Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Minutes May 10, 2016



Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
May 10, 2016

Pennsylvania became the 24th medical marijuana state as Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, on April 17, 2016. PTSD & chronic pain OK, but no flowers.

United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, 4/19-21/2016, U.N., NYC. CMMNJ joined other NGOs (Non-governmental organizations) & signed several statements in support of drug policy reform. Update from Bob Kane who represented CMMNJ at the U.N. with the Beckley Foundation. We hope for more progress at next UNGASS in 2019. There is still time to sign Beckley Foundation's Public Letter (add to CMMNJ website): http://beckleyfoundation.org/2016/04/18/the-beckley-foundations-2016-public-letter/

East Coast Cannabis Coalition passed a symbolic Joint from Maine to Florida. #‎UnityCypher‬ ‪#‎UnityTorch received in NYC, & passed to Trenton & Philly April 19-20.

NJWeedman Update: "Joint" & "Liberty Bell Temple" visited by LEOs 3/5/16 followed by injunction to stop harassment; raided by LEOs on 4/27/16 with multiple arrests and property confiscated. Appeal from 2010 arrest being reviewed by SCOTUS 5/12-5/16.

NJ DOH (Dept. of Health) to add qualifying conditions for marijuana therapy; CMMNJ producing model petitions to DOH--Jim & Vanessa, PTSD; Ken, chronic pain; Peter, neuropathic pain.

Ongoing Thursday Podcasts at the Statehouse resumed 4/7/16; Press Release in 2 wks.

Breakwater ATC offers 5% discount to any patient with a CMMNJ t-shirt!

Nick Mellis agrees to chair a "Goodbye to Chris Christie Committee."

CMMNJ TV with Angie Patterson broadcast today and Friday on Princeton TV.

Jon Peditto mailing address: SBI 000175573D, unit 4R, c/o Southern State Correctional Facility,4295 North Delsea Drive, P.O. Box 150, Belmont, New Jersey  08314

Global Marijuana March, 5/7/16, NYC & Rehoboth, DE; 5/8/16 Philadelphia.

Upcoming Events:
NORML Lobby Day 5/23&24/16 Washington, DC. Ken to get "Peter McWilliams Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Marijuana," 5/23/16.

Recent events:
NJLP convention 3/12/16, Hightstown, NJ.
NJ Senate & Assembly Budget Testimony, 3/15&16/16 Glassboro & Collingswood, NJ
ASA's Medical Marijuana Unity Conference, 3/18-22, Washington, D.C.
Patients Out of Time conference, 4/14-16/16, Baltimore.
Trenton 4/20 March from City Hall to Rally at Statehouse, After Party at The Joint.
CMMNJ Board meeting, 4/6/16.

Treasury report: Checking: $2234; PayPal: $3679. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $3/apiece; 2 for $5.  Wholesale prices are available.

More info:  Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org   Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for May 10, 2016



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #2
Tuesday, May 10, 2016  7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve March 2016 minutes. Discuss:

Pennsylvania--the 24th medical marijuana state. Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, on April 17, 2016. PTSD & chronic pain OK, but no flowers.

UNGASS 2016, 4/19-21, U.N., NYC. Sign Beckley Foundation's Public Letter (below). Bob Kane represents CMMNJ.

East Coast Cannabis Coalition passed the ‪#‎UnityCypher‬ ‪#‎UnityTorch‬ Joint from NYC to Trenton to Philly April 19 - 20 on its way from Portland, Maine to Miami, Florida.

NJWeedman Update: "Joint" & "Liberty Bell Temple" visited by LEOs 3/5/16 followed by injunction to stop harassment; raided by LEOs on 4/27/16 with multiple arrests and property confiscated. SCOTUS appeal pending from 2010 arrest.

NJ DOH appoints panel to add qualifying conditions for marijuana therapy to MMP.

Ongoing Thursday Podcasts at the Trenton Statehouse resumed April 7, 2016, 11-2 pm.

Breakwater ATC offers 5% discount to any patient with a CMMNJ t-shirt!

Jon Peditto, SBI: 000175573D, unit 4R, c/o Southern State Correctional Facility
4295 North Delsea Drive, P.O. Box 150, Belmont, New Jersey  08314

Upcoming Events:
NORML Lobby Day 5/23&24/16 Washington, DC.
Global Marijuana March, 5/7/16, NYC & Rehoboth, DE; 5/8/16 Philadelphia.

Recent events:
NJLP convention 3/12/16, Hightstown, NJ.
NJ Senate & Assembly Budget Testimony, 3/15&16/16 Glassboro & Collingswood, NJ
ASA's Medical Marijuana Unity Conference, 3/18-22, Washington, D.C.
Patients Out of Time conference, 4/14-16/16, Baltimore.
Trenton 4/20, 2pm March from City Hall to Rally at Statehouse, After Party at The Joint.
CMMNJ Board meeting, 4/6/16.

Treasury report: Checking: $2234; PayPal: $3679. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $3/apiece; 2 for $5.  Wholesale prices are available.

CMMNJ's meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., 08648. All are welcome.  (Meeting at the library does not imply Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.)

More info:  Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org   Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/?fref=ts

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.


Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
March 8, 2016 

Jo Anne Zito welcomed onto CMMNJ Board of Directors at 2/23/16 Board meeting.

Breakwater ATC offers 5% discount to any patient with a CMMNJ t-shirt!
Compassionate Sciences ATC offering workshops for patients in Bellmawr, NJ.

CMMNJ met with Asm. Greenwald's aide in the Statehouse re: edible availability.

Upcoming Events: Patients Out of Time conference, 4/14-16/16, Baltimore.
UNGASS 2016, 4/19-21, U.N., NYC. East Coast Cannabis Coalition Joint Torch relay from Maine to Florida--4/19 at U.N. in NYC and 4/20 in Trenton, and heading south.
Global Marijuana March, 5/7/16, NYC & Rehoboth, DE; Philly 5/8/16.
NJ Senate & Assembly Budget Testimony, 3/15&16/16 Glassboro & Collingswood, NJ
American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) meeting at NJWeedman's "Joint," 322 E. State St., Trenton, NJ, 3/14/16, 7 - 8:30 pm. Date change to 4/7/16, 5 - 8 pm.
ASA's Medical Marijuana Unity Conference, 3/18-22, Washington, D.C.
CannMed 2016, 4/10-11, Harvard School of Med, Boston (Dr. Mechoulam, et.al.)
Trenton 4/20, 2pm March from City Hall to Rally at Statehouse, After Party at The Joint.
NJLP convention 3/12/16, Tavern on the Lake, Hightstown, NJ.
Thursday Podcasts at the Trenton Statehouse to resume April 7, 2016, 11-2 pm.

Recent events: “CMMNJ TV” taping with Mary Lynn Mathre, RN and Mike Krawitz via Skype, 3/1/16 at Princeton Community TV Studio, 10 am to 2 pm.
Jon Peditto transferred to Southern State Correctional Facility to serve 8 years.

Treasury report: Checking: $2204; PayPal: $3650. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $3/apiece; 2 for $5.  Wholesale prices are available.

