Chris Goldstein+Don Dezarn Legal Fund

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Six months in prison for a joint? Two marijuana legalization activists in Philadelphia are facing six months in federal prison and/or a $1000 fine for smoking a single marijuana joint in... more


Updated posted by Chris Goldstein 7 days ago

Good news: after appealing Don was granted a new trial at the US District Court. I am still waiting to hear about my appeal. Both of us still waiting on "Stay of Sentence." We are still on the hook for $3035 in fines EACH due on April 25th unless a stay is granted. Thank you for your support!


Updated posted by Chris Goldstein 20 days ago

Don's probation has been transferred to Trenton and mine to Camden. We are subject to frequent drug testing and may not leave the State of New Jersey without special permission. This is a true irony for me as my work on reform (and doing media appearances) in Philadelphia will be severely affected. Our $6, 070 in combined fines are due no later than April 25th or we will be held in jail.


Updated posted by Chris Goldstein 22 days ago

Update: Judge Jacob Hart handed down the following sentence to us today: 2 years supervised probation; $3000 fine to be paid within 30 days; a ban from 100ft of Independence Hall National Historic Park during any future marijuana demonstration. We will keep everyone apprised of any developments and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Created by Chris Goldstein on October 8, 2013

Six months in prison for a joint?
Two marijuana legalization activists in Philadelphia are facing six months in federal prison and/or a $1000 fine for smoking a single marijuana joint in protest of federal cannabis prohibition laws at Independence Mall National Historic Park. The Eastern District of Pennsylvania US Attorney's office refused to allow Chris Goldstein and Don DeZarn to pay a simple fine, instead they must appear in Federal Magistrate Court on October 24, 2013 at 10:30AM.

Goldstein and DeZarn were cited twice in the last year during the monthly Smoke Down Prohibition protest in Philadelphia. Both have delivered speeches and then participated in planned civil disobedience actions. The rally takes place on an open area preserved for First Amendment activity and within sight of the Liberty Bell.

Goldstein and DeZarn do not deserve to be put in jail or on supervised probation for protesting America's unjust marijuana laws!

They will both need separate, highly qualified attorneys certified to practice in the local federal court. This fund is to cover BOTH Chris and Don's upcoming legal fees.

Very few simple marijuana possession cases go before federal courts each year. It is of vital importance to Chris, Don and to anyone arrested for marijuana possession to offer the most vigorous legal defense possible.

Further, the federal government should not make a practice of targeting marijuana reform activists for their harshest legal treatment.

Please make a donation today! Two top-level lawyers have agreed to start while we raise funds to pay them! Again the first court date is coming up fast 10/24/13 at 10:30AM.

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Recent Donations (37)

$4,555 raised by 37 people in 6 months.


Anne Gemmell

1 day ago



John Sajo

21 days ago


Thanks for speaking truth to power.



Justin Alpert

23 days ago


Thank you for fighting for my freedoms.



Jay Edgar

23 days ago



Cyn Ferguson

23 days ago


Wish I could be there today!



Alan Kemp

2 months ago


Thanks for taking point in this act of civil disobedience - wish I could do more for you!



Jonathan Burton

3 months ago




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Michelle Tapia

3 months ago


You got this!




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