Miami, FL – Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion’s personal battles with politicians, the police, the courts, the DEA and even the FBI have been widely documented for decades. Now that the formerly embattled marijuana rebel is finally reaping the spoils of his longtime weed legalization war, he has found himself up against a new foe. With a record of activism that spans over 30 years, Forchion is calling out Instagram as his biggest adversary yet. Though verified on Facebook, the cannabis celebrity has been unable to secure the widely acclaimed blue check for his Instagram account. The matter has caused hundreds of fake accounts to launch and imitate him, much to the detriment of his reputation, businesses and most importantly, his safety.
“My life is in danger because of the fake accounts on Instagram. The situation has gotten wildly out of control. There are impersonators out there literally stealing money online with promises of delivering cannabis. My business does not mail or deliver weed and we don’t conduct any business online ever! I’ve actually had angry customers affront me, my children and my staff in person after having been duped out of thousands of dollars by these scammers online. Some of these situations have gotten very scary! These impersonators are allowed to run rampant, while my team and I have tried repeatedly to secure Instagram’s support and attention,” cites Forchion. “A verified account would at least help to mitigate the situation.”