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Published: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:46:01 -0700

Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:10:01 GMT


US NJ: Prosecutors Fight to Keep Secret Informant in NJ

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Trentonian, 23 Aug 2016 - TRENTON - Ed Forchion wants to film a reality show chronicling the impact of the country's so-called War on Drugs on his life. He has a couple titles in mind: "The War on NJ Weedman." Or perhaps even better, "Marijuana Martyr."

US NJ: 'Weedmobile' Destroyed, Weed Advocate Criticizes

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Trentonian, 16 Aug 2016 - TRENTON - Marijuana activist Ed Forchion gave a famous Los Angeles graffiti artist $300 cash, an ounce of weed and an expensive bong to paint a political statement on the side of his "Weedmobile" in 2008. The provocative portrait showed NJ Weedman blowing smoke into Uncle Sam's face. The van would later become a rolling billboard for Forchion's Trenton restaurant and pot temple, capturing in cartoonishly large candor his pro-marijuana views and disdain for New Jersey's "hypocritical" drug laws.

US CA: Drug Agent's Arrest Throws Out, Weakens Some Cases

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Appeal-Democrat, 12 Aug 2016 - D.A.'S Offices Dealing With Fallout About a dozen felony marijuana-related criminal cases have been thrown out or reduced to misdemeanors - the fallout of the December arrest of a Yuba-Sutter drug task force agent.

US NJ: NJ Weedman, Attorney Attack Police, Prosecutors

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Trentonian, 12 Aug 2016 - TRENTON - Marijuana legalization activist Ed Forchion and his attorney took turns bashing police and prosecutors for alleged perjury and gamesmanship and demanded the resignation of the county's top law enforcement official during an impromptu news conference outside criminal court Thursday. Wearing a burgundy pinstripe suit, Forchion, known as NJ Weedman, took a hit from a bong and handed out jury nullification pamphlets following his first appearance in Mercer County Superior Court.

US NJ: Indicted NJ Weedman Hopes Prosecutor Takes 'Ass

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Trentonian, 10 Aug 2016 - TRENTON - Facing an 11-count indictment on drug charges, Ed Forchion, aka NJ Weedman, is not breaking a sweat. In fact, the pro-marijuana activist has challenged acting Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri to take the lead on the case.

US DC: Editorial: 'I Will Really Kill You'

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 05 Aug 2016 - The New President of the Philippines Unleashes a Surge of Extrajudicial Killings of Drug Dealers and Users. RODRIGO DUTERTE, the new president of the Philippines, is overseeing exactly what he pledged in his campaign: a terrifying surge of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers, users and criminals. From the day after he was elected, May 10, to Aug. 4, by a local account, there had been 571 killings, most of them simple executions by police and vigilante groups.

US MA: New Trials Possible for Those Convicted in Dookhan Drug

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Globe, 21 Jul 2016 - The state's highest court said Wednesday that people convicted on drug charges in cases that involved a disgraced state chemist, Annie Dookhan, can seek new trials. Last year, the Supreme Judicial Court gave special permission to people to undo their pleas if they had pleaded guilty to drug charges in Dookhan-related cases. On Wednesday, it ruled that the same protection must be extended to some defendants who went to trial.

US CA: Column: Conflict And Corruption

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

SF Weekly, 21 Jul 2016 - In states that have legalized the sale of medical and recreational cannabis, the industry is flourishing. State and local laws have done great work in creating policies and laws that give such businesses a sense of stability that allow them to make business decisions with some confidence. But federal laws still regard cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic and have not only closed access to reliable banking, the U.S. Postal Service, and fair tax laws, but there is also the constant threat of law enforcement raids, lengthy and expensive court battles, and prison sentences. Even in states that have legalized cannabis, federal law has created a climate of fear and uncertainty among cannabis entrepreneurs, and some politicians and law enforcement officers are exploiting that fear to enrich themselves. There are numerous examples of this type of corruption. In fact, The Daily Chronic, an online news source that covers the cannabis community, has a pages-long section devoted to cannabis-related police corruption nationwide

US CA: Column: Canna-Unionize?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

North Coast Journal, 07 Jul 2016 - Union leaders are talking about normal union concerns in a dimly lit Arcata bar. There are cocktails all around. They talk about safety, protecting jobs, keeping wages high, changing laws and providing training and education for workers and employers.