Dana Beal, Cannabis Activist Arrested, Again


A longtime marijuana proponent, Dana Beal, was busted in northern California for carrying over twenty pounds of illegal marijuana.

Dana Beal, known as one of the longest tenured marijuana advocates, was arrested on Saturday night (Dec. 16) in California’s, Hayfork, after his rented car was spotted swerving and driving below the speed limit.

The search inside the vehicle found 22 pounds of marijuana.

Beal was charged along with James Statzer, who was the car’s driver, for possession of cannabis for sale and felony attempt to transport marijuana across state lines, reported New York Daily News.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the two charges.

Beal, 70, and 51-year-old Statzer were formerly arrested together last year in Oregon when a they were pulled over for driving outside the line and exceeded over the speed limit. A search found 55 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Beal served three years after he faced marijuana trafficking charges in Wisconsin in 2011 and suffered a heart attack in prison. Before that, Beal and Statzer were convicted in 2009 in Nebraska for transporting over a hundred pounds of marijuana.

Beal has immersed himself in the marijuana movement since the 60’s pushing for cannabis legalization.

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