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Here on this page you will find most of the local New Jersey news stories that have been written about the NJWEEDMAN. ('Freedom of the Press')


Click LIBERTY BELL picture to read about the historic Religious Use of Marijuana case NJWEEDMAN and Pat Duff
have purposely created to challenge the current "marijuana laws" that don't allow for the RELIGIOUS USE.

World-Wide Weedman








  IN 1857 The U.S. SUPREME COURT in the landmark DRED SCOTT VS SANDFORD, 19 U.S. 393, 407, 15 L.ED. 691, decision said, "No whiteman was bound to respect the RIGHTS of a African".

  Very little has changed in the last 150 years, strong willed African-Americans still find they aren't protected by the "

 "NJWEEDMAN has limited CONSTITUTIONAL rights! State officials have denied him the RIGHT(s) to a "FAIR TRIAL", refused to allow him to present witness's, or a defense. (6th Amendment) And blatantly have restricted his RIGHT TO: "freedom of speech and freedom of religion".

State officials constantly abuse NJWEEDMAN's RIGHTS

"Weedman seeks state senate seat

1/23/2007 TRENTON – Ed “njweedman” Forchion, self appointed as “New Jersey’s most famous pothead”, is gearing up for another run at political office, and he’s holding a party in the city tomorrow to raise money for his campaign. And like everything he does, a party held by the WEEDMAN is sure to attract attention – though not always the kind he’s like.

It’s going to be a peaceful gathering of potheads,” Forchion said of his upcoming fund-raiser. He’s running for State Senate, following last years bid for the U.S. Senate spot won by Bob Menendez. Forchion, who has seemingly run for just about every elected position in the state at one time or another, isn’t deluded enough to believe he’ll win.

But he’s committed enough to his one issue – the legalization of marijuana – that he keeps running to stay in the public eye and to, um, spark debate.  his latest campaign, Forchion has come up with a novel fundraising technique, something he’s calling a “4.20 Raffle”.

Potential donors to his cause cough up at least $4.20, and they’re entered into the a drawing, where the winner receives an once of weed. His next drawing will take place tomorrow at Championship Sports Bar and Grill in Chambersburg, where he’s throwing a full-on bash to raise money for his cause.

Flyers for the party ask: “Do you think marijuana should be legal?” and say: Come out of the Cannabis Closet and party with New Jersey’s most famous pothead.” Admission to the party is $20, which includes one entry into the raffle. Further tickets can also be purchased.

He’s got a line up of entertainment in store including spoken word performances and comedy, along with a DJ and bands including one named Under Surveillance. Forchion is just hoping  that the bands name doesn’t turn out to be prophetic, as he has already been warned that his party may be visited by undercover police officers or members of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control.

“It’s not a smoke out,” he said. “It’s not a smoking party anyway. It’s a political party.” Though an admitted pot smoker, Forchion said he’s not going to have any on him at the party, and even the raffle winner’s prize won’t be given out at the bar.

Forchion, a member of the Rastafarian religion, said it wouldn’t surprise him if his event is being targeted, and said he’s been singled out in the past. But he said he does feel thev treatment is unfair, adding that he’s just trying to promote his political platform. “Do the police all show up when a Democratic candidate or a Republican candidate has a fund-raiser?” Forchion asked rhetorically.

But the Weedman said the possibility of a police presence isn’t getting him down. “It’s not going to change my mind,” he said. “Marijuana isn’t the evil drug the government says it is. It’s good. I’m not going to turn around and say it’s bad because the government say’s so.”


Heading for greener pastures
NJweedman ready to bid farwell to N.J.


Staff Writer

BROWNS MILLS — And like a puff of smoke, he’s gone — gone to California that is.

He’s Ed Forchion, aka the NJ Weedman, and the much maligned, often controversial, repeatedly arrested activist and politician says New Jersey won’t have him to kick around any more.
In an interview with The Trentonian from his home in Browns Mills, Forchion said he’s headed west to seek out greener pastures and to work for a company called High Ministries, a medical marijuana dispensary in Woodland Hills, Calif.

For those unfamiliar with Forchion’s fortunes over the past few years — he’s run for numerous public offices in the state including a run for the governor’s seat in 2005, running under his own political party “The Legalization of Marijuana Party.” The party’s number one issue — well, you get it.

Forchion is also a practicing rastafarian, a religion that views smoking marijuana as a sacrament.

Once at his new gig, Forchion said he’ll be assigned to, what else, dispense marijuana. “I will be selling marijuana legally,” Forchion said. California has legalized the sale of medical marijuana, though the law has often been challenged in federal courts and federal agents can arrest those engaged in the buying, selling or possessing  the drug there. But Forchion said that he’s not too concerned about the legal ramifications out west and said he wished his home state would have taken up his cause and changed its marijuana laws. “This is the example that Jersey politicians should take,” he said. The Weedman said he’s flying out today to start his new job and he’s bidding his old home good riddance. “I’m just tired of living in a police state,” he said of New Jersey.

He said the company he’ll work for in California knew of him from his website, and said they weren’t worried about the  controversy surrounding him, but rather saw it as a possible benefit to their operation. “That’s going to be a selling point with me at this place,” he said.

He said his wife and kids are going to stay behind in Jersey for a while and if everything works out, they’ll probably all join him this summer. Forchion said that at least for the time being, he won’t be gone for good. He said he’ll have to come back for a pending court case in Trenton Municipal Court, stemming from an altercation with a state trooper at the State House last year.

“I will have to come back a couple times for my kangaroo court,” he said. He said though that his new employer has helped set him up with an apartment to help ease his transition, and said he’ll be making a very nice living doing something he’s trained nearly his whole life for. “I’m going to be, basically, the marijuana guru,” he said. So for Forchion, who also said he hopes his move to Hollywood could start a new career in show business, it seems his life has come full circle.

“What I’m doing is ironic,” he said. “Basically I became known and all this started because I got busted selling weed. Now I’m going to California and I’m going to do it legally.”


NJWEEDMAN at work in LA Sellin Weed, legally!

'Someone tell the do-gooders the world didn't end either'!


On Feb. 22, 2006 Judge Morley "formally" took all my visitation and custody of my daughter. I was so mad I was fearing I would "kill him". This is the real reason I had to get away. Imagine having your child taken from you because you tell the truth about "marijuana". Here in America we have the RIGHt to freely speak, except apparently in Burlington Family Court. Judge Morley has committed a crime against me and my family but there is no-one I can turn too. NORML only helps white potheads, the NAACP hates me because I'm black/non-Christian and the U.S. Attorney here in New Jersey who is supposed to protect the RIGHTS of all citizens had me arrested. ( U.S. ATTORNEY CHRISTIE is a HYPOCRITE )

I guess I pissed off some-one "again"!

 Reefer madness? High times over for NJ Weedman

Inquirer Columnist

New Jersey voters will have almost a dozen choices for governor this fall, but none of the candidates cuts a figure quite like Ed Forchion.

Forchion is the dreadlocked Rastafarian free-speech activist better known as the "NJ Weedman."

Like always, he's running on the Marijuana Party ticket.

Slight problem: "The Weedman has become the Weedlessman," he tells me. "I haven't smoked a joint in almost three months."

