Philly pro-pot activist sentenced

Philadelphia marijuana activist Chris Goldstein lights up at 5th and Market streets. COURTNEY MARABELLA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A leading Philadelphia pro-marijuana activist was given two years’ probation Wednesday in connection with a citation issued at an Independence Mall rally last summer.

Chris Goldstein was also handed down a $35 special assessment and a $3,000 fine, which must be paid within 30 days.

Goldstein was an organizer of Philadelphia’s monthly “Smoke Down Prohibition” protests, which were staged at Independence Mall for about a year, starting in December 2012.

He was cited for controlled substance possession last August and convicted in federal court in January.

As a part of his probation, Goldstein is prohibited from being within 100 feet of Independence National Historical Park “in connection with any meeting, event, group, gathering or demonstration of which the purpose is to advocate or commit a criminal act,” sentencing documents state.

He’s also required to submit to periodic drug tests and to stay within the judicial district unless given permission of the court or a probation officer.

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