Tuesday, July 7, 2020

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for July 14, 2020



CMMNJ Monthly public Zoom meeting 
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83160243065?pwd=a0g0dmdwbU9SOG9yZVFYUTY0Z1QyZz09
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July 14, 2020 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda: Approve the June 2020 minutes. The Lawrence Library Community Rooms will be closed through September, and possibly the rest of 2020. Future CMMNJ public meetings will be via Zoom Conferences.

CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign for “an election of a lifetime” (Scott Rudder): See the ballot question. Plant the seeds of change: HeadCount’s CannabisVoterProject! #growyourpower Visit www.cannabisvoter.info to learn about reform & take action!

To register to vote in NJ, you must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated. #VoteCannabis2020 on 11/3/20!

Dee Carnegia has forwarded CMMNJ’s GOTV at Princeton U to about 50 NJ colleges and universities, with follow up emails and phone calls. Her contact data is saved on Excel.

“NJ CAN 2020” hired veteran campaign manager Axel Owen as the campaign arm for the ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020 to legalize marijuana,

Cannabis Decriminalization bill A1897 passed in the NJ Assembly 6/18/20. A better bill, S2535 awaits action in the NJ Senate.

NJ MMP Update: The DOH issued regulations on 6/25/20 to allow ATCs to begin home delivery.
The NJ tax on medical marijuana dropped on July 1 from 6.625% to 4%. Next year at this time it will be 2% and the following year 0.
ATCs continue to be  “essential services” that offer curbside pickup to patients.
The Appellate court on 7/2/20 denied the DOH motion to end the stay and award ATC licenses. This continues to halt the progress of 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. 

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ. Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw. Use the momentum of a successful ballot victory in November to press forward our demands for social justice and home grow.

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; CMMNJ fundraiser: 8/15/20, noon – 5 pm.
March Against the War on Drugs, 7/10/20, Newark City Hall at 4pm and march to Peter Francisco Park Rally (near Penn Station), 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Speakers, CMMNJ table.
Sativa Cross Podcasts, Trenton State House, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 11am to 2 pm.

Recent events: Sativa Cross Podcast, Trenton State House, 7/2/20 (CMMNJ donated $400).
Cheryl Miller--NJ multiple sclerosis patient & medicinal marijuana activist died on June 7, 2003.

Treasury report: Checking: $3745; PayPal: $2974. Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. Hemp wristbands also available.

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/
Twitter: @CMM_NJ
CMMNJ blog: https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/
CMMNJ’s free, public meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 – 9 PM.


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

The ballot question voters will be asked to approve on November 3, 2020:
      Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
     Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis.  The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. 
     Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

     This amendment would legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis.”  Only persons at least 21 years of age could use cannabis products legally.
     The Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the new adult cannabis market.  This commission was created in 2019 to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program.  The scope of the commission’s new authority would be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.
     All retail sales of cannabis products in the new adult cannabis market would be subject to the State’s sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

More info at: SCR183/ACR840



Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
June 9, 2020

Lawrence Library meeting rooms are CLOSED. CMMNJ meetings are Zoom Conferences.

June 2020 was the third fully virtual public meeting of CMMNJ. We advised Zoom meeting participants that there is no way to tell if their comments are being recorded. As usual, in the beginning of the meeting, participants introduced themselves and said a few words about why they were at the meeting. We extended our best wishes for everyone’s safety and health during this time of pandemic, social distancing and economic collapse.

“NJ CAN 2020” joins the effort to approve the ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020 to legalize marijuana (ACLU of NJ, the NAACP NJ, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, NJ United for Marijuana Reform, the Latino Action Network, the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, & the NJ CannaBusiness Association.) “Marijuana Prohibition Racism.” GOTV at Princeton U and Ken’s first public call for marijuana reform—an  LTE from August 10, 1972.  Use the momentum of a successful ballot victory in November to press forward our demands for social justice and home grow.

CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign: Plant the seeds of change: HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project!  #growyourpower Visit www.cannabisvoter.info learn about reform & take action!

Dee Carnegia has forwarded CMMNJ’s GOTV letter to about 50 NJ colleges and universities, with follow up emails and phone calls. Her contact data is saved on Excel.

To register to vote in NJ, you must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated. #VoteCannabis2020 on 11/3/20! 

