Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CMMNJ April 2014 Meeting Agenda



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

Approve March 2014 minutes. Discuss:

Sen. Nick Scutari introduced marijuana legalization legislation, S1896, on March 24, 2014;
Assembly companion bill, A3094, introduced by Asm. Reed Gusciora and Asw. Linda Stender.

Upcoming Events:
Ramapo College NORML Greenfest, 4/13/14, 10 am to 7 pm, Mahwah, NJ.
NORML NJ meeting at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, 4/14/14 at 7 pm.
Marijuana Legalization Debate: Montclair State College, 4/17/14 at 2:45 pm, Montclair, NJ.
4/20 Rally at the Trenton Statehouse on 4/20 at 4:20 pm (following a march from the Trenton Train Station).
SMOKE DOWN PROHIBITION 4/20/14, Independence Park, Philadelphia, PA. 3 – 4:20 pm.
Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon.

Recent events:
Joys of Hemp Expo, Embassy Suites Piscataway, NJ, April 4 - 6.  CMMNJ has table & talk.
ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, April 5 – 7th, Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
Marijuana Panel Discussion at the NCADD, 3/25/14, New Brunswick, NJ.
“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour distributes the MMP A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.
Town Hall demonstrations let Gov. Christie know we are not done expanding the MMP.
Radio interview with Peter Lamont: Marijuana in the Garden State with Ken Wolski, 3/31/14.
Sanjay Gupta’s documentary, “Weed 2” aired on CNN, 3/11/14, with the NJ/CO Wilson family.
Sentencing of Chris Goldstein & Don DeZarn 3/26/14 in federal court for marijuana possession.  Chris and Don were sentenced to 2 years supervised probation, $3000 fine each, and banned from Independence Hall National Historic Park.

Treasury report: Checking: $3959; PayPal: $3882.

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
March 11, 2014 

Sen. Scutari may introduce marijuana legalization legislation by March 25, 2014.

Asm. Gusciora introduced A2842, a bill that decriminalizes one ounce of marijuana in NJ.

Dr. Gupta’s CNN Special, “Weed 2, Cannabis Madness” airs on CNN at 10 pm tonight, 3/11/14.
NJ’s own Wilson family is featured prominently.

“Ignorance is No Excuse” tour of NJ police departments with Lefty and Chuck document their
attempt to find areas to safely medicate in NJ and distribute the A.G. guidelines to local P.D.’s.

DOH produced two Medicinal Marijuana Program reports due to Appellate Court decision.

Jim Miller to f/u with NJ Hospice & Palliative Care Assn. re: reporter Kim Mulford.

Upcoming Events:
Sentencing of Chris Goldstein & Don DeZarn 3/26/14 in federal court for marijuana possession.
Joys of Hemp Expo, Embassy Suites Piscataway, NJ, April 4 - 6.  CMMNJ has table & talk.
ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, April 5 – 7th, Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
4/20 Rally at the Trenton Statehouse at 4:20 pm (following march from the Train Station).
SMOKE DOWN PROHIBITION 4/20/14: Independence Park, Philadelphia, PA. 3 – 4:20 pm.
Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon.
Marijuana Legalization Debates featuring CMMNJ:
Montclair State College, 4/17/14 at 2:45 pm, Montclair, NJ;
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, 3/25/14, New Brunswick, NJ.
NORML NJ Women’s Alliance at Ramapo College, 3/13/14 at 1 pm.

Recent events: N
NORML NJ mtng. at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, 3/10/14 at 7 pm.
CMMNJ testified at the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee on NJ’s MMP, 2/20/14.
Parents’ Medical Marijuana Press Conference, State House, 2/27/14.
“Going Away Party” for Medical Refugee Diane Fornbacher, Collingswood, NJ 2/22/14.

Treasury report: Checking: $3929; PayPal: $3902.

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:

Radio interview with Peter Lamont: Marijuana in the Garden State with Mr. Ken Wolski
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingthelaw/2014/03/31/episode-43-marijuana-in-the-garden-state-with-mr-ken-wolski

Pot should be legal, NJ prosecutors say
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/nj_prosecutors_in_favor_of_legalizing_marijuana.html

The Eighth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, Portland, Oregon, May 8-10, 2014:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8hdLwFwWgY

Legalization of marijuana mulled by South Jersey lawmakers
http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2014/03/south_jersey_lawmakers_mulling_over_possible_legalization_of_marijuana.html

Five Reasons Chris Christie Is Wrong About Pot Legalization
http://thefederalist.com/2014/03/28/five-reasons-chris-christie-is-wrong-about-pot-legalization/

Dems: NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program Not Working [AUDIO]
http://nj1015.com/dems-njs-medical-marijuana-program-not-working/?trackback=tsmclip

N.J. files progress reports on marijuana dispensaries
http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-06/news/47938457_1_marijuana-dispensaries-health-commissioner-mary-o-dowd-medical-marijuana

Gupta: 'I am doubling down' on medical marijuana
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/health/gupta-medical-marijuana/index.html

NJ medical marijuana program won't consider expanding disease list until 2015
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/nj_medical_marijuana_program_wont_consider_adding_new_illnesses_until_2015.html

Should Medical Marijuana Advertisements Air on Television? [POLL]
 http://nj1015.com/should-medical-marijuana-advertisements-air-on-television-poll/?trackback=tsmclip

Colorado reports $2M in recreational pot taxes in 1st month of sales
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/colorado_reports_2m_in_recreational_pot_taxes_in_1st_month_of_sales.html

Lawmaker behind medical marijuana wants N.J. to permit recreational use
http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-26/news/48563466_1_medical-marijuana-bill-marijuana-sales-scutari

Policy forum panel: 'Decriminalize marijuana'
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20140325/NJNEWS10/303250031/Policy-forum-panel-Decriminalize-marijuana-

Recording for 2014 NCADD Policy Forum
AdobeConnect
http://rutgersdceo.adobeconnect.com/p6x8icjaiuy/

Echo360
http://165.230.149.154:8080/ess/echo/presentation/c10faf1e-2a08-4d62-9950-cbd0a0bbaac2

More states looking at relaxing pot; Christie is opposed. law
http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-28/news/48666402_1_marijuana-laws-legalization-six-cannabis-plants

Join the conversation: Should marijuana be legalized in NJ?
http://www.app.com/viewart/20140324/NJNEWS10/303240039/NJ-marijuana

Will pot become legal in New Jersey?
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20140331/NJNEWS/303310017/Will-pot-become-legal-New-Jersey-?fb_action_ids=10152025637093657&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=artsharetop&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

EDITORIAL: Pot bill one toke over the line
http://www.app.com/article/20140330/NJOPINION01/303300014/Marijuana-legalize-New-Jersey?fb_action_ids=10152024920658657&fb_action_types=og.comments&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Chris Goldstein and Don DeZarn were sentenced to 2 years supervised probation, $3000 fine and a ban from Independence Hall National Historic Park, for a second offense marijuana possession.  Contributions to their legal fund may be made at:
http://www.gofundme.com/sdp420
Read Chris' statement at:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/chris-goldstein/elocution-to-judge-jacob-hart-sentencing-hearing-32614/10151950801562105

Marijuana:  The Facts
https://theuncovery.org/fact/#fact-20

Chris Christie Will Roadblock Proposals to Legalize Pot in New Jersey
https://news.vice.com/articles/chris-christie-will-roadblock-proposals-to-legalize-pot-in-new-jersey

NJ senator introduces marijuana legalization bill that aims to treat pot 'like beer'
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/nj_senator_introduces_marijuana_legalization_bill.html

The inevitability of legalized pot: Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/the_inevitability_of_legalized_pot_editorial.html

Politics Counts: Marijuana Debate Goes Mainstream
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/03/14/politics-counts-marijuana-debate-goes-mainstream/?KEYWORDS=marijuana+survey&mod=wsj_valetbottom_email

WSJ/NBC Poll:  Pot Not as Harmful as Alcohol, Sugar
http://live.wsj.com/video/wsjnbc-poll-forget-alcohol-lets-smoke-pot-2014-03-12/D3E9AE61-D9CA-4107-83C4-FF970C492E29.html#!D3E9AE61-D9CA-4107-83C4-FF970C492E29

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda March 11, 2014



Monthly Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Twp. Library, Rm. #3
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve February 2014 minutes. Discuss:

Sen. Scutari may introduce marijuana legalization legislation by March 25, 2014.

