Ed Forchion, aka NJ Weedman for advocating the legalization of marijuana, began his re-trial on drug charges this week in a Burlington County courtroom. A verdict could come in the next few days.
Forchion readily admits he had a pound of pot in the trunk of his car when he was stopped by police two years ago. But he insists he uses it for treatment of bone cancer. The Rastafarian possesses a medical marijuana card in California and runs a dispensary out of Los Angeles. He was visiting family in New Jersey when he was pulled over.
The prosecutor says Forchion had the drug because he wanted to sell it and make a quick profit. Why else would Forchion have it wrapped up tightly in the trunk and also have $2,000 cash in his wallet?
In May, a jury deadlocked over a charge of drug distribution that could land him in jail for up to 10 years. Forchion had urged the panel to acquit him, noting the drug is legal for medicinal purposes in New Jersey and that he is a cancer sufferer.
The case is expected to go to the new jury tomorrow.
Though Forchion legally resides in California, he claims he has a second home in New Jersey and is on the ballot in a local race for Congress. He's run for political office on a legalization of marijuana platform before and lost.