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On Saturday, around 250 people gathered across from the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton to protest current laws on medical and recreational marijuana. 75 of these protesters also decided to smoke marijuana openly as an act of disobedience. No one was arrested.
The rally, unlike others, focused both on problems with the state’s medical marijuana program and the prospect of legalizing marijuana. Most of the event was held on the steps of the Statehouse, where activists spoke in favor of marijuana reform. These activists included local Trentonian Ed Forchion, better known in legalization circles as the NJ Weedman, and local nurse and activist Jennie Stormes who has since moved to Colorado in order to get medical marijuana to treat her son’s seizures.
Lawmakers have expanded the medical marijuana program, but other bills promoting further expansion have stalled. Critics have further attacked the state for “dragging its feet on approving edible forms of marijuana for minors, not adding more eligible medical conditions to the program and an apparent disconnect between the state’s medical community and the medical marijuana program” according to lehighvalleylive.com.
The protest moved across the New Jersey Statehouse at 4:20, at which point some protesters began toking up in public. NJ Weedman also tossed out edibles to the crowd in direct disobedience of laws limiting sales of edibles for medical use. Law enforcement was present observing the protests, but no one was arrested.
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