Monday, December 1, 2014

CMMNJ December 9, 2014 Meeting Agenda


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve October 2014 minutes (no November meeting).  Discuss:

“CMMNJ TV” began broadcasting from Princeton Community TV on 11/11/14.  Episodes run twice a week for two weeks--Tues., 10 pm & Fri., 10:30 am on Comcast Ch. 30 & Verizon FIOS Ch. 45.

Patient’s Handbook from CMMNJ coming soon.

CMMNJ awaits action on “Petition for Rulemaking,” requesting MMP regulatory changes, that DOH received 10/16/14.

Ed Forchion (NJWeedman) asks appeals court to agree NJ pot laws are racist and contradictory.

Election 2014: Alaska, Oregon, & Washington D.C. legalize marijuana.  Fla. medical falls short.

NJ bills: A3726 (PTSD); A3525/S2312 (MMP fix); S1896/A3094 (legalize); A218 (decrim).

Upcoming Events: Sabina Rose Memorial, Statehouse, Trenton, 12/2/14 at 11 am.
Cannabis Christmas Party & Poe Roast, Underground Arts, Philadelphia, 12/13/14 at 8 pm.
“Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine,” PA State Nurses Assn., 3/26/15 Millersville Univ.
Medical Marijuana patient Chris Donahue’s trial in Doylestown, PA.

Recent events: Legalize Marijuana Rally (NJ Cannabis Conference) in Trenton, 10/18/14; Jennie Stormes fled to Colorado (medical marijuana refugee) the next day, 10/19/14.  Thursday demonstrations at the Statehouse ended 11/20/14 for winter break—to resume in the spring.
Medical marijuana “Patients Panel” at Ramapo College, 11/13/14.
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.
Central NORML NJ meeting at Firkin Tavern, Ewing, NJ 11/19 (3rd Wed. of the month), 7pm.

Treasury report: Checking: $3861; PayPal: $3626. CMMNJ is selling hand-rolled hemp bracelets/necklaces from Romania @ $3 each or 2/$5.

CMMNJ's meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246.  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:

Opinion: Legal marijuana use for adults - a smart idea
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/11/opinion_legal_marijuana_use_for_adults_would_be_a_smart_idea.html

Obstructionist Policies Prevent Successful Implementation of Medical Marijuana Program
http://www.ahherald.com/letters/18764-obstructionist-policies-prevent-successful-implementation-of-medical-marijuana-program

A call to action on medical marijuana: Letter
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/11/a_call_to_action_on_medical_marijuana_letter.html

Philly420: Cannabis candies for Trick-or-Treat? Unlikely
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Cannabis_candies_for_Trick-or-Treat_Unlikely.html

Rastafarian college student sues police over pot bust,
claims they profiled his dreadlocks
http://www.nj.com/monmouth/index.ssf/2014/11/rastafarian_college_sues_keansburg_police_claims_they_profiled_him_for_his_dreadlocks.html

Judge tosses out evidence in medical marijuana patient's possession case
http://www.nj.com/sussex-county/index.ssf/2014/11/judge_tosses_out_evidence_in_medical_marijuana_patients_possession_case.html

Updated: Employee who confronted Princeton over medical marijuana no longer employed by U.
http://dailyprincetonian.com/news/2014/11/employee-who-confronted-princeton-over-medical-marijuana-use-no-longer-employed-by-u/

Princeton Univ. employee who protested medical marijuana ultimatum no longer works for school
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/11/princeton_university_fires_employee_seeking_to_smoke_medical_marijuana.html

NYC has come to its senses on marijuana. Will N.J.? (Editorial)
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/11/nyc_marijuana_policy.html

N.J. Weedman appealing sentence he already served,
contends state pot laws are racist
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/11/nj_weedman_contests_racist_contradictory_marijuana_laws_he_says_in_court_filing.html

New medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury gets permit to grow
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/11/new_medical_marijuana_dispensary_in_cranbury_gets_permit_to_start_growing.html

Victory in fight to legalize marijuana
http://www.northjersey.com/news/nj-state-news/victory-in-fight-to-legalize-marijuana-1.1141979

CMMNJ TV 1.14
https://vimeo.com/112526679?email_id=Y2xpcF90cmFuc2NvZGVkfGE4NWY1OThkZjg2NjBlMTIxY2FhYjk4ODk5OTc2NmEyNDc5fDIzOTE1ODF8MTQxNjYwMjYwM3w3NzAx&utm_campaign=7701&utm_medium=clip-transcode_complete-finished-20120100&utm_source=email

Legalization - What to Expect
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mulahkAmoIQ&feature=youtu.be

Decarboxylation
http://skunkpharmresearch.com/decarboxylation/

Remembering Cheryl Miller
http://www.ladybud.com/2014/11/12/remembering-cheryl-miller-beloved-wife-and-friend-activist-and-inspiration/

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CMMNJ October Minutes



Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
October 9, 2014 

There will NOT be a November CMMNJ meeting at the library due to Veterans Day holiday.

September 2014 minutes approved.

