Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion is launching “Get on the CannaBus with NJWeedman” an Instagram series, starting Monday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. to garner support for his current campaign in New Jersey.
“Get on the CannaBus” will stream live on Instagram and Facebook at @NJWeedman and on the NJWeedMan YouTube channel.
“Get on the CannaBus” will seek to grow support for Forchion’s act of civil obedience which he has championed with the hashtag campaign “#SellingWeedLikeImWhite.” Forchion, who has been selling marijuana, is hoping to stir up international support as he encourages ‘black market’ sells and distribution of the plant in protest to current policies.
Each show will be an hour with a lineup of guests including former NFL player Justin Renfrow, a cannabis business owner and advocate for the use of cannabis and CBD for pain relief; high profile criminal and civil litigation attorney John Vincent Saykanic; New Jersey/Philadelphia based media personality OsoDiva; filmmaker and director of the NJ Weedman’s Joint ‘weedisode’ series, “Pot-Trooper,” Tamal Forchion; and Philadelphia based rapper, Eness.
NJWeedman and Legalization
“What is happening in New Jersey is nothing short of a travesty of justice and an example of systemic racism,” said Forchion.
“I of course support the legalization of marijuana. What I don’t support is the current guise of deceit and manipulation under which it is being done. Since the 90’s, state officials have been pushing the War on Drugs and targeting marijuana users in that war. Now these former and current state officials are part of the scheme to steal the marijuana industry from disenfranchised People of Color and hand it over to a few white corporate guys, openly excluding those who have been in this ‘illegal industry’ for decades,” NJWeedman said.
Others also understand that the legal cannabis industry is not just and fight to make cannabis implementation just.
“I’m selling weed like I’m white and will continue to do so, and I am calling for other like-minded supporters to join me in my #sellingweedlikeimwhite effort. The white men in the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly could easily make legalization laws to include the existing ‘black market’ but instead they’ve been bribed to create a Caucasian Cannabis Corporation industry that excludes us. I’m not complying with that and think we should boycott these examples of blatant racism. My new show ‘Get on the CannaBus’ will expose their systemic racism, blatant theft, underhanded politics and trickery,” said Forchion.
Forchion is a military veteran who has suffered from bone cancer and needs marijuana for his symptoms and treatment. He is the director of the New Jersey Black Market Cannabis Providers Association (NJBMCPA) and the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party.
For over three decades, NJWeedman has fought for cannabis legalization. As one of the first Black activists in the movement, NJWeedman has spent over 1200 days in prison, fighting for the right to smoke and sell cannabis.
Forchion is part of a vocal collective that is fighting against the current legalization policies in New Jersey. Forchion asserts that new laws are being set to criminalize growers and small vendors like him, while awarding billion-dollar contracts to corporations for the sales, distribution and marketing of the plant. In an effort to mobilize attention to this grave matter,
Forchion solidified his reputation when a jury of 12 acquitted him of possession with the intent to distribute a pound of marijuana during a trial in Burlington County, NJ.
His jury nullification efforts won another court victory in June 2018 when charges against NJ Weedman related to a raid on his café NJWeedman’s Joint were dropped. Forchion co-owns the restaurant, located directly across from New Jersey’s Trenton City Hall, with his partner, Debi Madaio.