Chris Goldstein+Don Dezarn Legal Fund

$5,500 of $10k goal

Raised by 45 people in 36 months
Chris Goldstein  PHILADELPHIA, PA
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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Update 33
29 months ago

We will keep you updated here as well regarding the status of our ongoing appeals and Stay of Sentence motions
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Update 32
29 months ago

Paid my $3000 fine to US District Court today thanks to all of you!!! It has been both humbling and inspiring to get this support when I really needed it. If we get the $ back on appeal or Stay of Sentence funds will be used to take the case up to the US Supreme Court if necessary. If we get the fines returned and they are not needed for addtl court costs I will contact donors and ask that the funds be donated to PhillyNORML and CMMNJ. I pledge to work even harder to end prohibition. Again; THANK YOU ALL for your help and support!
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Update 31
29 months ago

Philadelphia Weekly published this article about our case yesterday http://blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com/phillynow/2014/04/23/goldstein-continues-fight-under-exile/
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Update 30
29 months ago

Our friend Vanessa at LadyBud Magazine has crafted this beautiful bracelet to help us raise $. The first person who posts a donation of $300 or more gets it!!! https://www.etsy.com/listing/187108809/rally-day-cannabis-freedom-bracelet-100
Rally Day Liberty Bell fund bracelet
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$5,500 of $10k goal

Raised by 45 people in 36 months
Created October 8, 2013
$50
Robert Jacobs
7 months ago
$65
Anonymous
21 months ago
RW
$20
Reed Wurts
26 months ago
$100
Anonymous
29 months ago
CC
$500
Chris Chiari
29 months ago
$150
Anonymous
29 months ago
$10
Anonymous
29 months ago
$50
Robert Platshorn
29 months ago

My fines where $5,00,000 but I was in prison long enough to pass the statute of limitations for collection, (20yrs). You guys are just not as lucky as me.

AG
$100
Anne Gemmell
29 months ago
$100
John Sajo
30 months ago

Thanks for speaking truth to power.

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