Asm. Gusciora introduces A2842, a bill that decriminalizes one ounce of marijuana in NJ.

NJ DOH produced two Medicinal Marijuana Program reports as a result of Appellate Court decision.

Upcoming Events:
NORML NJ mtng. at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, 3/10/14 at 7 pm.
Sanjay Gupta’s documentary, “Weed 2” airs on CNN, 3/11/14 at 10 pm, with the Wilson family.
Sentencing of Chris Goldstein & Don DeZarn 3/26/14 in federal court for marijuana possession.
Joys of Hemp Expo, Embassy Suites Piscataway, NJ, April 4 - 6.  CMMNJ has table & talk.
ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, April 5 – 7th, Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
4/20 Rally at the Trenton Statehouse at 4:20 pm (following march from the Train Station).
Smoke Down Prohibition 4/20/14: Independence Park, Philadelphia, PA. 3 – 4:20 pm.
Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon.
Marijuana Legalization Debates featuring CMMNJ:
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, 3/25/14 Bloustein School Theater, New Brunswick;
Montclair State College, 4/17/14 at 2:45 pm, Montclair, NJ.

Recent events:
Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee Hearing on NJ’s MMP, 2/20/14.
Parents’ Medical Marijuana Press Conference, State House, 2/27/14.
“Going Away Party” for Medical Refugee Diane Fornbacher, Collingswood, NJ, 2/22/14.

Treasury report: Checking: $3929; PayPal: $3902.

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, 
February 11, 2014

CMMNJ‘s Op Ed endorses legalization of marijuana in NJ to best meet patients’ needs.  State Sen. Scutari to introduce marijuana legalization legislation. CMMNJ wants the bill to include Home Cultivation, specific workplace protection, DUI’s a function of Field Sobriety Tests—with videotape--and not some arbitrary blood or urine limit.

Medical refugees fleeing the state.

Press Conference in support of medical marijuana will be held on Thursday, 2/27/14 at 11 am in the Trenton Statehouse, Assembly Room 109.  CMMNJ urges supporters to attend.

Appellate Court: DOH must produce MMP reports within 45 days (2/27/14). The Court rejected tort claims and complaints re: regulations.

S1220/A765: (allows organ transplants for medical marijuana patients), & A4537: (OK’s OOS ID cards and medical marijuana) must be reintroduced in the new legislative session.

Upcoming Events: NORML NJ mtng. at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, 3/10/14 at 7 pm.
Sentencing of Don DeZarn 3/26/14: guilty in federal court of marijuana possession.
Joys of Hemp Expo, Embassy Suites Piscataway, NJ, 4/4 – 4/6/14. CMMNJ has table & talk.
4/20 Rally at the Trenton Statehouse at 4:20 pm (following march from the Train Station).
ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, April 5 – 7th, Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon.
Celebration of 11th Anniversary of CMMNJ in March 2014?

Recent events: Gov. Cuomo endorses medical marijuana in NY.
British TV meets CMMNJ.
Legislative hearing in Harrisburg, PA on medical marijuana bill, S 1182 on 1/28/14.

Treasury report: Checking: $3694; PayPal: $3707. CMMNJ Hoodies for sale--$25.  CMMNJ renewed Meetup.com at $72/6 months.

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:

More parents creating marijuana usable for ill children
http://articles.philly.com/2014-02-12/news/47238899_1_meghan-wilson-compassionate-care-foundation-marijuana

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora picked as chairman of Regulatory Oversight committee
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/02/gusciora_picked_as_chairman_of_the_regulatory_oversight_committee_in_state_assembly.html

U.S. Issues Marijuana Guidelines for Banks
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/15/us/us-issues-marijuana-guidelines-for-banks.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140214&tntemail0=y

Investors bet on legal marijuana as others warn of 'green rush' burn
http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2014/02/legal_marijuana_pot_arc_view_privateer_green_rush_or_bust.html

Parents move to Colorado for 'miracle' pot for children
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/17/moving-medical-marijuana-epilepsy-children/5255323/

MARIJUANA IN AMERICA: COLORADO POT RUSH
HTTP://WWW.CNBC.COM/ID/101412302

Will NJ Get High on Marijuana Proposal?
http://www.politickernj.com/dscarinci/71525/will-nj-lawmakers-get-high-marijuana-proposal

Medical Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/opinion/medical-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140219&tntemail0=y

Fix NJ's medical marijuana program, patient advocates, dispensary operators say
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/02/fix_njs_medical_marijuana_program_patient_advocates_dispensary_operators_say.html

NJ Assembly committee: Problems with medical marijuana laws - See more at:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/Problems_with_medical_marijuana_laws_smoking_bans_halfway_house_reform_heard_in_NJ_Assembly_committee.html?c=y&page=2#sthash.FZHIorgy.dpuf

NJ medical marijuana program needs fixing
http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/nj-medical-marijuana-program-needs-fixing/html_17ed928c-bd32-539e-8783-d2294c8c2fe4.html

Parents plead for expanding N.J. medical marijuana program
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/65367-parents-plead-for-expanding-nj-medical-marijuana-program?linktype=hp_topstory

Parents rally at Statehouse to clear red tape on medical marijuana for kids
http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20140227/parents-rally-at-statehouse-to-clear-red-tape-on-medical-marijuana-for-kids

NBC 10 News Paula Joana interview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaR8FX1B1nY

Featured letter: Legalization of marijuana could combat harder drugs
http://www.app.com/article/20140220/NJOPINION02/302200005

Medical Marijuana Patients and Advocates Speak Out at New Jersey Oversight Hearing
http://www.ladybud.com/2014/02/20/medical-marijuana-patients-and-advocates-speak-out-at-new-jersey-oversight-hearing/

More Than Zero: Reclassifying Marijuana Could Have A Significant Impact On Drug Policy
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2014/02/07/more-than-zero-reclassifying-marijuana-would-have-a-significant-impact-on-drug-policy/

We Need Proof on Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/opinion/we-need-proof-on-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140212&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Scutari's Bill Drop Imminent and a Gazillion Marijuana Myths
http://www.politickernj.com/jrlassiter/71796/scutaris-bill-drop-imminent-and-gazillion-marijuana-myths

NIH DIRECTOR FRANCIS COLLINS —IGNORANT, DISHONEST, OR BOTH?
http://www.beyondthc.com/nih-director-francis-collins-ignorant-dishonest-or-both/

NBC Visits The Medical Marijuana Patient Lounge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnmOXQLPew4&feature=youtu.be

Family of sick toddler leaves NJ for Colorado's medical marijuana program
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/03/family_of_sick_toddler_leaves_nj_for_colorados_medical_marijuana_program.html

NJ Family Moving To Colorado To Get Liquid Marijuana For Sick Toddler
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/health/nj-family-moving-colorado-get-liquid-marijuana-sick-toddler

Sketchy sushi salesman featured in marijuana ad being peddled to NJ viewers
http://www.app.com/interactive/article/20140303/NJNEWS10/303030073/Medical-marijuana

NJ Now: February 16, 2014, Legalizing Marijuana In NJ
http://www.my9nj.com/story/24752476/nj-now-february-16-2014-legalizing-marijuana-in-nj

"The Plant" a short film about Cannabis Prohibition in Illinois
http://vimeo.com/88037439

State of New Jersey
Medicinal Marijuana Reports
2013 Annual Report [pdf 867k]
2013 Biennial Report [pdf 627k]
http://nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/reports.shtml

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CMMNJ February 2014 Public Meeting Minutes


Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
February 11, 2014

CMMNJ‘s Op Ed endorses legalization of marijuana in NJ to best meet patients’ needs.  State Sen. Scutari to introduce marijuana legalization legislation. CMMNJ wants the bill to include Home Cultivation, specific workplace protection, and making DUI’s a function of Field Sobriety Tests—with videotape--and not some arbitrary blood or urine limit.

