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Medical Marijuana: NJ Patient John Wilson Freed on Appeal Bond, Lawmakers Call for Pardon

New Jersey medical marijuana patient John Wilson walked out of Southern State Prison Thursday, freed on bond while he appeals his five-year prison sentence for growing his own medicine. Wilson was convicted in December of manufacturing marijuana for growing 17 plants and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms. The following month, New Jersey became the 14th state to approve medical marijuana. That law will go into effect August 1.
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Wilson, a 37-year-old with multiple sclerosis, had served five weeks of his prison sentence in a succession of local and state jails and prison when a court ruled Monday he could be freed on bond pending appeal. It took until Thursday for his family to come up with the $15,000 cash bail.

During his trial, Wilson was blocked from entering evidence about his medical condition or telling jurors he was growing marijuana to treat it. That is the issue that will be heard on appeal.

Wilson's case garnered media attention, thanks in part to its curious juxtaposition with the Garden State's move toward medical marijuana and thanks in part to supporters organized by the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, which organized demonstrations at the Somerset County Courthouse. "People with MS who seek cannabis therapy should not be in prison," said the group's Chris Goldstein.

Medical marijuana supporters Sens. Raymond Lesniak and Nicholas Scutaria have called for Gov. Chris Christie to pardon Wilson.

Until then, Wilson finds himself in something of a medical predicament. He told the Associated Press upon his release that he was not going to use medical marijuana until it becomes legal this summer. "Whenever they open the program, I would register and abide by the law," Wilson said. "You know what I mean." But in the meantime, he can't afford his $3,000 a month MS medicine.

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Jean Boyd's picture


I thank NJ for this little bit of kindness. I know how difficult it is for you to be nice to people.
Yes, he is still in the meantime though.
Turn around, cause you will do it anyway.
ANd thank you again for being better to this kind man, named John Wilson.
And thank you for allowing me to be creative to write a song about what you do, NJ.

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is the song...above. Anyone put it to a tune and play it on the radio.

Kindness? His MS meds cost

Kindness? His MS meds cost $3k a month and the state forced his family to raise 5 months worth of med money and give it to them to secure his release?

This is kindness?

End this fascism now and legalize it already!

"Prohibition will work great

"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." - Abraham Lincoln

They who can give up

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

- Benjamin Franklin

"Medicinal" cannabis should

"Medicinal" cannabis should be legal for everyone.

youtube: Rick Simpson hemp oil.

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