Not only is Ed not actively campaigning, but for the first time in years, he's not planning any future run.

He might even cut his hair.

The media missed the news about the Weedman's going straight, but it's not exactly their fault.

Most of the political reporters in the state have spent the last week fretting over Doug Forrester's campaign finance fiasco and Jon Corzine's expensive love life.

Ed used to hold news conferences on the Statehouse steps whenever he felt his right to talk about toking was being trampled - which was often.

These days, you have to catch him on the road on his mobile.

The Weedman's got a new mission.

This one's about money and, maybe, making things up to his wife and kids.

Talking about toking

Those who think he's just a loudmouth loser miss the point.

For starters, Ed's the most lucid stoner I've ever met. Even judges who've ruled on his self-fought cases give him props for polished presentations and sound legal arguments.

It was never as much about pot for Ed as it was the right to talk about a subject others would prefer he not.

Sort of like the military moms protesting outside President Bush's ranch?

"During the buildup to the war, when the President was lying about weapons of mass destruction," Ed explains, "I was in jail for making commercials about marijuana."

Every time he got busted speaking out, he raised his voice a little louder.

He distrusts cops but came to respect the civil court system, where, Ed says, "you can get vengeance without being a vigilante."

When the parolee got thrown in jail for proselytizing about pot, he sued and won, arguing that the real crime was locking him up to shut him up.

When New Jersey passed a law requiring parolees to submit DNA to a criminal database, he sued and won, arguing that it amounted to an after-the-fact punishment.

Other stunts fell flat, such as his bid to legally change his name to A judge said the name would promote a criminal enterprise.

Ed knows about crime. In 1997, he got busted hooking his brother up with a dealer who shipped 40 pounds of pot to Jersey by FedEx.

Ed took a plea, but still got 10 years.

It cost him his truck-driving career, a house and his place in the middle class. Now, he wants back in.

Ramblin' on

It gets old getting arrested every time you talk. And, expensive.

Last year, the chronically underemployed Weedman got a job as a courier making $600 a week, only to lose it after his bosses saw him protesting Gov. McGreevey on TV.

He's still fighting a federal case over lighting up at the Liberty Bell.

But after two recent arrests for campaigning in Trenton and Seaside Heights, Ed says he's sick of suing.

"I'm a patriotic pothead," he insists, "but I'm tired of being a one-man show. It gets old."

Other activists think he's "a wacko." And ultimately, either he failed or "the courts failed me."

This spring, Ed fixed his driving record and got another trucking job. I caught up with him by phone hauling bottled water from Maine to Allentown.

It's good money, and there's plenty of it to be made.

With a relative's help, he put a down payment on an 18-wheeler.

Driving a big rig brings big risk, responsibility and random drug tests. So he doesn't dare smoke.

"Imagine if I had an accident," he says. "Imagine the headline: 'The Weedman kills driving high.' "

Anyway, now that he's trucking again, Ed wants to focus on work and repay his wife, who juggled two jobs to support the family and his habits.

"My daughter just turned 10," Ed explains. "Her whole life, I've been the Weedman and we've been poor."

Maybe if he keeps a low profile as "just Ed" for a while, the Forchions' fortunes will improve.

Contact Monica Yant Kinney at 856-779-3914 or
Read her recent work at

      THE TRENTONIAN                                                                                                 

TRENTON -- The Weedman is going straight.

No more hits on a bong. No more toking on a joint. No more marijuana.

That’s right Robert Edward "Weedman" Forchion, 41, of Pemberton, says he has quit smoking pot and is headed for the straight and narrow.

"I am Weedlessman now," Forchion said in a telephone interview yesterday. "And it doesn’t have anything to do with me changing my mind on the substance, but I got a job I really like now."

Forchion says he has cut out his marijuana use since getting a job back in May. At first he quit to take a drug test for the job, but then he decided to just quit altogether.

"It’s been more than two months since I smoked (pot), but I had slowed down before that," he said.

Forchion explained his wife and children played a big role in his decision.

"A lot of this has to do with my family," Forchion said.

"Every time I get arrested my wife has to come bail me out. It’s been a lot on my family."

Forchion, a Rastafarian by faith and a pro-marijuana legalization activist, was fired from a job about this time last year after, he says, his bosses mistakenly thought he took part in an anti-gay protest against former Gov. Jim McGreevey outside the State House, and became aware of his religious beliefs and political views.

Those that adhere to the teachings of the Rastafarian religion believe that smoking marijuana is a sacrament similar to the Jewish and Christian use of wine.

Although still very much a follower of the Rastafarian religion, Forchion now says he is concerned about keeping the job he has come to love with an understanding that arrests and other run-ins with the judicial system all take a financial toll.

"I need to make money," Forchion said. "I’ve been poor for a long time."

He says the turning point in his decision to quit smoking came after his arrest at the State House by New Jersey State troopers after he reportedly refused to leave the building when his request to go to Press Row was denied.

Forchion was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and defiant trespass. He is now in the midst of a legal battle with the arresting State Police officer.

A few weeks later, Forchion had another run-in with police officers at the Jersey Shore. He was distributing information on the boardwalk for his Legalize Marijuana Party. An officer told him to move because the boardwalk was not public property. Forchion said he disagreed, but moved to a nearby street corner but police were not satisfied and arrested him.

Forchion has made frequent runs for public office in the past, and now has his sights set on another office. He wants to be governor of New Jersey and admits that cutting out the marijuana use will help his candidacy.

"How can I campaign if every time I go out the police are coming after me," Forchion said. "I’m not going to take my name off the ballot, and I’m still going to give the finger to the system."

Forchion says he will continue to push for his political views, but will also remain concerned about his own safety.

"I know I’m right, but I don’t want to end up dead right," Forchion said. "I’m afraid one of these cops is going to shoot me, and then what? Oops.

"Most police officers understand free speech, but there are a few who don’t. Those are the ones who worry me."

Forchion’s run-ins with the law have made headlines over the years.

In 1997, Forchion was arrested for possession of more than 40 pounds of pot.

He served 17 months of a 10-year prison sentence and was released in April 2002. He was thrown back in jail four months later after he produced a pro-marijuana commercial but was released because a judge determined the commercial was protected by his First Amendment rights.

In 2000, Forchion took his cause to the state’s General Assembly and made a point by lighting up a joint inside the Assembly Chamber as the legislative body was in session. He was never prosecuted.

"I think I’m pretty much done with it," Forchion said. "I’m not going to give the police reason to arrest for no reason."

-- Charles Webster is the State House reporter for The Trentonian. He can be reached at


Dismissed - On August 9th, 2005
Forchion Vs State of New Jersey, 0-322-05:

Burlington County Superior Court Judge Dismisses NJWEEDMAN lawsuit, say's State is immune, incident was a unfortunate administrative error! - I spent 5 months in jail says WEEDMAN and the State refuses to even pay me for my lost wages!

This is the case no media outlet will take about, not even HOWARD STERN mentions this!


Weedman makes gubernatorial bid
BROWNS MILLS - Local resident Edward Forchion, 40, of Browns Mills, or as he likes to be called is taking his cause a step further.