CMMNJ's meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., 08648. All are welcome.  (Meeting at the library does not imply Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.)

More info:  Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org   Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/?fref=ts

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.


Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

Governor Wolf Signs Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill into Law
https://www.governor.pa.gov/governor-wolf-signs-medical-marijuana-legalization-bill-into-law/

Local residents, Delco officials discuss benefits of medical marijuana
http://www.delcotimes.com/article/DC/20160501/NEWS/160509983

NJWeedman’s Joint Raided: NJWeedman Arrested With ‘Joint Boys’
https://kylemoore357.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/njweedmans-joint-raided-njweedman-arrested-with-joint-boys/

Interview: "NJ Weedman" Petitions Supreme Court for Marijuana Case
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuAPwXvhbIM

NJ Weedman SCOTUS Petition:
http://www.njweedman.com/USSUPREMECOURT_NJVSFORCHION_PETITION_FOR_CERTIORARI.pdf

‘NJWeedman’ is No Joke. He’s New Jersey’s Cannabis Pioneer.
https://www.leafly.com/news/headlines/njweedman-is-no-joke-hes-new-jerseys-cannabis-pioneer

​Support The NJ Weedman
http://www.wolfenotes.com/2016/04/support-the-nj-weedman/

Out of UNGASS: 2016 Public Letter
http://beckleyfoundation.org/2016/04/18/the-beckley-foundations-2016-public-letter/
Sign it:
https://beckleyfoundation.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5077c28d0fa342a692492154e&id=460d32b7e9

Multiple Nations Call for Reform in International Cannabis Policies at United Nations
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/multiple_nations_call_for_reform_in_international_cannabis_policies_at_united_nations

Ad Hoc US Coalition for Global Drug Policy Reform
http://stopthedrugwar.org/files/coalition.pdf

Cannabis and Cannabis Resin
Critical Review Preparation Document
http://american-safe-access.s3.amazonaws.com/criticalreviewFINAL.pdf

UNGASS Outcome: Missed Opportunity for UN, but Global Reform Movement Grows & Continues to Push for Better Drug Policies
http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/ungass-outcome-missed-opportunity-un-global-reform-movement-grows-continues-push-better-drug-po?ms=2D1_1604AprilNewsletter_UNGASS&utm_campaign=fy16newsletter&cid=701U0000001fFWw&spMailingID=25370312&spUserID=MTUxMjg1ODEzNjk1S0&spJobID=784593067&spReportId=Nzg0NTkzMDY3S0

65K N.J. children have grown up with a parent in prison
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/04/65k_nj_children_have_grown_up_with_a_parent_in_pri.html

420 Legalization March 2016 - Trenton, NJ - #ECCC #AnonNJTV #HempSec
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8hxx2UQVYQ&feature=youtu.be

The Tenth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
http://patientsoutoftime.org/the-tenth-national-clinical-conference-on-cannabis-therapeutics/

Medical Marijuana Scarce and Costly as Christie Fights Broader Access
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-04-13/medical-pot-scarce-and-costly-as-christie-fights-broader-access

N.J. panel may expand medical marijuana use
http://articles.philly.com/2016-03-24/news/71761994_1_ken-wolski-panel-members-medical-marijuana-new-jersey#xtHPiSOhaOxgJeYz.01

NJ Assemblyman Wants To Allow Medical Marijuana Use For Menstrual Cramps
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/04/08/medical-marijuana-menstrual-cramps-new-jersey/

Activists Plan Mass Marijuana Consumption At The White House, But Some Cannabis Advocates Question Civil Disobedience
http://www.ibtimes.com/activists-plan-mass-marijuana-consumption-white-house-some-cannabis-advocates-2347139?fb_action_ids=10153535021203657&fb_action_types=og.comments

Philly 420: NJ pot arrests still high
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Philly_420_NJ_pot_arrests_still_high.html#1hDyFabAAhsYKKew.99

CMMNJ TV Angela Patterson/INE Jamesburg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlC_vLtOa0U

LETTER: Offer marijuana for chronic pain
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/04/24/letter-offer-marijuana-chronic-pain/83357156/

Seniors and marijuana
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/seniors-and-marijuana/?linkId=24040373

Trauma is a Gateway Drug
http://www.acesconnection.com/blog/trauma-is-a-gateway-drug

MEDICAL CANNABIS CURRICULUM FOR NURSES: https://themedicalcannabisinstitute.org/product/medical-cannabis-curriculum-for-nurses/

Saturday, April 9, 2016

NJ DOH Rules to Add Conditions that Qualify for Marijuana Therapy

SUBCHAPTER 5. ESTABLISHMENT OF ADDITIONAL DEBILITATING MEDICAL CONDITIONS

8:64-5.1 Review cycle for accepting petitions for additional qualifying debilitating medical
condition

(a) The Commissioner shall take no action concerning the acceptance of petitions to approve other medical conditions or the treatment thereof as debilitating medical conditions pursuant to (b) below, before completing at least two annual reports required pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:64-4.2.
1. The Department shall publish notice of an open period to accept petitions in the New Jersey Register.
(b) The process for review of petitions to approve other medical conditions or the treatment thereof as debilitating medical conditions pursuant to the definition at N.J.S.A. 24:6I-3 of “debilitating medical condition” at paragraph (5) shall include one review cycle each year, subject to (a) above.
(c) The beginning of each cycle shall be the first business day of the month.
(d) The Department shall accept petitions on the first business day of each cycle.
(e) The Department shall return to the petitioner a petition submitted in any month outside of the review cycle as not accepted for processing.

8:64-5.2 Panel to review petitions and make recommendations for identification and approval of additional debilitating medical conditions; membership; responsibilities

(a) The Commissioner shall appoint a review panel (panel) to make recommendations to the Commissioner regarding approval or denial of a petition submitted pursuant to this subchapter.
(b) The panel shall consist of not more than 15 health care professionals, among whom shall be:
1. The President of the Board of Medical Examiners or the President’s designee; and
2. Other physicians and non-physicians who are knowledgeable about the condition as to which the petition seeks approval;
i. Each physician appointed to the review panel shall be nationally board-certified in his or her area of specialty; and
3. At least three physicians appointed to the review panel shall have expertise in pain and symptom management.
(c) The majority of the panel shall be physicians.
(d) The Department shall convene the panel at least once per year to review petitions.
1. The panel may examine scientific and medical evidence and research pertaining to the petition, and may gather information, in person or in writing, from other parties knowledgeable about the addition of the debilitating medical conditions being considered.
2. The petitioner shall be given the opportunity to address the panel in person or by telephone.
3. The petitioner may request that his or her individual identifiable health information remain
confidential.
4. The Department shall provide staff support to the panel and other administrative support.
5. The meetings will be considered open public meetings.
(e) The panel shall make a written recommendation to the Commissioner regarding approval or denial of the addition of a qualifying debilitating medical condition.
1. A quorum of the panel shall concur with the recommendation in order to be considered a final recommendation of the panel.
i. For purposes of this subsection, a majority of the members appointed and serving on the panel constitute a quorum.

