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Function of Juries & Jury Nullification | 13 Apr 2014

-New Jersey 4/20 Smoke Out Highlights Jury Nullification


We received the below press release from Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion regarding an upcoming event on April 20 at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, NJ. Jawara McIntosh, aka Tosh1, will join Ed at the NJ420 Rally calling attention to various issues surrounding marijuana law and enforcement in New Jersey, including jurors’ right to exercise jury nullification in such cases. Read on below for details. Click here for the Facebook event page.

New Jersey Smoke Out and Jury Nullification

4/20 Smoke out at the New Jersey Statehouse

Trenton, NJ—April 7, 2014 Jawara McIntosh, who performs as Tosh1, will appear with Ed Forchion, the New Jersey Weedman on April 20th, at the NJ420 Rally. Rally begins at noon, in front of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, and will call attention to Governor Chris Christie’s obstruction of the spirit of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, signed into law by outgoing Governor Corzine on January 18th, 2010.

Tosh is the youngest son of legendary Reggae icon, Peter Tosh, who’s remembered for his fiery social activism, immortalized in his songs Legalize It; Get Up, Stand Up; and Equal Rights. Following an arrest after being pulled over on Highway 17 in Mahwah, New Jersey on June 14, 2013, McIntosh was charged with possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana, an offense that could land him in prison for 10-20 years. According to Tosh, the reason for the stop was DWD — Driving While Dread.

A long history of racial profiling in New Jersey is now beginning to look endemic, leaving the State looking unable to root out racism in its police. The question now is, when will people of color regain their constitutional freedom of movement in New Jersey?

Tosh will appear at Bergen County Court following the rally, April 21st to defend his case and battle for freedom and the fulfillment of his father’s Legalize It campaign. The case comes at a watershed moment for the movement, as a further 13 states prepare to follow Colorado and Washington and legalize cannabis in 2014.

Supporters claim that the Tosh case underlines the hypocrisy of a legal situation where life-saving medicinal benefits of the Herb are recognized by the state, yet severe criminal penalties remain for those outside its medical program, explaining, “Weedman and Tosh continue the campaign of herb freedom fighters like Peter Tosh, as do all who help The Healing of the Nation. These are true Patriots.”

NJWeedman won a crucial victory in 2013 when he was acquitted over a pound of pot, successfully following a jury nullification strategy. Citing scientifically proven medical benefits, and invoking his First Amendment Rights for religious freedom, Weedman was found ‘not guilty’ as a result of his informing the jurors of their obligation to judge the suitability of the law, as well as the guilt or innocence of the accused. Utilizing the jury nullification defense, the long-time cannabis campaigner successfully demonstrated that juries, when informed of their right to make that choice, will not convict those accused unjustly of what they perceive as a politically motivated, victimless crime.

Jury Nullification, the people’s “top-secret constitutional right,” will be highlighted at NJ420. The rally promises to educate and empower those affected by criminalization of their medicine, or, as in the case of Rastafari and other religious groups, their sacrament.

The rally begins at noon at the Veterans Park in front of the Statehouse. Marchers will gather at Trenton Amtrak Train Station at 2:00 for the 1.8 mile trek to the park.
Follow the Tosh Case at www.cpunite.org.

4/20 Smoke Out