NJWEEDMAN smoking a sliff and complaining about the State Police attack on him last month that resulted in his ONX being broken

" 4 Governor" is his latest message. According to, Forchion has one big problem. "I can't even campaign in public without being accosted by the police,," Forchion said in an interview Sunday"

With the arrest record to prove it, or Edward Forchion as he is known in the system is no stranger to the police. He said he has been arrested more than 30 times, mostly for protesting.

Recently he said he was not allowed on press row in the State House for the simple reason that it was not open to the public. Forchion states that he was given no written information that press row was being closed to the public. His website,, explains in detail this and other similar experiences he has undergone.

The website covers his ongoing mission extensively. The main reason Forchion is running for governor is to send a message to those that will hear him. "I am not that high that I think I am going to win. I just want to give the finger to the system and rally others who feel the same way.," Forchion said.

His platform is that "Cannabis smokers are the only segment of the population begging to be taxed. "We believe in taxation not incarceration," Forchion said.

His proposed plan to tax cannabis would help solve three big problems he foresees for NJ in the next four years. Property taxes, a budget crisis, and a freedom crisis which he thinks is approaching at an alarming rate are all major concerns. "We are under the guise of fighting terrorism and drugs," Forchion said.

Forchion said he is qualified to be governor because he has served the state. "I served in our government's military and prison system. Now I want a leadership position," Forchion said. Forchion said that the last several governors of the state have not served well. "Christie Whitman was the worst," Forchion said.

Forchion said consolidating the school districts in the state would lead to permanent property tax relief for residents. "We don't need 180 (school) districts in New Jersey," Forchion said. Forchion said legalizing marijuana would produce a large tax for the state. "It would be in the billions," Forchion said. Forchion also said that limiting the terms of elected officials to one or two, would end corruption, along with increasing the size of the New Jersey attorney general's office. The website can be accessed for detailed information by anyone wishing to learn more about his opinions.

The website will also be offering a CD for sale by the end of this month, according to Forchion. The CD features the song NJWeedman Theme Song-Superhero to the Potheads which is about voting for him, performed by The Infamous LOS band from Trenton. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will be used to run his campaign for office. This and the donations he receives from the website are his only campaign fund sources. is a website with more than 500,000 hits overall in just two years. According to Forchion, people from all walks of life are interested in his cause.

He is just doing what Bob Marley said to in the song "Stand Up For Your Rights".  In his last run for a state office which was this past November "The US Marijuana Party" got 7,000 votes in Burlington County. That was the most for any 3rd party candidate on the card according to Forchion. "Take a toke and vote for the weedman," Forchion said.




Trenton, NJ – (June 7, 2005 ) Some cheer, the others jeer, but nothing has changed for anyone on either side of the debate concerning the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in NEW JERSEY.


Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed what everyone has known all along – marijuana use violates federal law.


“It does just reconfirm the status quo,” said David Evans, executive director of the Drug Free Schools Coalition. “They didn’t overrule state law. You won’t get busted by state law enforcement in places like California, but you can get busted by federal authorities.”


The ruling does not strike down medical marijuana laws already in place in ALASKA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, HAWAII, MAINE, MONTANA, NEVADA, OREGON, VERMONT or WASHINGTON STATE. State and local authorities in most of those states said they have no interest in arresting people who smoke pot for medical reasons.


The ruling also does not prevent additional states from allowing the use of medical marijuana in the future.


“They reaffirmed something we already knew,” said Assemblyman REED GUSCIORA, D-Princeton, who has been working on getting  legislation to permit the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

  <>“I’m disappointed – especially with the more centrist members of the court – who are making note that it is up to TOM DELAY and the congress to rule on marijuana laws rather than leave it to the state laboratories that Sandra day O’Conner speaks of”.

Justice O’Conner said in dissenting with the opinion that it was Congress’ place to clarify the issue, but that states had a right to become the laboratories of medical marijuana use if they choose to do so.


Supporters of total legalization of marijuana use downplayed the Supreme Court opinion as more evidence of a activist court at work.


“The Supreme Court has issued a political decision – it has nothing to do with law,” Ed “WEEDMAN” Forchion. “It has nothing to do with marijuana. It’s a state rights case and all the states just lost.”


Forchion argues that the state’s have a right to determine for themselves what constitutes a medicinal drug, and sides with the state’s that have allowed the use of marijuana. He points out that statistics have shown that state authorities prosecute 99 in 100 marijuana cases prosecuted in the United States.






Its not going to matter to the vast majority of people who get busted,” Forchion said. “It just doesn’t matter because it only affects a tiny number of people. You probably can’t even find statistics showing how many <>people in New Jersey get busted by the federal government for marijuana.”


Gusciora says that if New Jersey allows medical marijuana, state law enforcement would not pursue medical users – that would be the job of federal officials.

“We don’t want to make a criminal out of someone who is terminally ill,” Gusciora said. Evans argues that medical marijuana is not a proven treatment and has not been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. He says all medical marijuana does is provide a excuse for people who want to get stoned under the guise of medical treatment.


Supporters obviously disagree. “Marijuana laws do more harm to society then marijuana does,” Forchion said. My position is that marijuana should be legalized no matter what.”


June 6th, 2005
NJWEEDMAN turns in his petitions and successful gets placed on the November
General Election ballot as a candidate for the Office of the New Jersey Governorship.

June 3rd, 2005
The Courier Post Editorializes in favor of 'NJWEEDMAN'

Weedman has right to speak
Friday, June 3, 2005

Pemberton Township resident Robert Edward Forchion, a perennial New Jersey political candidate, has a message many people might not want to hear. Forchion, who prefers the moniker NJ Weedman, advocates legalizing marijuana use.

We do not endorse using illegal drugs, but we do stand behind a person's right to say he does.

Forchion has an undeniable right to state his claim as long as he doesn't break the law he's contesting. That right has been upheld by the court, but it continues to lead to confrontations with authorities.

On May 11, Forchion was arrested for trespassing at the State House in Trenton. He had attempted to pass out campaign fliers in the press offices at the state building. It is something he has done in the past. It also was not an unusual request, as candidates and others seeking the public's attention often visit the press offices.

But when Forchion showed up wearing a campaign T-shirt with a message about legalizing marijuana, a state police officer told him the press area was off limits.

What happened next will likely be settled in a court, where so many of Forchion's collisions with authorities end. The only thing both sides agree on is that Forchion was charged with defiant trespass, resisting arrest and other offenses.

It is unclear how a person can trespass in a public building during a time when it is open to the public. It is equally difficult to understand how Forchion can be denied access to an area in that public building that is frequented by the public.

Forchion might not appear to be the kind of person the First Amendment was written to protect. His in-your-face push for legalizing marijuana juts out from the American mainstream. But he is just the person for whom the amendment's free-speech rights were written - someone expressing a view the majority dislikes.

Silencing people such as Forchion will, in the end, make it harder for anyone to speak up. Silence, not the Forchions in America, poses a threat to our way of life

Memorial Day May 31st, 2005

Seaside Heights Police don't respect NJWEEDMAN
 right to Political Expression!


Weedman busted - but not for 'that'

If there's an election afoot in the state of New Jersey, you can be sure Ed Forchion wants in.

Last week, Forchion, a.k.a. NJWeedman, who advocates legalizing marijuana, said he wants to be the state's next governor. On Wednesday, the Weedman, who last ran against Rep. Jim Saxton on the U.S. Marijuana Party ticket, went to the Statehouse in Trenton to hand out campaign flyers on press row.

