U.S. attorney's son to work with pro-marijuana group at Pitt

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PITTSBURGH - U.S. Attorney David Hickton’s son has joined a University of Pittsburgh group promoting the legalization of marijuana.

Western Pennsylvania's top prosecutor said that he respects his son's right to have his own views and that he's blessed with a large and diverse family.

“I have a large and diverse family. I value and enjoy their different points of view. We live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It sure makes for interesting dinner conversation,” Hickton said Thursday.

Danny Hickton, a Pitt student working on a double major in psychology and economics, said he hasn't discussed his advocacy with his father.

“I think it’s pretty ironic that the U.S. attorney’s son would be involved in something like that,” Pitt student Nick Kovacevic said.

Danny Hickton, 21, said he joined Pitt's chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws to be more active in university groups and believes statistics support pot's legalization.

“Our main goal is really to just raise awareness and educate,” said Hickton, who is helping organize a fundraising concert Saturday at Pitt's O'Hara Student Center Ballroom.

He said he has experience in concert management, having organized shows featuring headliners such as Wiz Khalifa, Kid Kudi, Snoop Dogg and the Wu-Tang Clan.

“I've done a lot of hip-hop concerts in Pittsburgh,” he said.

The Saturday concert features local rap artist Tutto Fresco as well as other rappers, reggae bands and punk rockers.

Marc Connuck, president of the Pitt chapter of NORML, said part of the proceeds will be donated to cancer research, a veterans support group, autism research as well as the main Pittsburgh chapter of NORML.

“How his father would take it, I don't know what the relationship is like between them," said Connuck.

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