Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for September 13, 2016




Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #2 
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve August 2016 minutes. Discuss:

NJ DOH accepted Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the state’s MMP between 8/1/16 and 8/31/16. DPA submitted Petitions for Chronic Pain and PTSD; CMMNJ submitted Petitions for Osteoarthritis, Opiate Use Disorder, Autism, Anxiety, Migraine Headaches, & Neuropathic Pain.

NJ Senate passed A457 (to add PTSD to NJ's MMP) on 8/1/16, 28 – 9. (The bill passed in the entire Assembly on 6/16/16, 56 – 13.) The bill went to the governor’s desk for his action on 8/1.

DEA again insists marijuana belongs in its absurd Schedule I classification—46 years of federal propaganda—exaggeration of the dangers and denial of marijuana’s medical benefits--continues.

Ongoing Thursday Podcasts at the Trenton Statehouse continue 11-2 pm to Thanksgiving.

Excellent interview with Jim Miller on NJ Capitol Report.

“CMMNJ TV” taped 9/6/16 in Princeton; next taping date is scheduled for October 18, 2016.

NJWeedman Update: Ed Forchion to argue that his ‘cannabis temple’ deserves religious freedom. VICE TV reporting extensively on the case.

Upcoming Events: CMMNJ to table at Lawrence Community Day on 10/2/16.
Boston Freedom Rally, 9/17 & 18/2016.
NJ Celebrates Recovery, 9/18/16 Middletown Arts Center, 1 pm (CMMNJ table and speakers).
Dana Beal’s efforts to urge candidate Clinton to reschedule marijuana—9/7/16 at the Intrepid, NYC, 5 pm to 9 pm and TBA.

What Nurses Need to know about Medical Cannabis, Lehigh Carbon County Community College, 9/28/16, 8 AM to 1 PM Schnecksville, PA:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-nurses-need-to-know-about-medical-cannabis-presented-at-lehigh-carbon-county-community-college-tickets-26257362478?aff=Medical_Marijuana&afu=132746514236

Recent events: Slightly Stoopid concert, Stone Pony 8/19 (Thanks to Amanda, & Eric).
Compassionate Sciences (CS) ATC expects to have lozenges and topicals soon. CS ATC had an educational program on PTSD on 8/24/16.
Jessie Sanders court date was 8/23/16; the court dismissed the case!
Patient Outreach at “The Joint” in Trenton.
Sudden deaths of Roger Barbour, Esq., and husband of JoAnne Zito.

Treasury report: Checking: $2092; PayPal: $3629. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $1/apiece; 3 for $2. 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, MPA
(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.




Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
August 9, 2016

June 2016 minutes approved. (No July 2016 meeting.)

NJ DOH to accept Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the state’s MMP. Petitions must be sent by certified mail postmarked between 8/1 and 8/31/16; see NJ DOH website (News) for forms. DPA to submit Petitions for Chronic Pain and PTSD; CMMNJ to submit Petitions for Osteoarthritis (Ken), Opiate Use Disorder & Autism (Vanessa W. and Mike), Anxiety & Migraine Headaches (Bob), & Neuropathic Pain (Peter).

Senate Health Committee passed S2345/A457 (to add PTSD to NJ's MMP) 6-3 on 6/16/16, and the bill passed in the entire Assembly on the same day, 56 -13. On 8/1/16 the bill passed in the Senate, 28 – 9. The bill went to the governor’s desk for his action.

Over 50 Thursday Podcasts (“Telling It Like It Is”) at the Trenton Statehouse continue 11-2 pm, with plans to continue through Thanksgiving. Governor passed by about 1/3 of the Podcasts. Coverage includes News 12 NJ among other media.

Interview with Jim Miller on NJ Capitol Report, taped at NJTV Studios in Newark on June 28th.

CMMNJ TV taped 7/12 in Princeton; the next taping date is scheduled for 9/6/16, 10 am – 2 pm.

INE tours continue with Sativa Cross.

