In a previous post, we shared with you the case of John Ray Wilson of New Jersey, a patient with multiple sclerosis who was sentenced to five years in jail for second degree manufacturing of marijuana and third degree possession of psychedelic mushrooms. at the time of Wilson’s conviction, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act has not yet been signed; it was only signed in January this year.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Wilson was freed from Southern State Prison after posting bail of $15,000. A court had ruled earlier in the week that he can be released as he appeals his drug-related conviction.
The New Jersey medical marijuana law will reportedly take effect on August 1, according to lawmakers.
Wilson shared: “Whenever they open the program, I would register and abide by the law.”
Under the New Jersey law, registered users of medical marijuana will not be allowed to grow their own; they will have to source the pot from treatment centers authorized by the state. Wilson was caught growing pot plants in the yard of his rented home in Franklin Township, but insists that the plants were only for his own use.
Medical marijuana advocates are unsurprisingly up in arms regarding Wilson’s case. Even our own readers left some comments regarding the issue, most of which called for the lifting of prohibition altogether. Reader Jillian writes: “Since the prohibition isn’t providing a benefit to society, and since it’s causing so much misery to so many people, we have to conclude that it should be ended as soon as possible and replaced with a system that causes far less harm.”