Who is Ed “N.J. Weedman” Forchion? Potential candidate and marijuana activist, Ed Forchion was charged in 2010 with possession and the intent of distributing marijuana after getting pulled over in Evesham, NJ. While he was acquitted for the distribution charge, he served time in jail for possession until earlier this year where he was released by a judge. His sentence does not include probation, but he still must pay fines for the charge.
Forchion claims that he travelled to California to purchase medicinal marijuana to ease the pain caused by the tumors. He was granted a period of 10 days of release to treat the giant cell tumors in his legs.
The activist is now suing Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Democratic State Committee and Democratic Congressional Candidate, in order to get onto the 3rd Congressional District ballot. Forchion claims that he was unjustly removed on the November’s general ballot. The 49 year old plans to run for the Legalize Marijuana Party.
Democratic State Committee spokesman, Matt Farrauto, argued that Forchion had just registered as a voter in California last month. The potential candidate argued back that he was allowed to be registered to vote in two different places as long as he doesn’t put himself on the Congressional ballot in two different places. A fellow third party candidate, Federick John LaVergne, is joining on the suit.
One thing that’s standing in the way of Forchion’s name on the Congressional ballot? A check of $3,500 for court transcripts.
Earlier this year, Forchion had submitted a petition to let him run for the 3rd Congressional District with 200 signatures, however, the New Jersey State Committee filed a motion to have Forchion removed from the ballot, arguing that some of the signatures aren’t qualified voters. An administrative law judge agreed and found only 97 signatures were qualified, making Forchion short 3 signatures to be on the ballot.
The pro-marijuana activist is attempting to appeal the case. The appellate court had ruled that Forchion needed to produce court transcripts from a 15-hour administrative law hearing. Forchion has until August 4th to raise the money. The transcript costs $3,500 and it requires a $600 deposit to be paid at once.
This past Tuesday, Forchion filed for a petition to be considered indigent, though in the meantime, he and his followers had been fundraising.
Forchion had been considered as indigent in two other courts, including the one that he is appealing for possession of marijuana.
Ed Forchion is both hopeful and genuine about the future of the Congressional ballot. He released a statement saying, “I’m not so high that I think I’m going to win, but I can get my voice out,” he added that his candidacy could possibly take away Democratic votes due to the fact that he wants marijuana legalized, “It would send a huge message to them and maybe the next candidate will be more marijuana-friendly.”
The “N.J. Weedman” is also known for his “Just Say No to Governor Christie” ad campaign to ruin chances for the Governor’s alleged 2016 presidential run.
How is Ed Forchion dealing with campaigning? He plans to ride in his “Weedmobile” in every town in Burlington County to “meet,” “greet,” and “smoke.”
No news yet on whether or not Forchion has made the 3rd Congressional District ballot.
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