But state police said Forchion became "boisterous" when told that flyers could not be distributed in the Statehouse.

When he refused to leave, Forchion was arrested and charged with being a disorderly person, defiant trespassing, and resisting arrest, said Sgt. Gerald Lewis, a state police spokesman.

(Question: How does one "defiantly trespass" on state property?)

Weedman, a regular at the Statehouse, tells a slightly different story. He said the trooper was a new guy who did not like the candidate's pro-reefer T-shirt. Weedman said that when he defended the shirt as protected free speech, he was cuffed and kicked.

Either way, back to jail Weedman went.
- Sam Wood


NJ Weedman faces trespassing charges


Thursday, May 12, 2005

TRENTON - Edward Forchion, the Pemberton Township resident and marijuana proponent better known by the self-ascribed moniker NJ Weedman, was arrested inside the State House building yesterday afternoon on his way to tell news reporters about his intention to run for governor, officials said.

Forchion, 40, of Browns Mills, never got past the New Jersey State Police troopers who guard the State House complex. Troopers arrested Forchion after he refused to leave the building after being told press row was not open to the public, state police spokesman Sgt. Gerald Lewis said.

He was charged with resisting, defiant trespass and improper behavior.


Although the state police say press row is not a publicly accessible area, State House-based reporters say that members of the public routinely visit the area to pitch stories.

Forchion's fight to legalize marijuana on Rastafarian religious grounds has taken him to several arenas in the past decade, from running for a number of political offices, including Congress, to firing up marijuana joints in public.

In March 2000, Forchion smoked marijuana in the State House's Assembly chambers during a session and was arrested by state troopers.

Forchion was being held last night on $40,000 bail at the Trenton Police Department lockup.


NJ Weedman arrested inside statehouse


Thursday, May 12, 2005


TRENTON – A self-proclaimed  pro-legalization marijuana activist known as NJWEEDMAN was arrested by New Jersey state police yesterday at the statehouse after he refused to leave the building when his request to go to the press area was denied.


Robert Edward “weedman” Forchion, 40, of Pemberton, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. yesterday and charged with dis-orderly conduct, resisting arrest and defiant trespass, said Sgt. Gerald Lewis.


“He actually came to the front entrance, signed in and asked to be allowed to go to press row to handout fliers,” Lewis said,


“Troopers told him that the public is not allowed to access the area. The officers asked him if they could call someone to come and meet him and he refused.”


Forchion became boisterous and refused to leave, officials said.


Officers arrested him, took him to headquarters, and processed him. He is presently being lockedup on $40,000 bail, according to family members.


Forchion a Rastafarian by faith, is no stranger to run-ins with the law.

In 1997 he was convicted of possessing more than 40 pounds of marijuana and served 17 months of a 10 year prison sentence. Forchion did not return several phone calls yesterday for comment.



Monday May 10th, 2005
NJWEEDMAN again announces he plans on
running for the Office of the Governor

NJWEEDMAN and Junior on the streets of Trenton getting
signatures for his run for Governor! (This is protected activity)




Court upholds ‘Weedman’ DNA ruling

CAMDEN -- An appellate court Friday upheld the Superior Court of New Jersey’s decision not to charge Robert Edward "Weedman" Forchion with refusing to comply with an order to supply DNA samples to police.

Forchion, a frequent candidate for office, a Rastafarian by faith and a pro-legalization marijuana activist,said he was elated when he got the news Saturday.

"I am happy. Now I don’t have to supply a DNA sample," Forchion said.

In 1997 Forchion was convicted on possession of more than 40 pounds of pot. He believes that smoking marijuana is a sacrament.

He served 17 months of a 10-year prison sentence and was released in April 2002. He was thrown back in jail four months later after he produced a pro-marijuana commercial but was released because a judge determined the commercial was protected by his right of free speech.

After his release he was notified that he, as a convict, had to supply authorities with a DNA sample, Forchion said yesterday.

The state, effective Sept. 22, 2003, required that everyone who has served a sentence or other supervision as a result of a crime supply DNA samples.

The appellate court agreed with Forchion’s argument that he didn’t violate the Sept. 22, 2003 order by Judge Shirley A. Tolentino because he wasn‘t ordered to appear at a certain time or place, according to the April 8, 2004 decision.

The judge’s order "...stated you will be notified at a later date as to a time and place where this sample will be taken," according to the decision.

A separate memorandum dated Nov. 25, 2003 actually gave the notice for Forchion to appear on Dec. 2, 2003 at the Camden County Hall of Justice.

"The defendant did not violate that order. ...Under these unique and extraordinary circumstances, we must conclude that there was no clear judicial order (Forchion) disobeyed and ...the indictment was appropriately dismissed," the decision said.

Forchion refused to give a DNA sample and filed a suit in federal court saying the requirement was unconstitutional.

"I learned that 2,000 other citizens have refused to comply with the law," Forchion said.

"My DNA is safe from the government for now."


Appeals court upholds refusal to provide DNA sample
Burlington County Times

TRENTON - An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of criminal contempt charges against marijuana-legalization advocate Ed Forchion for refusing to give the state a sample of his DNA.

"I don't think the government should have my DNA, or anyone's DNA," Forchion said yesterday. "There was no way I was going to voluntarily give it."

The state Attorney General's Office said yesterday it was considering an appeal.

At issue is Forchion's opposition to a law that requires criminals to provide DNA samples when they are sent to jail or sentenced to probation. The law also required anyone in jail or on probation at the time of its passage in September 2003 to submit DNA samples to the state.

Forchion, who lives in Pemberton Township, was enrolled in the state's probation-like Intensive Supervision Program on a 2000 marijuana-distribution conviction at the time.

Despite his outspoken defiance of the DNA-sample law, the state discharged Forchion from supervision Dec. 3, 2003, without forcing him to submit a sample.

A month later, a grand jury in Camden County indicted Forchion on a charge of contempt for not complying with the law. The charge carried a possible prison term of 18 months.

In response, Forchion challenged the indictment and the DNA-sample law.

A Superior Court judge in Camden County dismissed the charges in September after Forchion argued the court order did not specify a certain time or place to provide the DNA sample.

The state Attorney General's Office appealed the decision, but the appeals court ruled Friday it agreed with the decision by the judge from the lower court. It further found that Forchion received a notice from his program supervisor that he would not be sanctioned for refusing to provide a DNA sample.

"Under these unique and extraordinary circumstances, we must conclude that there was no clear judicial order defendant 'disobeyed' (the law) and, therefore, that the indictment was appropriately dismissed," the appeals court wrote.


April 13, 2005 6:12 AM

(not weedman)
A U.S. District Court Judge grants WEEDMAN a stay of sentence. For now.



by Cory Frolik

While he remains mired in legal troubles and no closer to seeing himself in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to argue his " right" to smoke marijuana, things don't look half bad for Ed Forchion. At least he can toke up and test his interpretation of federal laws without the fear of jail time.

