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New Jersey: Judge Sends NJWeedman Back To Jail


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Superior Court judge in New Jersey has denied longtime cannabis activist Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion's request to stay out of jail as he continues treatments for bone tumors. Judge Charles Delehey on Tuesday ordered the dreadlocked medical marijuana patient to, on September 20, begin serving the remainder of his nine-month sentence for cannabis possession.

But Judge Delehey said he wouldn't keep Forchion, 49, from his monthly treatments in California, reports Danielle Camilli at The judge crafted a sentence that lets Forchion out of jail for 10 days each month to travel to the West Coast for injections to treat his painful leg growths.

Upon his return each month, Forchion must report to the Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly to serve out his term for possession.

Forchion, a dual resident of Pemberton Township, N.J., and Los Angeles, got the jail term in March after violating the probation imposed under Judge Delehey's sentence for a 2010 possession case. He never reported to his probation officer so that terms of his probation could be set up, according to the judge.

New Jersey: N.J. Weedman Publishes Legal Motion To Help People Busted For Pot Possession

(Photo: Martin Griff/The Times)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Longtime cannabis advocate Ed Forchion, the N.J. Weedman, has turned his attention to the marijuana laws themselves. Forchion, a Pembertown Township resident, has posted a 12-page legal motion online which he said can be used by anyone arrested for marijuana possession in New Jersey.

"I'm tired of being a one-man gang," Forchion said, reports Mike Davis at The Times of Trenton, N.J. "I've been arguing these arguments for years. I'm just putting it out there. I don't care who does it, but let's get it done."

Forchion filed the brief in response to his most recent bust, after two Evesham, N.J., police officers found two joints on him after a vehicle stop on April 15.

"It's just like taking aspirin or Motrin," Forchion said. "I've got three joints with me right now. This could happen to me every day. I just about always have something on me."

Forchion argues that his arrest -- and all cannabis arrests since January 18, 2010 -- should be declared null and void.

That's because former N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine on that date signed the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act into law. The Act allows patients with specific serious illnesses to register with the state, and to buy cannabis from one of six allowed dispensaries (only one of which is open so far).

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