Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for May 9, 2017


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #1 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve April 2017 minutes. Discuss:

NJ DOH Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) Review Panel: Public Hearing 2/22/17 re: 45 Petitions to add conditions to the MMP. Panel will make initial recommendations, followed by a 60 day comment period, followed by final rec’s.  DOH Commissioner has 180 days to decide. There is a meeting May 11th of the Advisory Board.

Legalization is the best way to get the right medicine to the most people. NJ legalization bill expected soon. Gov. Christie hammers backers of legalizing marijuana, calls it 'beyond stupidity'

Medical marijuana patient Kerry O’Connor banned from Borgata for life for using her medicine.

Statehouse Podcasts resume at the Annex, 11 am – 2pm most Thursdays

Upcoming Events:
Medical Cannabis—A Clinical Focus, Baltimore, MD, June 2 & 3, 2017.
Global Cannabis March - Rehoboth Beach, DE, 5/6/17, Surfside Park & North Boardwalk, 2 pm.
NYC Global Cannabis March, Parade Assembly West 31st St. & Broadway 5/6/17, 11 am.
Patients Out of Time Conference: Protecting Patients and Reducing Harm, 5/18-20, Berkeley.
Pennington Day, 5/20/17, 9 – 4 pm, set-up 7 am – 9 am.

Recent Events: Harrisburg, PA: Decriminalization Rally 4/19/17 11:30 am.
New Jersey CannaBusiness Association: Kenilworth, NJ 4/19/17.
“CMMNJ TV” taped April 18, 2017, Women Veterans Collective; next taping 5/23/17—Guests?
Compassionate Sciences ATC MD Ed program, Greate Bay CC, Somers Point, NJ 4/27/17.
ASA Unity Conference, The Role of Cannabis in Modern Medicine, Washington, D.C., 4/7-11.
420 Statehouse Smokedown/Podcast; Party at NJ Weedman’s Joint, Trenton, NJ 4/20, 11- 4 pm.

Treasury report: Checking: $2940; PayPal: $3025. 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 
April 11, 2017

February 2017 Minutes approved (there was no March meeting due to snow).

NJ DOH Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel: Public Hearing 2/22/17 re: 45 Petitions to add conditions to the MMP. Thanks to all who came out to testify. Panel will make initial recommendations, followed by a 60 day comment period, followed by final rec’s.  DOH Commissioner has 180 days to decide. For a list of the conditions, see: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/01/petitions-to-nj-doh-panel.html              
For links to each Petition, see:
http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/review-panel/petitions2016.shtml

NJ legalization bill expected soon—what do we want in it? Home cultivation? Workplace protection? Reparations to minorities? Expungement? Decarceration? What strategies support legalization in NJ in 2017? (Educational efforts, coalition building, demonstrations, media & social media outreach.) PA Auditor General says, “Regulate and tax marijuana.” Big push in DE.
Legalization’s effect on medical marijuana discussed.
Beth Lasch of Lasch Media offered to help with videos, commercials. (Beth@LaschMedia.com)

Upcoming Events:  Harrisburg, PA: Decriminalization Rally 4/19/17 11:30 am.
New Jersey CannaBusiness Association: Updates on Cannabis Laws and Business Opportunities in NJ. Kenilworth, NJ 07033, 4/19/17, 6 - 9:00 PM, Register-- $65.00
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on April 18, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm. Guests?
ASA Unity Conference, The Role of Cannabis in Modern Medicine, Washington, D.C., 4/7-11.
420 Statehouse Smokedown/Podcast; Party at NJ Weedman’s Joint, Trenton, NJ 4/20, 11- 4 pm.
Global Cannabis March -Rehoboth Beach, DE, 5/6/17, 2 pm Surfside Park & North Boardwalk.
Patients Out of Time 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics:
Cannabis: Protecting Patients and Reducing Harm, May 18-20, 2017, Berkeley, CA

Recent Events: What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18.
Treasury report: Checking: $3099; PayPal: $2728.




Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

Forget decriminalization. Time to legalize weed | Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/04/forget_decriminalization_time_to_legalize_pot_edit.html#incart_most-commented_bergen_article

Will N.J. expand medical marijuana program?
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/n-j-medical-marijuana-experts-want-to-expand-program-for/article_1ae040e1-515d-5e87-a583-ed76f01f0071.html

Christie hammers backers of legalizing marijuana in N.J., calls it 'beyond stupidity'
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/christie_legalizing_marijuana_in_nj_is_beyond_stup.html

Mom smoking marijuana is not child abuse, NJ court says
http://nj1015.com/mom-smoking-marijuana-is-not-child-abuse-nj-court-says/?trackback=fbshare

JEFF EDELSTEIN: New Jersey State Police hate-tweets at marijuana users on 4/20
http://www.trentonian.com/article/TT/20170420/NEWS/170429995

CMMNJ TV: Honeyb Thomas Ignorance Is No Excuse Wheelchair Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-P-9j7FWRk

Mom defends giving pot to her son to treat autism
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/stu_bykofsky/Mom-defends-giving-pot-to-her-son--.html

CMMNJ TV: Women's Veterans Collective
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQWBZ_S_h7I

CMMNJ TV: Chris Conrad & Mikki Norris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1NQwip4SK8&t=166s

In Philly's new pot war, revenge is a munchie best served cold
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/In-new-pot-war-revenge-is-a-munchie-best-served-cold.html

SativaCross.com Podcast from Chris Christie's Office
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liJiWCyUsm8

My 9-Year-Old Knows Good People Who Smoke Pot — I'm One Of Them
http://www.ravishly.com/my-9-year-old-knows-good-people-who-smoke-pot-im-one-them

The faces of marijuana legalization in Delaware
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/22/faces-pot-pushers-delaware/100720950/

Watch  Rachael Leigh Cook Remake 'Brain on Drugs' Ad for 4/20
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/watch-rachael-leigh-cook-remake-brain-on-drugs-ad-for-420-w477885

Marijuana Legalization Support at All-Time High
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/support-for-marijuana-legalization-at-all-time-high/

11 charts that show marijuana has truly gone mainstream
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/19/11-charts-that-show-marijuana-has-truly-gone-mainstream/?utm_term=.06d556112e30

Seaside Heights Police vs. Medical Marijuana Smokers [VIDEO]
http://wobm.com/seaside-heights-police-vs-medical-marijuana-smokers-video/?fb_action_ids=10154579764073657&fb_action_types=og.comments

Medical Marijuana In The Time Of Trump
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/medical-marijuana-in-the-time-of-trump_us_58fe615de4b018a9ce5dce13?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Medical Cannabis Conferences for 15 CEUs: Montego Bay, Jamaica 11/10-15/17.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/15-nursing-contact-hours-all-inclusive-medical-cannabis-conference-at-iberostar-in-montego-bay-tickets-28970659021

Cannabis Legalization Looms Large in NJ Governor Race
https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/cannabis-legalization-looms-large-nj-governor-race?utm_content=bufferfe3e6

Positions of New Jersey gubernatorial candidates on marijuana reform:
Democratic front-runner Phil Murphy has said he supports legalization. Jim Johnson backs legalization in a “safe and regulated manner.” John Wisniewski supports decriminalizing cannabis and creating a legal framework for a market. State Sen. Ray Lesniak says he backs decriminalizing marijuana but isn’t entirely convinced of full legalization.

