STANDING UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances".
1st Amendment - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791
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NJWEEDMAN pulls out a Phat nugget
Marijuana activist sets his sights on winning the governor's office
By JOHN REITMEYER
Burlington County Times
Burlington County's resident marijuana activist, Ed "njweedman" Forchion, is taking his campaign statewide this year with a run for governor.
Forchion, a resident of the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township, filed nominating petitions in Trenton yesterday to declare his candidacy for the state's highest elected office.
The bid for governor is Forchion's first attempt at a statewide office. He's previously sought seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and last year he tried for a spot on the Burlington County Board of Freeholders.
He said the campaign for governor would be focused on advocating for new drug laws and reinforcing his constitutional right to speak about the issue.
"I want people who agree with me statewide to vote for me," Forchion said. "I think I can get 100,000 votes. That's my goal."
In addition to the primary election for Democratic and Republican candidates, today is also the filing deadline for all independent and third-party candidates who wish to run in this year's contests for statewide office. The governor's seat and the entire state Assembly are up for grabs Nov. 8.
Forchion, a follower of the Rastafarian religion, has been protesting state and federal marijuana laws for several years and he has the arrest record to prove it. He's been busted for smoking marijuana inside the Statehouse and at the Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia.
Forchion's biggest legal problem, however, stemmed from a 1997 charge that he tried to help his brother and another man pick up 40 pounds of marijuana shipped from a supplier in Arizona. He pleaded guilty during a 2000 trial and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released from jail after serving 16 months.
Forchion completed a state probation program that forced him to undergo regular urine testing, but is now fighting the state's attempt to enter his DNA into a statewide criminal database.
Despite the legal problems his beliefs have caused, Forchion said he remains committed to the issue.
"This is my protest of the marijuana laws," he said.
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By JONATHAN TAMARI
GANNETT STATE BUREAU
TRENTON — In the past, Edward Forchion has run for office to promote the legalization of marijuana.
This year, he is taking a more extreme stance in his bid for governor.
"This time it's a whole angrier thing," said Forchion, 41. "I'm openly advocating that my whole reason for running for office is to specifically give the finger to the attorney general, the Republicans and the Democrats."
Forchion, of Browns Mills in Pemberton Township, is angry over being jailed for five months in late 2002 for filming ads advocating the legalization of marijuana while he was on probation for possession and intent to distribute the drug.
He had served 16 months of a 10-year sentence before his parole.
A federal judge ultimately ruled the arrest for the videos was a violation of his free speech rights. Forchion hopes his candidacy — and its surrounding publicity — will stick it to state and federal officials.
And if he's elected?
"I'd pardon every single pothead that was arrested. I'd do that all day," said Forchion. "I'm a news junkie. I could talk about a lot of things, but for the sake of this campaign, I am openly advocating for all the potheads."
Forchion, who once tried to change his legal name to njweedman.com so that judges would have to call him "Mr. Weedman," has long promoted the legalization of marijuana and believes it should be allowed on free speech grounds, saying it is tied to his Rastafari religion.
"You don't have to smoke marijuana to believe that you shouldn't be put in a cage for smoking marijuana," Forchion said. "The weedman in every community is providing a service. . . . The fact of the matter is, we, the people, want drugs."
Although his stance would surely qualify him as soft on crime in many voters' eyes, Forchion insists that he is a conservative.
"To be a conservative you have to believe that the government should not be dictating your life," Forchion said. "All these conservatives who support the war on drugs are hypocrites."
Forchion has had many brushes with the law, several stemming from publicity stunts, including a citation while smoking at the Liberty Bell and being escorted from the New Jersey Statehouse after lighting up in the balcony of the Assembly. He said police have frequently chased him away while he campaigns, including an incident in which he was refused access to press row in the Statehouse.
His first dose of censorship, he said, was in his Waterford high school yearbook, where his quote "We smoke pot, we drink brew, we're the class of '82," was left out.