CMMNJ TV--tapings at Princeton TV Studio continue; next taping will be 11/4/14.  Josh Gilbert (Director of documentary, “AKA Tommy Chong”) is scheduled to appear along with Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion, and Ed Hannaman, Esq.

Jim Price is developing a Patient’s Handbook for CMMNJ.  (Ed to see if we can accept ads.)

CMMNJ Op Eds: “The elderly and medical marijuana,” Courier-Post, 9/17.  "Opinion: Legal marijuana use for adults - a smart idea" Times of Trenton, 11/2.

Ed H.’s medical marijuana regulatory changes (Petition for Rulemaking) mailed to DOH today.  

Don DeZarn fights for medical marijuana workplace protection at Princeton University.

NJ bills: A3726 (PTSD); A3525/S2312 (MMP fix); S1896/A3094 (legalize); A218 (decrim).

Upcoming Events: Medical Marijuana patient Chris Donahue trial, 10/21/14, Doylestown, PA.
Legalize Marijuana Rally (NJ Cannabis Conference) in Trenton, 10/18/14; Jennie Stormes to leave for Colorado (medical marijuana refugee) the next day, 10/19.
Demonstrations continue each Thursday at the Statehouse 11am–1pm.
Kevin Sabet talks about marijuana at Glassboro, NJ on 10/30/14, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Kane Dickerson starting a Rowan U. Coalition for Medical Marijuana group (RUCMM).

Recent events: 
 “Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine,” PA State Nurses Assn., 9/18/14, DeSales University.
 “Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $3778; PayPal: $3583. CMMNJ is selling hand-rolled hemp bracelets/necklaces from Romania @ $3 each or 2/$5.

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



Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

COMMENTARY: The elderly and medical marijuana

How Two Convicted Criminals Got Philadelphia to Decriminalize Weed

Remembering a giant advocate for many causes

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

Celebrated Civil Rights Attorney and Marijuana Activist Dead at 61

Marijuana saps initiative - and referendum; so does Chris Christie (Mulshine)

Alaska Becomes the Fourth State to Legalize Marijuana  

Opinion: Legal marijuana use for adults - a smart idea

Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine

Philly420: Cannabis candies for Trick-or-Treat? Unlikely

Weed People: Chris Goldstein

NORML, Feds Agree On Benefits Of Cannabis

Schedule I Hearing Concludes; Judge’s Ruling Expected In December

Cannabis Conundrum: Parents Question NJ's Medical Pot Policies

Marijuana: 250 protest N.J. laws, and some light up

Photos from the Legalize Marijuana March in Trenton

POLL: Should marijuana be legalized in New Jersey? 

New Jersey marijuana rally to be the last attended by Hope Township mother

2016: When Republican presidential candidates will finally take drug policy reform seriously

EXPLAINER: HOW NEW JERSEY’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW WORKS

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CMMNJ October 14th Meeting Agenda


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve September 2014 minutes.  Discuss:

There will NOT be a November 2014 CMMNJ meeting at the library due to the Veterans Day holiday.

"CMMNJ TV"--tapings at Princeton Community TV Studio continue; next taping will be 11/4/14.

Don DeZarn fights for medical marijuana workplace protection at Princeton University.

NJ bills: A3726 (PTSD); A3525/S2312 (MMP fix); S1896/A3094 (legalize); A218 (decrim).

Upcoming Events:
Legalize Marijuana Rally, Trenton, NJ on Saturday, 10/18/14—march from the Riverline at 2 pm to the Statehouse at 3:30 pm for speeches and optional civil
disobedience at 4:20 pm.
Medical Marijuana patient Chris Donahue's trial, 10/21/14, Doylestown, PA.
Medical Marijuana Demonstrations continue each Thursday at the Statehouse 11am–1pm.
Kevin Sabet talks about marijuana at Glassboro, NJ on 10/30/14, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Recent events: NORML NJ meeting, 9/8/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ.
Boston Freedom Festival, 9/13 & 14—CMMNJ did not have a table.
March in Philadelphia 9/6/14 at 12:30 pm, 5th and Market Sts.
“Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine,” PA State Nurses Assn., 9/18/14, DeSales University.
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $3778; PayPal: $3583. CMMNJ is selling hand-rolled hemp bracelets/necklaces from Romania @ $3 each or 2/$5.

CMMNJ's meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246.  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 
September 9, 2014 

August 2014 minutes approved.

Carolyn Piro was voted onto the Board of CMMNJ to replace Diane Fornbacher, a “medical marijuana refugee” who fled to Colorado in order to obtain access to her medicine. Carolyn is a licensed clinical social worker who works with trauma patients.

CMMNJ Board member Ed Hannaman, Esq., will propose formal medical marijuana regulatory changes (Petition for Rulemaking) to DOH.  Ken to send PTSD studies to Carolyn to review.

“CMMNJ TV”--tapings at Princeton Community TV Studio; next taping 9/23/14.

Don DeZarn continues his fight for medical marijuana workplace protection at Princeton University.  He is currently on paid leave of absence from P.U. Excellent media coverage.  CMMNJ is grateful to Don for his heroic activism on behalf of patients everywhere.

