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New Jersey’s Weedman

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NJ’s Weedman, Edward Forchion, has been brought up on possession charges for illegal marijuana.  Forchion has a California medical marijuana license to treat his bone cancer, but possessed illegal marijuana in New Jersey.  Under New Jersey law, if the marijuana is illegal, regardless if it is needed for medical reasons, you will be arrested.

In 2010, the medical marijuana law was passed in New Jersey, but Forchion said that Governor Christie has made it inoperable.  Less than 150 patients have received their marijuana, while thousands have tried and been unable to get medical marijuana.  The system is set up to fail.

The NJ medical marijuana law was supposed to protect patients from being arrested.  Forchion says that in New Jersey, “I’m treated like a criminal.  When in other states, like California, I’m treated like a patient.” 

The other option Forchion has to treat his bone cancer is pain killers.  Pain killers are highly addictive, and Forchion has been on them in the past with negative results.  “I’ve been on Percocet’s before. I’ve been on Hydrocortisone before.  They actually changed my head in a very negative way too.  Like not just that you can get addicted to them, it turns you into like a zombie.”

Forchion is currently running for office in Burlington County as a Freeholder.  Though he does not believe he will win, he wishes to protest the government’s attitude towards marijuana.   He does not believe that marijuana is a gateway drug.  He concluded, “I’ve been smoking marijuana for most of my adult life.  I don’t do cocaine, I don’t do heroin, matter of fact, I don’t do drugs…I do marijuana.”

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