N.J. Weedman in fight to appear on ballot

The perpetual New Jersey political candidate who calls himself Weedman has some obstacles to getting on the ballot for a congressional race this fall.

Ed Forchion is appealing a decision that found he failed to qualify to run in the 3rd District because he didn’t have the required 100 valid signatures on the petition he submitted.

The marijuana legalization activist says some signatures were wrongly found to be invalid.

He is trying to appeal the decision to kick him off the ballot, but he is being stopped by a requirement to give an appeals court a transcript from an earlier hearing.

He says he doesn’t have the nearly $4,000 the transcripts could cost.

He’s due in court Monday to argue that he should not have to pay.

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