Next NJ legislative starts the end of September. Several marijuana bill are already introduced: A3525/S2312 (MMP fix); S1896/A3094 (legalization); and, A218 (decrim).

Upcoming Events: Medical Marijuana patient Chris Donahue’s trial in Doylestown, PA will continue on 10/21/14.  He is trying for jury nullification.
NORML NJ meeting, 9/8/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ--poor attendance.
Boston Freedom Festival, 9/13 & 14—CMMNJ to table next to PhillyNORML.
March in Philadelphia 9/6/14 at 12:30 pm, 5th and Market Sts.
“Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine,” PA State Nurses Assn., 9/18/14, DeSales University.

Recent events: Jennie Stormes, RN demonstrates each Thursday at the Statehouse 11am–1pm.
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.
Jim Price is working to fix disabled emails from GoDaddy—CMMNJ agendas.

Treasury report: Checking: $3852; PayPal: $3596. CMMNJ is selling hand-rolled hemp bracelets/necklaces from Romania @ $3 each or 2/$5; Sissy offered to attach dog tags.
Billboard update.

More info:  Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org

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


Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:


COMMENTARY: The elderly and medical marijuana
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/09/17/commentary-elderly-medical-marijuana/15758431/Ken

Grandma's marijuana is no cure-all
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/life/wellness/2014/09/12/grandmas-pot-cure/15535795/

Hope Township mother leaving N.J. frustrated over medical marijuana program
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/express-times/index.ssf/2014/10/hope_township_mother_leaving_n.html

Another family to flee N.J. over medical marijuana
http://articles.philly.com/2014-10-02/news/54522612_1_marijuana-program-jennie-stormes-edibles

Medical marijuana: N.J. child improves as family finds fewer roadblocks in Colorado
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/09/medical_marijuana_nj_child_improves_as_family_finds_fewer_roadblocks_in_colorado.html#incart_m-rpt-2

Denver City Council puts hash oil ban on hold after father's concerns for epileptic child
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/denver-council-puts-hash-oil-ban-on-hold-after-fathers-concerns-for-epileptic-child

Rethink Cannabis: Treating Cannabis As A Dietary Essential
http://www.medicaljane.com/2014/10/05/rethink-cannabis/#’’

In Colorado, a Rebranding of Pot Inc.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/fashion/in-colorado-a-rebranding-of-pot-inc-marijuana.html?_r=0

Demands for medical marijuana research grow in N.J., nation driven by hopeful patients, families
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/09/demands_for_medical_marijuana_research_grow_in_nj_nation.html

N.J. should have given this toddler her pot. Thankfully, CO did: Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/09/nj_should_have_given_this_toddler_her_pot_editorial.html

Trenton Thursdays 9/18 with Gov Christie!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chQhrL8_gys

Truth in Media: Feds Says Cannabis Is Not Medicine While Holding The Patent on Cannabis as Medicine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuX9y0hiqWE

Hundreds Of Military Veterans Just Got Free Pot
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/21/military-veterans-marijuana_n_5858714.html

The Opinion Pages | EDITORIAL Yes to Marijuana Ballot Measures
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/06/opinion/alaska-oregon-and-the-district-of-columbia-should-legalize-pot.html

68 studies on the efficiency of marijuana against cancer
http://www.alchimiaweb.com/blogen/68-studies-efficiency-marijuana-against-cancer/

Pa. medical marijuana pilot program underway
http://www.ydr.com/local/ci_26657009/pa-medical-marijuana-pilot-program-underway

92% of patients say medical marijuana works
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/01/92-of-patients-say-medical-marijuana-works/

Cuomo: Speed up medical pot for kids with epilepsy
http://www.njherald.com/story/26654084/cuomo-speed-up-medical-pot-for-kids-with-epilepsy

Bill to Add PTSD to New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Filed in Assembly
http://www.thedailychronic.net/2014/37160/bill-to-add-ptsd-to-new-jersey-medical-marijuana-program-filed-in-assembly/

Despite Governor’s Objection, Pa. Senate OKs Medical Marijuana Bill
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/09/24/pennsylvania-senate-oks-medical-marijuana-bill/

Medical marijuana bill passes Senate, but advocates say it doesn’t go far enough
http://phillynow.com/2014/09/24/medical-marijuana-bill-passes-senate-but-advocates-say-it-doesnt-go-far-enough/

A Nation in Transition: Investigating Evolving Research and Policy on Marijuana
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/a-nation-in-transition-investigating-evolving-research-and-policy-on-marijuana/?emc=edit_tnt_20140924&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Realm of Caring Announces Charlotte’s Web to be Shipped to All 50 US States
http://www.ladybud.com/2014/09/18/realm-of-caring-announces-charlottes-web-to-be-shipped-to-all-50-us-states/

Medical Marijuana Can Now Take on One of Our Most Painful Diseases
http://mic.com/articles/96372/medical-marijuana-can-now-take-on-one-of-our-most-painful-diseases