Republican front-runner Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s spokesman did not respond to a request on her position. Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli favors decriminalizing cannabis possession for those who have small amounts, but doesn’t back full-scale legalization. Steven Rogers opposes legalization for recreational marijuana but says he supports medical marijuana programs.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CMMNJ April 11, 2017 Meeting Agenda



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Twp. Library, Rm. #1 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7--9 PM

Approve February 2017 minutes. (No March 2017 meeting due to snow.) Discuss:

NJ DOH Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel: Public Hearing 2/22/17 re: 45 Petitions to add conditions to the MMP. Panel will make initial recommendations, followed by a 60 day comment period, followed by final rec’s.  DOH Commissioner has 180 days to decide.

NJ legalization bill expected soon—what do we want in it? Home cultivation? Workplace protection? Reparations to minorities? Expungement? Decarceration? What strategies support legalization in NJ in 2017? (Educational efforts, coalition building, demonstrations, media & social media outreach.)

PA Auditor General says, “Regulate and tax marijuana.” Big push in DE.

Upcoming Events:  Harrisburg, PA: Decriminalization Rally 4/19/17, 11:30 am.
New Jersey CannaBusiness Association: Updates on Cannabis Laws and Business Opportunities in NJ. Kenilworth, NJ 07033, 4/19/17, 6 - 9:00 PM, Register-- $65.00
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on April 18, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm. Guests?
ASA Unity Conference, The Role of Cannabis in Modern Medicine, Washington, D.C., 4/7-11.
420 Statehouse Smokedown/Podcast & After Party at NJ Weedman’s Joint, Trenton, NJ 4/20, 11- 4 pm.
Global Cannabis March -Rehoboth Beach, DE, 5/6/17, 2 pm Surfside Park & North Boardwalk.
Patients Out of Time 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics:
Cannabis: Protecting Patients and Reducing Harm, May 18-20, 2017, Berkeley, CA

Recent Events: What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18.

Treasury report: Checking: $3099; PayPal: $2728 (70 t-shirts purchased). 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 
February 14, 2017

January 2017 Minutes approved.

NJ DOH Panel will consider 45 Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the Medicinal Marijuana Program. A Public Comment period is expected soon—be prepared!

For a list of the conditions, see: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/01/petitions-to-nj-doh-panel.html              

For links to each Petition, see:
http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/review-panel/petitions2016.shtml

Re: Tourette Syndrome (MMP -042) Diana spoke of her 17 y/o son with TS and the severe symptoms he experienced (tics, screams, destructive behavior and abuse by peers) and the remarkable response he had to a trial dose of cannabinoids.
Re: Opioid Use Disorder (MMP – 063) Jack spoke of his son Tom’s heroin addiction, the 5 stints in rehab, the 20% addiction cure rate, the 5% Drug Court cure rate & the need for marijuana Rx.
These are the stories that the Medical Review Panel needs to hear!

NJ legalization bill expected soon. What strategies should we pursue to advance the support for legalization of marijuana in NJ in 2017? Educational efforts, Coalition building, demonstrations, Media & Social Media outreach.  New website touts NJ reform: https://www.3fronts.org/
Randy Thompson’s work in A. P. discussed (getting mayor & council to endorse legalization).

New Jersey Cannabusiness Association (NJCBA): Trade association focused on supporting the growing legal cannabis industry. http://www.newjerseycannabusiness.com/

Upcoming Events:  
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on 2/28/17 (Ricardo Rivera & Brian Haydon of 3fronts scheduled).
What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18/17, 8am – 1pm.
“Benefits of medical marijuana” at MS self-help group, Hunterdon Co., 2/25 noon

Treasury report: Checking: $3152; PayPal: $2622.

     

               

Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

15 Nursing Contact Hours! All Inclusive Medical Cannabis Conference Montego Bay, Jamaica
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/15-nursing-contact-hours-all-inclusive-medical-cannabis-conference-at-iberostar-in-montego-bay-tickets-28970659021?aff=MontegoBay&afu=39231686818

Second Delaware medical marijuana dispensary slated to open [video]
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/delaware/item/102699-second-delaware-medical-marijuana-dispensary-slated-to-open?l=ct

Delaware legislators say they have votes to legalize pot
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2017/03/30/bill-would-make-marijuana-legal-delaware/99815040/

Planned Relaunch of The Joint on 4/20
http://www.sophisticatedrelations.com/registered-nurse-mom-debi-madaio-celebrates-womens-history-month-planned-relaunch-new-jerseys-popular-medical-marijuana-themed-eatery/

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Gets ‘C’ Grade In Annual Study
https://patch.com/new-jersey/montclair/new-jersey-medical-marijuana-program-gets-c-grade-annual-study

South Jersey Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Comment on Whether Employer Pays for Medical Marijuana Program
http://www.lawfirmnewswire.com/2017/03/south-jersey-workers-compensation-attorneys-comment-on-whether-employer-pays-for-medical-marijuana-program/

Philly420: The most arrested drug in Camden, N.J. is ...
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/cannabis/Philly420-The-most-arrested-drug-in-Camden-NJ-is-.html

New Jersey Bills to Provide Employment Protections for Medical Marijuana Patients Introduced
http://www.natlawreview.com/article/new-jersey-bills-to-provide-employment-protections-medical-marijuana-patients

Would Legalizing Medical Marijuana Help Curb the Opioid Epidemic?
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/877823?src=wnl_mdplsnews_170331_mscpedit_wir&uac=142709SZ&impID=1320300&faf=1

Why New Jersey needs a pro-marijuana candidate for governor
http://nj1015.com/would-you-vote-for-a-new-jersey-gubernatorial-candidate-who-would-legalize-weed-poll/?trackback=tsmclip

Cannabis Legalization Bills Make Splash in Congress
https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/breaking-cannabis-legalization-bills-make-splash-in-congress?utm_campaign=Roost&utm_source=Roost&utm_medium=push



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 14, 2017 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Twp. Library, Room #1 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve February 2017 minutes. Discuss:

NJ DOH Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel held a Public Hearing in Trenton 2/22/17 for additional testimony to 45 Petitions that would add qualifying conditions to the MMP. Additional comments are accepted through 3/8/17. The Panel will make initial recommendations to the DOH Commissioner, after which there will be a 60 public comment period, followed by the Panel’s final recommendations.  Then the Commissioner has 180 days to make final decision.

NJ legalization bill expected soon—what do we hope will be in it? Home cultivation? Expungement of records? Workplace protection? Reparations to minorities? What strategies support the legalization in NJ in 2017? Educational efforts, Coalition building, demonstrations, Media & Social Media outreach.