Pennsylvania, the 24th medical marijuana state, is allowing parents to obtain medical marijuana for minors from out-of-state until their program is functioning.

NJWeedman Update: Judge will allow Forchion to argue that his ‘cannabis temple’ deserves religious freedom.

Recent Events:
DNC events in Philadelphia: Connie’s Ric Rac 7/25/16; East Coast Cannabis Coalition Rally Municipal Bldg. on 7/26/16 (Jo Anne attended).
“Forum on Addiction and Healing” with U.S. Surgeon General & U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, St. Barnabas Medical Center, 8/8/16, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
CMMNJ tabled at Hemp Heals, 7/22/16—thanks to our volunteers! CMMNJ Meeting to develop education for NJ MDs, 6/23/16.
Clinton Health and Wellness Center, update on the NJ MMP, 6/25, noon-2 p.m.

Upcoming events: 
Slightly Stoopid concert, Stone Pony 8/19 (Mike, Amanda, & Eric).
Compassionate Sciences ATC expects to have lozenges and topicals available next week! CS ATC also plans an educational program on PTSD on 8/24/16.
Jessie Sanders court date is now 8/23/16; she asks for community show of support.
CMMNJ to table at Lawrence Community Day on 10/2/16.
Patient Outreach at The Joint in Trenton 8/16 & 8/17.
What Nurses Need to know about Medical Cannabis, Lehigh Carbon County Community College, 9/28/16, 8 AM to 1 PM Schnecksville, PA.

Treasury report: Checking: $2053; PayPal: $3629.

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:

New Jersey Celebrates Recovery: http://www.helpnothandcuffs.org/
or, Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/New-Jersey-Celebrates-Recovery-852038501549589/

N.J. veterans seek medical marijuana for PTSD
http://articles.philly.com/2016-08-01/news/74791012_1_ptsd-governor-christie-health-committee

Poll: Should medical marijuana be legal for people with PTSD? (97% of respondents say, “Yes.”)
http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2016/08/poll_should_medical_marijuana_be_legal_for_people.html

Please help us get this important bill signed by automatically sending a message to Governor Christie: A457 adds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of medical conditions that would qualify a patient to receive medical marijuana in New Jersey. (DPA capwiz):
https://engage.drugpolicy.org/secure/tell-gov-christie-expand-access-medical-marijuana?ms=2A2_1608NJMMJClist&utm_campaign=fy17advocacy&cid=701U0000000xybsIAA

Thousands petition Christie for PTSD in N.J. medical marijuana program
http://www.phillyvoice.com/thousands-petition-christie-ptsd-medical-marijuana-provision/

Government won't reclassify marijuana, N.J. experts hope for a change in the future
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/government-won-t-reclassify-marijuana-n-j-experts-hope-for/article_43593d2a-600e-11e6-80bb-5ff0c6b6fbdc.html

The medical marijuana movement just got some really bad news
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/08/feds_reject_petitions_to_allow_medical_research_on.html

American Legion Calls for Marijuana Rescheduling
http://www.marijuana.com/blog/news/2016/09/american-legion-calls-for-marijuana-rescheduling/

D.E.A. Keeps Marijuana on List of Dangerous Drugs, Frustrating Advocates
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/12/health/dea-keeps-marijuana-on-list-of-dangerous-drugs-frustrating-advocates.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160811&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y&_r=0

WATCH: NJ vets fight to use medical marijuana for PTSD
http://www.app.com/story/news/military/veterans/2016/08/12/nj-vets-fight-use-medical-marijuana-ptsd/88605734/

Most say pot use OK for PTSD; researcher seeks volunteers to smoke it
http://articles.philly.com/2016-08-16/news/75011545_1_ptsd-marijuana-use-veterans-affairs

Prosecutors fight to keep secret informant in NJ Weedman’s drug case
http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20160822/prosecutors-fight-to-keep-secret-informant-in-nj-weedmans-drug-case

Pot-Smoking Politician Takes His Biggest Hit Yet: 11 Drug Charges
http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/11/pot-smoking-politician-takes-his-biggest-hit-yet-11-drug-charges/#ixzz4JaGpPTcD