For now, Forchion has temporarily stopped smoking marijuana for his truck-driving job, but he said it is only "a temporary affliction."
In what he said is likely his last run for New Jersey office, Forchion hopes ads on cable channels like Comedy Central and music channels will draw young voters. But he said the constant battles with the law have worn him down.
"This is my last hurrah. I've been doing this for like, eight or nine years now, I'm still a one-man gang. I've never been able to spark the reefer revolution," Forchion said. "I've kind of lost my fire."
I SHARE MY
JULY 4th, 2000
To those of you who have accused me of being a RACIST, I dispute that! I share my weed with all and invite anyone to share thier weed with me. If you see me on the street, ask me to join you in a "peaceful smoke".
ALL you have to say is let's put some fire to herb. Most likely I'll say let's pray for the end of this persecution, a persecution described by our DO-GOODERS as a "WAR ON DRUGS". Yet, to millions of citizens it's a "CHRISTIAN WAR ON US".
This year (2005) NJWEEDMAN will attempt to
bring national publicity to his cause of truth with this election. For telling
the truth NJWEEDMAN has been attacked, and victimized he even had his child
taken from him. Judge Sweeney even had his child re-named because of his political
veiws, while also being denied the right to change his own name to "NJWEEDMAN"
by Judge(s) Vogleson and Fratto; inaddition to being unjustly jailed numerous
times. Just for saying "LEGALIZE IT".
SIGNED A WARRENT TO HAVE ME ARRESTED!
FOR MAKING POLITICAL ADS
|EVERYTHING I ADVOCATE
IS BASED IN MY SINCERCE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. WHILE I DON'T WALK AROUND SAYING
"JAH" MY BELIEFS ARE BASED IN MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE LORDS WORDS. "IN SHORT,
MY ADVOCATION FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF MY HOLY SACRAMENT MARIJUANA IS PROTECTED
IN BOTH FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND SPEECH"!
YET, MANY TIMES WHEN I PUBLICLY PROSELTIZE MY RELIGIOUSLY INSPIRED BELIEF, I'M SET UPON AND ULTIMATEDLY PUNISHED FOR PUBLICLY ADVOCATING MY BELIEFS BY STATE OFFICIALS IN BOTH CRIMINAL AND CIVIL COURTS. IT'S NOT ONLY POLICE OFFICERS ITS JUDGES TOO.
|SHIT-HEAD HERE CHANGED MY DAUGHTERS
NAME BECAUSE OF MY
PUBLIC POLITICAL & RELIGIOUS VEIWS
FORCHION vs STATE
( CV-XXXXXXX )
40 Years ago a outspoken NEGRO like "NJWEEDMAN" would have been lynched. "Luckily for me the outlawed lynching in America. Today the "RACIST" on the bench legally lynch me while cops on the street attack me and file false charges (see: ATTACKED ) in an attempt to keep me silent on my open dissent of our nations RACIST WAR ON DRUGS".
I've been jailed (see: CENSORSHIP) by the Government for attempting to air political ad's and media giant COMCAST has refused to air these same ad's. I've been fired from jobs, lost my freedom and still I follow BOB MARLEY's words: "GET UP STAND-UP, DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT, STAND-UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS".
Colonists in 1776 actually had less justifiable reason to revolt than non-establishment
Americans have today. When laws become insufferable instruments of plunder,
revolution is justified!
|U.S. Federal District Court of New
Jersey Judge J. Irenas: ".The First Amend. exists so as to promote
debate on issues of public importance. In this case, the advocacy of the legalization
of marijuana is a legitimate political position in this country. The Libertarian
Party, whose presidential candidate received over 380,000 votes in
the 2000 election, advocates the legalization of drugs. Libertarian Party website at and Libertarian
Policy. Many elected public officials have called
for a liberalization of the nation's drug laws.. ...." FORCHION Vs ISP
Smoke a joint; enjoy my site(s)
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'POTHEAD FIGHTS FOR
YOUR RIGHTS' : In 2003 the State
of New Jersey attempted to "collect" NJWEEDMAN'S DNA under the authority
of a new law -L. 2003, c. 183- . NJWEEDMAN refused
to comply with this new law and wrote a letter to the Attorney General's Office
and the Governor's office telling them why he wasn't going to comply with
this new law and the only way they'd get it is if they : "KISS MY ASS AND RETRIEVE
MY DNA FROM YOUR LIPS".
