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By Kevin Shea | For NJ.com 
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on May 09, 2016 at 6:10 PM, updated May 09, 2016 at 10:23 PM
 
 
 TRENTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has distributed Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion's petition for a hearing to the high court's justices, who could decide this week whether or not to hear the case.

Forchion and his lawyer filed the petition - a writ of certiorari, or review of a lower court's decision - in March, in connection with his 2010 marijuana possession arrest and later conviction in Burlington County.

Read more: NJ Weedman's Supreme Court petition in justices' hands (5/9/2016)

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  1. TRENTON It's been less than a week since Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion was arrested at his eatery-temple in Trenton, but the outspoken marijuana advocate has taken already taken to the airwaves to tell his story.

Forchion spoke with New Jersey 101.5 radio hosts Deminski and Doyle Tuesday afternoon and called out state Senator Ray Lesniak and the Trenton Police Department for "retaliation."

mmmmmThat "retaliation" came in the form of a raid, Forchion said on the radio station. He was arrested along with 10 other people at his "joint" on East State Street last Wednesday and charged with possession of paraphernalia and drug possession for 5 ounces of marijuana that he'd received as a donation, he said.

Read more: NJ Weedman takes to the radio, blames raid of his joint on retaliation (5/3/16)

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TRENTON >> Less than 30 hours after his East State Street businesses were raided by police, Ed Forchion was back at the Joint, rolling a joint and vowing to beat county prosecutors in court.

“They just gave me another platform to continue my goal,” Forchion told The Trentonian at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, about two hours after his release from jail. “This is exactly what happened in Burlington County. I beat those prosecutors, and I’ll beat the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office too. They’re on the wrong side of history.”

Forchion, who’s a marijuana legalization activist known as NJ Weedman, was arrested Wednesday along with 10 other people when the county narcotics task force raided his restaurant, sanctuary and tobacco shop, which are adjoined and located across the street from City Hall.

Read more: NJWeedman released from jail after raid: ‘They exaggerated big time’ (4/29/16)

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exaggeratedTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman says authorities "exaggerated big-time" in charging him with distributing pot from his restaurant and cannabis church.

Ed Forchion also said his arrest has drawn attention to his cause of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.

"They just gave me another platform to continue my goal," Forchion told The Trentonian (http://bit.ly/1WXkjft ) on Thursday. "They're on the wrong side of history."

Read more: NJWeedman: Officials 'exaggerated big-time' in pot charges (5/29/2016)

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  1. TRENTON – The first time Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion was arrested and released from jail a few weeks ago, he says his goal was finding someone to "smoke him up."

 

 

But the second time – which happened over the course of the past couple of days – something was different. 

"I told them in jail that I'm going to have a press conference," Forchion said.

He was speaking from back in his joint – a combination eatery and "cannabis temple" – on East State Street where he had gathered friends and reporters to give his side of the story on his arrest Friday evening .

Read more: Back in his 'temple,' NJ Weedman lays out defense of drug charges (4/29/2016)

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  By Kevin Shea | For NJ.com   

 
 
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TRENTON — Officers in tactical gear descended on NJ Weedman's Joint in Trenton Wednesday afternoon, making multiple arrests and shutting down the eatery.

Owner Ed Forchion, better known as NJ Weedman, opened up the eatery across from City Hall to fanfare last year.

The building and the adjacent Liberty Bell Sanctuary - a "cannabis church" he runs - were sealed off with police tape Wednesday as officers with assault rifles investigated.

Witnesses said Forchion was detained with several others and loaded into a police van. Police shut down a portion of East State Street during the incident and a Trenton Fire Department ladder truck was called in so investigators could access a roof.

Read more: NJ Weedman's Joint raided by police narcotics squad

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  1. - A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman says authorities “exaggerated big-time” in charging him with distributing pot from his restaurant and cannabis church.

Ed Forchion also said his arrest has drawn attention to his cause of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.

MORE: NJ Weedman arrested again, for pot

“They just gave me another platform to continue my goal,” Forchion told The Trentonian on Thursday. “They’re on the wrong side of history.”

Read more: NJ Weedman on pot charges: Sharing, not selling