Medical pot user sues Sparta cops over alleged false arrest, report says
http://www.nj.com/sussex-county/index.ssf/2016/08/medical_marijuana_user_sues_sparta_cops_over_false.html

Coming soon: A brand new way to take medical marijuana in N.J.
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/08/medical_marijuana_now_includes_edible_drops_and_lo.html
Dad who changed N.J. medical marijuana law dies suddenly
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/nj_dad_who_won_fight_to_permit_edible_marijuana_in.html
SativaCross.com Podcast from the Governor's office
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu7SOdp73d8                 
Maiden name kept woman from medical marijuana
http://www.app.com/story/money/business/consumer/press-on-your-side/2016/07/29/medical-marijuana/87338244/

Medical Marijuana Policy Approved at LTPS
http://mercerme.com/medical-marijuana-policy-approved-at-ltps/


Monday, July 25, 2016

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for August 9, 2016

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

Approve June 2016 minutes. Discuss:

NJ DOH will accept Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the state’s MMP. Petitions must be sent by certified mail postmarked between 8/1 and 8/31/16; see NJ DOH website (News) for forms: http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/

Senate Health Committee passes S2345 (to add PTSD to NJ's MMP) 6-3 on 6/16/16, Statehouse Annex, Trenton, NJ. Await vote in full NJ Senate (companion bill passed in Assembly.)

Ongoing Thursday Podcasts at the Trenton Statehouse continue 11-2 pm.

Interview with Jim Miller on NJ Capitol Report, taped at NJTV Studios in Newark on June 28th.

CMMNJ TV taped 7/12 in Princeton; the next taping date is scheduled for August 23, 2016.

Pennsylvania, the 24th medical marijuana state, is allowing parents to obtain medical marijuana for minors from out-of-state until their program is functioning.

NJWeedman Update: Judge will allow Forchion to argue that his ‘cannabis temple’ deserves religious freedom.

Upcoming Events: DNC events in Philadelphia: Connie’s Ric Rac 7/25/16 at 7 pm; and the East Coast Cannabis Coalition Rally near City Hall (Municipal Bldg.) on 7/26/16 from 3 to 5 pm.                      
“Forum on Addiction and Healing” with U.S. Surgeon General & U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, St. Barnabas Medical Center, 8/8/16, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

"What Nurses Need to know about Medical Cannabis," Lehigh Carbon County Community College, 9/28/16, 8 AM to 1 PM Schnecksville, PA: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-nurses-need-to-know-about-medical-cannabis-presented-at-lehigh-carbon-county-community-college-tickets-26257362478?aff=Medical_Marijuana&afu=132746514236

Recent events:
CMMNJ tabled at Hemp Heals—thanks to our volunteers!                                                                   CMMNJ Meeting to develop education for NJ MDs, 6/23/16.
Clinton Health and Wellness Center, update on the NJ MMP, 6/25, noon-2 p.m.

Treasury report: Checking: $2053; PayPal: $3629. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $1/apiece; 3 for $2. 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/

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


Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
June 14, 2016

Nine people attended including 4 Board Members. Members voted to accept May 2016 minutes without revision.

General discussion about activism and the need to engage one’s legislators. Jim led a history lesson in how he got the Governor to endorse Med MJ during his first campaign.

Group discussion of A457 (PTSD) and possibility of asking for the legislature to pass it to be made effective Nov 11 -Veteran’s Day.

Senate has S2345 as a companion sponsored by Scutari & Vitalli.

Discussion of the Fed Govt blocking MJ research.

Jim Price discussed his medical team efforts to interact with Doctors. He has excellent handouts and information to help Drs understand Med MJ.

There are favorable reports on the use of marijuana to treat pain from the first 13 states that allowed it for that condition, AND an AMA study documents reduced deaths from opiates in those states.
It was noted that the VA Doctors will not penalize veterans who use Med MJ in states where it is legal.

