Marijuana Smoke Outs July - September 1998   Table of ContentS  

Smoke Out of July 2, 1998 

Smoke Out of July 6, 1998

Julian Heicklen's Crusade  (an update)

Smoke Out of August 3, 1998

30 Hour Marijuana Smoke Out  July 9, 10, 11, 12 Smoke Out of August 6, 1998
Smoke Out of July 16, 1998 Smoke Out of August 13, 1998
Smoke Out of July 23, 1998

Smoke Out of July 27, 1998

Smoke Out of August 20, 1998
Smoke Out of July 30, 1998 Smoke Out of August 27, 1998

Smoke Out of September 3, 1998

           
 

Marijuana Smoke Out of  July 2, 1998 

By Carla Moquin  csm113@psu.edu

Hello and welcome!  Thanks for coming out.

 I have a question.  I would very much like to know what good comes from sending someone to jail for smoking marijuana or for growing a marijuana plant.  I would like to know how it helps society for people to be in prison, with nothing to do but learn about crime, forced to be away from their families, for breathing smoke that does nothing but make them feel good.  How is it intelligent for us to imprison someone who smokes pot to lessen the nausea of chemotherapy?   How can we justify the stupidity of releasing people who rape or murder after 5-6 years while people who smoke pot can fall under mandatory minimum sentences and be in jail much longer than this?

 I ask you how our country has gotten to the point where the police have to spend their time breaking down doors of private homes on an anonymous tip that someone is smoking weed-instead of patrolling streets where violent
crime takes place.  I want to understand how a naturally occurring plant has become our nation's enemy.  Is it because if we were to use this plant's leaves to produce hemp, the paper industry would have competition and might
have to stop cutting down our planet's disappearing forests?  Is it because hemp is so strong and useful for clothing that the cotton industry doesn't want it around?  Or is it simply that people want to control the pleasure that others have?  Maybe it's because marijuana has the potential to make some people feel good-the power to help sick people feel better without paying a doctor for nausea medication-maybe that's why everyone is so scared
of it.

I would like to know why someone who doesn't hurt anyone else in any way deserves to be handcuffed and thrown into a cell.  If someone can explain this, please tell the millions of people who believe that marijuana should be legalized why they are wrong.  Because so far, all the research we've seen points to one conclusion-that making marijuana legal is the only sane choice.

We will be holding a 30-hour Marijuana Smoke-Out with speakers from around the country 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 will be here this whole time.  We welcome anyone who wishes to help us man tables and pass out information-or who simply wishes to come and listen.

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.

Marijuana Smoke Out of July 16 1998 

By Carla Moquin

Hello and welcome!  Thanks for coming out.

The 30-hour smokeout during the Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts went extremely well.  We passed out hundreds of pieces of literature and collected over 600 signatures for the decriminalization of marijuana.
However, Julian Heicklen was arrested on the Thursday of Arts Fest for smoking marijuana and his bail was set at $50,000-without the option of putting up 10%.  This served to keep him from speaking during the remainder
of Arts Fest.  The police then forced us to remove our tables, chairs, and megaphone.  We weren't allowed to set boxes on the ground, and we were told that any signs we weren't holding would be discarded as litter.  In spite of all this, the support we received was tremendous.  It seems that there are a great many people who understand how important it is to the well-being of this country that the drug war ends.

We need to be focusing our judicial system on punishing those who truly do damage to society instead of destroying people's lives for smoking a joint. We need to admit that marijuana may be one of our most effective-and natural-medications for strokes, the nausea of chemotherapy, AIDS wasting, glaucoma, and many other ailments.  We need to stop listening to the politicians who mindlessly claim that drug use is destroying our country and realize that their War on Drugs is doing considerably more damage than is drug use itself.

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 Thursday at noon, as well as Mondays at noon in front of the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte until our goal of freedom is reached.  We hope you'll join us.
 


  JULIAN HEICKLEN'S CRUSADE (An Update)

Since January 15th, 1998, Dr. Julian Heicklen has smoked marijuana every Thursday at noon on the main intersection of the Penn State University campus in State College, PA.  His goal was to be arrested, be given a fair trial, and convince the jury to nullify the marijuana laws by finding him not guilty.  He hoped that this would lead to the eventual legalization of marijuana in the United States.