PA Auditor General says, “Regulate and tax marijuana.”

Upcoming Events:  Harrisburg, PA: Decriminalization Rally 4/19/17 11:30 am.
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on March 21, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm. Guests?
“Meet the Experts, Atlantic City B2B Spring Break” 3/18&19 http://www.meetexperts.org/
ASA Unity Conference, The Role of Cannabis in Modern Medicine, Washington, D.C., 4/7-11.
http://www.nationalmedicalcannabisunityconference.org/
Patients Out of Time 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics:
Cannabis: Protecting Patients and Reducing Harm, May 18-20, 2017, Berkeley, CA http://www.medicalcannabis.com/2017-national-clinical-conference-on-cannabis-therapeutics/

Recent Events:  
What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18; 5CEUs for 100 RN’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $2673; PayPal: $2680 (70 t-shirts purchased). 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 
February 14, 2017

January 2017 Minutes approved.

NJ DOH Panel will consider 45 Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the Medicinal Marijuana Program. A Public Comment period is expected soon—be prepared! For a list of the conditions, see: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/01/petitions-to-nj-doh-panel.html              
For links to each Petition, see:
http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/review-panel/petitions2016.shtml

Re: Tourette Syndrome (MMP -042) Diana spoke of her 17 y/o son with TS and the severe symptoms he experienced (tics, screams, destructive behavior and abuse by peers) and the remarkable response he had to a trial dose of cannabinoids.
Re: Opioid Use Disorder (MMP – 063) Jack spoke of his son Tom’s heroin addiction, the 5 stints in rehab, the 20% addiction cure rate, the 5% Drug Court cure rate & the need for marijuana Rx.
These are the stories that the Medical Review Panel needs to hear!

NJ legalization bill expected soon. What strategies should we pursue to advance the support for legalization of marijuana in NJ in 2017? Educational efforts, Coalition building, demonstrations, Media & Social Media outreach.  New website touts NJ reform: https://www.3fronts.org/
Randy Thompson’s work in A. P. discussed (getting mayor & council to endorse legalization).

New Jersey Cannabusiness Association (NJCBA): Trade association focused on supporting the growing legal cannabis industry. http://www.newjerseycannabusiness.com/

Upcoming Events:  
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on 2/28/17 (Ricardo Rivera & Brian Haydon of 3fronts scheduled).
What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18/17, 8am – 1pm.
“Meet the Experts, Atlantic City B2B Spring Break” 3/18&19 http://www.meetexperts.org/
“Benefits of medical marijuana” at MS self-help group, Hunterdon Co., 2/25 noon

Treasury report: Checking: $3152; PayPal: $2622.

Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

N.J. lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana despite Trump's new Attorney General
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/nj_lawmakers_will_vote_on_legalizing_pot_despite_t.html

N.J. migraine, chronic pain patients seek OK to use medical marijuana
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/NJ-migraine-chronic-pain-patients-seek-OK-to-use-medical-marijuana-.html

14 Marijuana Jobs In New Jersey: ‘Cannabusiness’ Grows In The Garden State
http://patch.com/new-jersey/montclair/14-marijuana-jobs-new-jersey-cannabusiness-grows-garden-state

When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/nyregion/retirement-medicinal-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170219&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y&_r=0

What should medical marijuana treat in N.J.? Public gets its say Wednesday
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/what_should_medical_marijuana_treat_public_gets_it.html

Chronic pain considered for medical marijuana use in New Jersey
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/Chronic-pain-considered-for-medical-marijuana-use-in-New-Jersey.html

Panel Considers Adding Ailments Medical Marijuana Can Treat
http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/panel-considers-adding-ailments-medical-marijuana-can-treat/

N.J. patients beg: Treat pain with medical marijuana instead of opioids
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/patients_beg_to_let_medical_marijuana_treat_pain_m.html

NJ mulls expanding medical marijuana — Could this help combat heroin epidemic?
http://nj1015.com/nj-mulls-expanding-medical-marijuana-could-this-help-combat-heroin-epidemic/?trackback=tsmclip

PAIN PATIENTS URGE NJ MEDICINAL MARIJUANA PANEL TO INCLUDE THEM IN PROGRAM
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/02/22/pain-patients-urge-nj-medicinal-marijuana-panel-to-include-them-in-program/

Everything you need to know about N.J.'s medical marijuana program
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/heres_how_njs_medical_marijuana_grew_last_year.html

See why this medical marijuana producer is selling the most in the state
http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2017/02/see_why_south_jersey_medical_marijuana_producer_is.html

It's time to expand N.J.'s medical marijuana program | Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/02/its_time_to_expand_the_medical_marijuana_program_e.html

As Trump Said in the Campaign, Leave Pot to the States
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/opinion/as-trump-said-in-the-campaign-leave-pot-to-the-states.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170227&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Despite what Trump and Christie say, truth is cannabis more beneficial than not | Opinion
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/03/trump_christie_are_misinformed_cannabis_is_more_beneficial_than_not.html

Auditor General DePasquale Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana as Right Move to Help Deal with Critical Issues
http://www.paauditor.gov/press-releases/auditor-general-depasquale-recommends-regulating-taxing-marijuana-as-right-move-to-help-deal-with-critical-issues

MEET THE EXPERTS, B2B Spring Break, Atlantic City, March 18th & 19th
https://www.meetexperts.org/

Using marijuana to treat chronic pain might help cut down on opioid abuse
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/using-marijuana-to-treat-chronic-pain-might-help-cut-down-on-opioid-abuse/2017/02/24/518fbec2-f84e-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html?utm_term=.6d70e518ceb5

Dr. Oz Looks at Medical Marijuana as a Potential Cure for Opioid Addiction
https://healthimpactnews.com/2016/dr-oz-looks-at-medical-marijuana-as-a-potential-cure-for-opioid-addiction/

15 Nursing Contact Hours! All Inclusive Medical Cannabis Conference Montego Bay, Jamaica
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/15-nursing-contact-hours-all-inclusive-medical-cannabis-conference-at-iberostar-in-montego-bay-tickets-28970659021?aff=MontegoBay&afu=39231686818

NJ Weedman arrested on witness tampering
http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2017/03/03/nj-weedman-arrested-witness-tampering/98719178/





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for Feb. 14, 2017


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Twp. Library, Rm. #1 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve January 2017 minutes. Discuss:

NJ DOH Panel will consider 45 Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the Medicinal Marijuana Program. A Public Comment period is expected soon—be prepared! For a list of the conditions, see: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/01/petitions-to-nj-doh-panel.html              
For links to each Petition, see:
http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/review-panel/petitions2016.shtml

NJ legalization bill expected soon. What strategies should we pursue to advance the support for legalization of marijuana in NJ in 2017? Educational efforts, Coalition building, demonstrations, Media & Social Media outreach.  New website touts NJ reform: https://www.3fronts.org/

New Jersey Cannabusiness Association (NJCBA): Trade association focused on supporting the growing legal cannabis industry. http://www.newjerseycannabusiness.com/

Upcoming Events:  
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on February 28, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm. Guests?
What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP, 2/18/17, 8am – 1pm.
“Meet the Experts, Atlantic City B2B Spring Break” 3/18&19: http://www.meetexperts.org/
“Benefits of medical marijuana” at MS self-help group, Hunterdon County, 2/25 noon.

