John Wilson, the New Jersey man
who had been charged with operating a drug manufacturing facility for the
marijuana he grew to treat his multiple sclerosis, was found guilty yesterday of two lesser
charges, and now faces five to 10 years in prison.
Throughout most of his trial, Wilson (left) had been prevented from mentioning his
condition, any evidence of marijuana’s therapeutic value, or the fact that New
Jersey may be weeks away from becoming the 14th state to pass a
medical marijuana law.
In a small victory, Wilson was found not guilty of the most serious charge
(operating a drug manufacturing facility) perhaps in part because he was finally
allowed to mention his disease before the jury in the trial’s closing days.
Regardless, this 37-year-old with a debilitating disease is now facing the
possibility of spending the next decade of his life behind bars, simply for
trying to relieve his symptoms with “one of the safest therapeutically active
substances known to man.”
When will the insanity stop?