Forchion along with business partners Debi Madiao, Phil Charles and two silent partners, who have ties to the film industry and asked to remain anonymous, have formed a media company named NJ Joint Ventures. The group is in the process of filming and producing a reality television show that will focus on marijuana activism and the lives of medical marijuana patients.
- Marijuana legalization activist Edward Forchion, better known as NJ Weedman, lost an appeal to overturn his 2010 possession conviction.
Forchion, who moved to California, sought to have his Burlington County conviction thrown out by claiming he has a medical necessity for the pot and that criminalizing the possession of marijuana violates his rights under the U.S. and New Jersey constitutions.
But an appellate panel, in its 31-page decision issued on Friday, didn't agree and upheld his conviction.
Marijuana activist, newspaper columnist and frequent candidate for public office Ed Forchion — better known as NJ Weedman — lost his appeal of his 2010 marijuana conviction Friday.
Forchion, who tangled with Gov. Chris Christie earlier this year over the P.A. system on his "Weedmobil," had argued that his 2010 conviction for possession of a pound of marijuana should be vacated for many reasons, saying it violated his religious freedom as a Rastafarian and citing the state's later enactment of its own medical marijuana law.
In a 31-page decision, appellate judges Carmen Messano, Margaret Hayden and Thomas Sumners Jr. disagreed with Forchion on those points and declined to address several of his other arguments, saying they "lack sufficient merit to warrant discussion."
TRENTON >> Talk about passing the joint.
New Jersey state lawmakers have passed a joint legislative resolution honoring the highly spirited business activities of marijuana activist Ed Forchion, better known as the NJ Weedman.
Forchion, 50, has founded the up-and-coming NJ Weedman’s Joint restaurant and sanctuary across from Trenton City Hall on East State Street.
“The grand opening represents the culmination of an extensive planning and building process, which has been brought to fruition only through the extraordinary labors and efforts of a number of devoted people whose commitment to NJ Weedman’s Joint has been exceptional and unwavering,” says the joint resolution by state Sen. Shirley Turner, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblywoman Liz Muoio.
TRENTON, N.J. (WPVI) --
If it's lunchtime or if you've got the munchies, there's a new food joint for you to enjoy in Trenton. N.J. Weedman's Joint is owned by controversial marijuana activist, Ed Forchion, also known as N.J. Weedman. The restaurant and an adjoining spiritual center are located on State Street right across from city hall.
The menu features salads, fruit, healthy foods, smoothies and other snacks.
Forchion says he is a bone cancer survivor and his resolution to eat healthier is behind the idea. He has been fighting for years to legalize marijuana and says he was able to open up the restaurant with donations from others around the country who share his views on legalizing pot.
In addition, he jokes that he only hires people who fail the drug test
Marijuana activist Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion fired up a different kind of joint on Monday with the opening of his new restaurant across the street from Trenton's City Hall.
The restaurant, called NJ Weedman's Joint, drew a steady stream of customers on its opening day. The menu features a selection of smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches, chicken and fish entrees and $4.20 specials. Neither pork nor beef is served.
Vivian Knight, a server, said she is a big advocate for marijuana rights and has long followed Forchion.
"I hope everybody comes to chill here and enjoy themselves and enjoy the food," she said.
Forchion said the idea for the restaurant came out of his New Year's resolution to eat healthier.
“I went from Burlington County Jail to State Street,” Forchion said. “I’m stressing so much, I’m pulling my dreads out.”
NJ Weedman’s Joint, located directly across the street from City Hall, will open at 7 a.m. Monday, and will serve affordable, healthy food. The menu will not offer any pork or beef, and will feature items such as sushi, pasta, fish, chicken, roasted vegetable platters, healthy soups, fruit platters, fresh sandwich wraps and more. There will also be a vegetarian menu, Forchion said, and the restaurant will offer natural energy drinks such as fruit smoothies, breakfast shakes and blended juices.
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