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bct vanBy David Levinsky Staff writer

TRENTON — Edward "NJWeedman" Forchion has decided to continue his legal battle to restore his name to the November election ballot.

The well-known marijuana activist and perennial political candidate filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Sept. 26 seeking to block the ballot from being printed until a recount of the signatures on his nomination petition is completed.

Forchion had filed to run as a third-party candidate for New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, but Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, acting in her capacity as secretary of state, booted him off the ballot in June after the New Jersey Democratic State Committee challenged his petition, claiming that more than half of the 208 signatures Forchion obtained were invalid because the people who signed weren't registered voters or didn't live in the 3rd District.

Read more: NJWeedman files federal lawsuit to block ballot printing  Oct 3rd

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statehouse brownieTRENTON — Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion, the perennial pro-marijuana candidate who was kept off the ballot for lack of signatures, filed a federal lawsuit Friday asking the court to issue an injunction blocking the printing of the November ballot until a recount is completed in the 3rd Congressional District.

In June, Forchion, representing the Legalize Marijuana Party, filed to run for the open seat, but the state Democratic Committee challenged his candidacy.

After a 15-hour administrative law hearing, more than half of the 208 signatures he submitted were invalidated, leaving him a few shy of the required 100. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, in her role as the state's top election official, adopted the judge's ruling.

Read more: 'NJ Weedman' files federal lawsuit after being kicked off N.J. Congressional ballot - Sept 27

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njweedman 4 congress 2014TRENTON — Marijuana activist Edward “NJWeedman” Forchion is giving up his legal fight to restore his name to the November election ballot.


Forchion filed to run as a third-party candidate for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, but Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, acting in her capacity as secretary of state, booted him off the ballot in June for not having enough valid signatures on his nomination petition.

Read more: Njweedman giving up legal fight for ballot spot  - Sept 15

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The perpetual political candidate who calls himself Weedman is in a legal struggle to get back on November's ballot for a congressional seat.

Rulings in June from a judge and the state's top election official found that Ed Forchion did not have the required 100 valid signatures on his petition to run in the 3rd Congressional District.

He is appealing, arguing that some signatures were invalidated wrongly.

Forchion, one of New Jersey's best-known advocates for legalizing marijuana, is also one of the state's highest-profile independent and minor party candidates in elections nearly every year. But he's hardly alone. Twenty-five other independent candidates are running for Congress in New Jersey this year. They're on the ballots in 11 of 12 districts.

Read more: NJweedman in fight to appear on ballot - Aug 23

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TRENTON — Marijuana activist Edward “NJWeedman” Forchion will have another day in court in his legal fight to restore his name to the November election ballot.


Forchion filed to run as a third-party candidate for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, but Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, acting in her capacity as secretary of state, booted him off the ballot in June for not having enough valid signatures on his nomination petition.Forchion appealed Guadagno’s decision to the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division, but the court warned that his appeal would be dismissed if he was unable to provide proof that he had ordered a 900-page transcript from an earlier administrative law hearing.

Read more: Njweedman still fighting to restore name on ballot August 18th

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NJWEEDMAN stop christies liesEd Forchion — the longtime pro-marijuana activist known as "NJWeedman" — has a new job. And he didn't have to take a drug test.

"I would burn a hole in the cup," Forchion told The Auditor.

Read more: Weedman the wordsmith: The Auditor

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bct times crossEd Forchion, a pro-marijuana activist known as NJWeedman, stands in front of the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., Sunday, April 20, 2014. Dozens of activists and community members gathered in front of Statehouse to show their support for legalizing marijuana. Sunday's rally was among many held nationwide to mark the traditional pot holiday of April 20, a day for marijuana activists to defiantly light up to protest their drug of choice being outlawed. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Court: NJweedman appeal to be dismissed without court transcript

TRENTON — Marijuana activist Edward “NJWeedman” Forchion will need to come up with at least $3,573 in order to continue his fight to get his name back on the November ballot, a state appeals court ruled.

 

Forchion filed to run as a third-party candidate for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, but Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, acting in her capacity as secretary of state, booted him off the ballot last month for not having enough valid signatures on his nomination petition.

Read more: Court: NJweedman appeal to be dismissed without court transcript - July 28