Following the Nov. 12 sentencing hearing where he received a year of probation and a $150 fine for drug possession after organizing a series of marijuana smoke-outs at the Liberty Bell, Forchion, aka NJ Weedman, was worried. "Pencil me in jail," he said, predicting he wouldn't have much luck passing court-ordered drug testing [News, "Up in Smoke," Cory Frolik, Nov. 18, 2004].

Forchion's argument was simple. Since he is Rastafarian, smoking marijuana is a religious sacrament. As such, he was protected to do so on federal property thanks to the 1993 Religious Freedom Act. The judge, however, wasn't having it.

Less than two months later, however, Forchion has seemingly caught a break. His motion for a stay of sentence (a plea to the District Court to throw out his punishment while he goes through the appeal process) was granted by U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell earlier this month.

Forchion authored the motion, which cites freedoms provided by the First Amendment, attacks U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Arnold Rapoport (he sentenced Forchion and co-defendant Patrick Duffy), and says he should be exempt from drug testing altogether. In short, the charges and probation conditions represent an unconstitutional religious persecution, maintains Forchion.

"I'm not creating something," explains Forchion. "I'm using what is already there."

In his Jan. 7 order, Dalzell wrote, "because staying Forchion's sentence will not endanger the public or seriously undermine any important public interest, the risk of irreparable injury to Forchion from being subjected to potentially invalid restraints on his liberty requires us to stay his sentence."

For Forchin, this is a massive relief. Though he didn't test positive for marijuana once during his probation, he said there was no way he was going to stop smoking the "sacrament." And because of that, he said he figured he'd ultimately pay for it. The appellate process is an uphill battle as it is, but coordinating it from behind bars would have severely complicated matters.

"It moves my case to court," says Forchion. "I don't fight it from a jail cell."

The appeals court is likely to rule within two months. Until then, Forchion knows what he'll be doing. "Praying RASTA STYLE".


the local press won't print!


2004 Election Results



Dissent, once an ideal cherished in the First Amendment, now invites media attacks, hate Web sites, threats, job loss, and even the changing of one child's name.

Across the United States, hundreds of Americans have been arrested for protesting the Iraq war. The American Civil Liberties Union has documented allegations of wrongful arrest and police brutality from demonstrators at antiwar rallies in Washington and New York. Even Howard Stern has been virtually muffled, but none has been more directly persecuted than I have. The saying that everyone agrees with the concept and principles of free speech until you exercise that right by saying something they don't like applies even to New Jersey's judges.

Judges, of all people, should be aware of the right to free speech. What I say publicly is: The drug war is racist; legalize marijuana; abortion is murder; legalize prostitution; our war in Iraq is illegal; and I don't believe the government version of 9/11.

What New Jersey judges consistently do to me for saying such things is punish me and hide behind judicial immunity. The most recent example of this is the granting of a petition by Judge John Sweeney to change my child's surname from mine to my exfiancée's surname. The petition by the child's mother only cited my public political views in regards to legalizing marijuana as the reason.

She claimed my child may suffer some sort of negativity because of my political views. I opposed this motion in court in May. Millions of people say the same thing, millions of people believe it should be legal and, regardless of the illegality of it, millions use if for a variety of reasons, including me. This issue of marijuana's legalization is a nationwide political debate that many politicians and even some judges agree with. I have every right to enter this debate without fear that my children will be renamed.

Yet, the judge granted the petition. Just think about the implications of this. For expressing a particular political view, I was punished by having my child's name changed. I was proud to name my child after me. All of my children are named after me, and I'm a part of all of my children's lives.

I did not think the petition would be approved. I never heard of a "pro-abortion activist" having his child's name changed. My ex believes in abortion rights, so could I now petition to have my child's name changed because of that? Who do you think is the worse person to be named after, a person who supports the killing of an unborn baby, or a proud pothead?

I never heard of a politician who supported gay rights having something like this done to him. Imagine Gov. McGreevey and Mrs. McGreevey divorcing and a judge changing his kid's name based on his public political views: He is gay, supports same-sex unions, and is a Democrat. Imagine a Republican woman petitioning a judge to change her child's name because her ex-husband is a Democrat. The implications and disastrous precedent of the decision are outrageously un-America.


Inquirer Columnist

"The Weedman smokes on"

When we last checked in with the dreadlocked crusader for free speech and the right to light up, he was fighting a fistful of federal lawsuits and mounting a U.S. House campaign.

The Weedman - real name: Edward Forchion - was also desperately trying to keep himself out of jail.

Apparently, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office hadn't looked too kindly on the Weedman's refusal to deposit his DNA into the state's criminal gene bank.

I must admit, I worried about the Weedman during my months at home with baby Jane.

He's my favorite former felon. He gives great copy.

And he may be the only political candidate in New Jersey history with the guts to put a picture of himself mooning the governor on his Web site.

Miraculously, after a lifetime of toking, the Weedman has retained enough brain cells to render him one heck of an unlicensed legal eagle.

Last year, he got his parole-violation sentence overturned after convincing a federal judge that officials had locked him up to squelch his constitutional right to proselytize about pot.

This fall, the Weedman beat the rap on that DNA case.

And last month, a federal judge considering the Rastafarian's quest to conduct smoky sacraments outside Independence Hall paid the pothead a compliment in open court.

Had Mr. Forchion ever considered going to law school? the judge asked.

He might have missed his calling.

The name game

We reunite at a Burlington County McDonald's.

The Weedman orders a chicken salad and fries.

He has a case of the marijuana munchies but plenty of time to bring me up to speed on his exploits.

Bad news: He lost the fight to change his name to

The court said the new name would promote a criminal enterprise.

Silly judges. Publicity and provocation, not sales, are his profession.

Now the proud black man is considering filing papers to legally become Just A. Nigga.

Just to tick people off.

As we chat, a stranger stops by our booth to make a celebrity sighting.

"Are you," he askes in awe, "the actual Weedman?"

The Weedman nods, and stuffs campaign flyers into his fan's hand.

The dude pledges to vote for the Weedman, who is running on the U.S. Marijuana Party ticket against U.S. Rep Jim Saxton.

Forchion knows he's going to need a lot more McDonald's moments to unseat the incumbent.

After clashing with Comcast over his campaign ads, the Weedman finally managed to put a few of them on TV over the summer.

But he had only $1,000 to spend.

He'll have to raise more money next time around.

"I'm a gadfly," he explains, perhaps to the cable company's horror. "I'm going to run for office every year."

Fame and Forchion

Alas, neither fame nor infamy has translated into fortune for Forchion.

Over the summer, the oft-unemployed father of four finally landed a job as a courier.

Ironically, the job required him to deliver documents to the state justice officials he has mocked mercilessly.

He made $600 a week - completely legit! - but not for long.

In August, a couple of weeks after Gov. McGreevey's "I am a gay American" speech, the Weedman delivered an address of his own, right on the Statehouse steps in Trenton.

As usual, the cameras were rolling.

His bosses caught the show. And, like clockwork, the Weedman lost a job and found another fight.

He promptly filed a wrongful-termination suit, alleging he was fired for expressing political views.

McMeal finished, the Weedman says he has to get back to politicking.

He is, blessedly, a one-issue candidate. He just wants to end the drug war and legalize marijuana.

"How is it that the only way an average guy can get his voice heard today," he asks before climbing into his beat-up van, "is by taking advantage of election laws?"

