Hollywood, CA – On a mission that recalls the hope and ‘high’ aspirations of Cheech and Chong’s legendary “Up in Smoke” antics, Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman has announced the making of “Roadamentary,” the filming and documentation of his journey, driving across the states, from California back to New Jersey, in his infamous Weedmobil. NJWeedman hopes the trip does not end ‘up in smoke’ though, as he will be relying on donations from potheads and weed sympathizers to fuel the journey.
This may well be the NJWeedman’s last hurrah. On April 10, 2012 his trial begins in the state of New Jersey for violation of the state’s drug laws. The Weedman was originally arrested in Mount Holly, NJ on April 1, 2010 when he was stopped by an officer who found a pound of cannabis in the trunk of his car.
He faces more than a decade in prison if convicted.
The road trip is his last gallant effort to mobilize support for his cause and raise awareness for jury nullification, a tactic he plans to employ in an effort to win his case. NJWeedman will be making stops along the journey to interact with marijuana supporters.
This will be Forchion’s second bid to bring the issue of jury nullification to the forefront of the judicial system. He faced up to 30 years in prison back in 1997 when he was arrested and charged with conspiracy and possession of over 40 pounds of marijuana. He acted as his own defense counsel then, with a defense of religion, medical and open advocation of jury nullification. He envisions this case as another opportunity to bring jury nullification back to the forefront.
A native of New Jersey, Forchion relocated to Hollywood, CA several years ago to take advantage of the more relaxed medical marijuana laws, opening his own shop, the Liberty Bell Temple. This past December however, Forchion’s temple/ dispensary was raided and shut down by the DEA. The federal seizure of his assets left the activist down – but not out.
“The Feds got me for everything. But my spirit is not broken,” asserts Forchion. “I’m looking to get by with a little help from my friends. Marijuana is no longer the gateway drug it was once perceived to be. Smoking has become mainstream now. And I know there are enough smokers out there to get me across the states and back to New Jersey. If everyone who smoked weed donated just $4.20 to my cause even, we’d have enough gas to make it across the New Jersey state line.”
As detailed in his book release, “Public Enemy #420,” Forchion has a history that spans decades in his quest for his right to smoke marijuana legally. A cult figure in the marijuana legalization community, he first achieved media notoriety when he was arrested for smoking marijuana in front of the entire New Jersey State Assembly in 2000. He then garnered a national platform when he fired it up at Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA during the Republican National Convention.
Forchion has since become one of the most vocal and recognized members of the pro-pot movement. He is the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party of New Jersey and has run previous campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate, Congress, the State Legislature, and the Burlington County Board of Freeholders.
Check out the trailer for “Roadmentary” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQquVy1wohQ.
To donate go to http://home.njweedman.com/node/189.
Roadamentary // NJWEEDMAN’S – THE WEEDMOBIL