Treasury report: Checking: $3152; PayPal: $2622. 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 
January 10, 2017

NJ DOH released 45 Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the Medicinal Marijuana Program that are under consideration by the DOH Panel. A Public Comment period is expected soon—will Lefty Live Stream it?

Susan Carson is now listed as the Director of the NJ DOH MMP: 609.292.0424

Discussion about strategies to pursue in 2017 to advance legalization of marijuana in NJ? Educational efforts, coalition building, demonstrations, media & social media outreach. Goals: home cultivation and expungement of prior non-violent marijuana records.  ATC’s are well situated to add recreational marijuana to their medical marijuana, but please don’t forget inner city communities devastated by the War on Marijuana. Rescheduling discussion.

NJ Administrative Law Judge: employer must pay for medical marijuana for employee.

Ken Wolski and Dr. David Nathan were interviewed on NJTV News: http://watch.njtvonline.org/video/2365918193/

CMMNJ’s Year End Report for 2016 was completed: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/01/cmmnj-year-end-report-2016.html

NJ NURSE: “PTSD Qualifies for Marijuana Therapy in New Jersey” by Ken Wolski, RN: http://nursingald.com/publications/1442

Upcoming Events:  
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on January 17, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm.
What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18/17, 8am – 1pm.
Women’s March in Trenton, 1/21/17.
ECCC March and Rally at the Trenton Statehouse, 1/15/17.

Treasury report: Checking: $3092; PayPal: $2672. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $1/apiece; 3 for $2. Wholesale prices are available.

More info: Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
(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:

Hundreds with PTSD enroll in N.J. medical marijuana program
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/100252-hundreds-with-ptsd-enroll-in-nj-medical-marijuana-program

What's driving new wave of patients signing up for medical marijuana in N.J.
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/01/nj_ptsd_sufferers_rush_to_sign_up_for_medical_mari.html

These medical conditions could soon be treated with marijuana in NJ
http://nj1015.com/these-medical-conditions-could-soon-be-treated-with-marijuana-in-nj/

New Jersey Activists Fight To Expand Medical Marijuana Program
http://patch.com/new-jersey/westorange/new-jersey-weed-activists-fight-expand-medical-marijuana-program

New Jersey Marijuana Patients Offer Human Side To Weed Debate
http://patch.com/new-jersey/caldwells/s/fzvry/new-jersey-marijuana-patients-offer-human-side-to-weed-debate

Essay: How being lawmaker turned me into a medical marijuana activist, by Scott Rudder
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/new-jersey-spotlight/100256-op-ed-will-changes-in-cannabis-laws-around-the-country-impact-new-jersey

The Promised Land of Medical Marijuana
http://www.hadassahmagazine.org/2017/01/17/promised-land-medical-marijuana/

IACM-Bulletin of 05 February 2017
http://www.cannabis-med.org/english/bulletin/ww_en_db_cannabis_artikel.php?id=498&utm_content=buffer25ec3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

New Jersey’s Cannabis Industry is Growing: Where Does it Grow from Here?
http://hightimes.com/news/new-jerseys-cannabis-industry-is-growing-where-does-it-grow-from-here/

7 States To Watch In 2017 For Marijuana Legalization
(DE, RI, NJ, TX, KY, NM, VT, MO)
http://www.weednews.co/7-states-to-watch-in-2017-for-marijuana-legalization/

Leaders look to tackle marijuana use
http://www.advertisernewssouth.com/article/20170104/NEWS01/170109987/Leaders-look-to-tackle-marijuana-use

Judge: Insurance company must pay for medical marijuana for injured N.J. worker
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20170106_Judge__Insurance_company_must_pay_for_medical_marijuana_for_injured_N_J__worker.html

Will push to legalize marijuana in NJ survive Trump’s attorney general?
http://nj1015.com/will-push-to-legalize-marijuana-in-nj-survive-trumps-attorney-general/?trackback=tsmclip

New Jersey Marijuana Legislation Inches Ahead Despite Gov. Christie Warning
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/New-Jersey-Marijuana-Legislation-Christie-Warning-410764015.html

NJ trade group touts the business of cannabis
http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/2017/01/22/nj-trade-group-touts-business-cannabis/96788936/

Legalize Pot? Drug Analyst Tells N.J. Forum that Colorado’s Pot Law is a Bust
http://ocnjdaily.com/drug-analyst-tells-n-j-forum-colorados-pot-law-is-a-bust/

Benefits of medical marijuana to be discussed at meeting of MS self-help group
http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2017/02/benefits_of_medical_marijuana_to_be_discussed_at_m.html

Marijuana tension between clinical, alternative medicine
http://www.njherald.com/article/20170204/AP/302049998

What Nurses Need to know about Medical Cannabis presented at University Medical Center of Princeton
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-nurses-need-to-know-about-medical-cannabis-presented-at-university-princeton-medical-center-of-tickets-28727818679

“Meet the Experts, Atlantic City B2B Spring Break” 3/18&19
http://www.meetexperts.org/

Thursday, January 5, 2017

CMMNJ Year End Report 2016


The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization, incorporated in the State of New Jersey.  The mission of CMMNJ is to educate the public about medical marijuana.  The goal of CMMNJ is to have safe and legal access to medical marijuana for qualified New Jersey patients. In 2014, CMMNJ’s Board of Directors endorsed legalization of marijuana. The Board recognized legalization as the most efficient and effective way to get the therapeutic effects of marijuana to the vast number of patients who can benefit from this plant. Legalization of marijuana is also an important step in undoing the harms to our society that are caused by our current policy of drug prohibition.

In 2016, CMMNJ held nine free, public meetings at the Lawrence Township Library in Mercer County. At the meetings, Board members and volunteers planned upcoming events and educational programs. CMMNJ sent the agenda and minutes of these meetings via e-mail to about 1000 supporters each month and posted the agendas on Facebook, Twitter and on the CMMNJ blog.  There were no April, July or November meetings in 2016 due to a schedule conflict at the library.

CMMNJ’s public meetings for 2017 will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. (Mercer County) Library, Room #1, located at 2751 Brunswick Pike in Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648.  The only month where no meeting is scheduled is July 2017. All are welcome at these meetings and there is never a charge to attend.