Contact Monica Yant Kinney at 856-779-3914 or Read her recent work at








'Weedman' wins fight over DNA sample

September 8,th 2004


NJWEEDMAN told Governor to

kiss his ass….”

Now case is dismissed!



WEEDMAN case becomes leading

Prisoner rights case




'NJWEEDMAN' ad airs on TV:




2004 Election Ad's






REAGAN's dead, - "PISS ON HIM"

" What's in a NAME?"




Appeals court upholds marijuana conviction


Appeals court upholds marijuana conviction



Burlington County Times


TRENTON - (June 3rd, 2004) An appeals court yesterday upheld the conviction of marijuana-legalization activist Ed "njweedman" Forchion, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2000 for possession of marijuana he planned to sell.

Forchion was charged with helping his brother and another man pick up a shipment of 40 pounds of marijuana at Bellmawr Industrial Park in Bellmawr, Camden County, in No-vember 1997. The marijuana had been shipped from a supplier in Arizona via Federal Express.

The Pemberton Township resident was tried on charges of distributing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in September 2000. He pleaded guilty to those charges and two unrelated charges during the trial.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in December 2000 and served 16 months before he was released and admitted to a supervisory program.

Although Forchion pleaded guilty, he later appealed his conviction. He contended the drug laws to which he pleaded guilty were unconstitutional and the judge who presided over his trial refused to allow him to argue that use of marijuana for medical or religious purposes should be permitted.

Forchion has long maintained his First Amendment rights are being violated because he cannot freely practice his faith as a Rastafarian or state his beliefs.

The judge also refused to allow Forchion to propose to the jury the concept of jury nullification, the process of permitting a jury to acquit a defendant because it feels the law he is accused of breaking is unjust.

Forchion, who acted as his own attorney at his trial, also contended he was denied effective assistance of counsel because the public defender who was assigned to assist him refused to argue those issues on his behalf.

The three-judge appeals panel disagreed with Forchion, ruling the trial judge acted properly when he limited Forchion's defenses.

Forchion faces other charges related to the marijuana conviction. He was indicted in Janu-ary for refusing to submit a DNA sample, required under a new state law of all state prisoners and parolees.

Forchion has challenged the constitutionality of the law in federal court, contending it is an after-the-fact form of punishment and an illegal invasion of his privacy.

If convicted, he faces 18 months in prison.


You can read the actual appeal here



This decison by the New Jersey appellate court was a decision to protect the NJ DRUG LAWS NOT THE CONSTITUTION, say's weedman! My appeal was clearly about the Governments violations of my RIGHTS to a fair trial and Justice. These Judge's decided to protect the state's drug laws instead of the Constitutional protections they are supposed to uphold! This decision was constitutionally BOGUS!"

May 12th,2004


"Who really killed Nick Berg?"

See video here




The New Jersey Appeals Court say's no to
NJWEEDMAN.COM name change




Marijuana advocate denied name change

TRENTON - Marijuana-legalization advocate Ed Forchion cannot change his name to, an appeals court has ruled.

Forchion maintains he wants to change his name to promote his advocacy for reform of marijuana laws, not to encourage the sale or use of marijuana, as the Camden County Prosecutor's Office contends.

The Pemberton Township resident also hoped to use the name in the fall during his third-party campaign to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton, R-3rd of Mount Holly.

Forchion's request was denied in March by a Superior Court judge in Camden County, who ruled Forchion advocates breaking marijuana laws and could use his name to sell the drug.

The appeals court agreed, saying Forchion advocates law breaking and his advocacy encourages others to possess and use marijuana.

"He admits, at the very least, to smoking marijuana as well as to purchasing it for himself, and on a few occasions for others as well," the three-judge panel wrote in its nine-page decision. "One cannot smoke marijuana without possessing it, and purchasing for another is a form of distribution."

Forchion said yesterday he plans to appeal the decision.

"I haven't sold weed in years," Forchion said. "I can't get away from the fact that I used to. I just want to ex-press my political views by saying marijuana should be legal."



By, Trymaine Lee  


(Camden - NJ) Ed Forchion has been unofficially denied the right to legally change his name to NJWEEDMAN.COM.
Superior Court Judge John A. Fratto denied the Browns Mills man's request Friday. Ogfficials from the camden County Prosecutors Office said the name was denied because it would allow the Rastafarian activist to "promote an illegal activity."

Forchion contended yesterday that an appellate court document sent to him, which states the Superior Court must grant him a hearing on the name change case, name themselves as the final word in the matter, not Judge Fratto.

Court authorities were unable to be reached last night for comment. Forchion was placed in an early-release program in April 2002, following 16 months of a 10 year prison bid for possesion of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Since his release, Forchion has been a crusader for the cause of marijuana legalization.

"The name change is not for me to promote selling drugs," Forchion said.

"It's for me to promote my website which voices the need for us to protect our freedom of speech and the problems with America's war on drugs."



CAMDEN, N.J.  - A self-styled marijuana activist will not be allowed to change his name to NJWeedman com.

The name change for Edward Forchion was nixed Friday by Superior Court Judge John A.  Fratto.

A spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said the ruling came after prosecutors argued the name change would "promote an illegal activity."

Forchion was placed in an early-release program in April 2002 after serving 16 months of a 10-year prison term for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

He subsequently was jailed for five months by authorities who said he violated the program by filming public service announcements pressing for changes to New Jersey's laws and advocating legalizing marijuana.

When he was released from jail in January 2003, Forchion was returned to the early-release program but barred by a judge from promoting illegal use of marijuana after his release.

Forchion, who refers to himself as "NJ Weedman," has said he used marijuana because of his religious beliefs and for medical reasons.

He has made three bids for a seat in Congress, losing twice and quitting one race after being indicted on drug charges. 

N.J. Man's Name Change Denied
Pot Crusade Continues For 'Weedman'

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) Robert Edward Forchion Jr. may be known as Weedman to the masses, but to the state government, he is still Robert Edward Forchion Jr.

His effort to get that changed -- a battle that hit a roadblock last week when a state appeals court ruled he cannot change his name to -- is just one of Forchion's many marijuana-related pursuits.

The other day, his multifaceted campaign to legalize marijuana took the laid-back, one-time Army medic to the sidewalk in front of a strip mall with a clipboard.

He asked passers-by to sign a petition to put him on the ballot for a November Congressional election and he found plenty of supporters.

"I have Lyme's disease and I think it helps me," said one 25-year-old Burlington City woman who didn't want her name published.

"I hope you can use the medicine of your choice," responded Forchion, who has been supporting himself on odd construction and web site design jobs since he was laid off last December as a window-washer. One way he doesn't raise money, he says, is selling marijuana.

Though he intends to appear on the November ballot as a candidate of the U.S. Marijuana Party and campaigns wearing a T-shirt with an image of a marijuana leaf, Forchion would rather not be called a marijuana activist. He prefers First Amendment activist (he says marijuana use is part of his Rastafarian faith and that he's been persecuted for exercising free speech) or, especially, dissident.

Besides his name-change effort, which he plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court and the Congressional run and a schedule of speaking at pro-pot rallies around the Northeast, he is suing cable giant Comcast, claiming the company is violating his rights by refusing to run what he says are political advertisements.

