THE LEGALIZE MARIJUANA PARTY of
Founder ROBERT EDWARD FORCHION, JR – aka- “NJWEEDMAN”
THE LEGALIZE MARIJUANA PARTY : CIVIL ACTION
ROBERT EDWARD FORCHION, JR :
Founder (LMP) : COMPLAINT No: 03-cv-1105
: CENSORSHIP of Political Issue
VS : BREACH of CONTRACT
: SLANDEROUS LIBEL
COMCAST CORPORATION :
Brian L. Roberts :
Chief Executive Officer and :
President Comcast Corporation :
is rightfully incurred in the Federal realm for the 2002 election was a
nation-wide Federal Election, Federal
“public access regulations” may apply, the Right to “POLITICAL EXPRESSION” is
protected under the U.S. 1st Amendment. As well as parties reside in
different states. For these reasons plaintiff(s) has presented this complaint
to the Federal District Court of New Jersey in the City of
On or about July 9th, 2002 Plaintiff ROBERT EDWARD FORCHION, Jr on behalf of plaintiff The LEGALIZE MARIJUANA PARTY of South Jersey, approached COMCAST CORPORATION’S Mount Laurel New Jersey sales office to inquire about airing (PSA) public service announcements heretherafter referred to as “POLITICAL ISSUE AD’S” during the 2002 election campaign season (Sept-Nov.). As Plaintiff had previously done in 1999 and 2000.
Comcast sales agent Ruth Saulino provided plaintiff(s) with requirements and procedures about getting ad’s aired according to COMCAST requirements and a tentative contract was drawn up. [Exhibit 1] Plaintiff ROBERT EDWARD FORCHION Jr. then secured a contract with independent film company, NEXTPLAY VIDEO of Warren New Jersey to produce these “POLITICAL ISSUE AD’s” featuring himself and presented them to COMCAST CORPORATION for airing on the COMCAST system in four South Jersey counties. During the last week of July 2002 the manager and sales personnel of COMCAST Mt. Laurel viewed the ad’s and approved them, actually voicing personal approval of ad’s, and suggesting that the ad’s make their debut on August 17th during the CNN network’s special 9-11 themed feature called “AMERICA REMEMBERS” for maximum exposure.
On August 08 Plaintiff and Defendant entered into a
contract to air “POLITICAL ISSUE AD’S”,
(1). - No drugs appear in the ad’s; it was absolutely
LIBELOUS for COMCAST to publicly claim
it was so. There was no violation of this company rule. Although there is the
image/LOGO of marijuana leaf on plaintiff’s t-shirt it is not “marijuana”. This LOGO is the “PARTY LOGO” of the (LMP) just
as the images/logos of an “Elephant” and “Donkey” represent the REPUBLICAN and
DEMOCRATIC PARTIES the “MARIJUANA LEAF LOGO” represents the PLAINTIFF – THE LEGALIZE MARIJUANA PARTY.
COMCAST was previously made aware of this in 1999 and 2000 when plaintiff wore
the exact same “POLITICAL PARTY t-shirt”
in similar “POLITICAL AD’S” that run during those election campaigns. Comcast
initially balked at Plaintiff’s 1999 ads then as well but once it was realized
these were “POLITICAL AD’S”, protected by election laws and equal access
regulations COMCAST CORPORATION allowed them
to air. No such discussion occurred in 2000 they aired without argument. (This
time COMCAST denied airing and assisted in getting plaintiff Robert Forchion
imprisoned) (2) - Marijuana is not a
habit forming drug. Factually marijuana doesn’t meet the scientific
requirements to be called an addictive or habit forming drug. (3) - Marijuana is legal for religious
purposes according to the 1993 FREEDOM OF RELIGION and RESTORATION ACT (42 U.S.C.A.