On the first occasion the police smelled the smoke and claimed that it was not marijuana.  On the second occasion a plainclothes policeman forcibly took the joint and said, "You'll be hearing from us."  Dr. Heicklen
considered the taking of the joint to be a mugging and filed a complaint against the police.  After this incident, the police have shown a courtesy that is uncommon in any profession.  The police later claimed that the joint
tested negative, although several people who had also smoked the joint vouched for its authenticity.

The third week, the attending policeman asked politely for Dr. Heicklen's joint.  Dr. Heicklen refused to give it to him.  The policeman then walked away with no further action being taken.  On the fourth week, frustrated at
not being able to get the Penn State police to respond, Dr. Heicklen moved his crusade across the street to attract the State College police who came, confiscated the joint, and charged Dr. Heicklen and four others:  Alan
Gordon (famous marijuana advocate), Andy Burke, Ken Keltner and Jennifer Corbitt.   For over 15 weeks after that, pot was smoked every week by Dr. Heicklen and often by many others, but the Penn State police never came.  Each week Dr. Heicklen offered to trade joints with anyone to prove that his was real in spite of the police claims.  Approximately 100-150 people attended each rally.

One week in which it rained, the rally members stood in State College to be protected by the roof of a restaurant.  Sixteen people smoked joints.  A State College policeman saw what people were smoking, but his only request was that the protesters make room for people to walk on the sidewalk; then he left.

Meanwhile, the five people who were charged with possession were being dealt with by the court system.  Everybody is told to appear in the courthouse at 1:00 p.m.  At 1:20 p.m. on the day of Dr. Heicklen's arraignment, the judge showed up.  At 1:25 p.m. Dr. Heicklen walked out of the courthouse.  Later,
Dr. Heicklen was arrested at his house and charged with failure to appear in court.  Dr. Heicklen claimed that the wrong person was arrested and that, in fact, the judge was the one who did not appear on time.  The charges were dropped, but Dr. Heicklen received notoriety as a fugitive.
 

Unfortunately, the Centre County court system (like many in this country) does not follow the U.S. Constitution:

1.   Dr. Heicklen was twice sentenced to prison for contempt of court for reading one-minute-long prepared statements in court as part of his defense.  He was effectively not permitted to speak on his own behalf.

2.   The five defendants have not received speedy trials (it has been over 4 months so far and none of them has gone to trial).

3.   People are denied adequate representation in court (only lawyers are allowed to represent other people).

4.  The defendants have all been denied grand jury indictments.

5.   When the defendants eventually get a jury, it will not be a jury of their peers.  The jury pool in Centre County is not representative of the population by age or geographical distribution.  In one instance, the jury pool consisted of 400 people, 4 of whom were from University Park.  However, 11% of Centre County's population lives in University Park, not 1%.  Additionally, there is a disproportionate number of people over the age of
25 in the jury pool considering the high percentage of under-25-year-olds living in the area.

6.  The courts attempted to impose a bail condition on Dr. Heicklen that included promises not to commit farther crimes.  A bail condition is simply to insure that the person shows up for the trial; it can not be used as a
form of punishment.  The courts eventually allowed Julian to stipulate that he is not violating bail when he smokes marijuana as a political protest at public demonstrations.

7.   Unlike any other profession, judges can not be sued for gross negligence.

8.  Several times, the court has assumed that Julian's arrests for marijuana amount to convictions and threatened him with a sentence consistent with this, even though in America the assumption is supposed to be that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

When Dr. Heicklen was sentenced for 2 days for his first contempt citation, a rally was held on the Centre County courthouse steps.  This proved so successful that now two rallies are held every week:  one on Thursday at Penn State, and one on Monday in Bellefonte (the county seat).
 


 

Marijuana Smoke Out of July 23, 1998 

By Carla Moquin
 

Hello and welcome!  Thanks for coming out.

 Our goal here is to educate people about marijuana and the War on Drugs.  For too long, our government has dictated what people can do with their bodies.  We believe that the time has come for us as Americans to regain the freedoms on which this country was based.  There have been many misconceptions about marijuana perpetrated by politicians who only want a cause to stand for.  We want people to know the truth about the decades of turmoil and wasted lives that the War on Drugs has caused.