New Jersey Highlights of 2016:
Gov. Chris Christie signed A457 into law on 9-14-16, fulfilling a commitment by CMMNJ to make Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the first added condition to New Jersey's Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP). Thank you to the many volunteers who worked so hard to get this done! Thanks also to the New Jersey legislators and the governor for making this happen. The original bill to add PTSD, A3726/S2898, was introduced into the NJ Legislature in September 2014. In the new two-year legislative session beginning in January 2016, the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee passed A457 (the same bill with a new bill number) out of committee in June at the Statehouse Annex in Trenton. The bill passed in the entire Assembly on 6-16-16, by a vote of 56 to 13. On the same day the Senate Health Committee passed A457/S2345 by a vote of 6 to 3. Then on 8-1-16, the entire NJ Senate passed A457 by a vote of 28 to 9, and the bill went to the governor’s desk for his action. Over 18,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging the governor to sign this bill into law. After the governor signed the bill on 9-14-16, CMMNJ publicly thanked Gov. Christie the next day when the governor passed by a Statehouse Podcast that was paying tribute to Roger Barbour.

Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey Update:
A NJ legislative delegation toured the legal marijuana industry in Colorado this year. Sen. Scutari called the marijuana industry "the next economic engine for the state." Sen. Sweeney said recreational marijuana could be legal in N J by 2018. 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. Gov. Christie restated his opposition to marijuana reform, because he considers marijuana a “Gateway Drug.”
New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR) launched efforts to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in New Jersey on 2-18-15.  In addition to CMMNJ, some of the groups that endorsed the goals of NJUMR include the New Jersey chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the NJ Municipal Prosecutor’s Association.

CMMNJ-sponsored Podcasts (“Telling It Like It Is”) were held at the Trenton Statehouse every Thursday from 11am to 2 pm. The Podcasts resumed from last year on April 7, 2016 and ran through Thanksgiving. The Governor passed by about 1/3 of the Podcasts. Coverage of the Podcasts included News 12 NJ among other media.

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) accepted Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the state’s MMP. Petitions had to be sent by certified mail, and postmarked between 8-1-16 and 8-31-16. CMMNJ submitted Petitions for Osteoarthritis, Opiate Use Disorder, Autism, Anxiety, Migraine Headaches, & Neuropathic Pain. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) submitted Petitions for Chronic Pain and PTSD. A total of 45 Petitions were accepted by the NJ DOH for consideration by a panel of health care professionals. On 5-25-16 the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel held its first meeting at the War Memorial in Trenton. Public hearings on these Petitions are expected to be held in early 2017.

Steve Adubato interviewed Jim Miller on NJ Capitol Report at the NJTV Studios in Newark on 6-28-16.

Jon Peditto was sentenced on 1-29-16 in Toms River to 8 years in prison for growing 17 marijuana plants. Supporters demonstrated at the Ocean Co. Courthouse during the trial last year. Jon rejected plea bargains in an attempt to appeal to the jury that he should not be found guilty of growing the marijuana plants, despite admitting that he grew them. Jon represented himself at court during the week of 10-19-15.  Judge Blaney made it difficult, if not impossible, for Jon to adequately represent himself by interrupting him repeatedly and disallowing many of his arguments. The jury found Jon guilty of the most serious charge. Jon was immediately taken into custody and he faced a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in state prison. He is currently incarcerated in the state prison system.

Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion Update:
The "Joint" and the "Liberty Bell Temple" were visited by law enforcement officers (LEOs) on 3-5-16 which was followed by a request for an injunction to stop police harassment of these facilities. However, the facilities were instead raided by LEOs on 4-27-16 with multiple arrests and property confiscated.  Forchion was subsequently arrested again and charged with harassing a Trenton police officer. The judge will reportedly allow Forchion to argue that his ‘cannabis temple’ deserves religious freedom.
New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division heard oral arguments for marijuana rescheduling on 11/29/16 in Trenton. Arguing pro bono to reschedule were Joseph L. Linares, Esq. and Marc Haefner, Esq. from the Newark Walsh law firm.

New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program:
The fourth anniversary of legal sales of marijuana in New Jersey was on 12-6-16.  The 7th anniversary of New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act becoming law will be on 1-18-17.

The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) filed its 2015 Annual Report and 2015 Biennial Report on 3-11-16. The DOH notes in this report that the patient registry opened on 8-9-12, and that, “Since the registry opened, 6,960 qualifying patients and 631 caregivers have been registered with the program.”  The DOH does not note how many patients in NJ are actively using the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP). The DOH reports that 362 physicians are active in the program. Five Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) are open and dispensing medical marijuana to qualified patients.

Marijuana infused topical solutions are now available from Compassionate Sciences (CS) Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) as a container of two syringes of oil with 150 mg of THC in each. Suggested dose is 10 mg; price is $75 per container (which counts as 1/8 of an ounce of the 2 ounce/month dried flower allotment). Peter Rosenfeld wrote a review of their new topicals. Lozenges also are available at CS ATC. CS ATC is also offering workshops for patients at their facility in Bellmawr, NJ, including an educational program on PTSD.

CMMNJ toured two ATCs this year: Breakwater and Compassionate Sciences. CMMNJ Board members were impressed with both facilities. They both had staffs that were professional and knowledgeable, product that was abundant and high-quality, and facilities that were clean and secure. In fact, the production, processing and distribution of medical marijuana in these two facilities appeared to be on a very high level.  Breakwater reports that it is offering a 5% discount to any patient with a CMMNJ t-shirt!

Facebook deleted pages for three NJ ATCs this year for "violating community standards." The community was outraged and Facebook later restored the pages.

National and Regional Highlights for 2016:
On Election Day, 11-8-16, four states approved legal marijuana for adults (California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada); and four states approved medical marijuana laws or expansions of medical marijuana programs (Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota). Also on Election Day, a new president was elected. Marijuana reform advocates are uncertain of what to expect from President-elect Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania became the 24th medical marijuana state as Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, on 4-17-16. PTSD & chronic pain were approved as two of the qualifying medical conditions, but no dried flowers are allowed in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania is allowing parents to obtain medical marijuana for qualifying minors from out-of-state until their program is functioning.

New York opened their medicinal marijuana program on 1-7-16 with 71 patients and an MD registry of 174 doctors; 8 of 20 dispensaries are open; no dried flowers are allowed to be sold in the state.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) again insisted that marijuana belongs in its absurd Schedule I classification, continuing 46 years of federal propaganda that exaggerates the dangers and denies the benefits of marijuana. DEA also proposed to classify kratom as a Schedule I narcotic on 9-30-16. Federal police are allowed to decide what constitutes medicine in the U.S.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) released a challenge to the DEA: REQUEST FOR CORRECTION OF INFORMATION DISSEMINATED BY DEA REGARDING MARIJUANA (CANNABIS)

CMMNJ attended the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS 2016), on 4/19-21, at the U.N. in New York City (NYC). CMMNJ also was a signatory on several letters urging drug policy reform including the Beckley Foundation's Public Letter, thanks to Bob Kane.

At the NORML Lobby Day in Washington, DC, Ken Wolski won NORML's "Peter McWilliams Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Marijuana" on 5-23-16.

The federal bill to resolve the conflict between state and federal medical marijuana laws, the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, H.R. 1538: CARERS Act of 2015, now has 41 co-sponsors (27 Democrats and 14 Republicans).

