Trenton, NJ — Well-known cannabis advocate, Ed Forchion, aka NJ Weedman, conducted a peaceful act of disobedience this week and quickly became the subject of a viral video after he went to the New Jersey Statehouse and took to selling and smoking cannabis.
Although New Jersey is currently pushing a law through the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana statewide, the plant is currently illegal and cops will throw you in jail for possessing it. Despite the state Attorney General pausing the prosecution of marijuana related offenses in July, law enforcement was quick to respond by promising to still arrest people.
The attorney general's statement "does not affect the current laws pertaining to police officers," said Anthony F. Ambrose, public safety director for the city of Newark.
So, when NJ Weedman took to the front of the state house and fired up a joint in front of cops — while selling homegrown marijuana plants in the process — he knew it would be likely for him to be arrested. Instead, however, thanks to a shift in the current paradigm, he came out with no handcuffs.