8:64-5.3 Addition of qualifying debilitating medical condition

(a) In order for the petition to be accepted for processing, the petitioner shall send a letter by
certified mail to the Medicinal Marijuana Program that contains the following information:
1. The extent to which the condition is generally accepted by the medical community and other experts as a valid, existing medical condition;
2. If one or more treatments of the condition, rather than the condition itself, are alleged to be the cause of the patient’s suffering, the extent to which the treatments causing suffering are generally accepted by the medical community and other experts as valid treatments for the condition;
3. The extent to which the condition itself and/or the treatments thereof cause severe suffering, such as severe and/or chronic pain, severe nausea and/or vomiting or otherwise severely impair the patient’s ability to carry on activities of daily living;
4. The availability of conventional medical therapies other than those that cause suffering to alleviate suffering caused by the condition and/or the treatment thereof;
5. The extent to which evidence that is generally accepted among the medical community and other experts supports a finding that the use of marijuana alleviates suffering caused by the condition and/or the treatment thereof; and
6. Letters of support from physicians or other licensed health care professionals knowledgeable about the condition.
(b) Upon review of materials submitted pursuant to (a) above, the Commissioner shall make a
final determination as to whether:
1. The petition is frivolous and, if so, to deny a petition without further review; or
2. The petition is bona fide and, if so, to accept the petition for further review.
(c) If the petition is accepted, the Department shall refer the written petition to the review panel established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:64-5.2.
(d) Within 60 days of the receipt of the petition, the review panel shall consider the petition in view of the factors identified in (a) above and shall issue an initial written recommendation to the Commissioner as to whether:
1. The medical condition and/or the treatment thereof is/are debilitating;
2. Marijuana is more likely than not to have the potential to be beneficial to treat or alleviate the debilitation associated with the medical condition and/or the treatment thereof; and
3. Other matters that the panel recommends that the Commissioner consider that are relevant to the approval or the denial of the petition.
(e) Upon receipt of the panel’s recommendation, the Department shall:
1. Post the review panel’s recommendations on the Department’s website for 60-day public comment period;
2. Post notice of a public meeting no fewer than 10 days prior to the public meeting; and
3. Hold a public hearing within the 60-day public comment period.
(f) After the public hearing, the Department shall forward the comments made during the public
hearing to the review panel for its consideration.
1. If, based on a review of the comments, the panel determines substantive changes should be
made to its initial recommendation, the Commissioner shall deny the petition and the Department shall provide the petitioner with a copy of the initial recommendation and an explanation of the substantive changes and the petitioner may resubmit the petition to the Department at any time.
2. If, based on a review of the comments, the panel determines to recommend no changes to its initial recommendation, the initial recommendation shall be deemed a final recommendation and the Commissioner will make a final determination on the petition within 180 days of receipt of the petition.

8:64-5.4 Denial of a petition considered final agency action subject to judicial review

(a) If a condition in a petition is the same as, or is, as determined by the Commissioner, substantially similar to a condition of which the Commissioner has issued a previous determination denying approval as a debilitating medical condition pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:64-5.3, the Commissioner may deny the new petition unless new scientific research supporting the
request is brought forward.
(b) A decision of the Commissioner issued pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:64-5.3 or this section is a final agency decision, of which jurisdiction and venue for judicial review are vested in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Monday, February 29, 2016

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for March 8, 2016



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #2
Tuesday, March 8, 2016  7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve February 2016 minutes. (There will be no April 2016 meeting at the Library.)  Discuss:

Jo Anne Zito welcomed onto CMMNJ Board of Directors at 2/23/16 Board meeting.

Breakwater ATC offers 5% discount to any patient with a CMMNJ t-shirt!

Upcoming Events:
Patients Out of Time conference, 4/14-16/16, Baltimore.
UNGASS 2016, 4/19-21, UN, NYC.
Global Marijuana March Day, 5/7/16 NYC & Rehoboth, DE.
American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) at NJWeedman's "Joint," 322 E. State St., Trenton, NJ, 3/14/16, 7pm to 8:30 pm.
ASA's Medical Marijuana Unity Conference, 3/18-22, Washington, D.C.
CannMed 2016, 4/10-11, Harvard School of Med, Boston (Dr. Mechoulam, et.al.)
Trenton 4/20, 2pm, March from City Hall to Rally at Statehouse, After Party at The Joint.
NJLP convention 3/12/16, Tavern on the Lake, Hightstown, NJ.

Recent events: “CMMNJ TV” taping with Mary Lynn Mathre, RN and Mike Krawitz via Skype rescheduled to 3/1/16 at Princeton Community TV Studio, 10 am to 2 pm.
Jon Peditto transferred to Southern State Correctional Facility to serve 8 years.

Treasury report: Checking: $2204; PayPal: $3650. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $3/apiece; 2 for $5.  Wholesale prices are available.

CMMNJ's meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., 08648. All are welcome.  (Meeting at the library does not imply Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.)

More info:  Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org   Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/?fref=ts

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.


Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
February 9, 2016

January 2016 minutes OK'd.  Note change from Room #3 to Room #2 for 2016 meetings.  Discuss:

1/12/16 was the start of a new, 2-year legislative session in NJ.  New bill numbers:
A457: Adds PTSD as a qualifying condition for marijuana therapy;
A2482 Ensures workplace protections for medical marijuana patients;
A2068  Legalizes marijuana and provides for sale and home cultivation;
A2116 "Right to Farm" marijuana for medical use;
A861 Medical Marijuana is equivalent to the use of any other medication;
A416 Dedicates taxes from medical marijuana to medical research;
A2050 Decriminalizes 15 grams or less of marijuana--imposes civil penalties.

2nd Edition of "CMMNJ Patient Handbook" being developed; get new info to Jim Price.

Facebook deleted pages for 3 NJ ATCs for "violating community standards"; community outraged.  Ken toured Breakwater ATC on 1/22/16; very impressed with the facility.

Upcoming Events:
Patients Out of Time conference, 4/14-16/16, Baltimore.
UNGASS 2016, 4/19-21. UN, NYC;
Global Marijuana March Day, 5/7/16 NYC & Rehoboth, DE.
“CMMNJ TV” taping with Mary Lynn Mathre, RN and Mike Krawitz via Skype rescheduled to 3/1/16 at Princeton Community TV Studio, 10 am to 2 pm.
American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) meeting at NJWeedman's "Joint," 322 E. State St., Trenton, NJ, 3/14/16, 7pm to 8:30 pm.
ASA's Medical Marijuana Unity Conference, 3/18-22, Washington, D.C.
CannMed 2016, 4/10-11, Harvard School of Med, Boston (Dr. Mechoulam, et.al.)
Trenton 4/20, 2pm, March from City Hall to Rally at Statehouse, After Party at The Joint.
NJLP convention 3/12/16, Tavern on the Lake, Hightstown, NJ.

Recent events: Free, live streaming "Cannabis Health Summit," 1/23 & 1/24.
Jon Peditto sentenced on 1/29/16 in Toms River to 8 years in prison--supporters demonstrated at the Ocean Co. Courthouse.

