already 20
people have agreed to lead 1-hour sessions.

        I have been contacted by people in 11 other cities that want to have Marijuana Smoke Outs.  I am beginning to put together a legal staff.  So far, three lawyers have agreed to represent those that are arrested for smoking marijuana at one of these rallies.  I am in the process of contacting other attorneys.

        Our one major obstacle to mounting a country-wide effort is money.  Money is needed for signs, literature, bullhorns, video equipment, bail, legal fees, court costs, jury selection consultants, travel, and expert witnesses.  I am starting a concerted effort to raise money to help defray these expenses for those individuals that cannot raise their own funds.  It appears that we may need about $100,000. Please make out checks to either Smart on Crime or the Centre County Libertarian Party and mail them to P.
O. Box 11111, Calder Square, State College, PA 16805-1111.

        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 trial.

        If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

        Classes at the University are over for the summer, and most of the students have left the campus.  Thus only about 50 people attended the Smoke Out.  Eleven of them smoked marijuana.  The police did not appear.  Smart on Crime was selling official Marijuana Smoke Out tee shirts.  Starting next week video tapes of the first 7 Marijuana Smoke Outs will be
available.
 


  A Speech given by John Galt Jr. at the May 7, 1998 Marijuana Smokeouts   Good afternoon and thanks for coming out,

I have been attending these little protests now for many weeks and for the most part I have been quiet vocally. My response at my web site has been quite a bit different.. But that is not why we are here, We are here to protest the marijuana prohibition laws in this country.  Many of our opponnents say that we gather here each week to have a party and get high
on Pot... those of you that have been here know that is simply not true.

We stand here because Marijuana is medicine There were 37 medical uses when hemp banned in 1937 some of which have not been replaced  We Stand Here because Hemp is a durable long lasting fiber that is very useful to the textile industry, the new world would never have been conquered with out hemp ropes and sails.  We Stand Here because Hemp seed is a statigic food source because hemp seed can be processed for oil, which can be used for cooking or fuel We stand here because the stalks, roots and bulk make a great source of bio mass.

We stand here because the federal governments drug policies just don't make sense which brings us to the smoking part. Most everyone knows that smoking anything is inherently bad for the lungs. But to be fair lets realize that people have been known to smoke tobacco banana peals, corn silk, toothpaste,  clover, ginseng, jasmine, sage and dozens of other plants for centuries. Not to mention the six hundred different additives placed in cigarettes..

Yet has growing corn, tobacco  or bananas been outlawed? No, Why? I don't know... Then we also  get to inhale the exhaust fumes from cars, the smoke from candles, insense, factories and camp fires. not to mention pesticides and herbicides...

Professor Heicken says he smokes each week, because people have the right to decide for themselves, what to do with their bodies as long as they take responsibility for their actions. This includes deciding to shave or not to shave to be tattooed or not, what to eat, what to drink and even when to die and this I support that is why I am here every week to support freedom of choice and of person

I asked to speak this week because this may be the last chance to see many of you and I would like you to take the message with you, share it with all who will listen tell your politicians that we just won't take it anymore. Their are copies of a document called mamp available which  I wrote a couple years ago It is compromise with the moral right which would allow us to grow and use hemp  legally for the first time in over 60 years.

Each week Julian smokes and we all watch, Bob Dylan said it best when he said "don't bogart that joint my friend pass it over to me...well it's about time we all smoked. Now is the time to practice your right to consume by flame... be it pot or tobbaco or clover lets all light up for freedom and show our support for what is being done here for our future
 

John Galt Jr.

5/7/98
 
 

 Smoke Out of May 14, 1998 

        Hello! Thanks for coming out. In regard to my failure to appear for my arraignment on April 20, 1998, Tinsley Grey Sammons, the author of The Destruction of Constitutional American Liberty, wrote to me in an E-mail of May 4, 1998:

"Professor Heicklen is as correct as he is courageous. The Judge in this case should be issued a presentment by the grand jury for obstructing justice by a federal grand jury. If the Supreme Court does not rule 9 - 0 in favor of the brave professor, the American People will have the best reason for rebellion that they've had since 1789."