We have literature about many issues concerning the War on Drugs and the Libertarian Party--which is a political party that believes in letting people do what they choose as long as they don't harm others.  We welcome discussion and questions.  Even if you disagree with our stance, please come talk with us.  We can make this country healthy again only by communicating with each other and sharing what we know.

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 Thursday at noon, as well as Mondays at noon in front of the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte until our goal of freedom is reached.  We hope you'll join us.
 
 


 

Marijuana Smoke of July 30, 1998 
 
Hello! Thanks for coming out.The pre-trial conference for my first >4 cases was held on July 28, 1998. The hearing was called for 8:30 AM.  >Judge Charles Brown appeared at 8:50 AM.

        Judge Brown stated that he would not allow jury nullification, and that I could not introduce evidence on the absurdity of the law. Joe Devecka, one of my attorneys, pointed out that jury nullification was an accepted legal defense and that my motion cited the appropriate cases.  Judge Brown responded that if he had made the wrong decision, the superior court could reverse the decision on appeal. Judge Brown said that if I
wished, I could ask the jury for mercy.

        Judge Brown denied the appearance of my expert witnesses (Lester Grinspoon, John Morgan, and William Regelson) without even looking at their resumes and bibliographies.

        I had challenged the venire because it did not accurately reflect the geographical or age population of the county. Judge Brown had denied the challenge, because he said that I did not show proof of bias. I
submitted a re-challenge with a statistical evaluation of the jury pool data. Judge Brown stated that he had not read my re-challenge, but that it made no difference, because he had made his decision, and he would not
change it.

        Judge Brown stated that neither the Assistant District Attorney nor I would be allowed to question the prospective jurors. We could submit a list of questions that we would like to ask, and he would select questions
from the two lists and ask them himself.

        Just before the pre-trial conference started, the Assistant District Attorney handed us the laboratory reports from the state crime lab that tested the cigarettes for marijuana. Each report was a one sentence statement that said: "The contents of item 1.1 weighed (amount given) and contained marijuana (Schedule 1)." No experimental conditions, results, or discussion were provided. The reports did not even state what test was
done.

        We had requested from the Assistant District Attorney the names and criminal backgrounds of his witnesses. He did not provide that information, but Judge Brown will let the State's witnesses testify, even though we do not know exactly who they are. The Assistant District Attorney said that he
would provide the information sometime in the future.

        Judge Brown did not ask us how long we needed for trial. He set the trial length at 1/2 day with a possible extension to 1 day, even though 4 arrests were combined, and the evidence for all 4 arrests has to be
introduced and cross-examined.

        The Court Administrator said that the trial date would be August 20. I responded that I had made arrangements to be in Europe, because my daughter who lives in London is expecting a baby on September 6. She gave me an alternate date of September 21, which is Rosh Hashonah, a Jewish High Holy Day when I attend synagogue. The Court Administrator said that was too bad, that I had to select one of those two dates. I refused to do so, so the trial date still is not settled.

        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 demonstrated today, but no-one smoked. Heicklen used the bullhorn to deliver his remarks. Shortly thereafter, two Penn State police appeared and stayed for the remainder of the demonstration.
 

 
Marijuana Smoke Out of August 6, 1998 

Hello! Thanks for coming out. The jury selection for my first 4 trials was held on the norning of August 3, 1998. My request for a jury pool representative of the population of the county was denied by Judge Charles Brown.

        According to the 1990 census with estimated growth to 1998 and the population of University Park as provided by the Penn State University Housing Office, the population of University Park during the academic year 1997-1998 was 11.8% of the adult population of Centre County. My final jury pool of 147 people contained no residents of University park.

        According to the 1990 census, 24.1 of the county adults (18 years of age) are in the ages of 18-21 years; in my final jury pool there was 2.8%. The county population is 55.1% of adults in the 18-34 year-old range; in my final jury pool it was 20.4%.

        Judge Charles Brown did not allow either the Assistant District Attorney or myself to ask questions of the jury pool in order to select a jury. Instead we each had to submit questions to him, so that he could select the ones that he wished to ask. This is contrary to the practice in this court. I submitted 13 questions, of which Judge Brown covered 10.

