October 24, 2014
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - A pro-marijuana activist known as NJ Weedman won't be sent to jail for possessing a pound of pot.
A New Jersey judge on Wednesday sentenced Ed Forchion (FOR'-chun) to two years of probation and $3,400 in fines. He also said that Forchion can serve the probation in Los Angeles, where he now lives.
The 46-year-old activist was convicted by a jury in October of pot possession. He was acquitted of more serious drug distribution charges that could have gotten him 10 years in prison.
He argued that criminal and medical-marijuana laws are inconsistent.
Forchion plans to appeal.
He says he shouldn't have been prosecuted at all because he qualifies for medical marijuana in California for a rare bone tumor disorder.