        I filed a motion to have a video camera in the court for the trials at my expense. I agreed to provide both the camera and the camera man.  The reason for this was twofold:

1. I believe that a visual record of the proceedings will be helpful for an appeal.

2. The trial is public.  One member of the public, Charles Andrew, has written to me in a letter dated March 28, 1998:

"I would be interested in attending your hearings in the marijuana case. However, I am a disabled person under the definition of ADA and would benefit form a video and audio recording of the proceedings.  I am just overwhelmed by the amount of sensory input from the participants in a hearing (minor facial expressions, vocal characteristics and so on) that with my condition I do not benefit fully from an initial viewing in a crowded environment.  I need to see the material several times and actually
study it.  I hope you can ask the court to accommodate me and others with my condition."
 
If the court fails to grant this request it will be in non-compliance with the federal civil rights laws requiring equal opportunity for handicapped persons.

        Mr. Andrew also wrote directly to the court requesting the video camera. On May 6, 1998, I was handed a letter dated May 4, 1998, from the Court Administrator, Maxine Ishler.  It stated that "Rule 27 of the Pennsylvania Criminal rules of court prohibits cameras in the courtroom."  My motion was denied.  I intend to file a complaint against the Court for
non-compliance with the federal civil rights act requiring equal access for the handicapped.

        I will be out of town from May 21-28, 1998.  Therefore I requested a continuance of my Pre-Trial conference from May 26, 1998, to June 2, 1998.  The continuance was granted, but the new date for the Pre-Trial conference was set at July 17, 1998.  Amendment 6 to the U. S. Constitution guarantees me the right to a speedy trial.  Is this the Court's idea of a
speedy trial?

        As co-counsel, I had filed a number of motions on behalf of Andrew Burke, one of the arrestees.  Because I am not an attorney authorized to practice law, Judge Charles C. Brown, Jr. filed all of the motions for the records of this case without a ruling from the Court. Amendment 6 to the U. S. Constitution guarantees to Mr. Burke the "Assistance of Counsel for his
defence."  It does not specify that the Court can require him to have one of its lackeys as counsel.  He is entitled to have whomever he wishes to represent him.

        As you know, I was cited for contempt of court at my May 6, 1998, preliminary hearing and sentenced to two days in prison.  I have been allowed 30 days to appeal the contempt citation.  However the appeal must be made to the same court that issued the citation.  This is American justice.  I will not participate in it.  I have decided not to appeal, but to enter the Centre County Prison at 10:00 PM on June 7, 1998, as instructed.  I will hold a press conference at the entrance to the prison just before I surrender myself.  I am urging all of you to hold a Marijuana Smoke Out on my behalf on June 8, 1998, on the front steps of the County
Courthouse in Bellefonte.

        The Centre County Court bears no resemblance to a court of law.  It is a Court of Inquisition.  We must force the Court to obey the law and the norms of civility. The law of the land is the U. S. Constitution. It, along with the Declaration of Independence and the Pennsylvania Constitution, must be followed!

        We will continue these Marijuana Smoke Outs every Thursday.  I will not be here on May 21 or May 28, but Carla Moquin will organize them.  On May 28, Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, will return again.  At the Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts from July 9-12, we will have a 30-hour Marijuana Smoke Out. Already 20
people have agreed to lead 1-hour sessions.  These are:

1. George Brusstar, Libertarian Party candidate for state representative in
the 149th District
2. Andrew Burke, Penn State student and one of the arrestees
3. Jennifer Corbett, Penn State Student and one of the arrestees
4. Diane Fornbacher, Honey Bud Weed Whacker, illegal medical marijuana user
5. John Galt, Marijuana Activist
6. Jeremy Garber, Organizer of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania
upcoming Marijuana Smoke Outs
7. Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical
School, co-author with James Bakalar of Cocaine-A Drug and its Social
Evolution, (1985) and Marijuana, The Forbidden Medicine, (1993)
8. Dan Groves, Past President, Libertarian Party of Penn State
9. Julian Heicklen, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Penn State University;
Founder, Smart on Crime; Organizer, Centre County Libertarian Party; and
one of the arrestees.
10. Lawrence Elliott Hirsch, Attorney filing an action class suit for
therapeutic cannabis
11 Ken Keltner, One of the arrestees
12. Ken Krawchuk, Libertarian Party Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania
13. Ryan Matlock, President, Libertarian Party of Penn State
14. Charlie Miller, Secretary and Press Liaison, Centre County Libertarian
Party; Secretary, Libertarian Party of Penn State
15. John Morgan, Professor of Pharmacology, City University of New York and
co-author of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts
16. Carla Moquin, Consulting Director, Smart on Crime, and Past Treasurer,
Libertarian Party of Penn State
17. Ben Norman, Co-Director, Penn State NORML
18. Sam Richards, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Penn State University;
Faculty Advisor, Penn State NORML
19. Ted Vallance, Professor of Human Development and Associate Dean
Emeritus, Penn State University; author of Prohibition's Second Failure:
The Quest for a Rational and Humane Drug Policy
20. Lynn Zimmer, Professor of Sociology, Queens College, City University of
New York and co-author of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts
 