Discussion of the level of proof needed for the DoH to expand conditions. Jim M opined that he thought the panelists were sincere. Ed H. said the Commissioner makes the final decision and she serves at the will of the Governor.

Extensive report on the Podcasts and Miller’s interactions with the Governor.

Miller will be interviewed by Steve Adubato on June 28 th for which he is preparing diligently. No word on air date.

No agenda for the CMMNJ TV July 12 taping. (Ed) suggested that Miller discuss his Capitol Talk issues -esp if there has been no airing by then.

NO July 2016 Meeting, AND that National NORML bestowed on Ken Wolski the Honor of being awarded the Peter McWilliams Award. Miller explained who McWilliams was –a man who died in the medical MJ cause.

Write to 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: CMMNJ Meeting to develop education for NJ MDs, 6/23/16.
Clinton Health and Wellness Center, update on the NJ MMP, 6/25, noon-2 p.m.
Recent events: 
Global Marijuana March, 5/7/16, NYC & Rehoboth, DE; 5/8/16 Philadelphia.
Treasury report: Checking: $2152; PayPal: $3729. 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

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



Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

Got an illness that marijuana could help? N.J. wants to know http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2016/07/got_an_illness_that_marijuana_would_help_nj_seekin.html

STATE GIVES PATIENTS CHANCE TO SUGGEST MORE MALADIES FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/07/05/state-gives-patients-chance-to-suggest-more-maladies-for-medical-marijuana/

Think NJ’s medical marijuana program should cover more conditions? Fill out this form
http://nj1015.com/think-njs-medical-marijuana-program-should-cover-more-conditions-fill-out-this-form/?trackback=tsmclip

Advocates of New Jersey's medical marijuana program say petition process is ‘not genuine' http://www.njherald.com/article/20160713/ARTICLE/307139986

Should firefighter be fired because he is a medical marijuana patient? http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2016/07/nj_firefighter_and_medical_marijuana_patient_loses.html

Public health effects of legalized marijuana in New Jersey http://www.njherald.com/article/20160606/ARTICLE/306069995

What needs to happen for recreational marijuana to be legalized in N.J.? http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/what_will_it_take_for_nj_to_legalize_marijuana.html

Scutari Pushes for Marijuana Legalization Despite Resistance from Christie
http://politickernj.com/2016/06/scutari-pushes-for-marijuana-legalization-despite-resistance-from-christie/

Gusciora Talks Marijuana Legalization for Atlantic City, Expansion of Medical Use
http://politickernj.com/2016/06/gusciora-talks-marijuana-legalization-for-atlantic-city-expansion-of-medical-use/

Do you think we’ll ever see legalized marijuana in New Jersey?
http://nj1015.com/do-you-think-well-ever-see-legalized-marijuana-in-new-jersey/?trackback=tsmclip

POLL: WOULD THE GARDEN STATE BE GREENER IF WE LEGALIZED GRASS?
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/06/15/poll-would-the-garden-state-be-greener-if-we-legalized-grass/

NJ Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana Use For PTSD
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/06/16/ptsd-medical-marijuana-nj/

Prepping for the Post-Christie Era: New Jersey Leaders Play the Long Game on Marijuana Legalization                                                                   https://www.leafly.com/news/headlines/prepping-for-the-post-christie-era-new-jersey-leaders-play-the-lo

VETERANS, LAWMAKERS ARGUE CASE TO USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO TREAT PTSD
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/06/16/veterans-lawmakers-argue-case-to-use-medical-marijuana-to-treat-ptsd/

NJ Votes To Expand Medical Marijuana Program
https://www.mintpressnews.com/nj-votes-expand-medical-marijuana-program/217688/

Fight isn't over for N.J. teen who won right to consume medical marijuana at school http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/06/7_months_ago_this_teen_won_the_right_to_use_edible.html

New Jersey State Senator Talks Up Pot Legalization After Colorado Visit
http://www.westword.com/news/new-jersey-state-senator-talks-up-pot-legalization-after-colorado-visit-8045915