Medical refugees fleeing the state--Wilsons, Fornbachers, others.

Press Conference in support of medical marijuana will be held on Thursday, 2/27/14 at 11 am in the Trenton Statehouse, Assembly Room 109.  CMMNJ urges supporters to attend.

Appellate Court: DOH must produce MMP reports within 45 days (2/27/14). The Court rejected tort claims and complaints re: regulations.

S1220/A765: (allows organ transplants for medical marijuana patients), & A4537: (OK’s OOS ID cards and medical marijuana) must be reintroduced in the new legislative session.

Upcoming Events:
-NORML NJ mtng. at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, 3/10/14 at 7 pm.
-Sentencing of Don DeZarn 3/26/14: guilty in federal court of marijuana possession.
-Joys of Hemp Expo, Embassy Suites Piscataway, NJ, 4/4 – 4/6/14. CMMNJ has table & talk.
-4/20 Rally at the Trenton Statehouse at 4:20 pm (following march from the Train Station).
-ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, April 5 – 7th, Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
-Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon.
-Celebration of 11th Anniversary of CMMNJ in March 2014?

Recent events: Gov. Cuomo endorses medical marijuana in NY. British TV meets CMMNJ.
Legislative hearing in Harrisburg, PA on medical marijuana bill, S1182 on 1/28/14.

Treasury report: Checking: $3694; PayPal: $3707. CMMNJ Hoodies for sale--$25.  CMMNJ renewed Meetup.com at $72/6 months.

Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/?fref=ts

Next open, public meeting will be on March 11, 2014 at 7pm at the Mercer County Library, Lawrence Twp., 2751 Brunswick Pike (Business Rt. 1) 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
Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Inc.
www.cmmnj.org
ohamkrw@aol.com
609.394.2137


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

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda February 2014




Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve January 2014 minutes.  Discuss:

CMMNJ‘s Op Ed endorses legalization of marijuana in NJ to best meet patients’ needs.  State Senator Nicholas Scutari says he’ll introduce marijuana legalization legislation.

Appellate Court: DOH must produce MMP reports within 45 days (from 1/13/14). The Court rejected tort claims and complaints re: regulations.

S1220/A765: (medical marijuana equivalent to any other medicine; allows organ transplants) Passed Senate and Assembly; 1/21/2014 Pocket Veto – Bill died when not Acted on by Gov. Christie at end of Legislative Session.  A4537: (OOS ID cards and medical marijuana) Passed Assembly; Gov. Christie’s threatened veto stopped Senate hearing. Bills must be
reintroduced.

Upcoming Events: NORML NJ mtng. at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, 2/10/14 at 7 pm.
Sentencing of Chris Goldstein & Don DeZarn: guilty in federal court of marijuana possession.
Joys of Hemp Expo, Embassy Suites Piscataway, NJ, 4/4 – 4/6.
ASA’s National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, April 5 – 7th, Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon.

Recent events: Gov. Cuomo endorses medical marijuana in NY.
British TV meets CMMNJ.
Legislative hearing in Harrisburg, PA on medical marijuana bill, S 1182, on 1/28/14.

Treasury report: Checking: $3694; PayPal: $3707. Billboard campaign continues--Super Bowl?

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, 
January 14, 2013

CMMNJ Board has endorsed legalization of marijuana in NJ due to dysfunction of MMP. Op Ed, Press Conference and possible March to DOH planned.

Jim Miller confronted Gov. Christie before the State of the State speech, letting him know we were NOT done expanding the Medicinal Marijuana Program, as the governor insists.  (The gov. was characterized as having a “pea brain clouded by fat in his head.”)

NJ’s Medicinal Marijuana Program: Marijuana is selling for about $400 an ounce at the ATC’s.  Quality problems persist from CCF in Egg Harbor.  The Appellate Court said on 1/13/14 that the DOH must produce the MMP reports required by the law. Other issues were rejected.

John Wilson nears the end of 2-years probation (inc. forced attendance at Narcotics Anonymous Mtngs.) following his incarceration, for treating his MS with home-grown marijuana.

Colleen Begley faces 5 years of probation for providing medical marijuana to patients.

Mike Whiter, veteran with PTSD, pled guilty to marijuana possession in federal court; fined.

The federal marijuana possession cases of Chris Goldstein and Don DeZarn are upcoming.

Await governor’s action on S1220: (medical marijuana is the equivalent of any other prescribed medication).  A4537: Gov. Christie threatens veto of A4537 which will permit NJ patients to possess medical marijuana obtained from other jurisdictions and recognize OOS ID cards.  Sabina Rose Joana died on Dec 2, 2013, a 15 month old NJ resident with Dravet Syndrome as her parents could not obtain high CBD medical marijuana for her.

Since CMMNJ's web site has greatly improved with regular updates from Jim Price, we should take every opportunity to promote our web site on all our posts. Great job, Jim.

“Joys of Hemp” Expo April 4-6, Piscataway.  Volunteers needed for CMMNJ booth.

NORMLNJ mtngs. resume 2nd Mon. of each month at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton, 7 pm.

Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon.

Treasury report: Checking: $3789; PayPal: $3707. Billboard campaign continues.

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: N.J. should legalize, tax and regulate marijuana
http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2014/01/opinion_nj_should_legalize_tax.html

New Jersey Senator Announces Legislation to Legalize Cannabis
http://thejointblog.com/new-jersey-senator-announces-legislation-legalize-cannabis/

Poll: More in NJ want pot than online gambling
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/24615710/poll-more-in-nj-want-pot-than-online-gambling?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

The case for legalizing recreational pot in NJ
http://www.msnbc.com/craig-melvin/watch/the-case-for-legal-recreational-pot-133768771740

Legally Medicating With Cannabis Around The SuperBowl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFNXwGgFfV0&feature=share

How New Jersey Treats Patients: A Tragedy, in One Act, and One Scene
http://www.ladybud.com/2014/01/14/how-new-jersey-treats-patients-a-tragedy-in-one-act-and-one-scene/

Pa. nurses group backs medical marijuana
http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-25/news/46567440_1_nurses-group-compassionate-use-medical-marijuana

Local debate over legalizing medical marijuana
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news%2Fspecial_reports&id=9418414

Medical marijuana hearing was historic for Pennsylvania Legislature
http://articles.mcall.com/2014-01-30/news/mc-pc-medical-marijuana-hearing-20140130_1_medical-use-marijuana-seizure

Legalized pot: NJ lawmaker says he will introduce bill
http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2014/01/sen_scutari_wants_pot_legalized_in_nj.html#incart_river_default

Opinion: How America went to pot
http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2014/02/opinion_how_america_went_to_po.html

Retired Police Captain demolishes the War on Drugs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8yYJ_oV6xk&feature=youtu.be

New York set to legalise cannabis for medical use
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-01-08/new-york-set-to-legalise-cannabis-for-medicinal-use/

N.J. health department must produce progress report on medical marijuana program, court says
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/nj_health_department_must_produce_report_on_medical_marijuana_programs_progress_court_says.html

Amick: Medical marijuana pushes Gov. Chris Christie's most sensitive right-wing buttons
http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2014/01/amick_medical_marijuana_pushes.html