        I have been contacted by people in 12 other cities that want to have Marijuana Smoke Outs. These cities are:

Albany, NY                             Austin, TX
Bloomington, IN                       Bronx, NY
Buffalo, NY                             Central Washington
Chico, CA                                Harrisburg, PA
Indiana, PA                              Lancaster, PA
Michigan                                  Stillwater, OK
 

 I am putting together a legal staff.  So far, four lawyers have agreed to represent those that are arrested for smoking marijuana at one of these rallies.  These are:

Joseph Devecka, State College, PA
Lawrence Elliott Hirsch, Philadelphia, PA
Robert Miller, Bloomington, IN
Simon Grill, Reading, PA

        Our one major obstacle to mounting a country-wide effort is money.  Money is needed for signs, literature, bullhorns, video equipment, bail, legal fees, court costs, jury selection consultants, travel, and expert witnesses.  I am starting a concerted effort to raise money to help defray these expenses for those individuals that cannot raise their own funds.  It appears that we may need about $100,000. Please make out checks to either Smart on Crime or the Centre County Libertarian Party and mail them to P.
O. Box 11111, Calder Square, State College, PA 16805-1111.

        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 trial.

        If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

        This Smoke Out had the smallest number of attendees of any of our Smoke Outs.  The maximum number of people in attendance at any one time was 15, with a total attendance of about 40.  Only Julian Heicklen smoked
marijuana.  The police did not appear.  This was the 5th week in a row that the police did not bother us.   Smoke Out of May 21, 1998 

In the absence of Dr. Heicklen, the following opening statement was delivered by Carla Moquin Consulting Director Smart on Crime, Past Treasurer, Libertarian Party PSU

 Hello!  Thanks for coming out.  We are here today to prove to the courts and to this country that we are not backing down.  We are here to show that we will not stop until the absurdity and oppression of America’s war on drugs has ended.  And we are here to stand up for our rights as adults to choose for ourselves what we will do with our bodies.  This is our goal.  Marijuana legalization is our first step toward reclaiming our rights, but our purpose extends much further than that.  We want the government to stop attempting to control what we do in our private lives.  If we can’t choose for ourselves what we put into our own bodies, then what do we have left? We want our elected officials to realize that we won’t accept the tyranny that they are trying to impose on this country.

 To fulfill his contempt-of-court sentence (which was imposed solely because Julian read a statement during a court appearance), Mr. Heicklen is still planning on entering Centre County Prison in Bellefonte at 10:00 p.m. on June 7, 1998.  A press conference will be held at this time at the entrance to the prison.  We welcome all that wish to attend—please contact us if transportation is a problem.  On June 8, 1998, we will hold a Marijuana Smoke-Out at noon on the steps of the County Courthouse in Bellefonte to protest Mr. Heicklen’s imprisonment.  John Galt has decided to hold a 48-hour vigil outside the jail while Julian is inside.  He welcomes anyone who wishes to join him during this time.  It is crucial that we show our support for Julian’s stand against the unjust court system in Centre County and against the senseless drug laws of this country.
 

 Next Thursday, May 28th, Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, will return.  The Libertarian Party is the only political party that explicitly believes in  and will stand up for  our rights as individuals to make decisions for ourselves about how we live our private lives.  For this movement to go forward, we need to fight in the political realm as well as on the streets.  Please come out next week to ask questions and show support for Ken.

We are still planning our 30-hour Marijuana Smoke-Out during the Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts from July 9-12.  If you would like to help out with this, please contact Julian or me.  We already have 20 hour-long slots filled with a wide variety of speakers.

Our one major obstacle to mounting a country-wide effort is money.  Money is needed for signs, literature, bullhorns, video equipment, bail, legal fees, court costs, jury selection consultants, travel, and expert witnesses.  We are starting a concerted effort to raise money to help defray these expenses for those individuals that cannot raise their own funds.  It appears that we may need about $100,000.  Please make out checks to either Smart on Crime or the Centre County Libertarian Party and mail them to P.O. Box 11111, Calder Square, State College, PA  16805-1111.

We 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 trial.

