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NJWeedman Arrested in New Jersey on April Fool’s Day
Will Use Jury Nullification in His Defense
NJWeedman Purports Jury Nullification
Says If It
4/20/2010 Press Release
On April 1, 2010, Ed Forchion, aka NJWeedman made headlines. He
was busted in New Jersey with a pound of cannibus in the trunk
of his car. April Fool’s Day was playing itself out in full
glory. The man, notorious for his run-ins with the New Jersey
law, now a transplant living in California and dispensing
medical marijuana legally on a daily basis, returns home to
get….arrested! And so the saga continues for NJWeedman,
America’s most prominent Black activist for the legalization of
As the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party, Forchion is no newcomer to the politics game. He ran campaigns for Governor, Congress, the State Legislature, and the Burlington County Board of Freeholders. As detailed in his recently released tome, “Public Enemy #420” (https://www.createspace.com/3425534 ) Forchion has a history that spans decades in his quest for his right to smoke marijuana legally. With this recent arrest, the cannabis activist will add a new chapter to his life story as he represents himself in the case and brings to the forefront once again, the rarely discussed issue of “jury nullification.”
This will be Forchion’s second bid to bring the issue of jury nullification to the forefront of the judicial system. A practicing Rastafarian, he faced up to 30 years in prison back in 2000 when he was arrested and charged with conspiracy and possession of over 40 pounds of marijuana. He acted as his own defense counsel then, with a defense of religion, medical and open avocation of jury nullification. The issue of jury nullification so rattled the courts back then that he was offered a plea bargain, which he took, avoiding a possible jail sentence. To this date, he regrets that decision. He envisions this case as another opportunity to bring jury nullification back to the forefront.
Weedman plans to utilize jury nullification once again to fight to not only have his charges dropped, but he also plans to file a lawsuit against the state to overturn the state’s medical marijuana law. Forchion believes the New Jersey law is unconstitutional for allowing terminally ill people to possess marijuana while state criminal law prohibits anyone else from possessing pot.
“The state should not be able to have two legal descriptions of the same substance,” Forchion states. “How can the state be allowed to have it both ways? Arresting some people on criminal laws that state marijuana has no medical value and also allowing others to use marijuana for medical use. Isn't that a violation of the 14th amendments right to equal protection of the law says Forchion between puffs of sticky icky.
Forchion's defense raises heckles in the legal establishment, but it's based on the time honored doctrine. "Jury nullification of law," as it is sometimes called, is a traditional American right defended by the Founding Fathers. Those Patriots intended the jury to serve as one of the tests a law must pass before it assumes enough popular authority to be enforced. Thus the Constitution provides five separate tribunals with veto power – representatives, senate, executive, judges and JURY – that each enactment of law must pass before it gains the authority to punish those who choose to violate it.
“There is a reefer revolution going on in this country and it can’t be denied. 14 states now recognize the medicinal value of this sacred herb on some level. By purporting the issue of jury nullification, I’m just looking for one juror to examine the New Jersey marijuana laws and recognize the contradictions in it. Not guilty is the verdict I’m hoping for,” cites Forchion. “I’m openly going to challenge my jury to render a verdict in spite of the law. The law is wrong, based on lies and false facts. I wish to tell my jurors the truth about marijuana. I want to tell the jury that this law I’m charged with violating is wrong not I.”
NJWeedman is a cult figure in the marijuana legalization community. He achieved media notoriety when he was front of the entire New Jersey State Assembly in 2000, then gained national attention when he fired it up at Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA during the republican national convention there.
Upon fleeing the tyrants of the New Jersey court system in 2000, relocating to Los Angeles a few years ago in what he calls a self-imposed political asylum - or exile, he has opened his own legal medical marijuana dispensary, The Liberty Bell Temple. The dispensary is located at 5641 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA and represents the basic concepts of democracy and faith.
Forchion until this arrest has claimed he was no longer a weed activist and instead insisted he was a weed capitalist. Now ironically he has been forced by this arrest to once again be a the WEED ACTIVIST that got him famous, NJweedman Super-hero to the Potheads.
Forchion is continually fueling his advocacy for the medical marijuana movement. His ‘pot parties’ are now legendary in Hollywood and he recently stirred controversy with his "Obama One Year in Office" party celebration. His NJ Weedman video series, filmed from the shop and seen on his website http://www.libertybelltemple.com/ and at YouTube.com, commands a following of viewers from around the world. He regularly updates his footage with vivid coverage of the happenings in his shop, including specials on the vast varietals of medicinal marijuana he is now able to serve up legally, daily to his patients.
NJWeedman discusses his April 1 arrest in full detail at http://vimeo.com/11030959. To explore the issues more, go to http://www.NJWeedman.com and to purchase, “Public Enemy 420” go to https://www.createspace.com/3425534.
12/30/2010 Press Release
New Jersey “Weedman” Arrested on Possession and
'NJ Weedman' has high hopes after pot bust
NJweedman runs for Congress
Pleads Not Guilty
OK to challenge state's laws
keep running for office
International News Coverage
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Caught with a pound of reefer, "NJ Weedman" says cops "racially profiled" him
By SULAIMAN ABDUR-RAHMAN
Staff Writer - The Trentonian
—“NJ Weedman” Ed Forchion said he wishes he hadn’t been driving with a
pound of herb in his car on April Fools’ Day. But he’s also charging
police with racially profiling him.
Once again on May 5th, 2010 the Burlington County family court denied me the right to see my daughter because of my "marijuana veiws". You see only white people are allowed to talk about changing the marijuana laws. The white politicans of New Jersey recently passed a medical marijuana bill that im sure they talked about for years. None of them have had thier kids taken for advocating changing the marijuana laws. Judge CALL even denied that New Jersey had legalized Marijuana for medical use.
In California the Police gave me my weed back
NJweedman is a staunch supporter of Barack Obama. In 2008 he made a political ad with Sherpard Fairy supportive of his campaigne. In his ad, NJWEEDMAN asks Barack to keep his promise to end the DEA raids on medical marijuana dispensories. In 2009 Barack ordered the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT to end is raids on medical marijuana dispensories.