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Jury Acquits NJWeedman In Marijuana Distribution Case

Posted on  October 18, 2012 by  News Admin

 Here's some great news: It's getting harder and harder for hapless, overwhelmed prosecutors to get a marijuana conviction in the United States -- even when the amount in question is a pound, and the charges are distribution, not simple possession. Such became obvious Thursday afternoon in a Mount Holly, New Jersey, courtroom, when a jury found Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion not guilty in the cannabis activist's marijuana distribution case, reports Danielle Camilli of PhillyBurbs.com. The decision came after Forchion was almost held in contempt of court Thursday morning as he delivered his closing argument. NJWeedman tried to introduce his jury nullification argument into the closing, but Superior Court Judge Charles Delehey, who had already barred any discussion of it, quickly stopped him. "If you want to make a martyr of yourself, the court will deal with you," the judge told Forchion, who was wearing a "Marijuana... It's OK" t-shirt. "You've done everything you can to disrupt this trial." Jury nullification allows jurors to disregard the law they were ordered to follow in considering the case and to acquit a defendant -- regardless of the evidence -- in effect nullifying the law. Forchion refused, during the brief recess, to talk to his court-appointed attorney, but when Judge Delehey and the jury returned, he abandoned his jury nullification pitch. Instead, he told the jury of his plight as an authorized medical marijuana patient in California who smuggled a pound of cannabis to New Jersey in April 2010. Forchion said the weed was for...