 If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position and use your hands to protect your head.  Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence.  Thank you for your cooperation.
 

Smoke Out of May 28, 1998 

In the absence of Dr. Heicklen, the following opening statement was delivered by Carla Moquin Consulting Director Smart on Crime, Past Treasurer, Libertarian Party PSU

 Hello and welcome!  Thanks for coming out.

 To fulfill his contempt-of-court sentence (which was imposed solely because Julian read a statement during a court appearance), Mr. Heicklen will enter Centre County Prison in Bellefonte at 10:00 p.m. on June 7, 1998.  At this time, a press conference will be held at the entrance to the prison.  On June 8, 1998, we will hold a Marijuana Smoke-Out at noon on the steps of the County Courthouse in Bellefonte to protest Mr. Heicklen’s imprisonment. We welcome all that wish to attend—please contact us if transportation is a problem.  For $1.00 each, we have “Free Julian Heicklen” buttons available at the table—all proceeds will go directly toward financing further protests of marijuana laws.  John Galt will hold a 48-hour vigil outside the jail while Julian is inside.  He welcomes anyone who wishes to join him at any time.

Today we are privileged to have with us Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania.  The Libertarian Party is the only political party that explicitly believes in and will stand up for our rights as individuals to make decisions for ourselves about how we live our private lives.  If we want laws to be changed, we need to support candidates such as Ken who believe as we do that the government should not be involved in what private citizens do with their bodies.

We will be holding a 30-hour Marijuana Smoke-Out at this same location during the Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts from July 9-12.  If you would like to help out with this, please contact Julian or me.  We already have 20 hour-long slots filled with a wide variety of speakers.

Our one major obstacle to mounting a country-wide effort is money. We are starting a concerted effort to raise money to help defray court costs and other expenses for those individuals that cannot raise their own funds.  It appears that we may need about $100,000.  Please make out checks to either Smart on Crime or the Centre County Libertarian Party and mail them to P.O. Box 11111, Calder Square, State College, PA  16805-1111.

We 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 trial.

 If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position and use your hands to protect your head.  Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 Protesting drug laws is not simply an end in itself—it symbolizes that we will stand up for our rights as American citizens to have freedom from government oppression.  If we are apathetic about the restrictive laws that already exist, we will rapidly lose more freedoms.  The government is dictating what our morals should be by telling us that certain substances are “evil” and we should be locked up for consuming them.  If we allow this mentality to continue, then one day we will wake up to find that our choice of religion, our sexual choices, and even the clothing we wear are defined and restricted by someone we elected.  It seems silly to think about being put in jail for things like this, but we need to remember that not too long ago, people were imprisoned for drinking alcohol.  This seems ludicrous until you realize that smoking a weed that is much safer than alcohol and makes you feel calm and happy can cost you years in jail.

 Thanks again for showing your support.  We will be here every week at this time until our goal of freedom is reached—we hope you’ll join.

We had several  active protestors today.  There were about 50 people coming and going, and about 30 remained throughout.  Several people stood on the side of College Ave. holding marijuana legalization posters.  The people who passed by in their cars showed the activists and the bystanders their support for marijuana by honking their horns.  Several members from the crowd shared their opinions, beliefs, and personal testimonies concerning marijuana, including a young woman who smokes marijuana in place of traditional nauseating medicine to help her cope with epileptic seizures.  About 12 people smoked  marijuana throughout the rally.  Joints and pipes were used.  We did see cop cars driving through town but none stopped.
 
 

Marijuana Smoke Out of June 4, 1998     

        Hello! Thanks for coming out. Alan Gordon is a prisoner of conscience. He is being held in the Centre County Prison without bail, because he is fighting for the most basic of all human rights, the right to his own body.

        The purpose of bail is to insure that the defendant appears for his court dates. In Centre County, it is used to imprison without a trial. Alan Gordon was arrested for possession of marijuana. One of the conditions of his bail was that he not use marijuana. This has nothing to do with appearance in court. He kept his court appearances, but was accused of using marijuana while out on bail. He was not tried for this second offense, but it was used to revoke bail. Alan Gordon currently is incarcerated in the Centre County Prison and will be held there until his trial, which could be in 6 months. This is considered a speedy trial by the Pennsylvania Courts. In all likelihood, he will not even be convicted.