Nutter Agrees To Sign Bill Softening Marijuana Laws in Philadelphia
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/09/08/nutter-agrees-to-sign-bill-softening-marijuana-laws-in-philadelphia/

PRINCETON: University worker off job due to medical marijuana
http://www.princetonpacket.com/story.cgi?section=news&story=doc5408d316a0fe6027413407&s=1+page_0

LETTER: Doctors know marijuana is effective
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/09/06/letter-doctors-know-marijuana-effective/15209045/

WOULD EASIER ACCESS TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA REDUCE OPIOID DEATHS IN NJ?
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/09/04/would-easier-access-to-medical-marijuana-reduce-opioid-deaths-in-nj/

The N.F.L.’s Absurd Marijuana Policy
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/opinion/the-nfls-absurd-marijuana-policy.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140908&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Obsolete Zero Tolerance on Pot
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/opinion/obsolete-zero-tolerance-on-pot.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140908&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Medical marijuana use shouldn’t be grounds for firing workers –
http://www.fourthestatenewspaper.com/opinion/2014/09/19/medical-marijuana-use-shouldnt-be-grounds-for-firing-workers/#sthash.6vOtaWYc.dpuf

NJ Weedman's Passing the Joint...to Gov. Christie
http://www.trentonian.com/opinion/20140922/nj-weedmans-passing-the-jointto-gov-christie

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda: September 9, 2014



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve August 2014 minutes. Discuss:

CMMNJ TV--tapings at Princeton TV Studio continue; next taping will be 9/23/14.

Don DeZarn fights for medical marijuana workplace protection at Princeton University.

No action on NJ bills A3525/S2312 (MMP fix), S1896/A3094 (legalization) or A218 (decrim).

Upcoming Events: Marijuana March to City Hall, Philadelphia 9/6/14, 12:30 pm, from 5th & Market Sts.
Medical Marijuana patient Chris Donahue trial, 9/8/14, Doylestown, PA.
Central NORML NJ meeting, 9/8/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ.
Boston Freedom Festival, 9/13 & 14—CMMNJ to table next to PhillyNORML.
“Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine,” PA State Nurses Assn., 9/18/14, DeSales University.

Recent events: Jennie Stormes, RN demonstrates each Thursday at the Statehouse 11am–1pm.
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $3852; PayPal: $3596. CMMNJ is selling hand-rolled hemp bracelets/necklaces from Romania @ $3 each or 2/$5.

CMMNJ meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246.  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 
August 12, 2014

July 2014 minutes approved.

CMMNJ Board member Ed Hannaman, Esq., will propose formal medical marijuana regulatory changes (Petition for Rulemaking) to DOH.

“CMMNJ TV”--tapings at Princeton Community TV Studio; next tapings—8/21/14 & 9/23/14.

NY is the nation’s 23rd medical marijuana state.  Gov. Cuomo signed the bill into law on 7/7/14.

NY Times endorses legalization of marijuana with 5-part series.

Report on Sen. Folmer’s medical marijuana bill in PA.

Report that a NJ hospice patient was threatened with being removed from the program for medical marijuana use.

Jennie Stormes, RN demonstrates about MMP’s shortcomings each Thursday at the Statehouse 11am–1pm.  Jennie & CMMNJ (Miller and Wolski) met with DOH and Christie administration on 8/7/14.  While there was no positive feedback from the State, at least concerns were heard.

Ken and Jim to see why GoDaddy is not sending CMMNJ’s agendas to people who have signed up for them.

CMMNJ is now selling hand-rolled hemp bracelets/necklaces from Romania @ $3 each or 2/$5.

Upcoming Events: Medical Marijuana patient Chris Donahue trial, 9/8/14, Doylestown, PA.
Boston Freedom Festival, 9/13 & 14.
Recent events: Slightly Stoopid, 8/3/14, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ.
Central NORML NJ meeting, 7/14/14 & 8/11/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ.
Hemp Heals, 8/2/14, Philadelphia, PA.
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $3808; PayPal: $3596.
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:

Christie aides meet with mother urging medical-cannabis changes
http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-16/news/52850786_1_christie-aides-bridgegate-recreational-marijuana

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) will host a continuing education series titled “Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine.”
http://psna.org/medicalmarijuana/

Trenton Thursdays With Governor Swiper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g_fPBTXA50

NJWeedman's Passing the Joint: New Jersey's marijuana activist goes mainstream
http://www.trentonian.com/opinion/20140806/njweedmans-passing-the-joint-new-jerseys-marijuana-activist-goes-mainstream

NJWeedman's Passing the Joint: Emperor Chris Christie has no clothes!
http://www.trentonian.com/opinion/20140820/njweedmans-passing-the-joint-emperor-chris-christie-has-no-clothes

NJ Weedman's Passing the Joint: White entrepreneurs crowding out black ones in legal marijuana world
http://www.trentonian.com/opinion/20140827/nj-weedmans-passing-the-joint-white-entrepreneurs-crowding-out-black-ones-in-legal-marijuana-world

