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Cases against NJ Weedman up in smoke. Prosecutors cite changing views of marijuana

Updated 9:11 AM; Posted Jun 6, 3:15 PM

Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion reacts to someone who beeped their horn in support as he talked in front of his shuttered restaurant Friday, May 25, 2018 in Trenton, a day after he was acquitted of witness tampering and was released from jail. (Kevin Shea | For NJ.com)

Above:  Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion reacts to someone who beeped their horn in support as he talked in front of his shuttered restaurant Friday, May 25, 2018 in Trenton, a day after he was acquitted of witness tampering and was released from jail. (Kevin Shea | For NJ.com)

By Paige Gross   pgross@njadvancemedia.com,   For NJ.com

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday it will be dropping most of the remaining drug and related charges against Edward “NJ Weedman” stemming from a 2016 raid on his Trenton restaurant.

What is not dismissed will be downgraded to municipal court, where jail time is unlikely.

But Forchion’s not seeing this as all good news. 

Late last month, Forchion was found not guilty by a jury on third-degree witness tampering charges – a case that also grew from the drug raid.

The marijuana activist spent about 15 months detained in the Mercer County jail during two trials, and was set free hours after he was acquitted.

The prosecutor’s office said the decision to not move forward in prosecuting Forchion came after considering the shift in climate of marijuana legislation in New Jersey.

“They’re about 10 years too late,” Forchion said of a change in public opinion of marijuana. 

The office also considered the changes in law regarding the state’s bail reform – an issue Forchion railed against during his time in jail.

“I’m half-way happy and half-way mad,” he said Wednesday night. “Now the state just drops the charges, and I’ve already spent 16 months in jail. I had 42 charges against me total. It was a campaign of terror by the police department.”

NJ Weedman spent 400-plus days in jail. Turns out he was not guilty

Can he get anything for all the time he spent locked up?

“These factors call for an adjustment in the way the office most appropriately uses its resources and assistance from other law enforcement agencies in order to prioritize detention cases such as murders, attempted murders and violent crime,” the prosecutor’s statement said.

“The fact that the defendant has served more than a year in prison while these cases were pending was also taken into consideration,” it continued.

In all, Forchion had been indicted in 2016 and 2017 and was facing 11 charges related to narcotics dealings and cyber harassment. The prosecutor’s office has dismissed most of the charges, and downgraded five to “disorderly persons offenses,” all of which will be tried in Trenton Municipal Court.

The state is currently wrestling with ideas of how to deal with the hundreds of thousands of people who have been charged with marijuana crimes. Some legislators are considering expunging low-level convictions, but aren’t yet sure of the logistics.

“After a review of the defendant’s pending cases,” the prosecutor’s office said in its statement, “We feel the downgrade and dismissal of the charges is an appropriate resolution.”

Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @By_paigegross. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Is Ed Forchion, “NJ Weedman”, ‘unconvictable’?

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New Jersey’s most notorious pothead has called himself “conviction proof.”

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Long time Activist for Cannabis legalization and Human Rights,  Cancer patient, Author, Actor and Politician, was released Thursday from the Mercer County Jail, after having been incarcerated 447 days, since March of 2017.  He was acquitted of witness tampering in a Mercer County New Jersey Courtroom on Thursday, May 24th. 

Acting as his own Attorney the Jury found him “not guilty”.

There has been quite a few articles published in the media in New Jersey about the case.  As well he has quite a following on Facebook and other social media.  Various video’s and information is posted throughout his profile and I encourage you to view them and become familiar with the case.  It is these activist’s, the ones who go to Court and fight unfair charges brought upon them, that are fighting for our freedoms!  There are many of them out there.  Most are   never even heard of.  But it is our responsibility to see that the “real news” is shared with everyone so that the truth can be told about the Justice System as it stands today.  It must change!  #Jury Nullification is one way to do this.

Getting involved in Politics is another.  Ed Forchion is “still running for Mayor…”!

BTW – in still running for Mayor as a write in (despite) Mr Harris ( city clerk Trenton) June 12th – Election #Forchion4Mayor  LINK

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Edward Forchion

May 25 at 12:21pm ·

Press Conference 4:00pm
322 east state street, trenton nj 08608

Edward forchion and Christoher Campbell esq make major announcement about remaining cases before. Mercer county prosecutors office. I’m still a write in for Mayor 2018 ( June 12th)

I promised in april of 2016 that’d I’d whoop Prosecutor onofri’s ass. ( I’ve beat two of his minions) I ask that Onofri prosecute the remaining cases himself.

