Marijuana Protests in State College Pa.
The following is a story about a man and a message, there is a cast of hundreds,
some are beginning journeys, some are ending journeys,
myself I find it to be a chapter in a larger book known as my life
1/15/98 On the other side of the mountain,
, a 65 year-old
chemistry professor at Pennsylvania State University, staged a one-man
Thursday, right in front of the university gates.
The professor, reclining in
a lounge chair and surrounded by
approximately 50 students and supporters, lit
a joint for the first time in his life.
"I'm not doing this for the marijuana,"
he told the Centre Daily Times (PA),
"I'm doing this because we have a right
to make free choices."
Heicklen, said that he was carrying $1,500 on
him in case of arrest. Penn State Campus Police, who were present during the protest,
declined to arrest him, however, claiming that they did not believe that the substance
he was smoking was in fact marijuana. Heicklen promised to repeat the act each week
until he is arrested and asks you to join him....
1/29/98 Heicklen repeated his act Penn State Campus Police confiscate his "joint", an act he calls
a mugging... I personally attended the event. Signs with statements "like smoke
pot go to jail but don't inhale and you can be president", were handed out to
the crowd. Alan Gordon was there
and appeared to have a lot to
do with the activities at hand.
2/3/98 Police announce that tests show that the
"joint" was just sage... smelled like marijuana to me when it was burning...
2/5/98 Once again a huge group of people gathered to see Julian Heicklen smoke
a doobie outside of PSU. The crowd of about 150 was very enthusiastic and cheered
the Pot Professor on. He gave a short speech and and lit up. Once again Alan
Gordon was seen actively participating in the event and was verbally noticeable.
Next week Heicklen vows to move the show across the street which is in a different
police district with real cops..
2/12/98 Heicklen keeps his promise today and moved his protest off campus and
into college township. A crowd of more than two hundred cheered as professor smoked
for the fourth week, the Professor lit up what appeared to be a "blunt".
Heicklen said "He did not feel any of the so called effects of smoking marijuana
and that after these protests he would in fact never smoke marijuana again. Police
intervention was basically limited to telling the crowd to keep a clear path on the
Several purported Marijuana cigarettes were passed among the crowd.
Officers confiscated several half burnt cigarettes for testing, and noted the names
of those seen with them. Copies of M.A.M.P. and other informational
documents were circulating among the crowd. The surprise twist of the week was Alan
Gordon's announcement that he has started a "medical marijuana club"
and intended to operate in State College Pa. at this and at future events. He handed
out price lists with descriptions of this weeks picks in pot and applications stating
"medical needs". He further stated that he was ready willing and able to
do business now right at the corner with anyone willing to sign the medical needs
form, with medical condition noted. He offered discounts to certain groups including
single mothers, veterans, welfare recipients and police officers...
curious thing about Alan's involvement with this "one man smokeout" is
that it would seem to appear that perhaps Gordon is running this show... He has been
passing out literature, talks to Heicklen often, is always very near as soon as the
professor appears. But he is being blacklisted by the mainstream media.
In every newspaper report, he is ignored, every television report he is just off
camera. The press has not mentioned his name once since these smoke-outs began. Which
means that someone has told them not to mention Alan Gordon. The questions are, who
has that kind of power? and what is their purpose? Something is going to happen here
soon. We will keep you posted.
2/13/98 State College Police announce that the confiscations were real marijuana
and five would be charged...
2/19/98 The press was in full attendance as about 200 or so gathered as Heicklen
and Gordon made their appearances as usual. They confirmed that some people had been
cited. Heicklen read from a prepared speech and passed out copies among the crowd.
He said, he had not received but was expecting a citation. They did announce that
a 18 year old High School student was cited for marijuana and suspended from school
for being at the protest during school hours... This weeks surprise was no smoking
of the herb... Julian said the point had been made and that "we" would
continue to meet here each week until the current cases made their way through court.
He also said they didn't want to disrupt traffic and business and that for the time
being the protest would remain on campus. But if he felt the need they would cross
the street again to be arrested... Alan as usual interjected his opinions several
times. Playing straight man Heicklen when asked if he minded said "I don't think
I could stop you could I Alan? Gordon asked the professor what he thought of his
open air Medical Marijuana sales at these protests. Heicklen said he didn't approve
but had no power to stop him from practicing his rights...