Medical Marijuana Could Be A Solution To America's Painkillers Epidemic
http://www.digitaljournal.com/life/health/study-medical-marijuana-can-lead-to-fewer-opioid-overdose-deaths/article/399290#ixzz3CBccw62g

Open Letter to President Obama – Legalize it!
http://www.ladybud.com/2014/08/06/open-letter-to-president-obama-legalize-it/

New Jersey: Legislation Introduced to Expand Medical Marijuana Program
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14382

The Marijuana Divide
http://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000003035351/high-time-the-marijuana-divide.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140802&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Philly420: Racial disparities continue in Philly marijuana arrests
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/philly420/Philly420_Racial_disparities_continue_in_Philly_marijuana_arrests.html#34490gokTWe0pVwX.99

Few patients, doctors buy into state's marijuana program
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/life/wellness/2014/08/22/patients-doctors-buy-states-marijuana-program/14455769/

EDITORIAL: Doctors should lead the way on medical cannabis
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/08/27/editorial-doctors-lead-way-medical-cannabis/14710445/

A Benefit of Legal Marijuana
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/a-benefit-of-legal-marijuana/

Zero-tolerance at Princeton for employee's medical marijuana
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/Princeton_orders_employee_to_give_up_medical_marijuana_.html#AgPfLAHdX7moR254.99

Military combat vet may lose Princeton University job for using medicinal marijuana
http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20140901/military-combat-vet-may-lose-princeton-university-job-for-using-medicinal-marijuana

Princeton University to employee: Give up medical marijuana or lose job
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/08/medical_marijuana_or_princeton_university_job_former_libertarian_candidate_says_he_must_choose.html

Former Colorado Jail Might Transform Into a Massive Marijuana Grow Facility
http://www.weedist.com/quicklink/former-colorado-jail-might-transform-massive-marijuana-grow-facility/

Gary Storck: Best help for ALS may be to legalize medical marijuana
http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/mailbag/gary-storck-best-help-for-als-may-be-to-legalize/article_906d1aff-e95a-5cdb-98c2-654c23dff98a.html#ixzz3CBUlBUcK

Regular Marijuana Use Bad for Teens' Brains
http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2014/08/regular-marijuana.aspx

Medical pot advocates push Christie for adult edibles
 http://nj1015.com/medical-pot-advocates-push-christie-for-adult-edibles/?trackback=tsmclip

Colorado Family Says Cannabis Oil Helps Child Suffering From Epilepsy
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/26157283/colorado-family

Marijuana seminar at Bally's in Atlantic City to be held by California-based university
http://www.nj.com/south/index.ssf/2014/08/marijuana_seminar_coming_to_atlantic_city.html

Medical Marijuana Patients Squeezed Out Of Product Safety Testing
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/08/14/medical-marijuana-patients-squeezed-out-of-product-safety-testing/

Bid to Expand Medical Marijuana Business Faces Federal Hurdles
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/us/bid-to-expand-medical-marijuana-business-faces-federal-hurdles.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140823&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Healing Hemp
http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000003053054/healing-hemp.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140824&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Dennis and Judi caller shares medical marijuana story
http://nj1015.com/dennis-and-judi-caller-shares-medical-marijuana-story/

The Drug Truth Network: Century of Lies 08/31/14 with Doug McVay
http://www.drugtruth.net/cms/node/4991

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CMMNJ August 12, 2014 Public Meeting Agenda



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve July 2014 minutes. Discuss:

CMMNJ TV--tapings at Princeton TV Studio continue; next taping will be 8/21/14.

NY is the nation’s 23rd medical marijuana state.  Gov. Cuomo signed the bill into law on 7/7/14.

NY Times endorses legalization of marijuana with 5-part series.

Jennie Stormes, RN demonstrates about MMP’s shortcomings each Thursday at the Statehouse 11am–1pm.  Jennie & CMMNJ to meet with DOH and
Christie administration 8/7/14.

CMMNJ now selling hand-rolled hemp bracelets/necklaces from Romania @ $3 each or 2/$5.

Upcoming Events: Medical Marijuana patient Chris Donahue trial, 9/8/14, Doylestown, PA.
Central NORML NJ meeting, 8/11/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ.

Recent events: Slightly Stoopid, 8/3/14, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ.
Central NORML NJ meeting, 7/14/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ.
Hemp Heals, 8/2/14, Philadelphia, PA.
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $3808; PayPal: $3596.

CMMNJ's meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246.  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 
July 8, 2014

June 2014 minutes approved.

Report on U. of PA marijuana legalization forum with elected officials, LEO’s, and advocates.

Legalized marijuana sales start in Washington State today, 7/8/14!

New York’s limited medical marijuana bill (no smoking!) signed into law on 7/7/14.

Media support for legalization of marijuana in NJ. Marijuana legalization legislation in NJ is S1896, with Assembly companion bill, A3094.

Gov. Christie insists, “This (Medicinal Marijuana) program and all these other programs, in my mind, are a front for legalization.” Asw. Linda Stender’s bill, A3525, proposes comprehensive changes to the state’s inadequate program.

CMMNJ volunteer Daniel Price has his medical marijuana seized in D.C.  LEAP response.  A.C. update.