Cuomo and Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/opinion/cuomo-and-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140113&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Status Report on N.J. Pot Dispensaries Demanded
http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/01/14/64523.htm

PA Senate Law and Justice Committee schedules medical marijuana hearing
http://www.phillynorml.org/2014/01/16/pa-senate-law-justice-committee-schedules-medical-marijuana-hearing/

Reid Indicates His Support for Medical Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/us/politics/reid-indicates-his-support-for-medical-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140117&tntemail0=y

Legal impairment limit for marijuana not expected any time soon in New Jersey, Pennsylvania
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2014/01/legal_impairment_limit_for_mar.html

Dr. Jeffrey S. Pollack / Medical-marijuana program still suffering in N.J.
http://m.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/commentary/dr-jeffrey-s-pollack-medical-marijuana-program-still-suffering-in/article_1567a81e-730f-563f-8e5d-8df74fb92b85.html?mode=jqm

NJ’S MEDICINAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM FINALLY MOVING FORWARD
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/01/20/nj-s-medicinal-marijuana-program-finally-moving-forward/

Legal Marijuana Businesses Should Have Access to Banks, Holder Says
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/legal-marijuana-businesses-should-have-access-to-banks-holder-says.html?mc=edit_tnt_20140123&tntemail0=y

Grandfather becomes a protester for medical marijuana
http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-25/news/46567405_1_christie-legalization-vivian-wilson

NJ man in jail for marijuana allowed to leave once a month to go smoke
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/Blog/2014/01/27/NJ-man-in-jail-for-marijuana-allowed-to-leave-once-a-month-to-go-smoke/9731390839670/#ixzz2sTiJOuu1

These 5 pro-marijuana billboards will surround the Super Bowl
http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/01/super-bowl-billboards-advocating-marijuana/

NJ Weedman released from jail after judge reconsiders his sentence
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2014/01/nj_weedman_released_from_jail_after_judge_reconsiders_his_sentence.html

Medical Marijuana: A Patient-Driven Initiative
http://nurseinsider.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/news-ss.pdf

Pennsylvania, New Jersey mothers frustrated with medical marijuana options
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2014/02/hope_township_mother_frustrate.html

Now's the time to tax, regulate and legalize marijuana for personal use in New Jersey
http://www.politickernj.com/jrlassiter/71251/nows-time-tax-regulate-and-legalize-marijuana-personal-use-new-jersey

Poll: Four in 10 Support Legalizing Marijuana in NJ [AUDIO] |
http://nj1015.com/poll-four-in-10-support-legalizing-marijuana-in-nj-audio/?trackback=tsmclip

A medical marijuana growth industry? Niagara greenhouse hopes bumper crop is at end of Albany maze
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/niagara-county/a-medical-marijuana-growth-industry-niagara-greenhouse-hopes-bumper-crop-is-at-end-of-albany-maze-20140203

Editorial: Don't let Weedman marijuana possession lessons go up in smoke
http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2014/02/editorial_dont_let_weedman_mar.html

Mixed Signals: The Administration’s Policy on Marijuana
http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/mixed-signals-administrations-policy-marijuana/

Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 14, 2014 Meeting Agenda


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

Approve October 2013 minutes—no meetings in Nov. & Dec. (snow day) 2013.  Discuss:

NJ’s Medicinal Marijuana Program: Dec. 6, 2013 was the first anniversary of legal sales of marijuana in NJ. Jan. 18, 2014 is the 4th anniversary of the Compassionate Use Act becoming law. CCF, the ATC in Egg Harbor Twp. opened Oct. 28, 2013, but there have been concerns about the quality of the marijuana available. The ATC in Woodbridge, NJ, Garden State Dispensary, opened on Dec. 4, 2013, and high quality marijuana has been available there.

There is still no Appellate Court decision on the lawsuit against DOH’s MMP re: tort claims and ultra vires (beyond the law) Regulations.

S1220: NJ Senate vote is scheduled on S1220 on 1/9/14 at 2pm. S1220 passed the Assembly in May, 67 – 2. It says medical marijuana is the equivalent of any other prescribed medication & not an illicit substance that disqualifies a patient from medical care, inc. organ transplants.

A4537: Gov. Christie said he will not sign A4537 which will permit NJ patients to possess medical marijuana obtained from other jurisdictions and recognize out-of-state ID cards.  A4537 passed the Assembly (50-23-7) on 12/19/13, but the identical Senate bill, S3108 is not scheduled for committee hearing yet.

Sabina Rose Joana died on Dec 2, 2013, a 15 month old NJ resident with Dravet Syndrome as her parents could not obtain high CBD medical marijuana for her.

Upcoming Events: Chris Goldstein & Don DeZarn’s federal marijuana possession cases are scheduled for 1/23/14 at 10:30 am at 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA.
NORML NJ mtngs. will resume monthly at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton 1/13/14 at 7 pm.
Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon

Recent events: “The Future of Marijuana” A panel discussion 11/7/13, Rutgers/Livingston.
Smoke Down Prohibition XII, Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, 12/21/13, 3:30 to 4:30 pm.

Treasury report: Checking: $3789; PayPal: $3707. Billboard campaign continues.

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, 
October 8, 2013; 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

There will be no November 2013 meeting due to a scheduling conflict with the library.
The next CMMNJ meeting is December 10, 2013, 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library.
The Oct 8 meeting covered all the agenda items listed. I advocated for CMMNJ to have an ambitious 5 year plan to gather evidence and support so we are ready to move forward to establish an actual Medical Marijuana Program in the next gubernatorial administration.

We had a discussion on improving CMMNJ's web site.

Short discussion of the Oct 24th U.S. Court hearing stemming from Smoke Down Prohibition IX, the Philadelphia event at which former CMMNJ Board member Chris Goldstein was cited. Goldstein faces six months in prison and a $1000 fine for possession of a single joint.

Greenleaf ATC reopened with limited access.  Egg Harbor ATC was scheduled to open in September, but never did. (It opened Oct. 28, 2013.) Woodbridge ATC (CCCofA) given grow permit by DOH.  It was reported that Breakwater ATC has no location at the present time.

The group discussed changing current law to allow edibles for adults, eliminate the Dr. registry, and film hospice patients to dramatize their cause and get another Dr. (whom a board member knows) to support med MJ.

Voter Registration Drive: “Chris Christie Plays Politics with the Law. Sick patients suffer. Sometimes worse.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZSPusqlxDs 

New matter: There were concerns raised over the costs to produce this video.  An idea was vetted to produce a video of patients with several people volunteering to help on the project.

Oral arguments in the lawsuit against DOH were heard in Appellate Court, Mt. Holly, 9/18/13.  NORML NJ lawyers asked the court: to continue the tort claims against the DOH; to force the DOH to do what the law requires; to declare certain regulations ultra vires (beyond the law);  and, to appoint CMMNJ a monitor for the MMP.  The 3-judge panel may decide as early
as Nov.

NJ.COM/Inside Jersey: Medical marijuana—one of the greatest medical stories of the past 5 yrs.

Recent Events: Ewing Community Fest:  Sat., $85 collected.
Lawrence Community Day, 10/6/13, $91 collected.
"Medical Marijuana: Legislation + Education = Blueprint for Change" New Jersey State Nurses Association Convention, Atlantic City, 10/9. (Well received by the nurses.)
Boston Freedom Rally, 9/14 & 15, Boston Commons, $149 collected.
Martin Lee, discussion and book signing of “Smoke Signals” at Hamilton Barnes & Noble 9/30/13; Dinner and discussion of “Project CBD” at Bonnie Waltz’s home 9/29/13.

Discussion about another Med MJ patient on trial hoping to use the med necessity defense: Amy Doherty, Medford Court, 11/6/13, 4pm, medical marijuana possession case.

