is perhaps ironic that a man that the State of New Jersey labeled a
criminal could now be considered a visionary, as New Jersey has just
joined the ever-growing number of States legalizing marijuana.
A true freedom fighter, Edward Forchion was willing to lose everything
he had ( including his own freedom) in order to promote a message that
he knew was just and, he correctly maintained, was supported by the
United States Constitution. There are few men throughout history
who have been willing to sacrifice as much as Edward Forchion for the
principles he believes in and, in the end, his principles were totally
And so begins the memoirs of the man,
most know as the notorious New Jersey Weedman!Ed
Forchion aka NJ Weedman has achieved cult status in the
medical marijuana community and beyond for his stance as an advocate
for his right to legally smoke marijuana.
A well known cannabis activist, even
before its legalization in several states, he founded the Legalize
Marijuana Party in 1998. An avowed
Rastafarian rebel, the former New Jersey resident openly and
indiscriminately incorporated the use of marijuana in his daily
practices and spiritual belief system, much to the chagrin of the
state's local authorities. His legend was confirmed when he was
arrested for smoking the sacred herb in front of the Liberty Bell in
A disarming intellectual, with a vitae
that includes running for Governor, Senator and a Congressional seat in
the state of New Jersey, as well as a stint in prison for
various herb related charges, the self-professed "pot head"
finally tired of fighting the powers that
be. In 2008, NJ Weedman fled New Jersey in a self
imposed political exile to sunny California, a state that, per the
passage of the Prop. 215
Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and SB420 recognizes the
legal use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
"Public Enemy #420," is the
tell-all memoirs of this marijuana activist. Ed Forchion is one of the
few Black men in the medical marijuana community to actively and openly
campaign, position and politic for his right to exercise his freedom of
choice to partake in a ritual he considers sacred. Once a self employed
truck driver, Forchion is now the victorious owner of his own medical
marijuana dispensary in California on the famous Hollywood Boulevard.He named his dispensary the Liberty Bell
Temple as an ode to the basic concepts of democracy and faith.
Enemy #420" is chock full of amazing statistics about the
"politricks" of marijuana as well as the page turning adventures of his
life. From his early days of trafficking
marijuana, to his legal battles with the state officials in New
Jersey, his months behind bars and finally his sojourn to
sunny California, Ed Forchion spins a tale of "high" drama. The
fact that New Jersay has recently legalized medical marijuana, after
ten years of Forchion's sacrificing his own blood, sweat and
tears, is testimony alone to his title "Superhero of the
"Public Enemy #420 is a must read
for pot smokers, non-pot smokers and anyone who relishes FREEDOM!
For an exclusive interview with
NJWeedman and first-look review of the book, check out
the Kevin Riordan Philadelphia Inquirer at ..(HOLLYWOOD)......