- - Thursday, May 10, 2012

NEW JERSEY

MOUNT HOLLY — Jurors in New Jersey have delivered a mixed verdict at the trial of a marijuana activist who lives in California and goes by the name “NJWeedman.”

The panel in Mount Holly on Wednesday convicted Ed Forchion of possession of a pound of pot in the trunk of his car. However, they could not reach a verdict on whether he intended to distribute it.

The 47-year-old moved to Los Angeles several years ago to run a medical marijuana dispensary. He was arrested during a traffic stop in April 2010.

He could not use New Jersey’s medical marijuana law as a defense.

Forchion told the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill he was happy he didn’t get thrown in jail while he awaits a retrial for the distribution charge.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Ceremonies statewide mark Confederate Memorial Day

CHARLESTON — Confederate Memorial Day was observed Thursday in South Carolina, the state where the Civil War began.

A holiday to honor Southerners who fell fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War is officially observed in nine states of the Old Confederacy, but they are held at different times of the year.

In the Carolinas, Confederate Memorial Day is May 10th, the day Gen. Stonewall Jackson died in 1863.

In Charleston, events to mark the occasion were scheduled for the Battery, in Washington Park next to City Hall and later in the day at the Confederate Soldiers Ground at Magnolia Cemetery.

State lawmakers got the day off to observe the holiday.

NEW YORK

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