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Pot Protester Must Wait For Day In Court

Written by The Two River Times. Posted in Featured, Front Page, News

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Former Fair Haven Resident Eric Hafner was protesting outside the Middletown Township municipal buildings last Monday prior to his court appearance on charges of possession of marijuana.

Published on March 16, 2012 with 3 Comments

MIDDLETOWN — Eric Hafner sees a bigger issue with his arrest in the township for possession of a small amount of marijuana late last year, as do some who joined Hafner outside the township offices on Monday.

Hafner, a 20-year-old California resident since January, was joined outside town hall Monday

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  1. In more than 5,000 years of human use there hasn’t been a single verifiable death caused by cannabis. Cannabis has repeatedly been proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee, but still our government arrests more than 850,000 people a year for possessing flowers that are safer than coffee. This is a national shame!

    Cannabis is FAR safer than alcohol, and a great many lives could be saved by giving alcohol users the right to switch to the far safer recreational drug, cannabis. Our government insists that it cares about the safety of the people, so why isn’t it doing this?!!

  2. Having suffered from multiple sclerosis for the last 16 years and knowing first hand the benefits of medical marijuana, I am appalled at the way the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the case of patient Eric Hafner.

    Eric Hafner is a 20 year old PTSD Patient from Fair Haven, now residing in California. He was arrested back in November in Middletown Twp. for possession of about a joint worth of Medical Marijuana and his pipe. He recently had to return to NJ for court.

    Mr. Hafner’s doctor has prescribed him medical marijuana and he is recognized by the State of California as a legal patient. One would think that would be the end of the case as it is painfully obvious that Mr. Hafner is a patient and should be left alone.

    Not so in Monmouth County. Despite the fact that our neighboring state of Delaware explicitly recognizes PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana, the New Jersey authorities want patients to wait two-years before even being able to file a petition to have PTSD listed as a qualifying condition under New Jersey’s already overly restrictive medical marijuana program.

    The Prosecutor seems to be sticking his head in the sand on this issue. They have tried to push a so-called deal on Mr. Hafner – offering he could enter a program designed for drug addicts known as the, “Conditional Discharge” and pay them over $2,000 in fines. Mr. Hafner is not a “drug addict”, he is a patient using a legal medicine prescribed by his doctor.

    I urge all who support medical marijuana to call Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw at 732-431-7160 ext 7522 and tell him to drop the charges against Eric Hafner in Middletown Municipal Court because Mr. Hafner is a patient, not a criminal.

    Charles Kwiatkowski

    Hazlet

  3. FYI “Conditional discharge” is not a program for drug addicts. it’s an option for first-time offenders to have all of their charges removed from their record after 1 year of no “criminal activity” – meaning, this guy – who lives in CA – has absolutely nothing to worry about, since he’ll be 3000 miles away from any cop that could arrest him and mess up that ‘conditional discharge’

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