        My jury was picked from the jury pool of 147 people. Prior to the selection of my jury, another jury was picked for a criminal trial before the whole venire. Since my trial is a political trial, I believe that it was inappropriate for the venire to hear the questions posed to that jury.  It raises the connection in the minds of the venire that my trial is similar to the criminal trial. Therefore I believe this jury is tainted and I have moved for dismissal of this jury and re-selection of a new jury.

        Before the jury was selected, it was announced that the trial date would be September 21, 1998. Judge Charles Brown asked all of those in the venire who could not serve on that day to identify themselves, so that they
could be excused. This date is Rosh Hashonah, a Jewish High Holy Day, so presumably all of the Jews were excused.  I had notified the Court Administrator at the pre-trial conference of July 28, 1998, that this was Rosh Hashonah and that I could not appear. She informed me that was the date for trial. The jury is not a jury of my peers, because all of the Jews have been excluded. Therefore I have moved for dismissal of this jury and re-selection of a new jury.

        During Judge Brown's opening statement to the prospective jurors, he stated that I was being tried for possession with intent to distribute.  I objected and attempted to say that I was only being charged with possession of a small amount for personal use.  He interrupted me and said that all objections would be entered later.  Since I have not been charged for intent to distribute, I believe that the jury is tainted and should be dismissed.

        At the pre-trial conference, Judge Brown said that he would ask all of the jury questions.  He requested that the Assistant District Attorney, Stephen Sloane, and I submit questions for him to consider, which we both did. As Judge Brown was about to start questioning the prospective jurors, I interrupted and said that I had two additional questions and some objections to raise. Judge Brown said that I could not introduce those now, but that I could after the questioning was completed, and the jury retired to another room for pre-emptory strikes.

         During the questioning, Judge Brown did not cover my last 3 questions.  Question 13 was particularly important, because it asked the prospective jurors about their attitudes towards Jews. I am a person of the Jewish faith, and I do not want an anti-Semite in my jury. Therefore I have moved for dismissal of this jury and re-selection of a new jury.

        After the jury had been questioned and retired to await the pre-emptory strikes, the Judge allowed Mr. Sloane and me to approach the bench to enter my two additional questions and my objections. The court stenographer was not present and I requested her presence. She was not recalled, but Judge Brown said that he would enter my statements into the record. The additional questions that I entered were:

1. What do you think about organizations such as DARE that wish to continue prohibition of marijuana? Have you been involved in programs to further prohibition of marijuana?

2. If it could be shown that I did not have criminal intent, would you find me guilty?

Judge Brown stated that he would not permit those questions. However for the jury selection 3 hours later of Andrew Burke for the same offense, Judge Brown did ask  the first question. I believe that I did not get full disclosure from the prospective jurors. Therefore I have moved for dismissal of this jury and re-selection of a new jury.

        I raised four objections to the proceedings. All four were overruled.  These were:

1. I objected to the whole venire hearing the questions asked during the previous jury selection in a criminal trial

2. I objected to the trial date on Rosh Hashonah.  I stated that this was a violation under both the state and federal constitutions of my freedom of religion and the opportunity to have a jury of my peers, since the Jews were systematically excused.

3. I objected to the judge saying that I was accused of intent to distribute when I was not.  He said that he read the accusations and that he was correct. In fact I was not bound over for trial for possession with intent to distribute.

4. I objected to the fact that I could not address the prospective jurors or ask the questions myself.

        About two hours after the completion of the choosing of my jury, Judge Brown changed the date of the trial to October 7, 1998.  However the Jews in the venire had already excused themselves, so that they were not
included in the jury selection process. I believe this jury is not representative of the county and ask that it be dismissed and re-selected.

        The jury for Andrew Burke's trial was chosen in the afternoon of August 3, 1998. Judge Brown asked all of the questions, even though Andy had not been notified of this ahead of time. Andy had not submitted any suggested jury question.  Judge Brown used the same list as I had submitted. Andy objected to this, so Judge Brown let him submit his list right then. Judge Brown added the question discussed above about approving of or belonging to organizations that promote the continuation of prohibition.