Supporters of CMMNJ were among those who signed the Petition to the Delaware General Assembly to End Cannabis Prohibition in DE!
http://delawarepetition.com/index.html

CMMNJ members participated in Global Marijuana Marches on 5-7-16 in NYC & Rehoboth, DE, and on 5-8-16 in Philadelphia.


East Coast Cannabis Coalition passed the ‪#‎UnityCypher‬ ‪#‎UnityTorch‬ Joint from NYC to Trenton to Philly 4/19-20/2016 on its way from Portland, Maine to Miami, Florida.

Marijuana-related Bills in New Jersey’s 2016 Legislature: 
1/12/16 was the start of a new, 2-year legislative session in NJ.  New bill numbers:
S2898 To add PTSD as a qualifying condition for marijuana therapy--now A457 (passed into law);
S3162 To ensure workplace protections for medical marijuana patients--now A2482;
S1896  To legalize marijuana and provide for sales and home cultivation--now A2068;
A1129 "Right to Farm" marijuana for medical use--now A2116;
S1169 Medical Marijuana is equivalent to the use of any other medication--now A861;          
A1730 Dedicates taxes from medical marijuana to medical research--now A416;
A218  Decriminalizes 15 grams or less of marijuana, imposes civil penalties--now A2050;
A4026 To ease caregiver restrictions in schools and establishes secondary caregivers;
A4193 To treat marijuana like tobacco.
Asm. Carroll (R-Morris) introduced A4193 to legalize marijuana, treating it like tobacco, which is sold only to those over 19 years of age and expunging certain past marijuana offenses. Asm. Gusciora's bill A2068 would legalize the possession of an ounce or less and the growing of no more than three mature, flowering cannabis plants.

Jen Lehman, Asm. Greenwald’s aide, is coordinating testimony on A4026, which creates “secondary” caregivers for the MMP; eliminates psychiatrist requirement for minors; and OKs treatment with marijuana as a first resort, and for organ transplants. It was introduced to Assembly Health Committee.

A3852, Asw. Lampitt’s bill, also in Health Committee, says parents may be caregivers for more than one minor, and parents may designate another caregiver, besides themselves, for a minor.

Gov. Christie has vowed to veto any of the marijuana reform bills that get through the legislature to his desk.

Roger Barbour filed a lawsuit when the LARC School and the Maple Shade Board of Education refused to allow his wife, Lora, to administer an oral dose of marijuana to their daughter, Genny, at the school.  Marijuana was the only treatment that helped to control Genny’s seizures.  The judge sided with the school.  This motivated the state legislature to pass and Gov. Christie to sign a bill in 2015 that requires schools and facilities for the developmentally disabled in NJ to adopt policies permitting the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients.  Roger Barbour was continuing his lawsuit in an attempt to have nurses at those facilities administer the oral doses of marijuana. Tragically, Roger Barbour suddenly died this year. The entire reform community was saddened by his untimely death. CMMNJ sends its condolences to his family.

Statehouse Podcasts:
CMMNJ sponsored and participated in a series of Statehouse demonstrations and Podcasts every Thursday, rain or shine, from April through November, going back to 2014.  There were 21 weekly Thursday Statehouse medical cannabis informational demonstrations in 2014. There were 33 weekly Thursday Statehouse medical cannabis podcasts in 2015. Permits were obtained from the State Police each week for the demonstrations.  The podcasts and demonstrations called attention to the deficiencies of the MMP and the need for legalization of marijuana.  Jim Miller said:
"The podcast gets us inside the Statehouse. This day (4-16-16) we ran into the republican Senate Minority leader Tom Kean, where we were able to have a constructive hallway conversation. Adding PTSD to the list of indications for getting a registration card improved that day after Sen. Kean talked to veteran Phillipe Dume."

Selected Podcasts:
Ignorance Is No Excuse Tour: Michelle Burn's Journey to get her MMJ back from the BPD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiSchVwtDgc&feature=youtu.be
SativaCross.com Statehouse Podcast 10-27-16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-hXmecGt38
SativaCross.com Statehouse Podcast 10-20-16
I give my report of the press conference around the 2:42 mark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oRbmPEuKjw
Statehouse Potcast 10/6/16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBftAnnHCQE
SativaCross.com Podcast from the Governor's office
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu7SOdp73d8
SATIVA CROSS™ Live Stream
Streamed live on Jul 21, 2016                                      
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95sYQQaiKiw
SativaCross Productions Live Stream 5/12/16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcHngDNG0_c
SativaCross Productions Live Stream
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNqE4eD0-PM
SativaCross Productions Live Stream 5/28/16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3zZpmQ-KjQ
SativaCross Ignorance Is No Excuse Show 2/1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcnl8ToKi7I

2016 CMMNJ Publications:
CMMNJ Monthly Agendas and Minutes also contain links to published reports by and about CMMNJ Board members and friends.  For the 2016 CMMNJ Agendas and Minutes, see:

December 2016:
Agenda & Oct. Minutes:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/12/cmmnj-public-meeting-agenda-for-dec-13.html
November 2016:
Update:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/11/no-cmmnj-meeting-nov-8-2016election-day.html
October 2016: 
Agenda:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/10/cmmnj-public-meeting-agenda-oct-11-2016.html
September 2016:
Agenda:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/09/cmmnj-meeting-agenda-for-september-13.html
August 2016: 
Agenda:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/07/cmmnj-public-meeting-agenda-for-august.html
June 2016: 
Agenda:   http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016_06_01_archive.html
May 2016:
Minutes: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016_05_01_archive.html
Agenda:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/05/cmmnj-public-meeting-agenda-for-may-10.html
April 2016:
NJ DOH Rules to Add Conditions that Qualify for Marijuana Therapy: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016_04_01_archive.html
March 2016:
Agenda: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016_02_01_archive.html
Feb. 2016:
Agenda:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/02/cmmnj-february-9-2016-meeting-agenda.html
January 2016:
PTSD Testimony: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016_01_01_archive.html
Year End Report 2015:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/01/coalition-for-medical-marijuananew.html
Agenda:
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2016/01/cmmnj-jan-12-2016-public-meeting-agenda.html


CMMNJ TV: 
“CMMNJ TV” began broadcasting from Princeton Community TV on 11/11/14 and continued throughout 2015 and 2016.  Episodes run twice a week for two weeks—on Tues., at 10 pm & Fri., at 10:30 am on Comcast Ch. 30 & Verizon FIOS Ch. 45.  Episodes of “CMMNJ TV” are taped one day each month at the Princeton Community TV Studio.  “CMMNJ TV” episodes also include footage shot outside the studio and are edited by Ed “Lefty” Grimes of “Sativa Cross.”

