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NORML Plans Protest For UCSD Student Illegally Starved And Imprisoned By DEA

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DEA evilPlease be advised that on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:20 p.m., the local chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will protest the Drug Enforcement Administration’s detention of UCSD Engineering student Daniel Chong for five days without food and water.

The protest will take place outside of the DEA office compound at 4560 Viewridge Avenue in San Diego.

If you can’t be in San Diego, show your solidarity by joining the protest live online at live.norml.org.

According to news reports, Chong was arrested for smoking marijuana at a 4/20 party with other UCSD students. He was transported to a DEA holding cell and then forgotten about. During his five days in the federal cell, Chong had no access to food, water, or access to the outside world. He was forced to drink his own urine to stay alive. At one point, Chong broke his glasses with his teeth and used the glass shards to attempt suicide. He attempted to carve the words “Sorry Mom” into his arm. According to Chong, he “pretty much lost (his) mind” during the ordeal.

NORML advocates for the full legalization of marijuana so that innocent users such as Daniel Chong are not subjected to torture at the hands of the DEA. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965. NORML believes that the time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, regulation, and education.

More information can be found at San Diego NORML’s Facebook page.

Contact: Michael Cindrich (619) 262-2500 | Lance Rogers (619) 333-6882

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  1. So what will this protest accomplish? Oh maybe NORML can find a way to spend money and energy on something besides ending prohibition. I use to think NORML was king of the heros but now I know from first hand they are ZEROS. Try to get the National Cannabis Coalition to respond and see what happens, not one damn thing.  travis@nationalcannabiscoalition.com  One week later and still no response looks like we have another “send me your money” group on board.

  2.  Just go’s to show what kind of idiot’s get hired by the DEA.  These fool’s get weapons as well. People need to be fired  now. I hope this guy gets millions for their screw up. LEGALIZE IT! STOP THE INSANITY. 

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