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As a medical marijuana patient, who also grows marijuana and provides it to others, I was saddened to learn that fellow local grower Jon Peditto was convicted by an Ocean County Jury, here in Toms River, on criminal charges that could land him jail for decades just for growing some cannabis plants, that he occasionally consumed with friends.
While Mr. Peditto wasn't using cannabis for a specific illness, he seemed to utilize cannabis as part of his daily wellness routine, and it is an invasion of his right to privacy for the government to interfere with his ability to do so. He only shared his crop with consenting adults in private settings.
Ocean County Judge James Blaney should free Mr. Peditto on a personal recognizance bond pending sentencing, and sentence him to time-served when sentencing time rolls around, to end this senseless attack on a decent, honest citizen paid for by the taxpayer's dime.
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato should be ashamed of all the police and prosecutorial resources wasted on this unjust case. This demonstrates Coronato really doesn't care about the heroin epidemic, when resources go to pot.