2016 "CMMNJ TV" Episodes–

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

CMMNJ TV: Dr. David Nathan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZEJs0Jwkxc

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

CMMNJ TV: Tony Liberte / INE Tour Mahwah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDIgTJnTOTs

CMMNJ TV: CMMNJ Board Member Vanessa Maria is interviewed
https://vimeo.com/190717461?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

CMMNJ TV: Dana Beal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdN63pIBCg8

Piscataway TV:
Dialogue With Doris: Medical Marijuana, The Issues and Hassles
http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01255&video=294821

CMMNJ members attended the following events in 2016:
NJ Libertarian Party Convention, Tavern on the Lake, Hightstown, NJ, 3-12-16
NJ Senate & Assembly Budget Hearings, Glassboro & Collingswood, NJ, 3/15-16/2016.
ASA's Medical Marijuana Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/18-22/2016.
Patients Out of Time conference, Baltimore, MD, 4/14-16/2016.
Trenton 4-20 March from City Hall to a Rally at the Statehouse and After Party at The Joint.
CMMNJ met with Asm. Greenwald's aide in the Statehouse re: marijuana edible availability.
CMMNJ tabled at Lawrence Community Day, 10-2-16.
Boston Freedom Rally, 9/17-18/2016.
NJ Celebrates Recovery, 9-18-16 at the Middletown Arts Center (table and speaker).
What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis, Schnecksville, PA, 9-28-16.
Connie’s Ric Rac, Philadelphia, 7-25-16.
East Coast Cannabis Coalition Rally at Philadelphia City Hall, 7-26-16.                      
Guest Lecture at Reed Gusciora’s PoliSci Class: The Politics and Public Policy of Marijuana, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), 10-26-16.
Piscataway Community TV (PCTV) host Doris Robinson interviewed Ken Wolski, RN and Debi Madaio, RN on 10-19-16.
“Forum on Addiction and Healing” with U.S. Surgeon General and U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs at St. Barnabas Medical Center, 8-8-16.
CMMNJ tabled at Hemp Heals, 7-22-16, Philadelphia—thanks to our volunteers!
CMMNJ Meeting to develop education for NJ MDs, 6-23-16.
Slightly Stoopid concert, Stone Pony 8-19-16 (Thanks to Amanda, & Eric).
University of Pennsylvania marijuana panel, Philadelphia, 12-7-16.

Thanks to CMMNJ Volunteers: 
On behalf of the Board of Directors of CMMNJ, I would like to thank all of our supporters for their tireless efforts and contributions throughout the year.  As we are an all-volunteer organization, we are nothing without you!  Special thanks go to:
Ed “Lefty” Grimes has been editing “CMMNJ TV” episodes, while producing high quality videos of medical marijuana patients and families. Lefty continues his “Ignorance is No Excuse” tours which distributes the MMP Attorney General guidelines to local police departments. Lefty has been posting these videos on YouTube and social media sites. Lefty conducts Weekly Statehouse Podcasts. At these podcasts, “Magic Butter Machines” with a retail value $175 - $200, are raffled off monthly.
Jim Price, the CMMNJ Communications Director.  Jim worked to develop handouts and  information to help physicians understand medical marijuana.
CMMNJ also is grateful for the many discussions that are ably moderated by volunteer administrators on Facebook’s Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

CMMNJ 2016 Board Update:
Formal meetings of the CMMNJ Board of Directors were held on 2-23-16, 4-6-16 and 11-30-16.
JoAnne Zito and Philippe Dume were welcomed onto the Board of CMMNJ at Board meetings on 2-23-16 and 11-30-16, respectively. Diane Fornbacher resigned from the CMMNJ Board. The CMMNJ Board was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden, tragic death of Jeremy, the husband of our new Board member, Jo Anne Zito. We send our condolences to Jo Anne and her family.

At the close of 2016, the CMMNJ Board consists of the following 11 people: Kenneth R. Wolski, RN, Executive Director; James Miller, Senior Director; Edward R. Hannaman, Esq., Secretary; Nick Mellis, Peter Rosenfeld, Vanessa Waltz, Larry Vargo, Amanda Hoffman, Vanessa Maria, Jo Anne Zito and Philippe Dume.  (CMMNJ’s Honorary Board Member is Allan Marain, Esq., while Jim Price continues in his role as Communications Director.)

Treasury Report:
A detailed treasury report was forwarded to CMMNJ Board members.  In summary, in 2016, CMMNJ had expenditures of $2,357.59 and income of $1,996.25.
CMMNJ finished the year with a checking account balance of $3,092.09 and a PayPal account balance of $2,672.91, for a grand total of $5,765.00.

CMMNJ still has almost 50,000 all hemp wristbands and necklaces that were donated last year.  The multicolored bands were made in Romania. The suggested price is $1 apiece.  Wholesale prices are available.

CMMNJ purchased and is distributing 72 copies of the Winter 2015/16 issue of O'Shaughnessy's. See: beyondthc.com

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

CMMNJ’s 2017 Recommendations:
Continue to build support for legalization of marijuana in New Jersey.
Begin national clinical studies of marijuana for MS and PTSD.
Reschedule or deschedule marijuana, both in New Jersey and nationally.
Expand New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program by adding qualifying conditions; also, improve the program in ways that bring timely access of high quality and affordable marijuana to patients who can benefit from it.

Schedule of CMMNJ 2017 meetings:
CMMNJ’s free, public meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Branch of the Mercer County Library, Room #1.  There will be no July meeting in 2017 due to a schedule conflict at the library.  (Meeting at the library does not imply the county’s endorsement of our issue.)

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

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

January 1, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for Jan. 10, 2017


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve December 2016 minutes. Discuss:

NJ DOH released 45 Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the Medicinal Marijuana Program that are under consideration by a DOH Panel. A Public Comment period is expected soon—be prepared! For a list of the conditions, see: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/01/petitions-to-nj-doh-panel.html              
For links to each Petition, see:
http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/review-panel/petitions2016.shtml

Ken Wolski and Dr. David Nathan interviewed on NJTV News:
http://watch.njtvonline.org/video/2365918193/

What strategies should we pursue to advance the support for legalization of marijuana in NJ in 2017? Educational efforts, coalition building, demonstrations, media & social media outreach.

NJ NURSE: “PTSD Qualifies for Marijuana Therapy in New Jersey” by Ken Wolski, RN: http://nursingald.com/publications/1442

Upcoming Events:  
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on January 17, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm. Scheduled are Chris Conrad and Honeyb.
What Nurses Need to know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18/17, 8am – 1pm

Treasury report: Checking: $3092; PayPal: $2672. 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 
December 13, 2016

October 2016 minutes were approved (there was no meeting in November 2016).

On Election Day, four states OK’d legal marijuana (California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada); four states OK’d medical marijuana (Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota). What can reform advocates expect from President-elect Trump?

NJ legislative delegation toured legal marijuana industry in CO. Sen. Scutari calls it "the next economic engine for the state." Sen. Sweeney: Recreational marijuana could be legal in N J by 2018.
Gov. Christie restates his opposition to marijuana, “The Gateway Drug.”

No word yet from the NJ DOH on the Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the state’s MMP. A number of Petitions were submitted in August 2016 (Chronic pain, Anxiety, Migraines, OA, Neuropathic pain, Autism and Opiate Use Disorder that we know of.) The DOH Panel  will review the Petitions and then there will be a 60 day public comment period.

