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EAST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) - A Libertarian candidate for the New Jersey Senate has been arrested for the second time in four months for smoking marijuana during a protest.

Forty-6-year-old Don DeZarn was arrested Saturday at SmokeDown Prohibition, a monthly pro-pot protest near the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

DeZarn tells The Times of Trenton he was committing an act of civil disobedience and will fight the marijuana possession charges in federal court. He says he's standing up for his rights.

He pleaded guilty to the same charge after being arrested at a protest in May and paid a $150 fine.

DeZarn is running against Democratic incumbent Linda Greenstein and Republican former senator Peter Inverso to represent central New Jersey's 14th Senate district.


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