NJ Weedman holds up a marijuana-laced brownie as supporters smoke marijuana cigarettes on West State State during a "smoke out" to encourage marijuana legalization Sunday Apr. 20, 2014. About 150 people took part in the rally, with a march from the Trenton Transit Center to the NJ State House. (Trentonian photo/Jackie Schear)
Court denies NJWEEDMAN's motion for his appeal to proceed on the paper record - July 27
TRENTON — Ed Forchion’s fight to remain on the general election ballot has hit yet another roadblock.
In a letter dated July 21, the appellate court denied Forchion’s motion to proceed without transcripts. Forchion —better known as “NJWEEDMAN”— had previously filed a motion asking that the court proceed on the paper record only. Forchion is appealing the decision to toss him off of the ballot in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District, which serves Burlington and Ocean counties.
By David Levinsky Staff writer
Forchion, a well-known marijuana activist from Pemberton Township, filed to run as a third-party candidate for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District seat, but was booted off the ballot last month by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who concurred with an administrative law judge’s opinion that Forchion did not have enough valid signatures on his nomination petition.
Buck County Times 7/10 The marijuana activists gathered outside the Bucks County courthouse in Doylestown. NJWeedman said he intended to “pollute the jury pool.” He was lending support to Dudeist Priest, a man with a cane and cowboy hat, who told me he’s an ordained minister of the Church of the Latter Day Dude. Dudeist Priest, who is really Chris Donahue, 64, of Hilltown, was set to be tried for growing marijuana in his basement.
TRENTON — June 21st, 2014 -
In an effort to stave off his ballot removal the NJWEEDMAN is asking for an emergency hearing.
A legal notice sent to The Trentonian on Friday, Ed Forchion, also known as NJWEEDMAN, is asking for an expedited summary reversal on the paper record only.
Essentially, in an effort to limit the overall cost of the appeal, Forchion plans to proceed without ordering or producing any transcripts. Additionally Forchion is asking that the objection of Aimee Belgard and the Democratic State Committee be dismissed with prejudice.
TRENTON — Perennial pro-marijuana candidate Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion, who was knocked off the November ballot, will file an appeal on Monday to reverse Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s final decision that his election petitions were invalid.
Forchion represents the Legalize Marijuana Party and had filed to run for the open Third Congressional District seat. He has stated Democrats are afraid his candidacy will draw votes away from them in the general election.
By Paul Mickle, The Trentonian
TRENTON — A judge told “NJWEEDMAN” Ed Forchion Thursday to take his arguments to New Jersey’s appeals court if he want his name on the ballot as an independent candidate for Congress in November.
Top Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson told New Jersey’s leading marijuana advocate that higher appeals jurists will have to decide if he was wronged by the state officials and Democrats who disqualified him.
Forchion, who is best known as NJWEEDMAN, told The Trentonian Democrats in Burlington and Ocean counties don’t want him running as an independent in the third congressional district because he’ll drain votes from them.
By Scott Ketterer, The Trentonian
TRENTON — What started as a challenge has now turned into a “two-bonged fight,” according to Ed Forchion.
Ed Forchion, also known as NJWEEDMAN, has managed to take his fight to remain on the November general election ballot to state superior court.
The pro-pot advocate and perpetual candidate will have his day in court before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson Thursday.
The hearing is a result of Forchion’s challenge of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s final decision tossing him off of the ballot after the Democratic State Committee (DSC) challenged the validity of Forchion’s petition to appear on the ballot.