Monday, April 26, 2010

Breaking : Court orders bail for John Wilson!

John Wilson was sentenced to 5 years in state prison for growing seventeen cannabis plants to treat his MS. But he may be released tomorrow after being incarcerated since March. A NJ State Appellate Court ruled today that Wilson should be granted bail and released to his family if he can meet the requirements.

Wilson’s attorney James Wronko confirmed the ruling, “They have stayed the sentence.”

Family and supporters were optimistic, but pointed out that John spent three weeks in the Somerset County Jail, then a week in a Trenton tranfer facility and had just been moved to a state prison complex in southern New Jersey. Some were growing concerned over his health.

Wilson’s case attracted significant media attention as supporters demonstrated in front of the Somerset County Courthouse. Initially, John was not allowed to mention to his trial jury that he lived with Multiple Sclerosis. Any testimony as to the medical benefits of cannabis was also barred.

Wilson was convicted in December 2009. The next month New Jersey passed a medical marijuana law, under which Wilson would qualify as a registered patient.

State Senators Raymond Lesniak and Nicholas Scutari have asked for the Governor to pardon Wilson.

Chris Goldstein of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey attended the trial and demonstrations. “People with MS who seek cannabis therapy should not be in prison. Thankfully for John and his family, he will now be free on bail as his case is appealed.”

John Wilson’s emergency bail hearing is scheduled for 1:30PM, Tuesday April 27 in the courtroom of Judge Robert B. Reed at the Somerset County Courthouse in Somerville, NJ.

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