The state’s most notable pot advocate has gone legit.
Edward “NJ Weedman” Forchion said he was told Thursday he’s been awarded a conditional retail license to legally sell cannabis in the state of New Jersey.
“There were so many days I was laid up in jail looking at the top bunk wondering if this day would ever come,” Forchion told the Courier-Post shortly after getting the news. “And now it’s here.”
Forchion has spent more than 400 days in jail over the past 25 years after first being arrested for possessing 45 pounds of marijuana.
Late Thursday afternoon, Forchion began receiving texts from his friends and colleagues in the cannabis advocacy community telling him they had heard the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission call his name as they announced new license awardees.
Forchion said his daughter, Chanel, was awarded a conditional cultivator license for what will eventually be a growing location in Penns Grove, Salem County. One of his goals has been to establish generational wealth for his children.