New Jersey cancer patient and pot activist Ed Forchion was sentenced to nine months in county jail for marijuana possession—and allowed to leave for 10 days each month to seek his preferred treatment in California.
Forchion is doing time at Burlington County Jail on a judge’s orders when a pound of marijuana was found in his trunk in 2010. Medical marijuana is technically legal in New Jersey, but is strictly regulated.
“THIS IS MY PERSONAL "REVENGE" AGAINST THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY FOR PROSECUTING CITIZENS BASED ON A LIE. THE LIE IS 'MARIJUANA IS A SCHEDULE 1 DRUG.' I'M ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO FIGHT BACK,” Forchion writes on his website.
“PLEASE Follow Bob Marley's words. 'Get up stand up, stand up for your rights,'" he urges.
Forchion, who has tried to legally change his name to NJWeedman.com, receives medical furlough each month to smoke up for 10 days in California.
“I’m going back to Burlington County Jail,” Forchion told a columnist at the Trentonian from a Los Angeles bus stop on the way back from a trip.
“It’s boring. I just sit there in jail with a whole bunch of people who are wasting their lives. Boring. That’s the number one thing. And it doesn’t do one thing. What am I being corrected on? The state already legalized medical marijuana. I’m a medical marijuana patient. This is punishment for being outspoken and right.”
Forchion, who has appealed his case, is due to finish his time at the end of February.