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services” that offer curbside pickup to patients. Jeff Brown: “More can be done.” DOH issued permits to Zen Leaf Elizabeth and Columbia Care in Vineland to begin dispensing marijuana. The state total is now 11 dispensaries (9 ATCs & 2 satellites) with 12 growing facilities to serve over 77,000 patients. Courts continue to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. While the DOH reports about 8K lbs of medical marijuana available, not all strains and premium buds are available.

Green Repeal: “How the Coronavirus is affecting the Cannabis Industry." NJ Cannabis Insider: Q&A with Ken Wolski

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.com.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw. Per CA NORML: “Home cultivation hasn’t been  protected by any CA legislator. It was in Prop. 215 and, in a limited way, in Prop. 64. In effect, many people still don’t have cultivation rights in CA because of local government restrictions, which courts have largely upheld.” #THEYSHALLGROW Jim Miller asked for spreadsheet help.

NJ, Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! Send the letter from NORML

Comment on a Proposed Rule by the Drug Enforcement Administration
Let's Be Blunt with Montel; win a Magical Butter Machine!
Is It Okay to Smoke Weed Right Now? interview with Dr. Sunil Aggarwal.

Lawsuit for reparations for minority medical marijuana patients who have been victimized by the war on marijuana is proceeding with Wm. Riback, Esq., with Ed Hannaman for CMMNJ. Does Phillippe know possible injured parties?

Garden State NORML: Chapter Bylaws and officers coming soon. Contact Charlana McKeithen for more info.

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 8/15/20.

Recent events: CannaGather Digital History & Science of Culinary & Cannabis, 5/7/20.
Cannabis and COVID-19: Where Does America Go From Here? Webinar, May 13.
Cheryl Miller--NJ multiple sclerosis patient & medicinal marijuana activist died on June 7, 2003.

Treasury report: Checking: $4649; PayPal: $2754. $503 for three years of GoDaddy paid.  Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. Hemp wristbands also available.

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/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/
Twitter: @CMM_NJ
CMMNJ blog: https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/
CMMNJ’s free, public meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 – 9 PM.

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

The ballot question voters will be asked to approve on November 3, 2020:

      Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
     Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis.  The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. 
     Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

     This amendment would legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis.”  Only persons at least 21 years of age could use cannabis products legally.
     The Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the new adult cannabis market.  This commission was created in 2019 to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program.  The scope of the commission’s new authority would be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.
     All retail sales of cannabis products in the new adult cannabis market would be subject to the State’s sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.


More info at: SCR183/ACR840

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

CMMNJ Monthly public Zoom meeting 6/9/20



CMMNJ Monthly public Zoom meeting 
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time 

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June 9, 2020 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda: Approve the May 2020 minutes. The Lawrence Library is closed, and the Community Rooms will be closed through September, and possibly the rest of 2020. Future CMMNJ public meetings will be via Zoom Conferences.

“NJ CAN 2020” joins the effort approve the ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020 to legalize marijuana (ACLU of NJ, the NAACP NJ, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, NJ United for Marijuana Reform, the Latino Action Network, the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, & the NJ CannaBusiness Association.) “Marijuana Prohibition Racism.” GOTV at Princeton U and Ken’s first public call for marijuana reform—an  LTE from August 10, 1972.  Use the momentum of a successful ballot victory in November to press forward our demands for social justice and home grow.

CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign: Plant the seeds of change: HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project!  #growyourpower Visit www.cannabisvoter.info learn about reform & take action!

To register to vote in NJ, you must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated. #VoteCannabis2020 on 11/3/20!

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services” that offer curbside pickup to patients. Jeff Brown: “More can be done.” DOH issued permits to Zen Leaf Elizabeth and Columbia Care in Vineland to begin dispensing marijuana. The state total is now 11 dispensaries (9 ATCs & 2 satellites) to serve over 77,000 patients. Courts continue to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. Green Repeal:How the Coronavirus is Affecting the Cannabis Industry." NJ Cannabis Insider: Q&A with Ken Wolski.

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw. Per CA NORML: “Home cultivation hasn’t been  protected by any CA legislator. It was in Prop. 215 and, in a limited way, in Prop. 64. In effect, many people still don’t have cultivation rights in CA because of local government restrictions, which courts have largely upheld.” #THEYSHALLGROW

NJ, Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! Send the letter from NORML

Comment on a Proposed Rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration
Let's Be Blunt with Montel; win a Magical Butter Machine!
Is It Okay to Smoke Weed Right Now? interview with Dr. Sunil Aggarwal.

