Eric Hafner is on a mission. The Los Angeles, CA, resident who was arrested in Middletown in late November of 2011, and charged with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, is rallying against the charges.
He claims, on his Facebook page, that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and “uses medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of his illness after traditional prescription medication failed.”
According to his Facebook page, Hafner contends that he was charged following a stop by Middletown police in which he was a passenger in a vehicle. Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana is a disorderly persons offense.
Hafner claims he is facing up to a year in jail, a criminal record and more than $1,000 in fines for “using his medicine.” According to NJ statute, the penalties for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana are up to six months' jail time and $1,00 in fines. The penalties cited by Hafner and the actual statute are maximum penalties. He was charged, not convicted.
Hafner’s Facebook page further cites the following:
He is hosting a rally outside of Middletown Township Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway, at 8 a.m. on March 12.
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