Cannabis Activist Dana Beal Busted for Marijuana Trafficking in Idaho

Dana Beal in jail in 2011 and in New York City

Irwin Dana Beal is behind bars tonight in Gooding County Jail in Southern Idaho, charged with felony marijuana trafficking. Bail was set at $250,000.

The legendary activist, who founded Cures Not Wars and the Global Marijuana March and is a longtime YIPPIE organizer, was arrested on January 15 by Idaho State Police in Gooding, ID. A vehicle malfunction led to the police apprehension. CelebStoner has requested a copy of the police report.

Beal is known to traffic in large quantities. When asked how much, a Sheriff's Office rep said it was "quite a bit." The quantity was acually 26 pounds. In 2011, Beal was nabbed with 186 pounds in Wisconsin and served several years in jail where he survived a heart attack.

He is a survivor, but at 77, this might be Beal's toughest challenge yet. Possession of more than 25 pounds with intent to distribute in Idaho carries mandatory-minimum sentences of five years in jail and a $50,000 fine. 

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