Ed to propose formal medical marijuana regulatory changes (Petition for Rulemaking) to DOH.

Upcoming Events: Decarceration Rally, Newark City Hall, 7/30/14 at 5:30 pm.
Slightly Stoopid, 8/3/14, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ.
Central NORML NJ meeting, 7/14/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ.
Hemp Heals, 8/2/14, Festival Pier, Philadelphia, PA.

Recent events: CMMNJ TV taping, 6/24/14, all morning, Princeton TV Studio, Princeton, NJ
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $3938; PayPal: $3551. Amazon to donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CMMNJ:
https://smile.amazon.com/

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:

Inconsistent medical marijuana laws are ultimately tragic: Letter
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/06/inconsistent_medical_marijuana_laws_are_ultimately_tragic_letter.html

Medical marijuana advocates hoping to light up barred from Christie town hall
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/post_59.html

Lawmaker proposes medical marijuana program overhaul despite Christie's criticism
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/lawmaker_proposes_medical_marijuana_program_overhaul_despite_christies_criticism.html

New Jersey Lawmaker Files Bill to Fix Medical Marijuana Program
http://www.thedailychronic.net/2014/34122/new-jersey-lawmaker-files-bill-to-fix-medical-marijuana-program/

Editorial: A brighter future for medical marijuana in New Jersey?
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/07/a_brighter_future_for_medical_marijuana_in_nj_editorial.html

Medical Marijuana Coming to New York
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/medical-marijuana-coming-to-new-york/?emc=edit_tnt_20140708&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Sales of Recreational Marijuana Begin in Washington State
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/us/washington-to-begin-sales-of-recreational-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140708&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

N.J.'s Booker, Rand Paul unite to reform drug policies
http://www.northjersey.com/news/nation/political-adversaries-united-on-drug-penalties-booker-paul-want-to-spare-offenders-lasting-punishment-1.1047740#sthash.vmbCpRNM.dpuf

Parents, activists begin weekly Statehouse protest over
medical marijuana program failures
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/parents_begin_weekly_statehouse_protest_over_medical_marijuana_program_failures.html

NJ Medical Marijuana Gets Assist in Washington
http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/nj-medical-marijuana-gets-assist-in-washington

Hope Township medical marijuana advocate to rally in Trenton
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2014/07/hope_township_marijuana_advoca.html

Editorial: As with most things, moderation needed as legalized pot use advances
http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2014/07/editorial_as_with_most_things.html

Pot Luck – Best Practices for NY & NJ Employers Addressing Medical Marijuana Use in the Workplace
http://www.natlawreview.com/article/client-check-pot-luck-best-practices-ny-nj-employers-addressing-medical-marijuana-us

Booker's bipartisanship on medical marijuana brings peace of mind: Letter
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/07/bookers_bipartisanship_on_medical_marijuana_brings_peace_of_mind_letter.html

Cannabis chewing gum - the latest development of medical marijuana
http://www.examiner.com/review/cannabis-chewing-gum-the-latest-development-of-the-medical-marijuana

Let States Decide on Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-let-states-decide-on-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140730&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Medical pot advocates push Christie for adult edibles
http://nj1015.com/medical-pot-advocates-push-christie-for-adult-edibles/?trackback=tsmclip

Colorado Family Says Cannabis Oil Helps Child Suffering From Epilepsy
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/26157283/colorado-family

Leafly Places Nation’s First Consumer Cannabis Advertisement in The New York Times
http://www.leafly.com/news/headlines/leafly-places-nations-first-consumer-cannabis-advertisement-in-th

Repeal Prohibition, Again
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html

What Science Says About Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/opinion/what-science-says-about-marijuana.html?opinion-series

The Injustice of Marijuana Arrests
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/opinion/high-time-the-injustice-of-marijuana-arrests.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_TIO_20140728&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2

What would federal marijuana legalization look like?
http://mobile.philly.com/news/?wss=%2Fphilly%2Fnews&id=269101151

The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/opinion/high-time-federal-marijuana-ban-is-rooted-in-myth.html?opinion-series

The Great Colorado Weed Experiment
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/opinion/sunday/high-time-the-great-colorado-weed-experiment.html?opinion-series

Rules for the Marijuana Market
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/opinion/high-time-rules-for-the-marijuana-market.html?_r=1

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal
http://www.thenation.com/article/180493/anti-pot-lobbys-big-bankroll#

New Research Shows How Marijuana Compound Can Reduce Tumor Growth In Cancer Patients
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/16/marijuana-tumors_n_5588639.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Washington D.C. Now Punishes Littering Harsher Than Marijuana Possession
http://marijuana.com/news/2014/07/washington-d-c-now-punishes-littering-harsher-than-marijuana-possession/

Inquirer Editorial: Drug warriors
http://articles.philly.com/2014-07-08/news/51141066_1_marijuana-program-medical-use-dravet-syndrome

Community "decarceration" activists call on State Sen. Rice to introduce legislation supporting large-scale New Jersey prison release
http://www.politickernj.com/76596/community-decarceration-activists-call-state-sen-rice-introduce-legislation-supporting-large-s#ixzz39XrlISgo

Here's the Lawless Hellscape Colorado Has Become Six Months After Legalizing Weed
http://mic.com/articles/92449/six-months-after-legalizing-marijuana-two-big-things-have-happened-in-colorado

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CMMNJ July 8, 2014 Meeting Agenda



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve June 2014 minutes.  Discuss:

CMMNJ TV--first taping at Princeton TV Studio was on 6/24; next taping will be 7/15/14.