        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 demonstrated at the Marijuana Smoke Out, of which seven smoked marijuana.  I used the bullhorn for my speech. Police cars cruised by several times, but the police did not leave their cars and
approach the demonstration.
 


 

Marijuana Smoke Out of August 13, 1998 
 

By Carla Moquin
 

 Welcome to the weekly Marijuana Smokeout!

 As we are every Thursday at noon, we are here to protest the irrational laws which have kept marijuana illegal for decades and have destroyed families, cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and kept an incredible medicine from thousands of patients who would greatly benefit from it.

We welcome discussion.  If you believe that our position is unjustified, please talk to us.  Or, if you prefer to do your own research, I can personally recommend two books on the subject: Marijuana Myths/Marijuana Facts by Lynn Zimmer and John Morgan, and Marijuana, the Forbidden Medicine, by Lester Grinspoon.  These books could completely change the way you think about marijuana. Nearly all of what our government has been telling us for
decades about this drug has been false.  We are here to correct the misinformation.

Dr. Julian Heicklen is currently out of town and will be back around September 14th.  His trial is coming up shortly thereafter.  We will keep you posted on relevant dates.  If anyone is interested in being on our email
list, please come talk to me.
 
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.  Also, if anyone is interested in purchasing books about
marijuana and legalization (including the two I've mentioned) or a videotape of previous smokeouts, please come talk to us for more information.

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.
 


 

Marijuana Smoke Out of August 20, 1998 

By Carla Moquin
 

Smart on Crime & Centre County Libertarian Party

 Welcome to the weekly Marijuana Smokeout!

We are now organizing marijuana legalization benefit concerts at the Phyrst on Beaver Avenue.  The first one is tonight; LeadBeet YellowBellies will be playing from 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.  There is a cover charge of
$5.00-proceeds will go to pay the band and toward the marijuana legalization fund (which is seriously in need of help).  We have little reminder slips if anyone is interested.  Hope to see you there!  Also, if anyone knows
musicians who would be interested in playing at a benefit concert, please come talk to us.
 
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.  Also, if anyone is interested in purchasing books about
marijuana and legalization or a videotape of previous smokeouts, please come talk to us for more information.

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.

There were about 5 people who passed around a bowl, and about 30 people.
 
 
 


 
 

Marijuana Smoke Out of August 27, 1998 
 

By Carla Moquin

Welcome to the weekly Marijuana Smokeout!  These Smokeouts have been going on since January 15th of this year.  Our goal is to teach people the absurdity of keeping marijuana illegal in this country, and ultimately to
force the government to change the laws.  We have free literature with information about the many, many medical and industrial uses of this incredible plant.  We also have information on why hundreds of thousands of
people are still in jail on pot charges despite the safety and usefulness of marijuana.

These Smokeouts were started by Dr. Julian Heicklen, a retired Professor of Chemistry from Penn State.  He is currently close to the trial stages for possession of marijuana.  His goal is to convince his jury to find him not
guilty on the basis that the laws which criminalize marijuana are silly, dangerous, and should not exist.  In effect, if juries refuse to convict on marijuana charges, this would nullify the anti-marijuana laws in a process
called jury nullification.

We welcome discussion.  Also, if anyone would like to hold a sign and show your support for our cause, feel free to do so.

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.  Also, if anyone is interested in purchasing books about
marijuana and legalization or a videotape of previous smokeouts, please come talk to us for more information.

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.
 
 
 
 


 

Marijuana Smoke Out of September 3, 1998 

By Charlie Miller & Julian Heicklen

Hello! Thanks for coming out.

Recently, Congress has exempted itself and members of its staff from drug testing.  The responsible Congress members claim that they are too busy, and that drug testing is undignified and unnecessary.  However, Congress still
maintains that drug testing will be necessary for the other 270 million Americans living in the United States.  Once again, Congress has enacted laws to which they are not willing to subject themselves.  However, this new
law is good news; as representatives of the people, we must demand that Americans are treated with the same dignity as the American people's representatives and call for an end to drug testing.  We believe that people should be judged on their actions, not on their potential to commit crimes.

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.

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.
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