A Libertarian candidate for the New Jersey Senate got himself arrested at a pro-marijuana rally in Philadelphia over the weekend.
Don DeZarn, 46, was arrested for the second time in four months for marijuana possession on Saturday at the monthly SmokeDown Prohibition demonstration. After encouraging the participants of the rally to visit their representatives, DeZarn lit up and smoked a marijuana joint as police stood nearby.
Six other people were issued citations for marijuana use at the demonstration, according to Philly.com.
The libertarian candidate was first arrested at the SmokeDown Prohibition demonstration in May. DeZarn told The Times of Trenton that his arrests were a form of civil disobedience. He said that he plans to fight the marijuana possession charges in court.
“The theme of my campaign is ‘Legalize Freedom.’ I’m big on a less intrusive government,” DeZarn explained to The Times. “Marijuana legalization ties into the whole message I’m trying to get out to voters, that our government is too big. We’ve got way more important problems we should be dealing with than worrying about a group of 67 people, 10 of which are firing up a joint.”
The official platform of the New Jersey Libertarian Party calls for the repeal of all laws that prohibit the possession and sale of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
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