Treasury report: Checking: $2335; PayPal: $3650. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $3/apiece; 2 for $5.  Wholesale prices are available.

More info:  Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org   Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/?fref=ts

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.

Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:





Facebook Shuts Down Medical Marijuana Pages In New Jersey
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/02/03/facebook-shuts-down-medical-marijuana-pages-in-new-jersey/

Why Facebook deleted New Jersey's medical marijuana pages
http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2016/0204/Why-Facebook-deleted-New-Jersey-s-medical-marijuana-pages

Facebook restores 2 N.J. medical marijuana pages, without pics and prices
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/02/facebook_restores_one_nj_medical_marijuana_page_sa.html

Christie: No apologies to family who left N.J. for sick child's medical marijuana
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/02/christie_no_apologies_to_nj_family_who_moved_to_de.html

Should more N.J. patients be allowed to get medical marijuana?
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/02/patients_advocates_blast_short_disease_list_in_med.html

Philly420: Marijuana reform bills greet Gov. Chris Christie
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/philly420/Marijuana_reform_bills_greet_Chris_Christie.html#57RACt2OKdPr4E5l.99

Philly420: Very different outcomes to growing pot, and getting caught, in Pa. and N.J.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Very_different_outcomes_to_growing_pot_and_getting_caught_in_Pa_and_NJ.html#YSckXupamfYCGl1K.99

Patient Advocates Bring Medical Cannabis Issues to United Nations
http://nationalpainreport.com/patient-advocates-bring-medical-cannabis-issues-to-united-nations-8829552.html

War on Drugs Takes Center Stage at UN as Global Leaders and International Activists Assemble in NY
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hannah-hetzer/war-on-drugs-takes-center_b_9251950.html?1455717545

HELP NOT HANDCUFFS FOUNDER APPEARS BEFORE UNITED NATIONS
http://asburyparksun.com/help-not-handcuffs-founder-appears-before-united-nations/

THOMPSON: State shouldn’t fund drug war expansion
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2016/02/25/war-drugs-thompson/80940644/

NJWeedman: It’s time for religious diversity on Supreme Court
http://www.trentonian.com/opinion/20160221/njweedman-its-time-for-religious-diversity-on-supreme-court

Freedom Leaf
https://issuu.com/freedomleaf/docs/freedomleafissue12sm?e=19776705%2F33177858

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CMMNJ February 9, 2016 Meeting Agenda



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #2
Tuesday, February 9, 2016  
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve January 2016 minutes. All 2016 meetings are in Room #2, not #3. Discuss:

1/12/16 was the start of a new, 2-year legislative session in NJ. New marijuana bill numbers:
S2898--To add PTSD as a qualifying condition for marijuana therapy--now A457
S3162--To ensure workplace protections for medical marijuana patients--now A2482
S1896--To legalize marijuana and provide for sales and home cultivation--now A2068
A1129--"Right to Farm" marijuana for medical use--now A2116
S1169--Medical Marijuana is equivalent to the use of any other medication--now A861          
A1730--Dedicates taxes from medical marijuana to medical research--now A416
A218--Decriminalizes 15 grams or less of marijuana, imposes civil penalties--now A2050

Noelle Skodzinski, Editor, Cannabis Business Times in NJ Monthly.

Upcoming Events: Patients Out of Time conference, 4/14-16/16, Baltimore.
NJLP convention 3/12/16, Tavern on the Lake, Hightstown, NJ.
4/20, UNGASS 2016.
Global Marijuana March, 5/7/16 (a city near you).
“CMMNJ TV” taping with Mary Lynn Mathre, RN and Mike Krawitz via Skype rescheduled to 3/1/16 at Princeton Community TV Studio, 10 am to 2 pm.
(See "CMMNJ TV" on Comcast Ch. 30 & FIOS Ch. 45--T 10pm & Th 10:30am.)
American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) meeting at NJWeedman's "Joint," 322 E. State St., Trenton, NJ, 3/14/16, 7pm to 8:30 pm.

Recent events: Free, live streaming "Cannabis Health Summit," 1/23 & 1/24.
Jon Peditto sentenced on 1/29/16 in Toms River to 8 years in prison--supporters demonstrated at the Ocean Co. Courthouse.

Treasury report: Checking: $2335; PayPal: $3650. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $3/apiece; 2 for $5.  Wholesale prices are available.

CMMNJ's meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., 08648. All are welcome.  (Meeting at the library does not imply Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.)

More info:  Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org   Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/?fref=ts

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.


Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
January 12, 2016

December 2015 minutes OK'd. Note change from Room #3 to Room #2 for 2016 meetings. Discuss:

Today, 1/12/16 is the start of a new, 2-year legislative session in NJ.

CMMNJ testified at the Senate Health Committee on 12/21/15 on S3162, to ensure workplace protections for medical marijuana patients (it was released from committee); and on S2898, to authorize medical marijuana for patients with PTSD (discussed but not voted on). Chairman Vitale said S2898 would pass out of committee later. The new bill number is A457. S1896 will be rewritten with NJUMR with more explicit protections for recreational marijuana users.

CMMNJ has 72 copies of the Winter 2015/16 issue of O'Shaughnessy's. beyondthc.com

Gov. Christie signed A4587 on 11/9 to require schools to permit oral marijuana use by qualified patients, but the Barbour lawsuit continues so that nurses can administer it.

New York opened their medicinal marijuana program on 1/7/16 with 71 patients and an MD registry of 174 docs, and 8 of 20 dispensaries open; no smoking allowed!

CMMNJ Year End Report for 2015 was published; detailed account/audit of finances sent to Board members.

Diane Fornbacher resigned from the CMMNJ Board.

Upcoming Events: NJLP convention 3/12/16, Tavern on the Lake, Hightstown, NJ.
Jon Peditto sentencing January 2016, Toms River--faces 10 year minimum (he was very pleased to get the $200 and the letter from NJWeedman's 420 POW fundraiser on 12/20).
“CMMNJ TV” taping 1/19/16 at Princeton Community TV Studio, 10 am to 2 pm; Mary Lynn Mathre, RN scheduled to appear by Skype.
Free, live streaming "Cannabis Health Summit," 1/23 & 1/24; http://cannabishealthsummit.com/
Patients Out of Time conference, 4/14-16/16, Baltimore.

Treasury report: Checking: $2335; PayPal: $3650. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $3/apiece; 2 for $5.  Wholesale prices are available.

More info:  Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com
http://www.cmmnj.org  
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/?fref=ts

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.


Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:




It's time for N.J. to fully embrace medical marijuana | Opinion
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/01/nj_needs_to_embrace_medical_marijuana_opinion.html

First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in New York Open
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/08/nyregion/first-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-in-new-york-are-poised-to-open.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160107&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Cannabis for posttraumatic stress disorder: A neurobiological approach to treatment
http://journals.lww.com/tnpj/Fulltext/2016/01000/Cannabis_for_posttraumatic_stress_disorder__A.6.aspx#

Reefer rap on the docket
http://www.app.com/story/news/2016/01/11/reefer-rap-on-the-docket-jon-peditto/78530484/

Cannabis Business Times
http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/

Philly420: Pennsylvania Medical Society misdiagnosing medical marijuana
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Pennsylvania_Medical_Society_mis-diagnosing_medical_marijuana.html#s1cT3KSCY1R3uWkH.99

Jim McMahon using medical marijuana, now off narcotic painkillers
http://www.nj.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/01/super_bowl_xx_hero_jim_mcmahon_uses_medical_mariju.html

Jersey gets a C for its medical marijuana program
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20160129_Jersey_gets_a__quot_C_quot__for_its_medical_marijuana_program.html#8zmfxd3Wc1oq7LLg.99

N.J. man sent to prison for growing 17 marijuana plants
http://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2016/01/man_sent_to_prison_for_growing_17_marijuana_plants.html

The Time Has Come for an Evidence-Based Cannabis Policy in the US, with NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano
https://thelucidplanet.com/a-scientific-approach-to-cannabis-policy-in-america-a-discussion-with-norml-deputy-director-paul-armentano/

The Big Money Fighting Legal Pot - Follow the Money #7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP_ofyRzeag

Courts are forcing marijuana users to get drug treatment they probably don’t need
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/14/courts-are-forcing-marijuana-users-to-get-drug-treatment-they-probably-dont-need/

SativaCross Ignorance Is No Excuse Show 2/1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcnl8ToKi7I

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Senate Health Committee: Add PTSD to NJ's Marijuana Program



Testimony to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
In support of S2898  
(Authorizes medical marijuana for qualifying patients with post-traumatic stress disorder)
December 21, 2015 

Access to marijuana therapy for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is literally a matter of life or death.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 22 veterans commit suicide each day* because PTSD is so poorly managed by traditional pharmaceuticals. Yet the VA continues to forbid even clinical trials of marijuana for our veterans.  Israeli Defense Force veterans, by contrast, who suffer from PTSD do have safe and legal access to marijuana therapy, and marijuana shows great promise in the treatment of this disorder. There is a large and growing body of evidence of marijuana’s effectiveness for PTSD.

Currently, 11 of the 23 states that allow medical marijuana include PTSD as a qualifying condition, but not New Jersey. 

Our veterans deserve the finest medical care available—indeed, all New Jersey residents do—even if that care includes marijuana.  In most of the U.S., no veteran, even one whose PTSD has been resistive to all known treatment, qualifies for marijuana therapy.  They do not even qualify for a clinical trial of medical marijuana.  In fact, no clinical trial of marijuana for PTSD has ever been done in the U.S. because of federal resistance.

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana –New Jersey (CMMNJ) is committed to efforts to add PTSD and other mental and emotional conditions to the New Jersey’s list of qualifying conditions as soon as possible.

Additionally, CMMNJ calls for the immediate start of case studies of medical marijuana involving one or more veterans—as well as non-veterans--with PTSD.  Licensed physicians can supervise these studies and submit summaries of the participants’ medical records before, during and after the studies.  The studies should be conducted with marijuana supplied by the State of New Jersey to qualified participants. 

It promotes nothing but useless pain to say more study is needed and then do nothing about the lack of studies. 

We owe these veterans no less.  Parades are one thing, but let’s work to actually help these vets.

Eventually PTSD will be a qualifying condition in New Jersey. The question is how long will veterans have to wait for effective medical treatment?  How many more suicides will it take before the state takes action on their behalf?

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.  www.cmmnj.org
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618 (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com

I am a registered nurse and I have practiced as an RN in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for 39 years.  I have a master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University.

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana—New Jersey, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization whose mission is to educate the public about medical marijuana.  

*US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, “VA Issues New Report on Suicide Data” February 1, 2013 http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2427

Research supporting use of cannabis to treat symptoms of PTSD

1.    Mashiah M, “Medical Cannabis as Treatment for Chronic Combat PTSD: Promising Results in an Open Pilot Study” Abarbanel Mental Hospital, Israel presented at Patients out of Time Conference, Tuscon (2012)
2.    Passie T, Emrich H, Karst M, Brandt, Halpern J, “Mitigation of post-traumatic stress symptom byCannabis resin: A review of the clinical and neurobiological evidence” Drug Testing and Analysis  (2012) 649-659
3.    Fraser G, “The Use of a Synthetic Cannabinoid in the Management of Treatment-Resistant Nightmares in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)” CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics 15 (2009) 84-88
4.    Pacher P, Baktaim Kunos G “The Endocannabinoid System as an Emerging Target of Pharmacotherapy” Laboratory of Physiologic Studies, National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism,  National Institutes of Health (2006) 58 389-462
5.    Ware M, Wang T, Shapiro S, Robinson A Ducruet T, Huynh T, Gamsa A, Bennett G, Collet J-P“Smoked cannabis for chronic neuropathic pain: a randomized controlled trial” Canadian Medical Association Journal (2010) 182(14)
6.    Abrams DI, Couey P, Shade SB, Kelly ME, Benowitz NL “Cannabinoid-Opioid Interaction in Chronic Pain” Nature Publishing Group (2011) 90(6) 844-851
7.    Fusar-Poli P et al., “Distinct effects of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol on neural activation during emotional processing”, Archives of General Psychiatry (2009) 66: 95-105
8.    Chhatwal JP et al., “Functional interactions between endocannabinoid and CCK neurotransmitter systems may be critical for extinction learning”, Neuropsychopharmacology (2009) 34: 509-521
9.    Chhatwal JP et al., “Enhancing cannabinoid neurotransmission augments the extinction of conditioned fear”, Neuropsychopharmacology (2005) 30: 516-524
10.  Lin HC et al., “Effects of intra-amygdala infusion of CB1 receptor agonists on the reconsolidation of fear-potentiated startle”, Learning & Memory (2006) 13: 316-321,
11.  Pamplona FA et al., “The cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN 55,212-2 facilitates the extinction of contextual fear memory and spatial memory in rats”, Psychopharmacology (Berlin) 188: 641-649, 2006
12.  Resstel LB et al., “5-HT receptors are involved in the cannabidiol-induced attenuation of behavioural and cardiovascular responses to acute restraint stress in rats” British Journal of Pharmacology (2009) 156: 181-189

Coalition for Medical Marijuana—New Jersey: Year End Report 2015



The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization, incorporated in the State of New Jersey. The mission of CMMNJ is to educate the public about medical marijuana.  The goal of CMMNJ is to have safe and legal access to medical marijuana for qualified New Jersey patients.

In 2014, CMMNJ’s Board of Directors endorsed legalization of marijuana. The Board recognized legalization as the most efficient and effective way to get the therapeutic effects of marijuana to the vast number of patients who can benefit from this plant.

In 2015, CMMNJ held twelve free public meetings at the Lawrence Township Library in Mercer County. At the meetings, Board members and volunteers planned a number of events and educational programs.  CMMNJ sent the agenda and minutes of these meetings via e-mail to over 2000 supporters each month and posted the agendas on Facebook, Twitter and on the CMMNJ blog.  In November 2015, CMMNJ celebrated its 10-year anniversary of monthly meetings at the Lawrence Library.

