Saturday 8/24/96 10:00 pm -- Chicago Ben Masel, a prominent figure in the marijuana legalization movement, was arrested in Chicago Saturday afternoon following a "Stop the Drug War" march sponsored by the group Cures Not Wars. Masel was handing out flyers advocating decriminalization of marijuana near Buckingham Fountain in the city's Grant Park, where a Democratic Party event hosted by Mayor Richard M. Daley and featuring Vice Presidential couple Al and Tipper Gore was taking place. At press time, Masel was still being held, and had not yet been charged. Police confirmed that he will likely face state charges. Update: 8/25/96 afternoon. Ben Masel was released from custody Sunday afternoon.
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