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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Jersey Man Appealing Marijuana Conviction After Serving Sentence

The drug laws in this country are constantly changing.  Marijuana, which has been decriminalized for a number of years, has been legalized for medical and even recreational use in some states.  In other states, people have done, are doing or are facing hard time for crimes involving the drug.  Some individuals, like a controversial New Jersey man, are challenging their convictions.  

Edward Forchion, a.k.a. N.J. Weedman and past Congressional hopeful, is a Rastafarian who was arrested for possession of marijuana in 2010. During a traffic stop, police found one pound of the drug in the trunk of his car and arrested him for possession.  He served nearly nine months in jail as a result of his conviction but has decided to continue his appeal nonetheless.  

Forchion is being assisted by an attorney but proceeding with his case pro se and has based his appeal on various points.  He claims that the New Jersey medical marijuana law is in direct conflict with the criminal law.  He also alleges that the marijuana laws cause discrimination as four times as many African Americans face convictions for marijuana as compared to Caucasians.  Forchion has also added that his conviction should have been stayed when he was receiving medical treatment and even a claim juror bias relating to his Congressional bid.  

The New Jersey criminal law still holds that possession of marijuana is illegal and it is unlikely that anything but legislative action will change that in the near future.  Whether or not that will happen is unclear.

Drug crimes, even those involving marijuana, are serious matters and can lead to long sentences.  If you have been arrested for or charged with a drug crime it is important that you consult with an attorney right away in order to preserve your rights.  The Burlington County, New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at Sitzler and Sitzler can help you.  Contact us at (609)267-1101 for a consultation today. 

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