CMMNJ’s public meetings for 2016 will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. (Mercer County) Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648.  All are welcome and there is never a charge to attend.

Highlights of 2015:

New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR) launched efforts to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in New Jersey with a press conference on 2/18/15 in Newark, NJ.  Some of the groups that endorsed the goals of NJUMR, in addition to CMMNJ, include the New Jersey chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (NJ ACLU), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP NJ), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and the NJ Municipal Prosecutor’s Association.  Support for marijuana legalization reached a new high in NJ in June 2015 in a Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll with 49% in support and 46% opposed.

The first ever legislative hearing in New Jersey to legalize marijuana for adults was held in the Senate Judiciary Committee on 11/16/15.  NJUMR held a Press Conference prior to the hearing.  CMMNJ’s executive director spoke at the press conference and testified at the hearing.  Lefty Grimes conducted a podcast just outside the committee room at the State House Annex in Trenton and other supporters demonstrated the need for marijuana access with a “Die In.”

CMMNJ members testified at the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee Hearing about the deficiencies of the state’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) on 3/16/15. CMMNJ’s Op Ed, “New Jersey's medical marijuana program languishes - so do the patients it could help” was published on the very day of the hearing.  The committee released two bills and one resolution designed to expand the state's program: A-3726, Authorizes medical marijuana for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder; A-4286, Authorizes transfer of excess medical marijuana between alternative treatment centers; and ACR-224, Determines that certain medical marijuana program regulations are inconsistent with the legislative intent.

CMMNJ sponsored and participated in a series of Statehouse Podcasts every Thursday for 34 straight weeks (from 4/2/15 to 11/19/15), rain or shine.  Permits were obtained from the State Police each week for the demonstrations.  The podcasts and demonstrations called attention to the deficiencies of the MMP and the need for legalization of marijuana. A party was held on 11/19/15 to mark the winter suspension of regular podcasts.

Genny Barbour’s story from Maple Shade, NJ made PEOPLE magazine and Good Housekeeping magazine this year after being featured on CMMNJ TV: “Genny's Mom & Dad” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTBMMyBzlJc
Genny’s father, Roger Barbour, filed a lawsuit when the LARC School and the Maple Shade Board of Education refused to allow his wife, Lora, to administer an oral dose of marijuana to Genny at the school.  Marijuana was the only treatment that helped to control Genny’s seizures.  The judge sided with the school.  This motivated the state legislature to introduce A4587, a bill that requires schools and facilities for the developmentally disabled to adopt policies permitting the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients.  The bill was introduced on 6/22/15, and passed in the Assembly three days later.  The bill passed in the Senate on 6/29/15 and then awaited action by the governor.  Over four months later, Gov. Christie finally signed A4587 on 11/9/15. The law allows registered caregivers and parents to administer doses of oral marijuana in schools and certain facilities. Roger Barbour is continuing his lawsuit in an attempt to have nurses at those facilities administer the oral doses of marijuana.

A resolution in support of legalizing marijuana passed unanimously at an Asbury Park city council meeting on 7/8/15.  The resolution was introduced by Randy Thompson from Help Not Handcuffs.  Similar resolutions were introduced in other cities and counties in New Jersey.  The resolution in Trenton was tabled by city council on 11/5/15, which led to a protest in City Hall by supporters of the resolution.

CMMNJ members testified at the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on 12/21/15. Two marijuana bills were considered that day.  S3162, a bill to ensure workplace protections for medical marijuana patients was released from committee.  S2898, a bill to authorize medical marijuana for qualifying patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, was not voted on at the hearing.  However, the Committee Chairman, Senator Vitale, seemed confident that S2898 would pass out of committee at a subsequent hearing.

The December 2015 CMMNJ public meeting was podcast by Sativa Cross. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMNI_LGKC9E

“CMMNJ TV” began broadcasting from Princeton Community TV on 11/11/14 and continued throughout 2015.  Episodes run twice a week for two weeks—on Tues., at 10 pm & Fri., at 10:30 am on Comcast Ch. 30 & Verizon FIOS Ch. 45.  Episodes of “CMMNJ TV” are taped one day each month at the Princeton Community TV Studio.  “CMMNJ TV” episodes also include footage shot outside the studio and are edited by Ed “Lefty” Grimes of “Sativa Cross.”

CMMNJ’s “Patient Handbook 2015” was available by April 2015. The 73-page handbook contains valuable information, resources and support for medical marijuana patients and their families and friends in New Jersey.   However, the handbook resulted in a “Cease and Desist” letter from Compassionate Care Foundation (CCF) Alternative Treatment Center in Egg Harbor, NJ that alleged improper use of the CCF trademark.  CMMNJ suspended distribution of the handbook and obliterated CCF’s trademark from the handbook and agreed not to include any representations of it in future editions.  Handbooks are currently available from CMMNJ with a suggested donation of $10.

CMMNJ partnered with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) on the largest drug policy reform conference ever held in the country, the 2015 reform Conference, 11/18-21/15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA.
 
New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP): 

The third anniversary of legal sales of marijuana in New Jersey was on 12/6/15.  The 6th anniversary of New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act becoming law will be on 1/18/16.

The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) reported that over 5,000 ID cards for patients and caregivers have been issued in the state—a state with almost nine million residents.  Over 300 doctors have signed onto the physician registry (out of over 25,000 doctors in the state). Five Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) are open and dispensing medical marijuana to qualified patients.  Two new ATC’s opened in 2015: Compassionate Sciences ATC in Bellmawr, NJ, and Breakwater ATC in Cranbury, NJ.

John H. O'Brien, a state police lieutenant who was named director of the New Jersey medical marijuana program more than three years ago, resigned in April 2015. James Baracia, a 19-year veteran of the state police, was named acting director. Patients found O'Brien approachable, but Gov. Christie's administration created delays and obstacles that hurt the program.  The governor said at several town-hall meetings that he was concerned that medical marijuana could fall into the wrong hands and that he would oppose any expansion of the program.

Edible marijuana products are still not available in New Jersey at the end of 2015, nor are residents permitted to obtain these products from jurisdictions where they are available.

The DOH published its 2014 Annual Report in March 2015.  The DOH commissioner said she would start the process to add qualifying conditions to the MMP; however, by the end of 2015 the DOH was still not even accepting applications to add qualifying conditions.

CMMNJ submitted a Petition for Rulemaking to the DOH requesting medical marijuana regulatory changes in October 2014.  Included in this petition was the justification to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for marijuana therapy in New Jersey.  The petition was noted in the National Law Review. The DOH rejected the entire CMMNJ petition on 3/15/15, indicating the rigid refusal of the DOH to allow the slightest expansion of the MMP: http://www.nj.gov/health/legal/documents/njac864mmp.pdf

Marijuana bills in New Jersey’s Legislature: 

Several marijuana reform bills were introduced into the New Jersey Legislature in 2014 and continued through the two-year legislative session throughout 2015.  These bills include S1896/A3094 (to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana); A3525/S2312 (to comprehensively fix the MMP); A3726/S2898 (to add PTSD to the list of conditions that qualify for marijuana therapy) and, A218 (to decriminalize marijuana).  A new two-year legislative session will begin in January 2016 so all bills that have not passed into law will have to be re-introduced with new numbers. Gov. Christie has vowed to veto any of the marijuana reform bills that get through the legislature to his desk.

