A cannabis advocate known as "NJWeedman" did not have standing to challenge New Jersey's marijuana legalization law, and his claims that the state used it to create "corporate cartels" and exclude people of color from the industry were properly dismissed, according to a Monday opinion from the Third Circuit.
So when the opportunity to apply for a license to sell cannabis came up, he took it. But when he got word last week that he’d actually been awarded one, he had a realization: Selling marijuana – what New Jersey refers to the drug sold illegally and unlicensed — is a lot different than selling cannabis.
“I have an infrastructure I’ve been tapping into for years. That market exists,” NJWeedman.com said. “But what am I supposed to do? Stop and wait for this new industry? They’re so far behind. The state system is not ready for what I’m doing.”
It was once a nickname, a marketing gimmick that morphed into a battle cry for marijuana freedom in the Garden State, but for 20 years, Ed Forchion failed to change his name to “NJWeedman.com.”
That changed, much to his surprise, on Monday Oct. 17, when a Mercer County judge finally signed off on his petition. Forchion’s website, which he admittedly hasn’t updated much in recent years, is now his legal name.
“Honestly, I just don’t like losing,” Forchion 58, told the Inquirer Thursday. ‘It always bothered me.”