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Pot Patriotism Plus Jury Nullification Equals US vs. Heicklen

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director December 21, 2011

    George Washington University law professor and longtime jury nullification proponent Paul Butler pens a noteworthy op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times.

    Notable not only because of the important subject matter vis-à-vis the first example proffered by Professor Butler, but also too because of the defendant in the case at bar cited.

    Professor Julian Heicklen has been protesting Cannabis Prohibition laws since the mid 1990s, mainly around the Penn State campus where he was a longtime Chemistry professor, principally by causing a ruckus around jury nullification and protesting without permits.

    Here is a related story NORML featured about Prof. Heicklen in 1998.

    Well, to his ever-loving credit, in his retirement, this 79-year-old freedom loving activist is still–through his own pain and suffering–working hard to inform the public and potential jurors that they (better said, we) all have the right to vote our conscience when in judgment of our fellow citizens in a criminal court of law.

    I too join Professors Heicklen and Butler in what some prosecutors deem a ‘crime’ and that is to educate as many citizens as possible that they don’t have to keep upholding bad laws like Cannabis Prohibition by voting to punish citizens for non-violent cannabis-related criminal offenses.

    American citizens when acting as jurors have the right and responsibility to “Just Say No” to enforcing the country’s failed and expensive Cannabis Prohibition laws.

    Many thanks to John Peter Zenger, Julian Heicklen, Paul Butler and all citizens who fully exercise their rights to nullify bad laws.

    34 Responses to “Pot Patriotism Plus Jury Nullification Equals US vs. Heicklen”

    1. Robert Pinkerton says:

      As much as I am a proponent of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, I say that that is only for repelling interpersonal criminal aggression, rather than functioning any more as a check on government. Rather, now, it is Jury Nullification which is the citizens’ optimum weapon of resistance against unconscionable government action. The autonomy of the jury must remain sacrosanct — and judges who try to repress or contravene jury nullification should be impeached.

    2. Facts says:

      Pharma is running the World and Government .It doesn’t matter what anyone says .The Corporations / industries control the government who control you the people .

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    4. One has to be very careful with jury nullification; it can do good, or bad.

    5. Buster Jones says:

      Problem cant send or mabey receive e-mail. But anybody that knows me at all, I will say give um hell i know I will be working for legal pot in any form this 69 year old man can. Peace and FREEDOM is norml.

    6. Sinistry says:

      I recently spoke with an attorney regarding this subject and he informed me that often, during the jury selection process, a prosecutor has the right to dismiss a potential juror who indicates that he/she will not hold up the law (read willing to nullify). My question is how can a cannabis legalization proponent find himself before a jury of his peers if the “peers” in question have been hand-picked by the prosecution to disregard their constitutional duty and only adhere to the law as it is written, not as it should be?

    7. Denver WMD says:

      We have the power educate the masses, flex your cerebellum.

    8. The Oracle says:

      Yeah, they screen you out of the jury pool.

      Diane F. behind this story? Hi Diane!

      I’d like to see Barney Frank open up a cannabis club or, better yet, a cannabis coffeeshop in Massachusetts, let’s say Martha’s Vineyard and/or Boston. Barney as The Consigliere! Outspoken advocate for cannabis, and against senseless anti-cannabis laws. If the GBLT community wants a cash cow, Whoomp There It Is!

    9. what the mayors can do
      smokingspirit | 21 December, 2011 20:29

      Occupy what the mayors can do
      #1. Put a tax on Vacant property that doubles each year

      2. Stop all foreclosures in the city- banks must adjust to current times no mortgage should exceed ¼ income to mortgage ratio

      3 Strengthen squatters rights vacant property over two years are eligible if the new occupant makes continued improvements for over 1 year

      4. Vacant lots – port-a- potties and hot showers for the campers

      5. Eminate domain- vacant sky scrapers new low income 1& 2 bedroom units

      (Creates jobs)

      · What built the economy in the 1950s- that only one person in the house had to work?

      · Bars, night clubs open more and make sure the patrons are not harassed ( creates jobs for plumbers, electricians, coffee and other machines)

      · More weed dispensers Amsterdam style coffee shops

      · More Home grown organic tobacco shops- break the monopoly of the one brand issue

      · Dedicate a park for campers in the city

      · Release all prisoners who are non violent end the drug war -every arrest equals a failure more peace officers not police.

      · City/ nation wide tax .01% tax on all financial transactions paid directly to all the people to supplement their income.

      · Encourage more alternative vehicles – Hemp fuel production- engine modifications in the city I.e. Like Vancouver

      Written by Smoking Spirit @ http://www.smokingspirit123.com

      Occupy2012@hotmail.com

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      Occupy Definition:
      smokingspirit | 08 December, 2011 15:17

      Occupy Definition: the act of occupying or the taking of a public place as a peaceful act of protest- a demonstration to petition the powers that be against corporate and political corruption – the loss of personal freedom – financial deprivation of its citizens and other basic natural rights- Parks. Vacant lots and vacant buildings taken by banks belong to the public – and the citizens are entitled to the use of public lands as the judge declared in Tennessee none has a right to put a curfew on public land.

      An occupier is: the 99% people who are fed up with corruption- greed- propaganda and the f financial deprivation of all people.
      An occupier is: part of the community they must agree to be peaceful, self-responsible and use self-enforcement
      An occupier is: someone who in participates in someway to benefit the community- their body during marches, attending General Assemblies or working groups – making signs or giving donations, cleaning or just general promoting of peaceful resistance against corruption, financial inequities and the loss of personal freedom this police state is trying to create
      An occupier is: ready to peacefully defend the American deceleration of independence, the environment the world and our natural human rights against corporate greed and corruption.

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      we are the 99% fighting for the middle class
      smokingspirit | 11 November, 2011 20:24

      We are the 99% fighting for the middle class A whole population is denied the right to participate in the free market enterprise system, a whole population regardless of how hard they work- whether they play by the rules or not, they are denied a win. They can use economic warfare against the undesirables; “Disaster Economics” (Harper’s magazine) this applies to a good group of people; they work hard play by the rules and are forced to work just above slave labor. The more they squeeze the middle class the more the corporations can profit, the more people drop off the edge for the middle class has been under attack for decades as more and more of them are squeezed into poverty keep falling off the edge. The working poor are one or two paychecks away from being homeless and broke. Unemployed trying to seek welfare or a job, becoming homeless and then criminalized, loitering- vagrancy- tickets- all the while health care denied- and the right to self-determination, self-enforcement and self-responsibility demonized, demonized for having a smoke or a beer as the pharmaceutical companies flood the streets with their chemicals. Sleeping on the streets begging for change until they steal, and then feed the prison empire where the state will torture and convert them, after they break their spirit. It is the people of the 99% that are working not only to help the homeless, that some of them already are; but the 99% is working toward truth liberty justice individual freedom ,economic justice, and an end to corruption not just for the poor but for the middle class too, whether or not you want to accept it, it is the protestors who are working to help the middle class, for when you end the suffering for others you can end the suffering for yourself. It was the unions that brought America the weekend now it’s time for them to bring us a 30 hour work week with no loss in pay read more in the book( ABOUT CHRISTIANS AND FREEDOM) @ Amazon.com Or (AN OPENING FOR THE LIVING) ALSO @ Amazon.com http://www.Smokingspirit123.comOccupy2012@hotmail.com

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