NJWeedman's brother indicted with two fellow activisits

March 25, 2011 3:51 pm

MOUNT HOLLY — Three people described by sources as medical marijuana activists have been indicted on charges that they conspired to receive a large quantity of the drug via UPS last month.

A spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Friday that a grand jury returned an indictment charging Colleen Begley, 30, of Moorestown; John Claudy, 56, of Burlington Township; and Russell Forchion, 41, of Clementon, Camden County, with conspiring to possess controlled dangerous substances with the intent to distribute.

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'NJWeedman' has his day in court


Wed Mar 16, 2011.

njweedman ackerman3MOUNT HOLLY - Marijuana activist Ed "NJWeedman" Forchion's battle to beat drug charges stemming from an April 2010 traffic stop suffered a setback Tuesday when a Superior Court judge ruled that the stop and ensuing search were legal.

But the former Pemberton Township resident, who faces charges of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute after a pound of marijuana was found in the trunk of his rental car last year, claimed afterward that the decision was expected and that he would continue to pursue a defense challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey's criminal statutes.

Forchion says marijuana cannot be considered an illegal drug because a law is on the books permitting it to be used for medicinal purposes.

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3 charged in drug shipping case

By DAVID LEVINSKY Staff writer - 2/15/2011

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP - Three people were charged with drug offenses Friday in connection with a scheme involving a package of marijuana that was shipped by UPS to a township residence, police said Monday.

Colleen Begley, 30, of Moorestown, retrieved the package at 10:50 a.m. Friday after it was delivered to an undisclosed home being rented by 56-year-old John Claudy.

The house was under surveillance because investigators had received information that a package of marijuana was being shipped there, police said.

Begley drove away with the package and refused to stop when pursued by police officers into Burlington City. She lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the side of Mazur's Auto Body Shop off Route 130 in the city, police said. No serious injuries were reported.

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10/13/2010 - MOUNT HOLLY - The Pemberton Township native long known as NJWeedman for his fight to legalize marijuana pleaded not guilty in Superior Court on Tuesday to drug possession and distribution charges stemming from a car stop in April.

Edward Forchion, now living and selling pot legally in California, entered the plea before Judge Jeanne T. Covert during his arraignment. A Burlington County grand jury indicted him Aug. 31 on charges of third-degree possession with the intent to distribute and fourth-degree possession of drug paraphernalia. Burlington County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Luciano said in court that the state's plea offer, based on Forchion's charges and criminal history, is six years in state prison, including three with no parole eligibility.

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Marijuana activist leads a field of 11 independent candidates

Wed Sep 28, 2011.

By David Levinsky

Staff writer

Edward Forchion, the Pemberton Township native best known by his alias, NJWeedman, is throwing his hat into the political ring again.

The longtime marijuana activist has filed to run as an independent candidate for one of the 8th Legislative District’s two state Assembly seats. He is one of 11 independents who have filed to run for state, county or local offices in the November general election.

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