THE WAR ON CANNABIS CLINICIANS
http://www.beyondthc.com/the-war-on-cannabis-clinicians/

CMMNJ TV: Veterans Cornered
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzsJfsEpWSs

CMMNJ TV: Leo Bridgewater
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpC8270-37I

CMMNJ TV: William Haney
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bhk9q8hc4w

CMMNJ TV: Philippe Dume
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oQZJsYumlk

Medical cannabis laws in the USA are associated with a decline of absence from work due to sickness
http://www.cannabis-med.org/english/bulletin/ww_en_db_cannabis_artikel.php?id=484#1

2 Arrested After Marijuana Bust in West Greenwich
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7DO4B0spCA

The Delicate Discussion of Marijuana & Minors
http://sjmagazine.net/cover-feature/the-delicate-discussion-of-marijuana-minors
                                                                                    SATIVA CROSS™ Live Stream
Streamed live on Jul 21, 2016                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95sYQQaiKiw

Why U.S. Doctors Love Opioids and Hate Marijuana for Chronic Pain http://labblog.uofmhealth.org/rounds/why-us-doctors-love-opioids-and-hate-marijuana-for-chronic-pain

Win for Weedman: He can argue ‘cannabis temple’ deserves religious freedom
http://nj1015.com/win-for-weedman-he-can-argue-cannabis-temple-deserves-religious-freedom/?trackback=fbshare_top&trackback=tsmclip

The Pot Law That Could Be 'Deal-Breaker for the Drug War'
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-pot-law-that-could-be-deal-breaker-for-the-drug-war-20160705

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for June 14, 2016



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library 
Room #2
Tuesday, June 14, 2016  
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve May 2016 minutes. Discuss:

No CMMNJ public meeting in July 2016!

Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee passes A457 (to add PTSD to NJ's MMP) out of committee, 6/2/16 Statehouse Annex, Trenton, NJ.

NJ could reap $300 million/year in sales tax by legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to NJ United for Marijuana Reform and NJ Policy Perspective.

Pennsylvania, the 24th medical marijuana state, is hiring a Director, Bureau of Medical Marijuana, Permanent Full-time. PA allows parents to import cannabis.

NJWeedman Update: Forchion arrested again and charged with harassing a Trenton P.O.  Appeal from 2010 arrest denied cert by SCOTUS on 5/16.

NJ DOH to add qualifying conditions to MMP--but when? Model petitions worked on.

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

Interview with Jim Miller on NJ Capitol Report with Steve Adubato, taping at the NJTV Studios (2 Gateway) in Newark on June 28th.

CMMNJ TV will be taping 7/12 in Princeton (there will be no public CMMNJ meeting in July due to a schedule conflict with the library).

NORML Lobby Day 5/23 & 24/16 Washington, DC. Ken won NORML's "Peter McWilliams Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Marijuana."

Write to 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: CMMNJ Meeting to develop education for NJ MDs, 6/23/16.
Clinton Health and Wellness Center, update on the NJ MMP, 6/25, noon-2 p.m.

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

Treasury report: Checking: $2152; PayPal: $3729. 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/

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




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.
UNGASS 2016, 4/19-21, U.N., NYC. CMMNJ joined other NGOs & 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.
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 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.
Amanda to put Beckley Foundation's Public Letter on the CMMNJ website.

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, Tavern on the Lake, 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.

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.

Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:



Legalizing marijuana would reap $300M a year in taxes for N.J., advocates say
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/legalizing_marijuana_would_net_300m_in_sales_taxes.html

Veterans Explore Benefits of Using Medical Marijuana for Treating PTSD
http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/veterans-explore-benefits-using-medical-marijuana-treating-ptsd/

Want to head Pa.'s medical marijuana program?
http://www.ydr.com/story/news/2016/05/09/pa-hiring-medical-marijuana-director/84132008/

Welcome to Drug War Facts
http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/#sthash.6p0Hjfa2.ZGC8RqVR.dpbs

