Legal Loss for Man in NJ Medical Marijuana Case

Friday, Apr 9, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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Legal Loss for Man in NJ Medical Marijuana Case

John Wilson

A New Jersey man with multiple sclerosis who says he grew marijuana to treat his condition will remained jailed while he appeals his conviction.

John Ray Wilson of Franklin Township in Somerset County, was convicted in December 2009 of drug manufacturing and possession and was sentenced last month to five years in prison.

State Superior Court Judge Robert Reed had barred references to Wilson's medical condition during the trial, ruling that personal
 use was not a defense, and that at the time New Jersey had no law sanctioning the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Wilson cited Reed's decisions in his appeal and sought to remain free on bail until the matter is decided. But Reed denied that motion Friday.

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