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For almost all of 2016, Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion has been locked in some sort of legal action with the city of Trenton and their police over the operation of his eatery NJ Weedman's Joint. He's filed suit, received numerous tickets, appeared in court and confronted the police - and he's detailed nearly every step on social media.
- are some from the past few months:
- The second of two civil lawsuits Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion has filed against Trenton police and the county proescutor's office has been moved to federal court, according to court documents.
In the suit, which Forchion filed in Mercer County Superior Court earlier this year, the man known as NJWeedman claims city police and Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri violated his civil rights when officers from both agencies raided his eatery and "weed temple," in April.
Forchion said in the suit that he was unlawfully arrested and he accused the police of not properly training their officers.
"In a civil rights lawsuit, you're relying on the Constitution," Heyburn said, adding that it's a plaintiff's constitutional right to have their civil rights case heard in federal court.
That’s part of the reason an attorney for the city has asked a judge a second time to toss out the marijuana activist’s lawsuit, filed earlier this year in federal court in Trenton.
The activist said in his lawsuit the city’s 11 p.m. curfew violates his First Amendment and religious rights. He contends he and his band of pot smokers should be allowed to peaceably assemble at his cannabis church, Liberty Bell Temple, whenever they want to partake in the “sacrament” of reefer.
Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion and his attorney said prosecutors have made that clear after they extended an offer Monday to the marijuana activist for alleged online harassment of a city cop.
“I don’t think the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office cares about the Constitution,” Edward Heyburn, Forchion’s attorney, told The Trentonian after his client’s court appearance.
He and his client have apparently patched up their relationship after the brash defense attorney temporarily quit because his out-of-control client kept putting his foot in his mouth.
- TRENTON — In February, pro-marijuana activist Ed Forchion's only had minor issues with the city of Trenton, which amounted to a disagreement over people congregating at night outside of his restaurant, which opened the prior summer to fanfare.
But in the eight months that have followed, Forchion's troubles have mushroomed into a lawsuit against the city, a felony drug case against Forchion, and what seems like weekly court dates and the colorful social media postings about them.
And he gets semi-regular visits from Trenton police officers, especially late at night, when the city contends he should be closed.
Imagine, for a moment, if tomatoes were banned in New Jersey. Yep. For the last 70 years or so, tomatoes were an illegal crop.
Of course, this would upset a good number of people, and plenty of New Jerseyans would see fit to break the law and buy tomatoes on the black market. After all, they’re easy enough to grow, although after decades of the ban, finding the right seeds and the right soil and the right light and the right know-how became a bit of a challenge.
Sadly, many New Jerseyans ended up in prison due to their illegal tomato crops. They grew some primo “tom,” as the kids called it, but they got so good they drew the attention of the authorities and that was that.
And in the same breath, he is suing city police and an alleged police informant for defamation.
Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion amended his civil lawsuit against Trenton Police and Mercer County prosecutors to include new defendants and claims of slander, libel and defamation.
He contends city police officers Sheehan “Murder” Miles and Sgt. Brian Suschke, along with a Trenton Police informant, conspired to make a drug case against the marijuana activist and robbed him of his good name by saying he dealt weed out of his East State Street restaurant.
- USNEWS & WORLREPORT - Prosecutors Win Indictment in Dubious 'Cyber Harassment' Case Against Activist Who Called Cop a Pedophile 9/30/16
- NJ Weedman indicted on cyber-bullying charge 9/29/16
- NJ Weedman’s attorney calls on Trenton Police director to resign 9/27/16
- Attorney: NJ Weedman back open after city clerk admits mistake 9/26/16