Marijuana advocate Ed ‘NJ Weedman’ Forchion arrested on marijuana charges

A New Jersey marijuana advocate has been arrested again on marijuana charges after law enforcement raided his restaurant and “cannabis temple.”

Ed 'NJ Weedman' Forchion was arrested on marijuana charges Wednesday.

Ed 'NJ Weedman' Forchion was arrested on marijuana charges Wednesday. (4/28/16)

TRENTON - A New Jersey marijuana advocate has been arrested again on marijuana charges after law enforcement raided his restaurant and “cannabis temple.”

Mercer County prosecutors said Thursday that Ed Forchion, aka NJ Weedman, was arrested Wednesday along with 10 other people after a raid of his business across the street from Trenton's City Hall.

Forchion, who has been in and out of prison because of drug charges, wasn't immediately available to comment.

Acting Prosecutor Angelo Onofri says the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force had received information that Forchion was distributing marijuana, along with complaints from the community.

During a search of the establishment, police found several pounds of marijuana scattered throughout, more than a pound of marijuana butter, plus various drug paraphernalia.

Forchion was charged with six counts of drug distribution, plus a variety of other charges. His bail was set at $50,000

Forchion opened NJ Weedman's Joint and an attached cannabis church last year. 

Trenton police were called to Forchion’s establishment in March because it was open too late. Trenton has a city ordinance that limits a business’ hours. At the time, Forchion posted the police activity on YouTube and said that it was a “raid.” He also filed an injunction in federal court to keep the cannabis temple open past 11 p.m.

He said that the temple should be given the same consideration as any other house of worship.

Recreational marijuana is illegal in New Jersey.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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