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Multiple Sclerosis Patient In New Jersey Appealing Marijuana Conviction

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Marijuana plant (credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey man with multiple sclerosis is appealing his conviction for growing 17 marijuana plants.

John Wilson, of Franklin Township in Somerset County, said he used the drug to treat his condition. However, he says he wasn’t allowed to tell that to the jury in his 2009 trial.

An appeals court ruled last month that a judge was right to bar the testimony and upheld his five-year sentence.

A marijuana advocacy group announced on Tuesday that Wilson has asked the state Supreme Court to consider the case.

Since Wilson’s conviction, New Jersey has passed a law to allow medical marijuana.

The program is still being set up and marijuana is not yet being distributed legally to patients.

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