        The arraignments for my last 3 marijuana possession arrests were scheduled for June 1. I failed to appear. At 1:50 PM on June 2, 1998, I was arrested at my home by Deputy Sheriffs Polly Clontz and Douglas P. Kalmbach. I was arraigned before Judge David Grine at 2:35 PM, with Assistant District Attorney Anthony DeBoef reading the charges. I refused to sign the arraignment papers or the bail conditions. Instead I stated: "I consider this proceeding to be illegal. It is nothing more than a kidnapping. I have not been indicted by a grand jury and do not have to stand trial." The whole arraignment proceeding lasted less than 5 minutes.

        At 10:00 PM on Sunday, June 7, 1998, I will hold a press conference at the door of the Centre County Prison, where I will make a major statement. Then I will surrender myself to the prison to start my 2-day sentence for contempt of court. During that time there will be a 48-hour vigil organized by John Galt petitioning the court to release Alan Gordon and me. At noon on Monday, June 8, 1998, Diane Fornbacher will smoke a marijuana cigarette on the steps of the Centre County Courthouse. Those of you who wish to do so may join her.

        Next week on Thursday, June 11, 1998, Ken Krawchuk, the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, again will join our Marijuana Smoke Out at the main gate of Penn State University.

        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 trial.

        If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

        About 30 people attended the rally.  Six people smoked marijuana cigarettes.  The police failed to appear for the 9th week in a row.
 

Candlelight Vigil and Smoke Out in Bellefonte, PA   June 7- 9, 1998   
by John Galt Jr.
 

     A couple of weeks ago I decided to organize a protest for the global awareness days.  During a meeting with Julian Heicklen, the basis was laid out and the time set. This event took place although the fascist controlled media hardly even glanced.  This >account is by the only person, (other than the prisoners in the county lockup) who was present for the entire 49 1/2 hours !!

    Sunday June 7th 1998 A small army of a dozen descended on the sleepy county seat of Bellefonte Pennsylvania. Planned as the last event of Global Awareness Days, the mission to spread awareness, by holding a 48 hour protest and distribute literature >telling the truth about the war on drugs and Marijuana. The group expected resistance, jeers, anger, intolerance and arrests. What we got was a complete surprise...

    The event began at 9:00 pm with several people holding signs in front of the civil war memorial. The group greeted traffic and pedestrians with kindness, friendship and colorful signs. as expected no one paid much attention.

    Sunday 10:00 pm Leaving a dozen candles to hold their place the group marched up the hill signs in hand to attend the planned press conference and surrender of Julian Heicklen at the Centre County Prison. During Heicklen's long speech, Bellefonte Police arrived, and gave the group a good look over and examined our signs.

    10:30 pm Heicklen  entered the prison, and Bellefonte Police asked the group if they were planning to do? I replied on behalf of the group, We intend to peaceably  assemble at the memorial to protest the war on drugs and petition the government for a redress of our grievances as guaranteed by our first amendment rights. The Police officer
then asked how long we intended to stay there. We replied that it was the intention to stay until Julian was released from the prison. I then asked what the Bellefonte Police intended to do? The officer replied "That what we proposed was completely with in our rights as citizens, and said that they would do absolutely nothing as long as we did not break any laws." We talked while walking down the hill, our biggest fear wasn't of arrest but that considering what they had done to Alan Gordon, the court might revoke the professors bail and keep him locked up until after the
planned summer protests. We returned to the square and the surprises began...

    10:30 - 12:00 am Word of mouth spreads rapidly in small town Pennsylvania, although most of the group had to leave because of other obligations, (work, school, sleep) we still had a dozen people holding signs and another dozen just sitting in.  The first comment, we received was that this was the biggest thing that had happened in Bellefonte since someone shot a cop ten years ago. Hundreds of cars honked in support, dozens of people stopped by to see what we were doing and to ask why?

    Literature was going at an unexpected pace. One large group told us they came because the Bellefonte Police had announced "what we were doing" at the local convenience store. One confused >girl poured melted wax over the statue, she said it represented the blood of those who had given their lives for war on drugs, because innocent citizens and police are killed every day to support this civil war on drugs. She was told by members of the group that it was inappropriate, but this was a meeting of free individuals.

    Midnight full moon a dozen candles a dozen people, we are here to stay.  Midnight until 2:30 am the weird stuff began to happen. Supporters came by offering, not only their support but weed in the form of burning pipes and joints. We also received food, coffee, and hot chocolate. Automotive and foot traffic remained at a high pace. From 2:30am until 3:30am only two people sat, thanks for the company Velvet.

