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Jurors Doing Justice | 31 Oct 2012

Jury Nullification Keeps NJ Weedman Out of Jail; DEA Comes Calling

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Jury Nullification Keeps NJ Weedman Out of Jail; DEA Comes Calling

Last week, Ed Forchion, a.k.a. the NJ Weedman, was found not guilty of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after being caught by cops in New Jersey with a pound of marijuana in his car. Formerly a perennial third party candidate in the state, the Weedman took his activism in support of legalizing marijuana to California, where he opened a medical marijuana dispensary. He was caught in New Jersey while visiting and wanted to use the trial to test New Jersey’s recent medical marijuana law, which requires registration and purchase from one of six dispensaries in the state. A pound of marijuana, because it is a lot of weed, automatically yields a possession with intent charge. The jury found him not guilty.

His California dispensary, meanwhile, had been raided in December by the DEA and, relentless, Forchion opened another one. The feds, though, have kept their eye on the Weedman.

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