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Medical Marijuana Case Coming Up

L.A. resident alleges that marijuana possession charges levied by Middletown police are not legit.

Eric Hafner is on a mission. The Los Angeles, CA, resident who was arrested in 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:

New Jersey legalized Medical Marijuana in 2010, yet over 2 years later the Department of Health and Senior Services has failed to implement the law. A recent Rutgers-Eagleton Poll (Nov 11) found that 86% of New Jersey voters support legal medical marijuana. The people of New Jersey are vehemently opposed to this unjust prosecution being undertaken in their name and demand the charges against Mr. Hafner be dropped without delay.

He is hosting a rally outside of Middletown Township Town Hall, , at 8 a.m. on March 12.

Do you support Hafner or think his plea is a bad excuse to smoke marijuana? Tell us in the comments section below.

Vanessa Waltz March 01, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I truly feel for Eric Hafner. Medical Cannabis should have been legally available to him long before his arrest. He should certainly not be facing jail time, fines, or a criminal record for using herbal medicine, which New Jersey legalized in 2010. I plan to attend his rally to protest this injustice, and I hope many other citizens of New Jersey will be there too. Best wishes to Eric in hopes that his voice of reason will be heard.
Michael March 02, 2012 at 03:50 AM
They should be going after crime instead of bothering sick people
fred March 04, 2012 at 01:32 AM
to the people of new jersey,get a grip its against the law and untill it changes its illegal to have have certain drugs,you want to smoke legally,move to the other states thats it legal
Michelle March 04, 2012 at 05:42 AM
@fred Medical Marijuana is LEGAL in New Jersey, it is the State government that is not following the law by refusing to implement the Medical Marijuana program.
Charles M. Kwiatkowski March 04, 2012 at 06:49 AM
As an MS patient of 16 years and medical marijuana user for the past 10 of them, I will be at this rally to support this PTSD patient. Medical marijuana has saved my life and has given my children a father back to play actively with softball, fishing, etc, etc. Using Rx narcotics my 3 daughters have no father as I become a Zombie stuck on the couchbed. Marijuana is the only medicine that works for my MS. Charles Kwiatkowski
chris March 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
It is wrong to prosecute someone like this. Shame on NJ!
Kelly March 09, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong - Don't you have to have a prescription from a "Dr."?? This should be used for legit cases only. ... People shouldn't be allowed to abuse the privilege - and when caught with illegal drugs - of any amount - you should pay the piper - and not make excuses - man up - and be accountable for your actions... Like they say, "do the crime... do the time".
David March 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
If you read the full article and links it is clear that Mr. Hafner has a Prescription. Prescriptions for cannabis are referred to as "Doctor's Recommendation". It's sad to see you making such negative comments towards someone with a serious illness. Medical cannabis is a legal medicine in NJ, despite the state screwing up the program.

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