Bob Kane report on U. of P. marijuana panel (PA getting started setting up dispensaries. They expect it will take about one year to be functional. PA Medical Cannabis Society is a player.).

Lefty Grimes got a patient’s medical marijuana back from the Bayonne Police!

Garden State Cannabis Consultants being formed with Bob Kane and Nick Mellis.

ASA releases challenge to DEA: REQUEST FOR CORRECTION OF INFORMATION DISSEMINATED BY DEA REGARDING MARIJUANA (CANNABIS)

Philippe Dume was welcomed onto the Board of CMMNJ at the Board meeting on 11-30-16.

Appellate Court heard oral arguments for marijuana rescheduling in NJ on 11/29/16 in Trenton. Arguing pro bono to reschedule were Joseph L. Linares, Esq. and Marc Haefner, Esq. from the Newark Walsh law firm.

Upcoming Events:  
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on January 17, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm. Scheduled are…?
What Nurses Need to know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18/17, 8am – 1pm

Recent events: 
CMMNJ Guest Lecture at TCNJ PoliSci Class: The Politics and Public Policy of Marijuana, 10-26-16.
PCTV host Doris Robinson discussed medical marijuana with Ken Wolski, RN and Debi Madaio, RN at the PCTV studio in Piscataway, NJ, 10-19-16.
CMMNJ TV episode with Dana Beal, Zoe Patchell & Tony Liberte, 10-18-16.
Weekly Thursday Podcasts continued at the Statehouse until 11/17/16.

Treasury report: Checking: $2963; PayPal: $2643. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $1/apiece; 3 for $2. Wholesale prices are available.




Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

N.J. residents with chronic pain and other ailments seek medical marijuana http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20161213_N_J__residents_with_chronic_pain_and_other_ailments_seek_medical_marijuana.html

Feds must drop outdated marijuana prohibition
http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Feds-must-drop-outdated-marijuana-prohibition-10823091.php

Gov. Christie Compares Cannabis to Heroin
https://www.marijuanatimes.org/gov-christie-compares-cannabis-to-heroin/

Should states with medical marijuana still categorize it as dangerous?
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/new-jersey/99348-attorneys-urge-state-to-change-classification-of-marijuana-

Ridgefield Park schools adopt medical marijuana policy
http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/ridgefield-park/2016/11/29/ridgefield-park-schools-poised-adopt-medical-marijuana-policy/94624032/

Marijuana, Immigration Law and John Lennon
http://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/16002-marijuana-immigration-law-and-john-lennon

NJ Weedman feels ‘like a prisoner at Guantanamo’ in drug trial
http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20161207/nj-weedman-feels-like-a-prisoner-at-guantanamo-in-drug-trial#disqus_thread

NJ Weedman asks for help replacing confiscated "weedmobile"
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/12/nj_weedman_asks_for_help_replacing_confiscated_wee.html

NJ NURSE: PTSD Qualifies for Marijuana Therapy in New Jersey
http://nursingald.com/publications/1442

Dumont Restaurateur Pioneers Medical Marijuana Club
http://bergenfield.dailyvoice.com/lifestyle/dumont-restaurateur-pioneers-medical-marijuana-club/689374/

Ten Years and Growing: Medical Marijuana in Rhode Island – Where Are We Now?
http://www.rimed.org/rimedicaljournal/2016/12/2016-12-50-health-mcdonald.pdf

Marijuana Advocates to Light Up, Hand Out Thousands of Joints During Trump Inauguration
http://thejointblog.com/joints-trump-inauguration/

New Jersey Judge of Compensation Orders Employer To Pay Costs Of Medical Marijuana Program And Costs Of Filling Prescriptions
http://njworkerscompblog.com/new-jersey-judge-of-compensation-orders-employercarrier-to-pay-costs-of-medical-marijuana-program-and-costs-of-filling-prescriptions-for-marijuana/

A Pop-Up Marijuana Garden in Philadelphia?!!
http://hightimes.com/news/pop-up-weed-gardens-growing-consumer-rights/

Parkinson's Disease tremor control
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAdDdTZuNA8&feature=youtu.be

CMMNJ TV: Dana Beal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdN63pIBCg8

The DEA Bursts the CBD Bubble
https://www.projectcbd.org/article/dea-bursts-cbd-bubble

This Month in Marijuana - December 2016
https://www.facebook.com/notes/marijuana-majority/this-month-in-marijuana-december-2016/579867478804572

Audrey and Kevin Byrnes discuss medical marijuana, laws and uses.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dKk5byTFFk

Questions Over Marijuana Policy in Trump Administration
http://watch.njtvonline.org/video/2365918193/

Israel, a Medical Marijuana Pioneer, Is Eager to Capitalize
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/world/middleeast/israel-a-medical-marijuana-pioneer-is-eager-to-capitalize.html?emc=edit_tnt_20161217&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Navy Veteran & VA Hospital Inpatient Tests Boundaries of Conflicting State & Federal Cannabis Laws
https://www.prlog.org/12604610-navy-veteran-va-hospital-inpatient-tests-boundaries-of-conflicting-state-federal-cannabis-laws.html






Monday, January 2, 2017

Petitions to the NJ DOH Panel


Petitions to add 
qualifying conditions 
to the 
Medicinal Marijuana 
Program under 
consideration 
by the NJ DOH
KEN WOLSKI·SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016
(some conditions are represented
by more than one Petition)
For links to each Petition, see:
001 Neural Foraminal Stenosis
006 Peripheral neuropathy
008 Sporadic hemiplegic migraine
009 SLE
010 Neuropathic pain
011 Chronic pain
012 Lumbar radiculopathy
013 Migraine
014 Anxiety
016 Chronic migraines (transformed)
017 Chronic non cancer pain
019 Rheumatoid arthritis
020 Asthma
022 Arthritis
023 Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS)
026 M 15.0 Primary Generalized OA
(Osteoarthritis)
028 Chronic Pain
031 Chronic late stage Lyme’s
032 Multisystem atrophy
033 Autism/autism spectrum disorder
035 Chronic pain as a result of daily sciatic pain
036 Migraine
037 Spinal stenosis
(including arthritis and chronic pain)
038 Complex regional pain syndrome
Type I and Type II
040 Chronic pain s/p multiple injuries
042 Tourette’s Syndrome
045 Lumbar spine: disc herniation,
DDD, and sciatica
047 Rheumatoid Arthritis
048 Cauda Equina Syndrome
049 Severe and chronic intractable pain
and depression
050 Arnold-Chiari Malformation I, II, III
051 Chronic pain
052 Fibromyalgia
053 Alzheimer’s disease
054 OA
055 Chronic fatigue syndrome/
myalgic encephalomyelitis
056 CRPS (RSD)
057 Fibromyalgia
058 Neuropathic pain
059 Auto immune disorders
060 IBS
061 Chronic migraine
062 Fibromyalgia
063 Opioid use disorder
065 Chronic acute pancreatitis