Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Earlier this year, John Ray Wilson of Franklin Township was sentenced to five years in prison. The offense for which he was convicted is typically brought against drug cartels and large-scale drug pushers. Despite the serious charge, State Senators Ray Lesniak and Nick Scutari are calling for clemency for Wilson. You may be wondering why. As is often the case, there is more to this story.

Mr. Wilson suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS) and was caught growing marijuana plants in his backyard to help relieve the symptoms of his disease. Because he was convicted of a second-degree crime, he's precluded from entering into supervised probation, which the legislators say would be a more appropriate setting for someone suffering from a chronic illness like MS.

Wilson is currently free on bail pensing an appeal.

In a letter to Governor Chris Christie, Lesniak and Scutari who sponsor legislation to legalize medical marijuana recommended that the Governor commute Mr. Wilson’s sentence to supervised probation. The Senators had previously written to the Governor to request clemency for Wilson after he was sentenced in March, but have not yet received a reply from the Governor regarding their request.

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