§ 2000bb (a)) as well as: UNITED
STATES Vs BAUER, 84 F.3d 1549, 1556 (9th Cir.1996), PEOPLE OF
Plaintiff ROBERT EDWARD FORCHION, jr. was
“unconstitutionally” jailed on
It is unconcienceable and un-American that COMCAST and PLAINTIFF would enter into a contract (which COMCAST breeched), then to have COMCAST willingly assist “ROGUE STATE OFFICALS” in having plaintiff imprisoned for attempting to air same “POLITICAL ISSUE AD’S. COMCAST willingly (without a warrant) supplied copies of ad’s and contract information to these rogue state officials, by working with these state officials in attempting to have PLAINTIFF imprisoned for exercising his First Amendment Right(s) to Freedom Speech, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Political Expression and “petitioning the government for redress of grievances”. [Exhibit 6] In speaking out against the racist “WAR ON DRUGS” with these political issue ads.
CENSORSHIP: COMCAST CORPORATION has a recent history of engaging in censorship of political issue’s sensitive to government officials as was recently pointed out in attached Feb.13th, 2003 edition of the PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER in an article titled “PEACE OUT” [exhibit 7]. In the instant case it is obviously clear that COMCAST EXECUTIVES after learning of the airing of these “POLITICAL ISSUE AD’S” during a special feature on CNN thru THE TRENTONIAN story decided to CENSOR the ad’s.
When compared to similar ad’s run by the PLAINTIFF
in 1999 and 2000 it could easily be deduced that these ads were milder than the
previously aired ad’s. POLITICAL dissent is encouraged in
RIGHT TO POLITICAL EXPRESSION
"...where political speech is
involved, our traditions insists that government allow the widest room for
discussion, the narrowest range for its restriction."....."Political
expression includes any fair comment on any matter of public interest, whether
or not subject of an election campaign, whether or not embarrassing to local
governing body, and whether or not irritating to one's neighbors.'' STATE
RIGHT TO EXPRESS UNPOPULAR VEIWS
"...individuals, severally or in
association, have a right to denounce public body, its officers, and its
programs, in most searing terms, and even with wide margin of error." BOARD
OF ED., BOROUGH OF UNION BEACH Vs NEW JERSEY ED. ASS'N, 53 N.J. 29, 247 A.2d 867 (1968).--- "Constitutional Right of Free Speech
and assembly can-not be abridged simply because others might take offense at
what is being said or advocated and create a disturbance." FACULTY AD HOC OCT 15th
The issue of “legalization of marijuana” is a
legitimate political issue across the country; it is not even a new political
issue. For the past 30 years since the CONGRESS outlawed “marijuana use” with
the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 it has been a political issue. In 1978
Congress passed the Compassionate Use Act. In the past 10 years numerous states
have passed laws to allow for the use of marijuana medically and the U.S.
Congress itself passed the (FRRA) Freedom of Religion and Restoration Act of
1993 (42 U.S.C.A. § 2000bb(a)) that allows for the
religious use of marijuana. There are numerous organizations dedicated to this
cause of legalization; such as NORML
(National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and several political
parties in support of this issue; i.e. The
Libertarian Party, The Green Party,
The Reform Party and the Marijuana Reform Party of
It would be absolutely wrong to allow COMCAST
CORPORATION to censor political discussion on certain “POLITICAL ISSUE’S”. COMCAST
CORPORATION is the largest
I swear by penalty of perjury and imprisonment that all statements, allegations and facts in the above complaint are truthful and accurate. For the outrageous un-American conduct of COMCAST CORPORATION the following is demanded.
The Airing of these “political ad’s
Plaintiff seeks a jury trial.
$420,000.oo in damages.
Respectfully submitted on behalf,
of ROBERT EDWARD FORCHION, Jr.
and THE LEGALIZE MARIJUANA PARTY
(LMP) founder ROBERT EDWARD FORCHION, Jr
THIS SUIT IS ABOUT THE
“BILL OF RIGHTS NOT MARIJUANA”
CC-Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia weekly, Courier Post, Burlington County Times, The Times of Trenton, The Trentonian and the Associated Press. As well as various media outlets.