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  1. TRENTON — Ed Forchion, a pro-marijuana activist known as "NJ Weedman," has been indicted by a Mercer County grand jury on 11 drug charges related to his operation of a restaurant and adjacent cannabis church, acting Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri announced Tuesday.
NJ Weedman says Trenton Police are violating his religious freedomFile photo of Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion (Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com) 

Read more: NJ Weedman indicted on 11 drug charges from raid of his Trenton restaurant...8/9/16

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  1. TRENTON — The Trenton police department's Facebook page was shutdown sometime late Thursday and city officials were not talking about it Friday.

The police officer tasked with running the page, Randall Hanson, declined comment, referring any questions to the department spokesman.

"We have deactivated our Facebook page until such time as our social media policy can be reviewed and updated," the spokesman, Lt. Stephen Varn, said. He declined to answer any questions about the page.

Read more: Trenton police Facebook page taken down, officials mum on why 6/10/16

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trentonian on phoneTrenton Police’s Facebook status is nonexistent.

The department removed its Facebook page sometime Thursday amid allegations that negativity hurled at the department, partially over the arrest of a lightning rod marijuana activist, was being scrubbed from its social media page.

That led some activists — working in concert with Ed Forchion, also known as NJ Weedman – to paper the city with public records requests regarding the social media page.

One is Steven Wronko, a Spotswood man who earned the national spotlight after being escorted out of Helmetta town hall by police while filing a records request about animal abuses at the borough’s beleaguered animal shelter.

 

“This is a group of supporters who have waged war on my behalf,” Forchion said in a phone interview Friday.

Read more: Shutdown of Trenton Police Facebook triggers outcry from activists

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 May 26 at 9:29 AM 

Steve Nelson (U.S. News) has the story:

Edward Forchion operates a restaurant called NJ Weedman’s Joint across the street from City Hall in Trenton, New Jersey’s capital. Next door is his “temple,” where state-legal medical marijuana patients and other congregants use cannabis.

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NJ Weedman says he will give prosecutors a ‘legal a--whooping,’ and a First Amendment expert says he’s right.

 

An activist and entrepreneur who styles himself “NJ Weedman” says authorities made a big mistake charging him with cyber harassment for calling a New Jersey policeman a “pedophile” – and some legal experts say he’s right. Edward Forchion operates a restaurant called NJ Weedman's Joint across the street from City Hall in Trenton, New Jersey's capital.

Next door is his “temple,” where state-legal medical marijuana patients and other congregants use cannabis. Forchion says business boomed after he opened shop last year, but that cops scared off customers when a fight over whether the temple could stay open late at night snowballed.

Read more: USNEWS & WORLD REPORT: Man Arrested for Calling Cop 'Pedophile' Says the Law Allows It

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TRENTON >> Police say summonses charging Ed Forchion for smoking marijuana in city council chambers last year were signed by officials the day following the incident and sent to him via “regular mail.”

But Forchion’s attorney says that claim doesn’t make sense because police must have a record showing they served a complaint before a warrant can be issued for failing to appear in court.

“You can’t send it regular mail; they might as well just put it in the shredder because it has the same legal effect,” Forchion’s attorney Ed Heyburn said. “They either deliver it in person, or they send it certified mail and someone has to sign for it. When they go before a judge and request a warrant, they’ll be asked to show when they served the complaint.”

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TRENTON — They’ve busted him for smoking pot, running a business past curfew, and not keeping his restaurant’s kitchen clean enough.

On Friday, however, it was Ed Forchion’s mouth that got him slapped in handcuffs, freedom of speech notwithstanding.

Days after Forchion stood outside his eatery and pot temple shouting “f— the police!” and calling one of the police officers a “pedophile,” NJ Weedman was charged with cyber-harassment and disorderly conduct.

The cyber-harassment charge, according to a copy of the complaint filed by Officer Herbert Flowers, was based on a Facebook and YouTube video of the confrontation in which Forchion is heard telling Flowers he’s a pedophile, while the disorderly conduct was for Forchion’s F-bombs against police “in public and social media forum.”

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