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Ed Forchion, a New Jersey resident, has managed a Rastafarian temple in Los Angeles and operated a medical marijuana dispensary since 2009. He has devoted his adult life to promoting the legalization of marijuana.
Forchion has a national reputation as a marijuana advocate and is popularly known as NJWeedman. He is perennial candidate for various New Jersey elected offices, where he campaigns on a single issue, marijuana legalization, as part of the subtly-named Legalize Marijuana Party. As part of his cannabis campaign, Forchion operates a Web site, NJWeedman.com, which discusses his efforts to legalize the drug.
Forchion unsuccessfully petitioned the New Jersey state courts to change his name to NJWeedman.com in 2001. Recognizing that California, where medical marijuana is legal, would be far more sympathetic to his cause, Forchion petitioned the Superior Court of Los Angeles County to legally change his name to NJWeedman.com. The Los Angeles court also denied his petition.
Why can't NJWeedman catch a name-changing break? Here are five reasons from the California Appellate Court:
Ed Forchion lost this round of the name game, but we have a suggestion that might help in his next petition: Drop the .com and try again. There are plenty of people with the surname Weedman. (Googled it.)
What other objection could the court possibly have to the name NJ Weedman?
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