Forchion said that at about 14 or 15, he and a cousin sneaked off from a family gathering and he smoked his first joint.

Now, he's 39 and not remotely shy about his habits.

He's lit up in the Statehouse in Trenton and does so monthly on federally owned land in Philadelphia near the Liberty Bell.

In 1997, he was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 40 pounds of marijuana.

He pleaded guilty in 2000. But by the time he was sentenced, he first tried to withdraw his plea, then visited the Cuban embassy in Montreal to seek political asylum.

Forchion served 17 months of a 10-year prison sentence.

After he was released on parole, he filmed a pro-pot commercial. Authorities heard about it and sent him back to prison for violating terms of his parole. A federal judge ordered him released after five months, saying the arrest was an infringement of free speech.

Forchion, a former cross-country trucker, has run for a seat on the state Assembly, Camden County freeholder twice, Burlington County freeholder once and is making his third run for Congress. This time he's challenging Republican incumbent H. James Saxton, who probably does not ask citizens, as Forchion does, to "throw me a vote in November."

When Forchion first ran for office, he had his name listed on the ballot as Edward "Rob" Forchion.

It later struck to him that it might help with name recognition if the ballot said Edward "Weedman" Forchion. Election officials told him: They'd do it only if his name was legally changed to Weedman. Thus began the battle to become, also the name of his web site in the eyes of the law.

The Camden County Prosecutor's office has argued against the name change, reasoning that it would promote an illegal activity.

The name certainly promotes recognition.

"You're like the weed dude, ain't you," proclaimed James Blackston, 45, of Mount Holly, as he came upon Forchion. "Dang!"

Others approached him with reefer confessions: "Just so you know, I smoke too," one woman said. A man lamented that he's cut back since his employer began random drug tests. One woman told Weedman she had no such concerns; her boss sells her marijuana. Another said she supported his platform and added that she was looking for "stress relief."

That happens all the time, Forchion said.

"I'm the Weedman. I'm everybody's buddy," he explained. "I'm not the coke man or the heroin man."

Petitions in hand, Forchion walked off toward the courthouse in Mount Holly. He was going there, ironically, to fight for his name.

His ex-girlfriend wants to change their 9-year-old daughter's last name.

Forchion, the woman argues, is too closely associated with Weedman's politics and could bring the girl ridicule



"What's His Kryptonite?"

at the Million Marijuana March - May1st, 2004



APRIL 18th, 2004

to change his name again!
March 26th, 2004

engage in another Smoke-out Demonstration
at the Liberty Bell


3/20/2004 EVENT

Pat Duff

Click here to see PAT explain
our protest of

March 20th, 2004

(March 10th, 2004)


Bill Oscar N. Goodweed

BROWNS MILLS, NJ - The string of courtroom victories in the last year by Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion ended last Monday (March 1st, 2004) when a judge ruled that he cannot recover damages for having been wrongfully imprisoned for advocating the legalization of marijuana while in the Intensive Supervision Program. (SEE: CENSORED and JAILED)

U.S. District Judge Joseph Irenas, who released Forchion from jail in January 03 (read decision and SEE: INJUNCTION GRANTED ) ruled this week that it was an unconstitutional infringement of the jailhouse lawyer's free speech when ISP officers arrested him on August 19th, 2002. But then Irenas found that the state officials had qualified immunity from suit because there was no clear prohibition on arresting those serving out drug convictions on ISP if they advocate drug law reform. Which absolutely doesn't make sense, who doesn't understand free speech! 

Previously this year, Forchion bested the Camden County Prosecutor's Office when the Appellate Division ruled that Forchion might be able to change his name to "" ( SEE: NAMECHANGE -CASE ), that case will now be heard in camden County Superior Court before Judge FRATTO on March 26th, 2004 (9am).

And the U.S. Attorney's Office has quietly let drop charges that Forchion was creating a disturbance outside Newark's federal building in a pro-pot protest. (SEE: HYPOCRITE-CASE)

Lastly, with Forchion now a free man, his federal challenge against ISP for attempting to obtain his DNA is moot. However, as the state -- in theory -- still wants a sample from every convicted felon, one does not need a crystal bong to predict that the chances of Forchion re-raising the issue against the attorney general in the future are good. State officials are now pursuing criminal contemp charges in Camden County Superior Court for Forchions refusal to provide DNA when ordered in 2003. Instead he wrote a letter to Gov McGreevy telling him to "kiss my ass and retreive it from your lips"! The next hearing for this DNA case will be on May13th, 2004.

One question everyone has is will he be attending from home or a Federal jail cell for his monthly demonstrations at the LIBERTY BELL ? The Demonstartion is scheduled for March 20th, 2004 ( March 20th )


Judge Irenas dismisses NJWEEDMAN's
4 Million Dollar civil rights lawsuit
March 1st, 2004

Judge grants NJWEEDMAN right to
 represent himself PRO SE DNA case


Comcast again CENSORS NJWEEDMAN political candidate





out of the U.S. Marijuana Party

in dis-agreement over (d) DENNIS KUCINICH"












On Dec. 20th, 2004 (3pm-4:30pm), New Jersey activists and Pennslyvania activist will join together at the LIBERTY BELL and hold a duel protest demonstration. Persons of all denominations will be invited to pray for the END of the "WAR on DRUGS" (free prisoners) and the END of the "WAR on IRAQ" (bring our troops home). --"PRAYER BEGINS AT 4:20pm!"


Marijuana activist pledges more protests

Plans Dec. 6th, liberty bell smoke-out

John Reitmeyer
Burlington County

MOUNT HOLLY - Marijuana legalization advocate Ed Forchion is getting ready to complete a 20-month parole term for drug possession, but don't expect the self-described "nj-weedman" to keep quiet once that term is done.

To celebrate the end of his parole, Forchion said he plans to go to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on Dec. 6th, when the parole term ends. He said he will smoke marijuana with other activists in front of the national symbol of freedom as "a patriotic thing" and a religious demonstration.

Forchion says he practices the Rastafarian religion and contends he uses marijuana for religious ritual. He believes a federal court ruling protects his right to use marijuana for religious purposes on federal property, such as the grounds surrounding the Liberty Bell.

Forchion, who lives in Pemberton Township, learned yesterday that he is scheduled for release from the state's Intensive Supervision Program on Dec. 3. He has been enrolled in the parole program since early last year in connection with an October 2000 conviction for possessing 40 pounds of marijuana.

The program calls for mandatory urine tests and other restrictions

Forchion met with the program's resentencing panel yesterday for a review hearing, and the board informed him that his term would end Dec. 3.

Forchion served more than a year of a 10-year state prison term before being released from prison in April 2002. He was then enrolled in the parole program for a 20-month term.

If he violates the terms of the program before Dec. 3, he will have to return to prison.

Forchion is no stranger to demonstrations at government sites. He has been arrested for smoking marijuana inside the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton and in front of the Burlington County Administration Building in Mount Holly.

He said he has more than one intention for his Dec. 6t visit to the Liberty Bell. While there, he will also officially launch a 2004 run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 3rd District, which is currently represented by Republican Jim Saxton of Mount Holly.

Forchion has run unsuccessfully for federal, state and county offices several times using a marijuana-legalization platform. This time, Forchion said, he will run for the first time as a member of the U.S. Marijuana Party.