    Monday 3:30 am One man stands meeting each and every car with enthusiasm. The police stopped by to make sure of my safety and asked when I was leaving? Tuesday at 10pm was my answer. I was told that there was "no police patrol" until 7am.. I was on my own. It wasn't until the early morning hours that I really had a chance to
take in the memorial we were standing in front of... I immediately realized just how appropriate >this memorial was when I read the words In memory of "those who died to keep the nation whole" What would they think about the war on drugs? I wondered how many more would die in this latest civil war? I really was wondering what the statue on
the right symbolized? There is what appears to an angel with naked breasts exposed, blessing a man who is killing another man who is only wearing a fig leaf. Message here ? anyone?

    6:30 am The first supporters began coming out as well as the fascist, some angry, most confused and / or uninformed, a couple dozen stood across street, sometimes shouting go home or get a job. I replied I had a job and America is my home.  We stood our ground, by 11: 00 we had swelled to about 30 people, at least twenty were holding signs. We had planned and announced a smoke out at noon, the local press came at eleven took some pictures talked to a couple people and left before the rally began !!!

    11:45 am Rally starts with Samar Lovejoy giving a loud passionate speech, at least 75 gathered to hear the message. Police cars and policemen arrived. The Libertarians arrived with Chairs and a megaphone. I spoke next with the aid of the mega phone, >the honeybud took a seat and lite up a joint while I gave my speech. Officer's
attending the event said they smell something that could of been marijuana but they could not tell where it came from. We then took turns telling stories about the real victims of the drug war like Will Foster who is serving 93years for growing medical marijuana and Donald P Scott who was murdered by police so because they wanted his farm. and
Mary Miller who had her life saving and property confiscated because her son was accused of selling drugs.

    Meanwhile inside the court house, unknown to the protesters, Jury selection was taking place for Alan Gordon relating to his public disobedience and Marijuana possession charges. A note was sent directed to the organizers suggesting that we discontinue the use of the megaphone as we were disrupting court proceedings. Samar
rejected this suggestion and continued even louder to the appreciation of those gathered.
Court was recessed President Judge Brown and other officials as well as the prospective jurors came out on to the square and witnessed the events at hand.   As people continued to take turns speaking until after 1:30pm the talk inside
the court house was of charging the protesters with jury tampering.
 
    Monday 2:00pm We ran out of informational literature and The libertarians had packed up their chairs and mega phone leaving the protesters to continue the sit in /protest with signs flying. The police left, some people to get food and supplies so the protest could continue. The CDT showed up for an interveiw at 2:30pm (weds)Article
focused on two people left. They should have come back later in the evening Monday 4:20pm The crowd swelled again in the early evening with six to twenty persons around at any given time, some people were seen smoking marijuana. I took a 20 minute power nap to recharge. Several people who said they did not smoke marijuana joined our protest. They said that our cause was just right and fair. So to those couple people who thought we were a bunch of druggies, guess again. Most of the protesters were fully employed productive tax paying citizens, who freely donated their
time!

    A young fellow named Noamis joined the protest around five, we had a great
deal of conversation. We had at least a dozen people until after 3am around 3:30 I asked the assembled to excuse me for 30 minutes and got another power nap...

    4:20am Noamis and I shared one of the two joint's which had been donated earlier, Freezing our tails off we watched the sun rise before he went home to sleep.  Thanks for 12 hours Noamis !!!
 
    Tuesday 5:30 am Noamis and I perused the CDT and found not a single mention of the event local people were calling the biggest thing that has happened in Bellefonte in the past decade.  Just before noon someone came out and noticed me that in a surprise move Alan Gordon had made a plea agreement and was to be released from jail. The hearing was held around 1pm. I left the protest line to attend. Alan pleaded No contest to one felony and one misdemeanor. All other charges were dropped. His penalty was time served no probation, no parole, no fines, no court costs, just get on your horse and ride cowboy...

    Tuesday 4:00pm John spoke to the gathered crowd of twenty or so, that while it is not necessary to smoke or be arrested to protest, that anyone who wished could smoke at will, as long as they were peaceful and didn't offend anyone. If they followed the rules of the Minimum Acceptable Marijuana Policy. They were not likely to
be caught and that is what government has been teaching us isn't it? that it's a crime only if you get caught?

    4:15 Alan Gordon fresh from prison, a free man joined our group for a couple hours.
He said that he felt that our rally was the biggest reason he was released.!!
From 4:20pm and on Marijuana was smoked several times .
 
