Man faces up to 20 years in prison for growing 17 marijuana plants in Pine Barrens

An Ocean County jury this week convicted an Atlantic County man for growing marijuana in the Pine Barrens.

Jon Peditto, 54, maintained throughout his trial in Toms River that he grew the 17 marijuana plants found by police in Tuckerton in 2012, according to a report

Authorities also found more than three pounds of marijuana in his home, reported

He was charged with maintaining a drug production facility, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

The jury convicted Peditto on Thursday of operating a marijuana production facility and marijuana possession but acquitted him of intent to distribute marijuana, according to the report.

Peditto, who represented himself at trial, said prosecutors were making him out to be a pot tycoon but really he's just a gardener trying to cultivate a better strain. He said the marijuana was for his...

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