Major marijuana cases in New Jersey courts: 

In November 2014, Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion appealed his 2010 marijuana conviction.  Forchion said New Jersey’s marijuana laws are “racist” and contradictory.  Forchion argued in his appeal that:
"The pretrial rulings prevented defendant from arguing that the law he was being prosecuted under was contradictory and thus constitutionally flawed…For the foregoing reasons and authorities cited, including the ACLU Report, (New Jersey’s) marijuana laws are unconstitutional as they are inherently and de facto discriminatory. The defendant’s conviction must be reversed and the indictment dismissed."

CMMNJ published the following Op Ed in support of NJWeedman’s appeal: “'Weedman' case proves religious discrimination in Burlington County”
http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/opinion/letters/weedman-case-proves-religious-discrimination-in-burlington-county/article_83776f68-b607-53c4-a28d-04f35963f491.html

However, NJWeedman’s appeal was denied by Superior Court Appellate Division in August 2015. CMMNJ’s Emeritus  Board member, Allan Marain, Esq., filed CMMNJ's amicus brief to the NJ Supreme Court in support of Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion's "medical necessity" appeal of his conviction: http://norml.org/pdf_files/brief_bank/NJ_v_Edward_R_Forchion_AmicusMotion.pdf

The NJ Supreme Court approved CMMNJ’s Motion, but declined to review the appellate decision.
 
The courts continue to remain openly hostile to marijuana cases.

In the trial of Jon Peditto in Toms River, NJ, Jon rejected plea bargains in an attempt to appeal to the jury that he should not be found guilty of growing 17 marijuana plants, despite admitting that he grew them. Jon represented himself at court during the week of 10/19/15.  Several attempts were made to educate the public in Toms River about the ability of jurors to find defendants not guilty if they believe the law is wrong or wrongly applied.

There were demonstrations at the courthouse and individuals passed out literature from the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA). CMMNJ published an Op Ed in the local newspaper: “WOLSKI: Sentence doesn’t fit crime” http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/10/14/wolski-sentence-fit-crime/73914828/

Judge Blaney made it difficult, if not impossible, for Jon to adequately represent himself by interrupting him repeatedly and disallowing many of his arguments.  The courtroom scene led one observer to declare that he was witness to “the American mass incarceration machine in action.”  The jury seemed unable to render a verdict after three days, but Judge Blaney insisted that they return to their deliberations. Finally, the jury found Jon guilty of the most serious charge.  Jon was immediately taken into custody, where he remains, in the Ocean County jail.  Jon faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Judge Blaney in January 2016.  Jon asked for mercy in Toms River, but found none.

Marches and Rallies: 

Several large and successful rallies for marijuana reform were held in the area this year.  These rallies were coordinated by local activists Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion, Kyle Moore, and the East Coast Cannabis Coalition (ECCC).  Some of the organizations that participated in these demonstrations included the Legalize Marijuana Party, the Green Party of North Jersey, New Jersey Libertarian Party, New Jersey Grannies for Grass, Students for Sensible Drug Policy - TCNJ, NORML New Jersey Women's Alliance, Pittsburgh NORML Women's Alliance, Pittsburgh NORML, Ramapo College NORML, Parents 4 Pot Pennsylvania, People's Smokeout - NYC, The National Cannabis Patients Wall, The Human Solution, Maryland NORML, and Delaware NORML.  CMMNJ publicized, supported and attended the marches and rallies. These demonstrations included the open use of marijuana by adults, both by card-carrying patients and also as acts of civil disobedience by non-qualifying patients, as well as by those who support the use of marijuana for religious, creative and social/recreational purposes.  There were no arrests at the demonstrations in 2015.

Pennsylvania:

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) endorsed medical marijuana in 2013 and continues to consistently support the issue.  The CMMNJ executive director testified at the Pennsylvania Joint House Committee hearing on SB3, PA’s medical marijuana bill, on 3/24/15 in Philadelphia. Senate Bill 3 passed the state Senate on 5/12/15 by a 40-7 vote. Amendments were made during this process that weakened the bill.  The new governor, Tom Wolf, who is supportive of medical marijuana, came on board in 2015. However, progress on SB3 stalled in the House for much of the year, despite polls showing 92% of Commonwealth residents support access to medical marijuana. Lebanon County Sen. Mike Folmer is continuing his efforts to get medical cannabis legislation to the governor’s desk and is urging the House to bring up the measure for a vote as soon as possible. Sen. Folmer asked that stories of NJ patients and their issues with the state’s MMP be sent to kimbetesh@yahoo.com

CMMNJ members attended the following public events in 2015:

“Medical Marijuana” Grand Rounds at Princeton House, 1/26/15 with Dr. Jahan Marcu & DPA NJ’s Meagan Glaser.
“Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine,” PA State Nurses Assn., 3/26/15 Millersville Univ.
"Ethical Decisions & Medical Marijuana" Ken Wolski’s lecture for 2 CEU’s, Tri-County Regional Ethics Committee (TREC) Conference, Burlington County College, NJ 11/10/15.

DE NORML Lobby Day, 1/29/15, Dover, Delaware.
NJ SPRING SMOKE-OUT 3/21/15, New Jersey State House, Trenton.
March for the Love of Cannabis, Wilmington, De 2/14/15.
ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, 3/27-31/15, Washington, DC.
"Patients Out of Time" conference, W. Palm Beach, Florida, 5/21-23/15.  http://bit.ly/1z3o1Y3
Protest, March & Concert, 4/20/15 & 4/25/15, Trenton’s Mill Hill Park and the  NJ Statehouse.
Poor People’s Parade for Pot (Global Marijuana March), 5/2/15, Camden, NJ.
420 marijuana legalization event with PhillyNORML, 4/18/15, Connie’s Ric Rac, S. Philly.
Philadelphia Veterans Protest with Mike Whiter, Independence Hall, 11/8/15.
2015 reform Conference, 11/18-21/15, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA.
Asbury Park Event by Roland Ramos & Sara Sensimilla, 9/12/15.
Septemberfest, Hamilton Twp., 9/13/15.
Boston Freedom Rally 9/26/15 & 9/27/15.
Trial of Jon Peditto, Toms River; jury selection and trial 10/19/15 - 10/22/15.
Weed & Greet Summer BBQ at NJWeedman’s “Joint” 8/1/15, Trenton, NJ.
Hemp Heals, Philly, 7/31/15.
NJWeedman’s event, Sat., 9/5/15, and March for Ganja, 9/4/15, Trenton.
"Higher Ground @ Asbury Spark" on 9/12/15, Asbury Park, with Roland Ramos.
PicklePalooza, 9/19/15, Island Beach State Park, NJ.
NJ Cannabis Freedom Rally, 10/17/15, Trenton, with East Coast Cannabis Coalition.
Smoke Down Prohibition 2.0: The Return, Friday, 7/10/15, Love Park, Philly.
Slightly Stoopid, Stone Pony, Asbury Park, 7/11/15.
ACLU NJ Annual Meeting, Princeton, NJ 10/20/15.
Food & clothing drive, "NJWeedman's Joint" 322 E. State St., Trenton, until 12/19/15.

