trentonian 420 2014 1TRENTON (AP) — Dozens of activists and community members have gathered at the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse to show their support for legalizing marijuana.

Several speakers urged the crowd of about 150 people to push state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. They also urged them to vote out those who oppose those ideas and criticized drug sentencing laws, which they claim unfairly target minorities.

The rally organized by Ed Forchion, also known to many as NJ WEEDMAN was one of many similar rallies held nationwide marking the traditional pot holiday of April 20, a day for marijuana activists to defiantly light up to protest the drug being outlawed.

“On this family day (of Easter), think of how many people are in a cage due to a plant,” Forchion said, drawing loud applause from the crowd. His comments came after he led participants on a march through downtown Trenton that included a stop at the federal courthouse.

Supporters also called on Gov. Chris Christie to stop “interfering” with the state’s medical marijuana program and instead do what he can to help patients.

“So many people are suffering needlessly” said Ken Wolski, director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of New Jersey. He noted that research has found that various strains of marijuana help with different conditions and symptoms, such as controlling or easing nausea and pain.

Among those in attendance at the rally was Jawara McIntosh, the youngest son of noted Reggae musician and pro-marijuana activist Peter Tosh.

McIntosh, who performed his father’s song “Legalize It,” is awaiting trial on charges he possessed more than 25 pounds of marijuana. Authorities say the drugs were found following a June 2013 traffic stop.

Forchion and the crowd were careful not to light up on state property, however and moved the entire protest across the street, at which point the crowd lit up in unison.





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