Ed Forchion, aka "NJ Weedman," says his acquittal this week on drug distribution charges is a victory for medical marijuana users and for the push to legalize marijuana.
Surprisingly, he convinced a Burlco jury that the pound of marijuana a trooper found in his car during a 2010 traffic stop was strictly for his own use.
Forchion insisted he uses the drug to alleviate bone cancer and said he had no plans to sell or share it with others.
The prosecutor, however, said that is mathematically impossible.
During the trial, Assistant Burlington County Prosecutor Michael Luciano invoked old fashioned arithmetic to contradict Forchion's claims. Now that math is being used left and right to debunk claims in the heated presidential race, numbers have grown in stature.
Holding up the "turkey bag" of marijuana buds that the trooper confiscated, Luciano questioned how Forchion could ever smoke it all by himself. "The sheer volume is significant," he said.
Then the prosecutor performed a few calculations. The bag would net more than 13,000 joints, he said, and it would take Forchion about four months to use it all. That's assuming Forchion smoked two joints every hour, 24 hours a day, every day.
"Experts say one person can't smoke all this of this," Luciano said.
Forchion had an explanation. Calling marijuana "his food and his medicine," he said he often eats it. He went on to say he had nibbled on marijuana-laced cookies during his three-day trial. "I make no apologies for using the drug," he said.