Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion has large, painful tumors in his leg. NJWeedman also suffers from headaches, depression, and stress. NJWeedman uses medical marijuana to treat his symptoms, rather than use harmful pharmaceuticals. “I smoked a joint this morning, and I’ll probably smoke one at lunchtime,” NJWeedman told Philly Burbs. “I don’t pop a Tylenol. I just twist one off.”
NJWeedman is facing charges in New Jersey for a traffic stop in which medical marijuana was found in his car’s trunk two years ago. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted. I know that NJWeedman’s California medical marijuana card isn’t valid in New Jersey, but as NJWeedman told Philly Burbs, ““I don’t see why I have to change my method of treatment every time I cross state lines. The marijuana was for me.”
Anyone with compassion would hear NJWeedman’s words and take them at face value. But apparently Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano doesn’t believe in compassion. Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano is ‘gone off the reefer madness.’ This is how Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano described NJWeedman in court, “Mr. Forchion is a charlatan. He is a wolf in hemp clothing.” In a case that has NOTHING to do with hemp, the prosecutor is trying to inject his own political views by saying tongue-in-cheek comments to jurors.
Prosecutor Michael Luciano had the audacity to claim that NJWeedman wants to, “couch his criminal activity into some political discussion. … He wants to turn it into a referendum.” Really Mr. Luciano? I would argue that your witch hunt is more of an attempt to get into ‘some political discussion.’ NJWeedman is barred from discussing New Jersey’s medical marijuana act in court. NJWeedman is also barred from arguing that New Jersey’s criminal code is unconstitutional and conflicts with the medical marijuana law. Mr. Luciano can hurl comments about hemp in court but NJWeedman can’t argue legal merits of medical marijuana in New Jersey. How is that a fair trial? Below is a video of NJWeedman on the Glenn Beck show, which still blows my mind: