Victory for medical marijuana patient in New Jersey!
In Mt. Holly, New Jersey, a Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion has been acquitted for marijuana possession. Good. He is a medical marijuana patient in California who was stopped in New Jersey by police. Mr. Forchion attempted to argue jury nullification. If you aren't aware of jury nullification, it simply is our right as jurors to reject unjust prosecutions. It predates the founding of our nation and our Constiution.
Its' origins are English common law and it is a check on unjust prosecutions. The only state where the defense have a right to invoke it is New Hampshire. Forchion attempted to argue jury nullification but was denied by the judge. He was threatened with contempt of court. Judges and prosecutors don't want citizens to be aware of jury nullification, though it is our right.
But, amazingly, Forchion was allowed to present his use of medical marijuana as a defense. Almost always, judges deny the ability to bring up the fact someone has marijuana for medical reasons, even in states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes! So, if you are ever on a jury and someone is charged with a marijuana offense, be suspicious, because you have no idea what information the government is withholding from you.