PA Senate Law & Justice committee unanimously approves medical marijuana bill.

NY medical marijuana bill approved by Assembly and Senate; Gov. Cuomo’s signature will make NY the nation’s 23rd medical marijuana state.

Gov. Christie: "This program and all these other programs, in my mind, are a front for legalization.”

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CMMNJ: https://smile.amazon.com/

Upcoming Events:
Central NORML NJ meeting, 7/14/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ.
Slightly Stoopid, 8/3/14, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ.

Recent events: Lancaster Cannabis Reform Rally, 6/7/14, Penn's Square, Lancaster, PA.
PA Medical Marijuana Bill, SB 1182, Hearing & Press Conference, 6/10/14, Harrisburg, PA
PA Legislative Forum 6/14/14, U. of PA School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $3938; PayPal: $3551.

CMMNJ's meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246.  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 
June 10, 2014

May 2014 minutes approved.

Discussion re: Voter guide from ACLU NJ for NJ’s primary election in the 12th Congressional District: https://www.aclu-nj.org/files/8614/0146/9042/CD12_Chart.pdf

House of Representatives votes 219-189 to defund federal war on medical marijuana, 5/30/14.
NEW JERSEY 8 Yes votes; 3 No Votes: Dems – Holt, Y; Pallone, Y; Pascrell, Y; Payne, Y; Sires, Y. Reps – Frelinghuysen, N; Garrett, Y; Lance, N; LoBiondo, Y; Runyan, Y; Smith, N.

Jim Price and Jennie Stormes (and son Jax) travel to D.C. to discuss medical marijuana.

Growing support for Sen. Nick Scutari’s marijuana legalization legislation, S1896, and Assembly companion bill, A3094, sponsored by Asw. Linda Stender and Asm. Reed Gusciora.

Why isn’t the NJ Hospice & Palliative Care Assn. taking a stronger medical marijuana position?

Ed to propose formal medical marijuana regulatory changes (Petition for Rulemaking) to DOH.

Discussion re: CMMNJ TV taping on 6/24/14, all morning, Princeton TV Studio, Princeton, NJ

Upcoming Events: Lancaster Cannabis Reform Rally, 6/7/14, Penn's Square, Lancaster, PA.
PA Medical Marijuana Bill, SB 1182, Hearing & Press Conference, 6/10/14, Harrisburg, PA
PA Legislative Forum 6/14/14, U. of PA School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
Central NORML NJ meeting, 6/9/14 at 7pm at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, NJ

Recent events: Peter Lamont’s blogtalkradio Episode 52 with Ken Wolski, 5/22/14.
Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon with certification course given by American Cannabis Nurses Assn.
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $4014; PayPal: $3616.

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:

Medical marijuana dispensary CEO in Egg Harbor Township quits
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/medical_marijuana_dispensary_owner_in_egg_harbor_twp_quits.html

NJ's strict medical marijuana laws cost my daughter her life: Opinion
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/06/njs_strict_medical_marijuana_laws_cost_my_daughter_her_life_opinion.html

Christie says medical marijuana programs are 'a front for legalization'
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/christie_says_medical_marijuana_programs_are_a_front_for_legalization.html

Poll: Should NJ retool its medical marijuana program?
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/poll_should_nj_retool_its_medical_marijuana_program.html

Why N.J.'s medical marijuana program has gone to pot
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/philly420/Why_NJs_medical_marijuana_program_has_gone_to_pot.html#EsmuTtABCFFY1876.99

NJ medical marijuana program struggling, with worries growing over few doctors, patients enrolled
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/medical_marijuana_programs_slow_enrollment_worries.html

Christie stance on medical marijuana a front for indifference: Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/06/christie_stance_on_medical_pot_a_front_for_reefer_madness_editorial.html

Rules, cost hamper N.J. medical marijuana
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/communities/eht/rules-cost-hamper-n-j-medical-marijuana/article_eafc42ca-fa5d-11e3-afcd-0019bb2963f4.html

Medical marijuana in N.J. / Changes needed
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/editorials/medical-marijuana-in-n-j-changes-needed/article_4af4f3ab-27dc-553f-a71a-
e3f0c45687ab.html

Concerned father, kicked out of Christie town hall meeting, calls on governor to change medical marijuana law
http://www.politickernj.com/75546/concerned-father-kicked-out-christie-town-hall-meeting-calls-governor-change-medical-marijuana

Editorial: N.J. medical marijuana program dysfunction is product of Christie's Stonewalling
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/06/editorial_nj_medical_marijuana_program_dysfunction_is_product_of_christies_stonewalling.html