THE EVENT WAS CANCELLED ON DEC. 6th, 2003 because of the snow,

It has been re-scheduled for Dec 20th.




The High and the Mighty

The first time self-described marijuana-legalization spokesperson Patrick Duff smoked weed, he was an 11-year-old kid in Delran, N.J. "I was a very adventurous young man," says Duff, who, when he didn’t get high that first time, wondered what all the hype was about.

He couldn't have known that he and Mary Jane would have such an enduring, committed relationship.

Sixteen years later, Duff found himself hosting Open Minds, an hourlong weekly program on New World Radio 1540 AM. For an eight-week, buy-your-own-airtime stint that began in October, Duff -- along with a ganja-themed local hip-hop act, Herbillest -- provided a local forum for legalization activists to state their case to Philadelphians.

Unlike other shows with similar themes, Duff says that he "wasn't going to go on there and be irate and get real crazy about the situation, [but] actually find people who could solve the problem." Past guests include Cannabis Hall of Fame inductee and author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes Jack Herer, Vancouver's "Prince of Pot," Marc Emery, and our very own "NJ Weedman," Ed Forchion.

Duff just couldn't keep the topic on weed the whole time, though, and took on cell phone giant Nextel Communications when his i90 cell gave out. He says he trusted that his $4.95-a-month manufacturer's insurance policy, along with a $35 deductible, would guarantee a new replacement. But as he went through three replacements in six months, he read the fine print and found that Nextel reserved the right to replace broken phones with "refurbished" ones.

Duff, who felt like he was getting hustled, demanded the company tell consumers new phones weren't an option and that all phones were used. He then challenged a Nextel rep to defend the company's policies on the air. Nextel responded by calling his station and apparently convincing the general manager to do some in-house censorship. In a letter from the station, Duff was threatened with being "immediately canceled" should he "even breathe the name Nextel."

Chris Doherty, Nextel's senior director of public affairs, admits they called but says they didn't threaten the station with a libel suit. According to Doherty, the company's main concern was preventing an irate Duff from publicly making slanderous comments. Doherty claims that during a phone exchange, Duff drew a parallel between Nextel's actions and the Columbine massacre. He feared similar comments might be expressed on the airwaves. New World GM Sam Speiser had no comment.

Though his show's off the air, Duff is considering buying more New World time slots. Duff's next move will be his most ambitious yet -- assuming it works. To celebrate the end of the NJ Weedman's drug-possession parole, he's helping the local counterculture celebrity organize a smokeout at the Liberty Bell.

Originally scheduled for Dec. 6 -- it was canceled due to snow -- the smokeout is slated to be held this Saturday. Unlike past smokeouts, where everyone quits smoking cigarettes, this will be more of a "smoke-in," where everyone present will celebrate "with the sacrament of marijuana," Duff says.

The rally is slated to begin at 3 p.m. and last until 5 p.m., with the "sacrament" to be lit at precisely 4:20 p.m. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) According to Duff, invitations went out to Woody Harrelson, Ashton Kutcher, Al Gore and Bill Clinton.

"People aren't going to be able to stop us. There's going to be hundreds and hundreds of us," says Duff, who's confident that the event will be an unprecedented success despite ramped-up security around national monuments since the 9/11 attacks. Holding the event on federal property is by design, since participants -- arrested participants, hypothetically -- could seek protection from prosecution under religious-freedom claims. (Forchion, who got pinched with 40 pounds, is a Rastafarian who says court rulings have defended his right to smoke weed during religious rituals.) The location also keeps the Philadelphia Police Department out of the mix, as Independence Mall lies under the National Park Service's purview.

As of earlier this week, Park Service spokesperson Phil Sheridan said he hadn't heard about the planned protest, so no responses were available.

"There are areas designated for exercising your First Amendment rights," says Sheridan, "but you cannot break the law [to do so]."


Marijuana activist uses act of defiance to launch campaign


Newly off probation, Ed Forchion of Browns Mills announced a bid for the U.S. House, then lit up.

By Sam Wood,Inquirer Staff Writer

Call it a joint announcement.

A South Jersey advocate for the liberalization of marijuana laws declared his candidacy for the U.S. House at Independence National Historical Park by - how else? - lighting up a marijuana cigarette.

Not that he got a chance to smoke it.

After just a few tokes Saturday afternoon, a phalanx of 17 park rangers surrounded Ed Forchion, also known as NJ Weedman.

The rangers confiscated the candidate's joint, and Forchion, 44, was issued a $150 ticket for possession of a controlled substance.

Minutes before, while standing between Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Pavilion, Forchion said he intended to run as the U.S. Marijuana Party's candidate for the seat held by Republican Jim Saxton in New Jersey's Third Congressional District.

The district extends across Burlington and Ocean Counties and includes a few neighborhoods in Camden County.

Also cited shortly after 4:20 p.m. was Pat Duff, 27, who said he intended to run as the Marijuana Party's candidate for Philadelphia City Council in 2007. The self-described "renegade car salesman" said he would run on a platform encouraging the opening of cannabis cafes across the city.

About 50 supporters, many with video cameras and shivering against the wind, had gathered to watch Forchion and Duff ceremoniously light up.

The time and setting had been chosen with Karl Rove-ian precision. "Four-20" is stoner slang for smoking marijuana. The park had the benefit of being federal property, outside the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Police Department.

"We're peaceful, patriotic potheads," the soft-spoken Forchion said. "We had meant to do this on Dec. 6, but it snowed and ruined what we'd thought was going to be a big turnout."

On Dec. 3, Forchion completed 20 months of probation in Camden County for pleading guilty to possessing five pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

"I'm happy," he said of putting probation behind him, "I can run for office again."

Forchion, of Browns Mills, has run for Burlington County freeholder and for the First District seat in the U.S. House on the Legalize Marijuana ticket.

A Rastafarian, Forchion has said he smoked marijuana for religious reasons, to relieve back pain, and to help him deal with chronic depression. The former cross-country truck driver has been an advocate of legalizing marijuana since the mid-1990s.

His high jinks have been celebrated in what is left of the counterculture. Among his stunts: lighting up in the New Jersey Assembly while wearing a black-and-white-striped prisoner's costume.

Saturday's announcement was intended to make a more sober point, he said, adding that he intended to challenge the rangers' citations in court.

"This is all about a First Amendment issue," Forchion said. "Freedom of religion allows for the religious use of marijuana on federal property. I'm just exercising that right."  


On Oct. 30th,2003



Oct. 23rd, 2003



On Oct. 9th, 2003

WEEDMAN was arrested by Officer Wingo, for two phony warrants!

Now he has a court date (Oct. 23rd) with Judge 'ASSHOLE' Andronici

This guy 'really' has got his head-up his ass!


"Another Act of Civil Dis-obedience by the NJWEEDMAN"



"Oct. 2nd, 2003"







NJWEEDMAN arrested for calling the

U.S. Attorney for New Jersey a hypocrite!




'set to ruin the law'




"weedman granted injunction"




(From the Burlington County Jail )

(The return of the Star Chambers)




4 million lawsuit













censored and arrested

for question drug laws




(SEE: 11/10/1997 - VIDEO)