Treasury report: Checking: $4297; PayPal: $3537. Billboard campaign continues.

More info:

Ed Hannaman, Esq. 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:

CMMNJ Year End Report 2013
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/12/year-end-report-2013.html

New Jersey: Aggressive Law Enforcement, Dysfunctional Politics & Lack of Medical Cannabis
“Garden State”
http://www.ladybud.com/2014/01/07/a-crime-victim-in-new-jersey/

Medical Marijuana Advocates Voice Displeasure [AUDIO]
http://nj1015.com/medical-marijuana-advocates-voice-displeasure-audio/

NJ marijuana activist migrating to Colorado
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/burlington/NJ-marijuana-activist-migrating-to-Colorado-.html

Fighting for Vivian's Medicine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2k2ci3gNtI

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity 'Will Not Happen' in NJ: Christie
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Medical-Marijuana-Reciprocity-Will-Not-Happen-in-NJ-Christie--234390051.html

Woodbridge Medical Marijuana Dispensary Open
http://woodbridge.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/woodbridge-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens

Eager patients cheer opening of N.J.'s third medical marijuana dispensary in Woodbridge
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/njs_medical_marijuana_dispensary_opened_today_in_woodbridge_to_eager_patients.html

NJ Weedman Ed Forchion Discusses Full Faith and Credit Clause [AUDIO]
http://nj1015.com/nj-weedman-ed-forchion-discusses-full-faith-and-credit-clause-audio/

Marijuana expansion / Christie is right
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/editorials/marijuana-expansion-christie-is-right/article_b9caca5c-3da3-556b-887c-ead043b65599.html#facebook-comments

Access to medical marijuana still a debacle in New Jersey
http://www.trentonian.com/health/20131206/access-to-medical-marijuana-still-a-debacle-in-new-jersey

N.J.'s stunted medical pot program: Editorial
http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/12/njs_stunted_medical_pot_progra.html

Some patients still blocked from N.J. medical marijuana program
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/health-science/item/62707-some-patients-still-blocked-from-nj-medical-marijuana-program?Itemid=248

N.J. Assembly committee votes to expand medical marijuana program again
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/nj_assembly_committee_votes_to_expand_medical_marijuana_program_again.html

3 questions for 'Doctor Marijuana NJ'
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/3_questions_for_doctor_marijuana_nj.html

Too little, too late on medical marijuana: Editorial
http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/12/too_little_too_late_on_medical.html

Doomed legislation to loosen N.J.'s medical marijuana law advances
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/doomed_legislation_to_loosen_njs_medical_marijuana_law_advances.html

Poll: What was the top N.J. politics story of 2013?
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/poll_what_was_the_top_nj_politics_story_of_2013.html

Family at heart of medical pot issue to leave N.J.
http://articles.philly.com/2013-12-28/news/45629516_1_vivian-wilson-dispensary-christmas-cookies

Poll results: Your pick for the top N.J. politics story of 2013 is ...
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/poll_resultsyour_pick_for_the_top_nj_politics_story_of_2013_is.html

Sabina Rose, 2012-2013
http://www.ladybud.com/2013/12/03/sabina-rose-2012-2013/


Extra:

Families See Colorado as New Frontier on Medical Marijuana
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/us/families-see-colorado-as-new-frontier-on-medical-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20131205&tntemail0=y

FDA-approved medical marijuana clinical trial gets underway next month for kids with epilepsy
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/fda-approved_medical_marijuana_clinical_trial_gets_underway_next_month_for_kids_with_epilepsy.html

Up Early and in Line for a Marijuana Milestone in Colorado
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/us/colorado-stores-throw-open-their-doors-to-pot-buyers.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140101&tntemail0=y

2014 Dawns on Legalized Pot in Colorado
http://nj1015.com/2014-dawns-on-legalized-pot-in-colorado/

Poll: Should N.J. follow in Colorado's footsteps and legalize pot?
http://www.nj.com/hudson/voices/index.ssf/2014/01/daily_poll_should_nj_follow_in.html

Stigma Shadows NJ Medical Marijuana Patients
http://theleafonline.com/c/Activism/2014/01/stigma-shadows-n-j-medical-marijuana-patients/1

Governor Christie Puts N.J. Medical Marijuana on Life Support
http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/commentary/governor-christie-puts-nj-medical-marijuana-on-life-support

Carl Sagan Also Smoked Pot Decades Ago. Here's What He Had To Say About It.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/03/carl-sagan-smoked-pot_n_4538374.html

David Brooks Fails to Defend Prohibition
http://ssdp.org/news/blog/david-brooks-fails-to-defend-prohibition/

The Case For And Against Legalizing Marijuana
http://www.theonion.com/articles/the-case-for-and-against-legalizing-marijuana,34791/

5 Amazing Changes to Pot Law in 2013
http://www.hightimes.com/read/5-amazing-changes-pot-law-2013

The Media Should Stop Pretending Marijuana's Risks Are a Mystery -- The Science Is Clear
http://www.alternet.org/drugs/marijuana-one-most-scrupulously-researched-drugs-known-humanity-media-likes-pretend-pots?fb_action_ids=10151845063533657&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

NY Lawmaker Steve Katz, Who Voted Against Medical Marijuana, Invests In Pot
http://www.smellthetruth.org/politics/ny-lawmaker-steve-katz-who-voted-against-medical-marijuana-invests-pot

Patients, docs tout medical marijuana
http://www.theislandnow.com/news/article_d7a7f628-6e4f-11e3-a749-0019bb2963f4.html#.Ur59rm4fsV4.twitter

Severely Ill, Card-Carrying Medical Marijuana Patients Arrested—For Pot Possession
http://www.alternet.org/drugs/arresting-card-carrying-medical-marijuana-patients-pot-possession

Reefer Madness? Real Science Says Otherwise
http://www.hightimes.com/read/reefer-madness-real-science-says-otherwise

Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/11/us-uruguay-marijuana-vote-idUSBRE9BA01520131211

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Year End Report 2013



The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization, incorporated in the State of New Jersey.

The mission of CMMNJ is to educate the public and lawmakers about the medical benefits of marijuana. The goal of CMMNJ is to have safe and legal access to medical marijuana for qualified New Jersey patients.

In 2013, CMMNJ held nine monthly public meetings at the Lawrence Township Library in Mercer County. (The February and November meetings were canceled by the library due to schedule conflicts, and the December meeting was canceled due to snow.)  At the meetings, Board members and volunteers planned a number of events and educational programs.  CMMNJ sent the agenda and minutes of these meetings via e-mail to over 3000 supporters each month.

CMMNJ’s open public meetings for 2014 will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. (Mercer County) Library on Darrah Lane at Business Rt 1. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend.

Highlights of 2013:

Coming in at #5 in nj.com's Top 10 NJ medical stories of the past ten years: “MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL APPROVED”
“For the state of New Jersey to recognize the medical effectiveness of this medicine is significant,” says Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana in New Jersey.
However, Wolski says the effect of the state’s medical marijuana law is limited because of the stringent regulations.
http://www.nj.com/inside-jersey/index.ssf/2013/09/top_10_new_jersey_medical_stories_of_the_past_five_years.html

NJ’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP): By the end of 2013 it is nearly four full years since the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law on January 18, 2010, and only about 400 patients have received medical marijuana in the state.

12/6/13 was the first anniversary of what the Associated Press called “Legalization Day,” the day Washington State’s marijuana legalization law went into effect.  Coincidentally, 12/6/13 was also the anniversary of the start of New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program, one year after 20 patients legally purchased marijuana from a dispensary in Montclair, New Jersey.