    9:00pm when several remaining interview all placed their last herbs into a
community plate which was rolled into a single fattie and smoked officially ending the protest at 10pm
10:00 pm The twelve remaining protesters clean up the area and march up the hil to greet doctor Heicklen. He seemed somewhat surprised but greeted us with a short speech, said he had a lot of new recruits "when they got out". He asked Me if I thought he should start coming to Bellefonte each week to host a Monday smokeout.  I passed the question to those assembled as the representatives of Bellefonte.  They asked what they had to do? I said Just show up. The group unanimously approved the idea and Bellefonte smokeouts have been born.
  Totals 49 and 1/2 hours at least 1000 cars honked for hemp !!! over 100 different people held signs Marijuana was smoked twelve times !!! 42 people smoked marijuana two people were freed from Jail 10,000 people even if they are not supporters are more aware than they were a week ago Mission Accomplished  Thanks John Galt Jr.   Marijuana Smoke Out of June 11, 1998 
 

      Hello! Thanks for coming out. Ken Krawchuk could not be with us today because of a schedule conflict. However he will be here on July 11, 1998, for the 30-hour Marijuana Smoke Out.

        From 10:30 Sunday night, June 7, 1998, until 10:30 Tuesday night, June 9, 1998, I was incarcerated at the Centre County Prison in Bellefonte. During that time John Galt organized a 48-hour vigil at the courthouse. I understand that between 2 and 20 people were present at all times during that vigil. John remained the whole time. At noon on Monday,
June 8, 1998, Diane Fornbacher and two others smoked a marijuana cigarette on the main steps of the Courthouse. About 50 demonstrators and over 100 spectators were with her. No police bothered her. The only police
intervention was to ask to keep the noise down, because it was disturbing the jury selection in the Courthouse. Diane told the police that the demonstrators would not be quieted. The police left. Diane was interviewed by Luke Michaels of Channel 10 news and appeared on the 5:30 PM news on June 8, 1998.

        Alan Gordon was incarcerated illegally in the Centre County Prison. Alan is a vegetarian. On June 6, 1998, he was fed pork in his meal. He caused a ruckus by yelling and screaming and returning to his cell. He was ordered out of his cell, but refused to leave. Three prison guards carried him from his cell to solitary confinement. Alan was limp
and did not struggle, but he "got my ass kicked." However Alan is not filing suit. Alan was released from solitary confinement on June 8, 1998, and confined to "lockin" in his cell for 30-60 days. All of this happened without a hearing.

        On June 8, 1998, the judges of Centre County Court received copies of my prison-door speech of June 7, 1998, which is posted on my web personal home page. In that speech, I pointed out the illegality of Alan's confinement. On June 9, 1998, Alan was offered and accepted a plea bargain to plead no contest to one felony and one misdemeanor charge for a sentence of time served (14 days). There was no parole or probation, no fines, and no court costs. Alan was released from prison that day.

        Last week the Committee of Concerned Scientists sent a letter to President Judge Charles C. Brown, Jr. of the Centre County Court requesting that I be given a fair, impartial and speedy trial before my peers. The Committee of Concerned Scientists is an international organization of about 5000 scientists that help fellow scientists who
fight for human rights receive fair trials and sentences.

        The Marijuana Smoke Out at the Courthouse steps was so successful, that we will hold weekly Marijuana Smoke Outs on the Courthouse steps in Bellefonte every Monday at noon, as well as the weekly Thursday Marijuana
Smoke Outs in State College at the main gate of the University. The purpose of the Bellefonte Marijuana Smoke Outs will be to help the Court remember that it must obey the U. S. Constitution.

        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 trial.

        If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

        About 30 people attended the Marijuana Smoke Out, including Keith Halderman, the Past Vice-Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Maryland, who addressed the demonstration. Five people smoked marijuana. The police
did not appear.
 


 

Marijuana Smoke Out of June 18, 1998 

Hello! Thanks for coming out.  Today I would like to talk with you about the meaning of life. "Life is no brief candle for me.  It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations"-George Bernard Shaw What is the purpose of life?  The purpose of life is to do God's work. What is God's work? Deuteronomy tells us: "Justice, justice shalt thou pursue" Thomas Jefferson tells us: "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God" You may ask: What can I do?  I am only one person. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world"-Mohandis Ghandi "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"-Martin Luther King, Jr. "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"-Edmond Burke Our goal should be the words from the Torah inscribed on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia "Let liberty ring throughout the land"

        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 trial.