Eventually, NJWEEDMAN won this case: READ DNA CASE
On MARCH 16th, 2000 I went to the State Assembly Chambers specifically to demonstrate my "religious use" of marijuana before the state's politicans. I wanted a court case were I would attempt to envoke a RELIGIOUS USE defense. The State Prosecutor decided to "WHITE-WASH" this case in order to keep this "NON- CHRISTIAN NIGGER" from presenting such a Religious CONSTITUTIONAL challenge to the State Drug Laws. (No reporter reported on this non-prosecution despite my attempts to fight the state's cowardice.) I was not placed on any DO NOT ENTER list.
A man protesting drugs laws lit a marijuana cigarette in the state's Assembly chambers. (Page 5)
BY JEFF EDELSTEIN -Staff Writer
The smell of marijuana smoke wafted through the state's Assembly chambers Thursday afternoon after a man protesting his religious rights fired up a joint. Edward "njweedman" Forchion, 35, stripped down to a halloween prison suit outfit before pulling the stunt.
"I'm not a criminal. The laws is wrong" he procliamed as he was being led away by NJ State Police. Forchion, a browns Mills residence who goes by the nickname "njweedman" said he is a practitioner of the Rastafari religion and that marijuana is a necessary sacrament to its practice.
Before he was arrested, Forchion said outside the chamber that he has grown tires of watching two religious freedom bills languish in the Assembly and the Senate. The Assembly bill, introduced before the 1998 session, does not allow for any controlled substance to be used as part of religion; the Senate bill, introduced last December, does not contian the restrictive language.
Forchion lit the reefer after Assembly-floor St. Patrick's Day festivities, including a speech by former Hamilton Mayor Jack Rafferty. Rafferty said that when the irish and other ethnic groups first came to America, they were oppressed by the powers that be.
sprit, without resolve, you can't overcome," Rafferty said, unintentionally
providing Forchion with a poetic and prophetic introduction.
Some what incredibly, Forchion got through half the joint before the police swooped in - and then he promptly swallowed it. "I assume that was marijuana," said one of the officer's outside the chambers. "NO COMMENT," replied Forchion, who was arrested, charged with use of marijuana, hindering apprehension and improper behavior and release pending a March 24 hearing in Trenton Municipal Court.
This was not the first time that Forchion used marijuana to get into the public eye. In 1998, he ran an unsuccessful bid for Congress, running under the "legalize Marijuana Party" ticket. Somewhat improbably, he received over 3,000 votes.
The herb "ganja" is a religious sacrament," Forchion said in a prepared text. "Much the sameway the grape (wine) is to Christian/Catholic." Or peyote is to Native American's. Forchion said he became a convert to the religion of Rastafari six years ago.
"If I became a born-again Christian, everybody would think I was a great
guy." Forchion said. "But I embraced Rastafari and in doing so I became a
I was not prosecuted for this bold act of civil dis-obedience, the state didn't want me to argue this case in the State Court system. No-way would these politicans allow me to present a "religious defense" in the state of New Jersey so the case was WHITE-WASHED! Eventually since the State was afriad to FIGHT the WEEDMAN he took this arguement (fight) to the Federal courts by praying/smoking at the Liberty Bell. WEEDMAN succesffully has present a "RELIGIOUS DEFENSE" case arguing his action were legal thru the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act of 1993.
PLEASE CLICK PICTURE OF LIBERTY BELL TO SEE VIDEO OF RELIGIOUS PROTEST
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