Throughout most of 2013, only one dispensary, Greenleaf Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) in Montclair was selling marijuana, by appointment, to registered New Jersey patients.  Greenleaf restricted its sales to North Jersey residents and sold marijuana for $480 - $560/ounce.  The State of New Jersey required Greenleaf to add 7% sales tax to the price of the marijuana, the only medication in the state that is taxed.  Greenleaf has had a limited supply of marijuana—patients cannot get the 2 ounces a month they are entitled to, and had to settle for lesser amounts.  Lozenges and transdermal patches were supposed to be available to patients but never were.  Greenleaf closed for several months during the year and then was open for only a few hours a week, serving about 130 patients. Patients reported 2 to 7 months wait for an appointment after receiving an ID card from the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH).  The waiting list of patients who had ID cards was close to 1000 for most of the year.  For an example of the impact this had on individual patients, see: http://www.ahherald.com/opinion-mainmenu-30/op-ed/15427-medical-marijuana-program-takes-does-not-give

The DOH issued a permit on 6/6/13 for Compassionate Care Foundation (CCF) of Egg Harbor Twp. to begin growing medical marijuana.  CCF opened 10/28/13, but there have been concerns about the quality of the marijuana available from CCF.  CCF dedicated its dispensary to Diane Riportella, a tireless Egg Harbor Township woman who fought for medical marijuana for five years, testifying before lawmakers from a wheelchair despite the ravages of Lou Gherig’s Disease (ALS). Diane died in 2012, a few months before the first dispensary opened.

The ATC in Woodbridge, NJ, Garden State Dispensary (GSD) was issued a grow permit in October and had its official opening on 12/4/13.  High quality marijuana has reportedly been available to patients from GSD.

Overall, CMMNJ sees the MMP as a failure—failing the vast majority of patients in the state who could benefit from it.  Tens of thousands of qualified patients die every year without getting legal access to marijuana. 25,000 hospice patients die every six months in NJ. They are all entitled to safe and legal access to medical marijuana and none of them get it.

Marijuana can help dying patients in many ways: it eases pain without over-sedation, it improves appetite, and it raises spirits. It's unconscionable to let these people die without it because of bureaucratic foot-dragging or overly-cautious government restrictions.

As reported in the 2012 CMMNJ Annual Report:
“We’re happy some people are getting the medicine they’re entitled to,” said Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, in a published report on phillyburbs.com. “But I don’t think getting medical marijuana out to 300 patients after three years is a success story. I think it’s evidence that there are major problems with the program.”

CMMNJ Board members made strong statements about the current state of the program throughout the year.  In March, Vanessa Waltz was quoted in NJ Spotlight:
“Governor Christie, this is a crisis,” said Princeton resident Vanessa Waltz, who has used marijuana to ease pain related to cancer. “You can call me and the other patients across our state seeking relief criminals, but denying patients safe, legal and timely access to
medical marijuana as allowed by New Jersey state law, now that’s the real crime.”
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/03/21/medical-marijuana-supporters-see-hurdles-mount-for-patients/

CMMNJ Executive Director said in an April story for PhillyBurbs.com:
“It’s pitiful,” Wolski said. “People who need medical marijuana come to me in tears. They’re crying about themselves or a loved one suffering because the dispensaries the law says should be open by now aren’t.”
Medical marijuana has won the hearts of New Jerseyans. An Eagleton Poll in October 2011 showed 86 percent of residents support medical marijuana.
“With numbers that high, you wonder why any elected official would hesitate to wholeheartedly embrace this program,” Wolski said. “Many people believe Christie is personally obstructing the law with these delays in the program,” Wolski said. “He runs the Department of Health, no question about that. He’s the most powerful governor in the country in terms of his autocratic ability to run things, yet we still don’t have a full implementation of a program that is mandated by law?”
http://www.phillyburbs.com/blogs/news_columnists/phil_gianficaro/more-empty-promises-on-medical-marijuana-in-nj/article_c74a4405-d3b8-5058-9693-46cfdeaed27b.html

Press Conferences: CMMNJ held a Press Conference on 3/21/13 at noon in the State House Annex regarding the problems associated with NJ’s Medicinal Marijuana Program.  The Press Conference was very successful and resulted in media coverage throughout the state.
 
"NJ's medical marijuana program is not where it should be three years into its implementation," said Patient/Activist Jay Lassiter who uses medical cannabis to treat symptoms associated with HIV treatment.  "It's over-regulated, over-taxed and inaccessible, especially for terminally ill patients who live in the Southern 2/3 of the state.  It's hard to imagine the State Government running any program so incompetently. New Jersey's
Medical Marijuana represents Big Government at its worst."

The DOH replied to advocates’ concerns by saying the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget proposal for the MMP nearly doubles funding for the program with an increase of $823,000 for a total of $1.6 million.  CMMNJ was not convinced that a budget increase would help the MMP.  The regulations need to be changed to fix the problems of low quality, high price and limited access to medical marijuana.

The CMMNJ/Cheryl Miller Medical Marijuana Memorial was observed on 6/7/13, in the Trenton Statehouse.  There was a well-attended Press Conference at noon, but the planned march to the Department of Health through the streets of Trenton was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Children’s Campaign: A group of NJ parents whose children have a severe form of epilepsy that responds to no medication—or even brain surgery—started a campaign in 2013 for easier access to a type of marijuana that shows great promise in controlling seizures.

The marijuana these parents seek is high in CBD, one of over 60 cannabinoids in marijuana, and low in THC, the cannabinoid responsible for euphoria.  The parents faced an uphill battle.  While the NJ Compassionate Use Act allows minors to use medical marijuana, the regulations imposed by the Christie administration required a psychiatrist and a pediatrician to sign off on the minor’s use of marijuana, in addition to the specialist, e.g., neurologist, who would actually recommend the marijuana.  The regulations also limited the type of marijuana that could be grown in NJ to only three strains, of the hundreds of strains available.  High CBD/low THC marijuana was not one of those strains.  Moreover, the marijuana available in NJ was only in the form of dried flowers with lozenges or transdermal patches also allowed, but not available.
These parents contacted their elected officials and the media and social media and coordinated their activities with medical marijuana advocates.  Activities included petitions, demonstrations and letters-to-the-editors.

The campaign quickly went viral.

National news media, including television and radio picked up the compelling story, with photos of adorable children and passionate and articulate parents, one a registered nurse, fighting desperately for appropriate medicine for their children.  Some of the parents attended the CMMNJ press conference in the Statehouse on June 7: http://vimeo.com/69631430

State Senator Nicholas Scutari introduced S2842 on 5/30/13 in response to the situation.

S2842, and A4241, the identical Assembly bill introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Stender, would simplify access to medical marijuana for NJ minors who have qualifying conditions, eliminate the three strain limit, and allow for edible products to be sold at ATCs.  S2842 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing by a vote of 8-3 on 6/6/13. The Assembly Budget Committee approved the bill, 9-1 on 6/20/13 along with a vote in the entire senate 25 - 13.  The entire Assembly approved the bill on 6/24/13 by a vote of 55-13-9. The bill then went to the desk of the governor.

On 8/1/13, the parents staged their own Statehouse Press Conference, delivering over 2000 letters to Gov. Christie in an effort to publicly urge him to sign the legislation.  The campaign was given a boost by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent, who very publicly endorsed medical marijuana and even referenced how crucial it can be for childhood epilepsy in his nationally televised documentary, “Weed,” which aired 8/11/13.

One of the parents, Brian Wilson, publicly confronted the governor on 8/14/13 and pleaded with him not to let his daughter die.  S2842 was conditionally vetoed on 8/16/13 by Gov. Christie, who insisted a pediatrician and psychiatrist were necessary to approve medical marijuana for minors.  However the governor agreed to eliminate the 3-strain limit, and allowed edibles, but for minors only.  The legislature approved the changes and the bill was signed into law by Gov. Christie on 9/10/13.