Can CBD Mitigate Psychotic Symptoms? Initial Research Is Promising
http://reset.me/study/can-cbd-mitigate-psychotic-symptoms-initial-research-is-promising/

ACNA Newsletter - 2016 Issue #2
http://us12.campaign-archive2.com/?u=be478547912f7309b4b6ced4f&id=98fd919c95&e=02acd95cdf"cdf

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear NJ Weedman's case
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/05/us_supreme_court_declines_to_hear_nj_weedmans_case.html

It's time courts kept up with NJ Weedman's pot legalization battles | Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/05/nj_weedman_reflects_changing_attitude_toward_pot_e.html

NJ Weedman taunts police outside his restaurant (VIDEO)
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/05/watch_nj_weedman_taunts_police_in_front_of_his_res.html#comments

Joint Boyz TV - NJ Weedman Comes Home After Being Arrested for Cyber Bullying
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU-dCO5hOk4&app=desktop"app=desktop

SativaCross Productions Live Stream 5/12/16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcHngDNG0_c

Global Cannabis March Rehoboth Beach, Delaware May 7, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXjV7dhu4t4&feature=youtu.be"feature=youtu.be

Medical Professionals Voice Their Concerns (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9EFaixOHEc&feature=youtu.be&list=PL-y34Yw-HlzysXvtNnX7M6lDpxPrnibi1

Why Medical Cannabis Patients Call 9-1-1 (Part 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDVAEMpq2Yw

What Conditions Does Cannabis Effectively Treat? (Part 3, Chronic Pain & Sleep Disorders)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7KYRBzVXQ

N.J.'s medical marijuana program, six years later
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/njs_medical_marijuana_program_through_the_years.html

Pennsylvania Allows Parents to Import Cannabis for Treatment
http://freedomleaf.com/pennsylvania-allows-parents-import-cannabis-treatment/

8 Incredible Moms Fighting For Their Kids Lives
http://herb.co/2016/05/29/super-moms/

SativaCross Productions Live Stream
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNqE4eD0-PM

Philly420: Temple PhD brings high standards to testing pot
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Temple_PhD_brings_high_standards_to_testing_pot_.html#xoSPJUE7g3f2L02z.99

War vets with PTSD shouldn't be denied medical marijuana | Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/06/ptsd_sufferers_need_relief_from_medical_marijuana.html

Lesniak: Marijuana in N.J. should be decriminalized, but not legalized - yet | Opinion
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/06/lesniak_marijuana_should_be_decriminalized_in_nj_b.html

Medical pot proposal before N.J. Supreme Court could ease lawyers’ fears
http://www.northjersey.com/news/medical-pot-proposal-before-n-j-supreme-court-could-ease-lawyers-fears-1.1607518

Marijuana on Memorial Day: Vets Help Reform Effort
http://freedomleaf.com/marijuana-on-memorial-day-vets-help-reform-effort/

Ignorance Is No Excuse Tour: Trenton's War on Black Medical Marijuana Patients
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSjWUbPaVb4

Pro-marijuana lawmaker's excellent adventure | The Auditor
http://blog.nj.com/njv_auditor/2016/05/nick_scutaris_excellent_advent.html

Marijuana or martinis: Should government choose for you? | Moran
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/05/marijuana_or_martinis_should_government_choose_for.html#incart_2box_opinion

SativaCross Productions Live Stream 5/28/16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3zZpmQ-KjQ

Philly420: Could NJ become pot tourism destination?
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Philly420_Could_NJ_become_pot_tourism_destination.html#gUmZG1vfJ1mk7XDK.99

N.J. vets desperately need medical marijuana for PTSD, patients say
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/medical_marijuana_would_aid_nj_vets_with_ptsd_pati.html#incart_river_home

Medical Marijuana Use Now Allowed at Hillsborough Schools
http://patch.com/new-jersey/hillsborough/medical-marijuana-use-allowed-hillsborough-schools-0

Smoking Out the Tristate Area: Employer Concerns with Local Medical Marijuana Laws
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=1e8aeccb-8d0e-499c-953a-3f192f9188e3

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