        If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position, and use your hands to protect your head. Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence. Thank you for your cooperation.

        About 60 people showed up for the rally.  The police did not appear again, and there was no marijuana around so no-one smoked marijuana.  However Heicklen wore a genuine marijuna leaf in his hat.

Marijuana Smoke Out of June 26, 1998           

Speech written by Carla Moquin

 Hello and welcome!  Thanks for coming out.

     Last Monday, June 22nd, Julian Heicklen was arrested in front of Centre County Courthouse for sitting in a lawn chair and smoking a marijuana joint.  When arrested, he went limp and the arresting officers were compelled to
drag and carry him between the police station, the district justice's office, and the jail.  At the Justice's office, District Justice Hoffman explained Julian's options to him and then said that since Mr. Heicklen is a long-time resident, he is qualified for bail.  He then said that if Julian would agree to the conditions, he would be released on his own recognizance (ROR) and no bail money would be required.  However, the conditions of this were not simply that Julian attend his hearing on July 1st.  Julian also had to promise not to commit any crimes before his hearing.  Julian said that
this was unconstitutional since the purpose of  bail is only to ensure that you show up for trial.  Julian said he would sign nothing.  Mr. Hoffman repeatedly requested that Julian reconsider.  Julian refused to agree to the conditions, and the Justice set a bail of $10,000.  As Hoffman left, Julian asked him if he knows the difference between right and wrong.  Hoffman claimed that he did, and Julian told him that he should be ashamed of himself.

     Julian has been in jail for three days.  His lawyer is currently trying to get his bail reduced to $500 dollars-the standard bail amount.  It is strange that a man who did nothing more than smoke a joint has his bail set at twenty times the usual.  It makes one wonder what has happened to the priorities of our local court system.

    Julian said that the cops treated him very professionally.  Even though they had to carry him 6 different times, they were very careful not to injure him.  He also said that that the prison is extremely well run.  He's
busy recruiting other inmates to fight in legalizing marijuana.  But he's going to fight the court system every way he can.  He is determined to expose the hypocrisy and injustice perpetrated in Centre County's court system.

     Julian also mentioned that the reason he forced the police officers to carry him everywhere was to force them to really think about what they were doing and why they were arresting him.  Our goal should be to help people break out of their apathy and truly think about whether laws actually do any good or make sense.  It is important that we teach people the truth about marijuana and the arbitrary drug laws in our country.  For too long, our government has overwhelmed this country with propaganda condemning marijuana, and too many citizens take this for granted.  But as more and more people learn the truth-that marijuana may be one of the most effective and safe medications we have available-the attitude of this country will shift toward the intelligent choice of legalization.
 
    For $1.00 each, we have "Free Julian Heicklen" buttons available at the table-all proceeds will go directly toward financing further protests of marijuana laws.

    We will be holding a 30-hour Marijuana Smoke-Out at this same location during the Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 9, 10, and 11, from 12 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, July 12th from 12 to 6 p.m.  We welcome anyone who wishes to help us man tables and pass out information-or who simply wishes to come and listen to the many different speakers.

    We 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 trial.

     If you are attacked by either police or bystanders, go into the fetal position and use your hands to protect your head.  Under no circumstances, even if provoked, use violence.  Thank you for your cooperation.

     Thanks again for showing your support.  We will be here every week at this time until our goal of freedom is reached-we hope you'll join us.
 
    Thirty people showed this week.Three policemen were present during the entire proteset, so no one smoked marijuana.  The policemen also informed us that we were no longer able to use the megaphone.  When asked why for the past 6 months they said nothing about using the megaphone, the policeman replied saying that PSU had been lenient in the past.   When the police were asked why they have not shown up for the past 10 weeks, their reply was that they were told to come out today (since Dr. Heicklen is in jail).  So we did not use a megaphone, we did not smoke pot, but we did protest and we will continue to do so.
 
  Join us every Thursday at High noon at the Corner of College Ave. and S. Allen St. in front of the main gates at 
Penn State University
for a Marijuana Smoke Out Rally and now every Monday at High noon in front of the Courthouse in Bellefonte, PA       30­Hour Marijuana Smoke Out Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts July 9, 10, 11 from noon to 8:00 PM July 12 from noon to 6:00 PM State College, PA and other Upcoming Events Corner of College Avenue and Allen Street    Marijauana Smoke Out News   January - March 1998 Marijuana Smoke Out News   July 1998 Marijuana Smoke Out News   Bellefonte, PA