Thus we see that it took a compelling children's campaign that went national, followed by several acts of the state legislature for Gov. Christie to agree to any changes to his overly restrictive MMP rules. CMMNJ feels that there is little hope for the meaningful implementation of this program during the Christie administration.

As 2013 drew to a close, it became clear that despite the legislative success of the children’s campaign, the type of medicine the parents needed in a form that the children could tolerate would not be available anytime soon from the ATCs in NJ.  Assemblywoman Linda Stender sponsored A4537, a bill that would allow qualifying NJ patients to possess and use medical marijuana legally obtained from another jurisdiction and extend State medical marijuana laws to qualifying out-of-State patients.  Gov. Christie said he will not sign such legislation. Governor Christie said, "See this is what happens. Every time you sign one expansion, then the advocates will come back and ask for another one.  Here's what the advocates want: They want legalization of marijuana in New Jersey. It will not happen on my watch, ever. I am done expanding the medical marijuana program under any circumstances. So we're done."

CMMNJ was quick to respond to the governor: "It's very unfortunate the governor is continuing to obstruct this program. The medical marijuana program in New Jersey is a failure and a disgrace right now. It's been four years since this bill passed into law," Wolski said. "The department of health has only managed to get marijuana out to a couple of hundred patients in the entire state."  While 50 percent of voters do favor legalization, said Wolski, the goal of Stender's bill is simply a medical marijuana program that works.

Sabina Rose Joana died on Dec 2, 2013. She was a 15 month old NJ resident with a form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. Her parents were desperately trying to obtain high CBD medical marijuana for her that is available in Colorado and other medical marijuana states, but not in NJ. This tragic death could have been prevented by what's in Asw. Stender's bill. http://www.ladybud.com/2013/12/03/sabina-rose-2012-2013/

One of the parents in the children’s campaign, Brian Wilson, made plans at the end of 2013 to move his family from their Scotch Plains home to Colorado, in order to have safe and legal access to the medicine that his child needs, in a form that his child can tolerate.

Lawsuit against DOH for causing harm to patients: On April 4, 2012 two prominent New Jersey lawyers, Anne Davis and William Buckman, filed a lawsuit on behalf of patient-plaintiffs who qualified for medical marijuana in the state but who have been unable to obtain it, and who suffered harm as a result.  One plaintiff had no alternative but to treat his symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by his physician. These prescription drugs caused severe physical injury to his body.  The other plaintiff was a hospice patient who died before she was able to obtain the many benefits of medical marijuana, to which she was entitled by law.

The lawsuit asks the court to award damages to these plaintiffs and to remove many of the restrictions in the MMP, in order to provide patients greater ease of access.

The first hearing on this lawsuit was on 1/24/13.  The judge ordered the lawsuit to be referred from Superior Court Law Division to the Superior Court Appellate Division, since the defendant was a state agency, the Department of Health (DOH). Oral arguments in the lawsuit against DOH were heard in Appellate Court in Mt. Holly on 9/18/13. The lawyers asked the court: to continue the tort claims against the DOH; to force the DOH to do what the law requires; to declare certain regulations ultra vires (beyond the law);  and, to appoint CMMNJ a monitor for the MMP.  The 3-judge panel has yet to render its decision on this lawsuit by the end of 2013.

Medical marijuana patients in NJ courts:  Ed (NJ Weedman) Forchion: In January 2013 a Superior Court Judge in Burlington County sentenced Forchion to fines and probation for possessing a pound of marijuana.  This is a ground-breaking case. It is the first time a defendant has argued a medical defense of marijuana before a NJ jury. It was a successful outcome--acquittal on the distribution charge, for which Forchion faced 10 years in a NJ prison, and conviction, but only probation, on the possession charge.

A previous attempt to use a medical defense before a NJ jury for a marijuana offense was in MS patient John Wilson’s case in Somerset County. The medical defense was disallowed by the judge who sentenced Wilson to five years in prison on 3/19/10.

Unfortunately for Mr. Forchion, there was a technical violation of his probation for which he was sentenced to intermittent incarceration.  Gov. Christie has ignored his petition for a pardon.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20130117__NJ_Weedman__sentenced_to_probation__fines__in_medical-marijuana_test_case.html
 
Other high profile medical marijuana patients who have been dragged through the criminal justice system in New Jersey in 2013 for using medical marijuana include Joe D’Souza in Bayonne Municipal Court, Amy Doherty in Medford Court, and Mike Miceli of Jackson, NJ.  Cancer survivor and NJ MMP ID card holder Joseph D’Souza’s arrest and trial is documented at the CMMNJ bog at: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/04/joseph-dsouzas-trial.html?showComment=1366326205007

Marijuana Decriminalization: A bill to decriminalize 15 grams of marijuana, A1465, passed the entire NJ Assembly 6/25/12.  In the Senate, Senator Nicholas Scutari introduced S1977, a bill to decriminalize 50 grams of marijuana.  S1977 was never scheduled for a committee hearing in all of 2013.  Governor Christie vowed to veto marijuana decriminalization legislation when it gets to his desk.  Christie has said, "The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure.” Christie recommended a year of mandatory treatment for first-time, nonviolent drug offenders instead of jail time.  The mandatory treatment would presumably include medical marijuana users who have not been able to gain access to the state’s MMP.

The CMMNJ Board supports marijuana decriminalization in New Jersey for the following reasons:
• Almost four years have passed since the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law, yet only a handful of qualifying patients have received legal medical marijuana;
• Patients continue to be arrested and imprisoned in this state for using medical marijuana illegally to treat their medical conditions; and,
• Countless patients who could benefit from medical marijuana are currently disqualified from participating in New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program and will continue to be disqualified for the foreseeable future.

CMMNJ Board member and medical marijuana patient Jay Lassiter said while publicly exhaling
marijuana smoke on MyFoxPhilly.com, "The end of prohibition is coming," Lassiter said. "The beginning of the end is near. It has arrived. It is – it's coming out of my lungs."

Progress: The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) endorsed medical marijuana in 2013.  “PSNA supports protection from prosecution for patients who currently use medicinal marijuana or for providers suggesting medicinal marijuana for relief of intractable conditions or symptoms.”

Illinois became the 20th medical marijuana state in 2013.

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta endorsed medical marijuana.

Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-Middlesex) has proposed a bill in February (A765) that forbids rejecting a patient for any medical procedure because they use medical marijuana — specifically organ transplants.

Smoke Down Prohibition, the monthly demonstrations at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia have been high-profile events for marijuana reform.  Former CMMNJ Board member Chris Goldstein was cited for marijuana smoking along with others in acts of civil disobedience.  Goldstein faces six months in prison and a $1000 fine for possession of a single joint when he goes to trial in federal court (601 Market St., Philadelphia) on 1/23/14 at 10:30 am.

CMMNJ Calls for Congressional Hearings on Medical Marijuana: There should be Congressional Hearings on Medical Marijuana, specifically on why the Department of Justice (DOJ) thinks it can interfere with a state’s legitimate medical marijuana program.

Marijuana is considered to be medicine in 20 states and the District of Columbia. It is an abridgement of the constitutional separation of powers for the DOJ to interfere with these programs.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already acknowledged (in the Garden Grove decision) that states have the right to determine the proper practice of medicine within each state. In the Garden Grove case the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s decision that said: "Congress enacted the Controlled Substances Act to combat recreational drug abuse and curb drug trafficking. Its goal was not to regulate the practice of medicine, a task that falls within the traditional powers of the states.”

The DOJ can no more consider state-licensed marijuana dispensaries to be “illegal drug dealers” than it can consider state-licensed pharmacies to be illegal drug dealers. These actions by the DOJ are an unconstitutional infringement on the traditional rights and powers of a state to define health care practices within that state, and these actions by the DOJ must stop.

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

Jim Price has been volunteering his time updating the http://cmmnj.org web site.