Marijuana edibles smothered by red tape
http://articles.philly.com/2014-06-09/news/50423447_1_dispensary-operators-edibles-health-department

Senator Whelan asks DOH to stop publishing the names of the doctors in NJ's MMP.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/230967087/New-Jersey-s-Medical-Marijuana-Program

Inconsistent medical marijuana laws are ultimately tragic: Letter
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/06/inconsistent_medical_marijuana_laws_are_ultimately_tragic_letter.html

Critic blasts NJ’s medical marijuana program [AUDIO]
http://nj1015.com/critic-blasts-njs-medical-marijuana-program-audio/?trackback=tsmclip

The governor's outward hostility towards medical marijuana and the sick people who need it has always been curious. What's the motivation? Medical marijuana isn't a hot button issue anymore. Medical marijuana won't cost him the White House, there's a long list of other things that are jockeying for that distinction. Just let the sick people have their medicine.
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/06/sheneman_cartoon_bridging_the_gap.html

JEFF EDELSTEIN: Me and Rand Paul, a couple of marijuana freaks
http://www.trentonian.com/opinion/20140629/jeff-edelstein-me-and-rand-paul-a-couple-of-marijuana-freaks

DEA obstructs research into medical marijuana: report
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/6/11/dea-medical-marijuana.html

Special Needs Parents Group Wants Feds to Reschedule Cannabis
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1144795?fb_action_ids=10152177426383657&fb_action_types=cnn-social%3Acomment&fb_ref=og_ireport&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

A Vote on Medical Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/opinion/a-vote-on-medical-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140601&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y&_r=0

New York Senate Passes Bill on Medical Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/21/nyregion/new-york-senate-passes-bill-on-medical-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140620&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

(PA) Senate panel advances medical marijuana bill
http://www.njherald.com/story/25889658/medical-marijuana-bill-advances-in-pa-senate

Medical Cannabis Bill SB1182 Amended, Clears Law and Justice Committee
http://www.phillynorml.org/2014/06/29/medical-cannabis-bill-sb1182-amended-clears-law-justice-committee/

House votes to end war on medical marijuana
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2014/06/house-votes-to-end-war-on-medical.html

H.Amdt. 748 (Rohrabacher) to H.R. 4660: Amendment prohibits the use of funds to prevent certain States from implementing their medical marijuana laws
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h258

The only thing Congress can agree on these days is ending the War on Drugs
http://www.politickernj.com/jrlassiter/73681/only-thing-congress-can-agree-these-days-ending-war-drugs

Pazoo Launches "CANNABIS AUTHORITY", Its First Issue of a Medical Marijuana Online Magazine
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/pazoo-launches-cannabis-authority-its-first-issue-of-a-medical-marijuana-online-magazine-2014-06-12?reflink=MW_news_stmp

Lock ’Em Up Nation: Mandatory Sentencing for Medical Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/opinion/mandatory-sentencing-for-medical-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140626&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y






Wednesday, June 4, 2014

House votes to end war on medical marijuana



June 4, 2014 at 3:36pm
WHO:     U.S. House of Representatives
WHAT:   Voted to stop funding the war on states with medical marijuana programs
WHEN:   May 30, 2014
WHERE: U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.
WHY:      To respect the traditional right of states to determine the practice of medicine 

In the U.S. Congress last week the House of Representatives voted to stop funding the federal war on medical marijuana programs.  Jay Lassiter, a participant in New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program said, “I’m happy to see this vote play out in Congress. It's a long-overdue discussion.”

Since 1996, twenty one states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws.  The federal government, however, considers marijuana a Schedule I substance with no accepted medical uses.  The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has ruled that the federal government is within its powers to enforce its laws against marijuana even in states that have medical marijuana programs.  At the same time, the SCOTUS has not invalidated any of the medical marijuana laws, and has said that physicians cannot be penalized for recommending marijuana for their patients.

On Friday, May 30 the House voted 219-189 in favor of the Rorhabacher-Farr Amendment to the government’s appropriations bill.  This amendment prohibits the use of funds to the Justice Department, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), if those funds “prevent certain States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”  The vote saw more support from Democrats than from Republicans as 170 Democrats and 49 Republicans voted yes, while 17 Democrats and 172 Republicans voted no on the amendment.  New Jersey’s representatives voted as follows:
Democrats – Holt, Y; Pallone, Y; Pascrell, Y; Payne, Y; Sires, Y.
Republicans – Frelinghuysen, N; Garrett, Y; Lance, N; LoBiondo, Y; Runyan, Y; Smith, N.

Now the measure must go to the U.S. Senate.  While the Senate is controlled by Democrats, no measure to protect medical marijuana patients or programs has yet been introduced in the Senate.  If and when the measure passes in the Senate, it will have to be signed into law by President Obama.

For more information, see: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2014/h258

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director, Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ  08618 www.cmmnj.org   ohamkrw@aol.com 609.394.2137

Jay Lassiter, Lassiter Consulting, http://www.jlassiter.com/  Cell - 856.236.7199