I’d like to talk about theBail Reform Act and the constitutionally unfair trial I was receiving despite the jury – rejecting the states false narrative used to create this vindictive prosecution.

I will be amending my current federal lawsuit ( forchion vs trenton, 3:16cv01339pgs) to add the malious police misconduct and prosecutorial vendetta in regards to the constitutional detention I just suffered the last 16months

Www.njweedman.com/Federal_Amended_Lawsuit2018.pdf

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4:00pm –

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Above:  Reading of the verdict LINK

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Above:  After the “not guilty” verdict!

Continuing on, Ed Forchion still has another trial and a Lawsuit pending to handle in the upcoming days and months, not to mention the Election in June.  All of this makes for quite a busy schedule.  Per information posted to his profile today he has retained a well known Attorney to help in the process. 

Forchion has retained another attorney, Mario Williams, a managing partner out of the Virginia-based firm Nexus Caridades.  He was put in touch with the attorney through reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter, who championed Forchion’s cause.  Williams is expected to represent him in both federal lawsuits, part of a bigger fightback campaign the marijuana activist has launched to exonerate himself in his upcoming trial and restore his name.  LINK

…Mario is Mario Williams, an Atlanta-based civil rights attorney who took a winding road to become one of the nation’s foremost legal advocates for those in need. The bulk of his cases focus on civil-rights violations, police misconduct, prisoners’ rights, and wrongful incarcerations. LINK

This quote and link explain the latest lawsuit pending.

Already hit with drug charges following a raid on his downtown business, Forchion’s lawsuit complained he was illegally and unconstitutionally being detained at the Mercer County Correction Center on witness tampering charges.  In a phoned jailhouse interview with The Trentonian, Forchion laid out tactics for how he will avoid convictions that could send him to prison for a long time. He has filed an ethics complaint against Mercer County Judge Anthony Massi, who presided over his case. LINK

Below:  link to PDF of the suit filed against the City of Trenton NJ.

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Below are links to past and current articles concerning the cases of Ed Forchion.

Exclusive Interview with ‘NJ Weedman’ Ed Forchion From Behind Bars  5.3.17

NJ Weedman acquitted of witness tampering at 2nd trial  5.24.18

‘Weedman’ takes a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick at the start of his new trial 5.15.18

NJ Weedman not guilty on 1 witness tampering count, jury hung on 2nd  11.9.17

Despite a victory in court for Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion on Thursday, he remains behind bars  11.9.17

NJ Weedman on trial: Everything you need to know  10.29.17

NJ Weedman files ethics charge against judge  9.20.17

Judge rules to keep ID of informant in NJ Weedman case private  2.25.17

NJ Weedman says he was behind jury nullification flier stunt at Mercer County court  5.27.16

Authorities say pot sales at NJ Weedman’s Joint led to investigation  4.28.16

NJ Weedman’s Joint raided by police narcotics squad 4.28.16

‘NJ Weedman’s Joint’ opens in Trenton with $4.20 specials 6.15.15

 STATE ASSEMBLYMAN - REED GUSCIORA presenting THE JOINT with a Joint Resolution from the state assembly.   

Welcome to the Joint

Continue to follow the NJ Weedman, Ed Forchion on his Facebook Profile. and review the information at his website,                   

“NJWeedman.Com”

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http://www.nj.com/marijuana/2018/05/witness_to_weedman_youre_trying_to_scare_me.html#incart_river_index

http://www.njweedman.com/Federal_Amended_Lawsuit2018.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/NJWEEDMAN?fref=search

https://atlantadailyworld.com/2018/04/09/atlanta-civil-rights-lawyer-mario-williams-leads-major-lawsuit-against-white-supremacists/

http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20170920/nj-weedman-files-ethics-charge-against-judge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Forchion

http://nj1015.com/not-guilty-after-representing-himself-nj-weedman-freed-by-jury/

https://www.facebook.com/NJWEEDMAN/videos/1956025974431598/

http://fija.org/document-library/jury-nullification-faq/what-is-jury-nullification/