Courageous patients like Rowyn Capers (AKA Susan Sturner) have been granting media interviews to put a human face on the issue of medical marijuana, and to explain how marijuana helps them better than anything else.  See: http://cj.sunne.ws/files/2013/01/Lawrence_0116.pdf

“Lefty” Grimes has been producing high quality videos of medical marijuana patients and families in New Jersey and posting these videos on YouTube and social media sites.

Terry Stern has been writing persuasive letters-to-the-editors of state newspapers and encouraging others to do the same.

Also, CMMNJ is grateful for the many discussions, ably moderated by seven administrators, on Facebook’s Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

CMMNJ members attended the following public events in 2013:
-CMMNJ’s 10th anniversary party/pot luck dinner was held at Peter Rosenfeld’s house on 3/9/13.
-A National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference, “Harnessing Our Power for Victory,” sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), 2/22 -25/13, Washington, D.C.
-NORML Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, 3/16/13, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
-"Medical Marijuana Update: New Jersey's program, the law and the science," NJ Chapter of the Nat’l. Case Management Society, Woodbridge Hilton, 4/17/13, (2 CEU’s for nurses awarded).
-SSDP demonstration on 4/20/13 at Rowan U.
-“The Science of Marijuana,” 4/4/13 with Dr. Jahan Marcu, Ramapo College Greenfest 4/20/13.
-Global Cannabis Marches 1st Sat. in May, New York and Philadelphia.
-NORML NJ meetings on the second Monday of each month at the Ale House, New Brunswick.
-Radio interview on WFAN with Bob Salter 4/7/13.
https://rcpt.yousendit.com/2049522346/867605d3a72d88204280ca342e8483ee?cid=tx-02002208350200000000&s=19105
-Gay Pride Parade, Asbury Park, 6/2/13.
-CMMNJ fundraiser on 6/12/13 8am to 9pm at the Pop Shop, Collingswood, NJ.
-MS Beef ‘n Beer, Philadelphia, 3/23/13; CMMNJ was denied access to this event at the gate! For more, see: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/03/ms-society-refuses-medical-marijuana.html
-CMMNJ/Cheryl Miller Medical Marijuana Memorial, 6/7/13, in the Statehouse, Trenton, NJ.
-Grandma Lobbies for Medical Marijuana: Silver Tour Lobby Day: First Ever Senior Citizen Marijuana Rally In Nation's Capitol, 6/17/13, Washington, D.C.
-"Kickin' Up Dust Summer 2013" Slightly Stoopid Tour, Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, 8/9/13.
-Lenny Frieling, LEAP speaker, in Millburn, NJ on 7/23/13.
-NORML NJ/Don DeZarn Legalize Marijuana Tour, Statehouse, Trenton, NJ, 9/8/13.
-Ewing Community Fest:  Sat., 10/5/13, 10 am to 5 pm at TCNJ.
-Boston Freedom Rally, 9/14 & 9/15/13, Boston Commons, Boston, Massachusetts.
-Martin Lee book signing of “Smoke Signals” at Hamilton Barnes & Noble 9/30/13.
-Benefit dinner with Martin Lee, Bonnie Waltz’s Princeton home, 9/29/13.
-Lawrence Community Day, 10/6/13, Lawrence Twp., NJ.
-"Medical Marijuana: Legislation + Education = Blueprint for Change" New Jersey State Nurses Association Convention, 10/9/13, Bally’s, Atlantic City. CEUs for nurses.
-Frank Fulbrook Memorial, 9/6/13, Sacred Heart Church, Ferry Ave., Camden.
-Ed (NJ Weedman) Forchion, Evesham Court, 9/12/13 (Brownie Day).
-Amy Doherty, Medford Court, medical marijuana possession case.
-Homegrown Radio (WRNJ) 20-minute Interview with Ken Wolski, 8/22/13.
http://www.mixcloud.com/djezywind/homegrownradionj-signpost-to-new-space-8-22-13-ken-wolski-rn-ed-cmmnj/
-Radio interview: DoseNation 26: Ken Wolski, http://www.dosenation.com/listing.php?smlid=8771
-Monthly Smoke Down Prohibition Demonstrations & Civil Disobedience, Liberty Bell, Philadelphia

2013 CMMNJ Publications:
CMMNJ Monthly Agendas and Minutes also contain links to published reports by and about CMMNJ Board members and friends.  For the 2013 CMMNJ Agendas and Minutes, see:
Dec. 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/12/cmmnj-december-2013-meeting-agenda.html
Nov. 2013:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/11/cmmnj-october-2013-meeting-minutes.html
Oct. 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/10/cmmnj-october-8-2013-meeting-agenda.html
Sept. 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/09/cmmnj-meeting-agenda-for-september-10.html
Aug. 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/08/cmmnjs-august-2013-public-meeting-agenda.html
July 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/06/cmmnj-july-9-2013-public-meeting-agenda.html
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/07/cmmnj-july-2013-meeting-minutes.html
June 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/06/cmmnj-june-2013-public-meeting-agenda.html
May 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/05/cmmnj-public-meeting-agenda-for-may-14.html
April 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/04/cmmnj-april-9-2013-meeting-agenda-march.html
March 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/03/cmmnj-public-meeting-agenda-for-march.html
Feb. 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/02/cmmnj-january-8-2013-meeting-minutes.html
Jan. 2013: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2013/01/cmmnj-january-8-2013-meeting-agenda.html

The April 2013 issue of "New Jersey Nurse" contains the following article: "New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program Update"
(New Jersey Nurse & Institute for Nursing Newsletter Page 13):
http://nursingald.com/uploads/publication/pdf/506/NJ4_13.pdf

CMMNJ’s Voter Registration Drive produced the following video: “Chris Christie Plays Politics with the Law. Sick patients suffer. Sometimes worse.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZSPusqlxDs

CMMNJ Board Update: CMMNJ Board of Directors meetings were held on 2/12/13 and 5/2/13. At the close of 2013, the CMMNJ Board consists of the following 10 members: Kenneth R. Wolski, Executive Director, James Miller, Senior Director, Edward R. Hannaman, Esq., Secretary, and
Board members James Bissell, Diane Fornbacher, Nick Mellis, Peter Rosenfeld, Vanessa Waltz, Larry Vargo, and Jay Lassiter.
The Honorary CMMNJ Board Member is Allan Marain.  (Sadly, Honorary Board Member Frank Fulbrook died in 2013.)

The CMMNJ Board presented Ken Wolski with a beautiful plaque for his decade of medical marijuana work at CMMNJ’s 10th anniversary party/pot luck dinner at Peter Rosenfeld’s house on 3/9/13.

Treasury Report:  A detailed treasury report was forwarded to CMMNJ Board members.  In summary, CMMNJ has a checking account and a PayPal account.  In 2013, CMMNJ had expenditures of $4,342 and income of $4971.  CMMNJ finished the year with a checking account balance of $4,029, and a PayPal account balance of $3,707.   CMMNJ received $562 as part of a Facebook Billboard campaign, generously started by Justin Alpert, Esq.  This campaign will continue into 2014.

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

CMMNJ’s 2014 recommendations are to support the efforts to:
-Stop all federal harassment of medical marijuana patients and treatment centers.
-Begin national clinical studies of marijuana for MS and PTSD.
-Reschedule marijuana to a more appropriate schedule.
-Implement the New Jersey Compassionate Use Act in a way that brings timely access of high quality and affordable marijuana to qualified patients in a safe and secure manner.

Schedule of CMMNJ 2014 meetings:
CMMNJ’s free, public meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. (Mercer County) Library, Room #3, except for November.  The Lawrence Library is not available in November 2014.  All are welcome at these meetings and snacks are served. Meeting at the library does not imply the county’s endorsement of our issue.

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

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

December 29, 2013

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