2015 CMMNJ Publications:

CMMNJ Monthly Agendas and Minutes also contain links to published reports by and about CMMNJ Board members and friends.  For the 2015 CMMNJ Agendas and Minutes, see:
Dec. 2015:Minutes only: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015_12_01_archive.html
Nov. 2015: Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/11/november-2015-cmmnj-public-meeting-10.html
Testimony to the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee in support of legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/11/testimony-to-nj-senate-judiciary.html
WOLSKI: Sentence doesn’t fit crime
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/10/14/wolski-sentence-fit-crime/73914828/
Oct. 2015: Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/10/monthly-public-meeting-agenda-lawrence.html
Asbury Park Resolution to Legalize Marijuana for Adults in New Jersey: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/10/asbury-park-resolution-to-legalize.html
The truth about marijuana | Opinion
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/10/the_truth_about_marijuana_opinion.html
Sept. 2015: Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015_09_01_archive.html
Aug. 2015: Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/08/cmmnj-agenda-for-aug-11-2015-public.html
Irish Legislature Urged to Reform Drug Policy http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015_08_01_archive.html
July 2015:  Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/07/cmmnj-agenda-for-july-14-2015-public.html
Asbury Park Resolution: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/07/resolution-in-support-of-legalizing.html
June 2015: Agenda:   http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/06/cmmnj-minutes-for-june-2015-public.html
May 2015:  Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015_05_01_archive.html
April 2015: Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015_04_01_archive.html
March 2015:  CMMNJ Legislative Testimony 3/2/15 by Maryanne Boniello
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/03/maryanne-boniellos-legislative.html
CMMNJ Legislative Testimony 3/2/15 by Vanessa Waltz
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/03/vanessa-waltz-testimony-to-assembly.html
CMMNJ Legislative Testimony 3/2/15 by Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/03/oral-testimony-to-new-jersey-assembly.html
Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/03/cmmnj-meeting-agenda-for-march-10-2015.html
Opinion: New Jersey's medical marijuana program languishes - so do the patients it could help http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/03/opinion_new_jerseys_medical_marijuana_program_lang.html
Feb. 2015: Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015_02_01_archive.html
Jan. 2015: Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/01/public-meeting-agenda-for-january-13.html
Petition for Rulemaking: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/01/petition-for-rulemaking-medical.html

CMMNJ TV Episodes– 
Randy Thompson "Help Not Handcuffs"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jXhOqMJaKE&feature=youtu.be
CMMNJ TV - Mary Jane Bunker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWZyMSMT1tc
CMMNJ TV- Vanessa Maria
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI47pi26lsA
CMMNJ TV: Jon Peditto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqQLdSlNl08
CMMNJ TV: Louis Santiago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTCeDeDyp_w
CMMNJ TV: Dr. David Nathan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZEJs0Jwkxc
CMMNJ TV: James Babb
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsiyrPtNwBc

Thanks to CMMNJ Volunteers:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of CMMNJ, I would like to thank all of our supporters for their tireless efforts and contributions throughout the year. As we are an all-volunteer organization, we are nothing without you!  Special thanks go to:

Jim Price, the CMMNJ Communications Director, has developed the “Patient Handbook 2015,” a valuable resource for patients.
Ed “Lefty” Grimes has been editing “CMMNJ TV” episodes while producing high quality videos of medical marijuana patients and families. Lefty is also conducting his “Ignorance is No Excuse” tour which distributes the MMP Attorney General guidelines to local police departments. Lefty has been posting these videos on YouTube and social media sites. Lefty conducts Weekly Statehouse Podcasts, for example, this interview with Bill Caruso and Chris Goldstein: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/77529685/highlight/666923
At these podcasts, “Magic Butter Machines” which have a retail value $175 - $200, are raffled off monthly. Lefty also conducted the first-ever podcast of a CMMNJ meeting from the Lawrence Library in December 2015.
CMMNJ is also grateful for the many discussions, ably moderated by volunteer administrators, on Facebook’s Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

CMMNJ 2015 Board Update:

Formal meetings of the CMMNJ Board of Directors were held on 4/22/15 and 8/17/15.

Carolyn Piro and Jay Lassiter resigned from the Board of CMMNJ this year. CMMNJ is very grateful for the support that Carolyn and Jay gave to medical marijuana in New Jersey during their time on the Board.

CMMNJ voted onto its Board in 2015 the following members: Amanda Hoffman, Vanessa Maria, and Diane Fornbacher.  Diane actually resumed her place on the Board after resigning to become a “medical marijuana refugee” and fleeing to Colorado in order to obtain access to her medicine.

At the close of 2015, the CMMNJ Board consists of the following 10 members: Kenneth R. Wolski, RN, Executive Director, James Miller, Senior Director, Edward R. Hannaman, Esq., Secretary, and Board members, Nick Mellis, Peter Rosenfeld, Vanessa Waltz, Larry Vargo, Amanda Hoffman, Vanessa Maria, and Diane Fornbacher.  CMMNJ’s Honorary Board Member is Allan Marain, Esq.  Jim Price continues in his role as Communications Director.

Treasury Report: 

A detailed treasury report was forwarded to CMMNJ Board members.  In summary, CMMNJ finished the year with a checking account balance of $2,475 and a PayPal account balance of $3,650.  In 2015, CMMNJ had expenditures of $4,265 and income of $3,424.

About 50,000 all hemp wristbands and necklaces were donated to CMMNJ by Pete Christopher this year.  The multicolored bands were made in Romania. Suggested price is $3/apiece, or two (2) for $5. Wholesale prices are available.

CMMNJ is grateful for the generous financial support of all who contributed to our mission to educate the public about the benefits of medical marijuana.

CMMNJ’s 2016 Recommendations:

  • Continue to build support for legalization of marijuana in New Jersey.
  • Begin national clinical studies of marijuana for MS and PTSD. 
  • Reschedule marijuana to a more appropriate schedule, both in New Jersey and nationally. 
  • Improve New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program in ways that bring timely access of high quality and affordable marijuana to patients who can benefit from it.

Schedule of CMMNJ 2016 meetings:

CMMNJ’s free, public meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Branch of the Mercer County Library, Room #2 (NOT the usual Room #3 in 2016).  There will be no April or July meeting in 2016 due to a schedule conflict at the library. (Meeting at the library does not imply the county’s endorsement of our issue.)

Also, follow CMMNJ on Facebook, Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana—New Jersey, Inc. www.cmmnj.org
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618  
(609) 394-2137
ohamkrw@aol.com
kenwolski@gmail.com

January 5, 2016