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NJ Weedman And Rebels Defend Legalization

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It seems with the recent vote to legalize marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington, the idea of legalizing the substance in the Garden State is becoming a "growing" trend. After being incarcerated for possession of marijuana, New Jersey's own Edward Forchion is in the spotlight with his plans to continue fighting for full legalization within the state. Better known as "NJ Weedman", Forchion discussed his reasoning as to why he puts himself on the line dealing with the current legal system.

"I put the message to the people that the law is wrong and not I," Forchion said.

Forchion also discussed the importance of his advocacy and the reasoning behind his position.

"There are 22,000 New Jerseyans getting arrested every year for marijuana, 800,000 nationally, for nothing. The laws wrong, no one should be going to jail for any amount of marijuana," he said.

Along with supporters, Forchion is planning a peaceful protest at the New Jersey State house on April 20th, synonymous with marijuana culture of "420".

Forchion isn't the only one who agrees with this notion. Artists such as New Jersey rap group "NJ Rebels", also agree that marijuana should be legalized in the state. Going by the names of Krash, Kush, and Nah Marley, the group discussed why marijuana shouldn't be viewed as negative when dealing with hip hop culture and society in general.

"A lot of people now a days associate drugs and recreational use to hip hop and think that’s what we’re all about, but there are a lot of positive uses to using marijuana as well. Like people who have AIDS or cancer or stuff like that; and there isn’t anyone in history that has died from marijuana," Krash said.

"Everybody is getting locked up for marijuana and it’s something that is so petty. At the end of the day if a cop has to make his quota and he’s short, he’s going to pull over those teenagers because he’s suspicious," Krash concluded.

Whether or not you view marijuana as a racial, social, or economic issue, there is no denying that many people within the state are changing their opinions on marijuana use. Whether it’s for their own personal use or to keep young people from having a record, many people are joining this uphill battle in order to let the "greens" finally have their day.


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