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20.

Recent events: CannaGather Digital History & Science of Culinary & Cannabis, 5/7/20.
Cannabis and COVID-19: Where Does America Go From Here? Webinar, May 13.
Cheryl Miller--NJ multiple sclerosis patient, & medicinal marijuana activist died on June 7, 2003.

Treasury report: Checking: $4649; PayPal: $2754. Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. Hemp wristbands also available.

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/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/
Twitter: @CMM_NJ

CMMNJ blog: https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/

CMMNJ’s free, public meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 – 9 PM.

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

The ballot question voters will be asked to approve on November 3, 2020:

      Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
     Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis.  The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. 
     Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

     This amendment would legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis.”  Only persons at least 21 years of age could use cannabis products legally.
     The Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the new adult cannabis market.  This commission was created in 2019 to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program.  The scope of the commission’s new authority would be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.
     All retail sales of cannabis products in the new adult cannabis market would be subject to the State’s sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

More info at: SCR183/ACR840



Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
May 12, 2020

Lawrence Library is CLOSED. The April and May 2020 meetings were instead Zoom Conferences.

May 2020 was the second fully virtual public meeting of CMMNJ. In the past the CMMNJ Board objected to having a permanent record of meeting discussions out of concerns for patient confidentiality. We advised Zoom meeting participants that members of the media may be present and there was no way to tell if their comments were being recorded. As usual, in the beginning of the meeting, participants introduced themselves and said a few words about why they were at the meeting. We extended our best wishes for everyone’s safety and health during this time of pandemic, social distancing and economic collapse.

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services” that offer curbside pickup to patients. But patients still see delays at ATCs, reduced availability of specific strains, and temporary ATC closings. (CuraLeaf reportedly had long delays but then they extended their hours to 8 – 7PM, and the wait was reduced to 30 minutes.) Nine storefronts (7 ATCs & 2 satellites) serve over 75,000 patients. Justice Grown in Ewing was issued a grow permit, bringing the total to 12 growing facilities.

Ed Tobias gave an update on the fact that the courts continue to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. Ed said that it is now up to the NJ DOH to respond to the settlement offer to resolve the lawsuit. Ed Hannaman suggested a constitutional amendment to do away with DOH limits on ATCs and let the free market determine how many in NJ are appropriate.

CMMNJ joins NJ patients in advocating for home delivery and home cultivation.

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.
NJ, Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! Send the letter from NORML

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020. 61% of NJ voters say they will approve the Constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for adults (see below).
CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign with Cannabis Voter Project: text CANNA to 40649 or, click here. Students, join: Class of 2020 Votes!
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be: A U.S. citizen; at least 18years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated.
#VoteCannabis2020 in the General Elections in November! Guy said that CannaGather will allow a CMMNJ member to talk about the GOTV campaign in a 10-minute interview for free at an upcoming conference. Getting lists of registered voters and establishing phone banks were suggested for the November election to GOTV for the ballot question.

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20.
CannaGather Digital History & Science of Culinary & Cannabis, 5/7/20, 7:30 – 9 pm.
Cannabis and COVID-19: Where Does America Go From Here? Webinar, May 13, 1 pm.

Recent events: NJCBA Webinar 4/15/20, 12 – 1 pm.
Canna Pop Up, 4/20/20, noon to 5 pm.
Sativa Cross Podcast, 4/20/20, 11 – 2 pm.

Treasury report: Checking: $4649; PayPal: $2735. Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618

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.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

GOTV at Princeton University



April 20, 2020

Christopher L. Eisgruber, President
Princeton University
1 Nassau Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544

Dear President Eisgruber:

Our organization has joined with Cannabis Voter Project @CannaVoterProject to conduct a Get Out the Vote campaign and we ask for your support in our efforts.

We believe that the general elections on November 3, 2020 present the perfect opportunity to engage young people in the civic process by encouraging them to register and vote. In addition to candidates for public offices, voters will be asked to approve the following ballot question:

Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”? Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis.

Cannabis reform currently has the support of over 70% of young adults in the state for very compelling reasons. Given the enormous therapeutic potential of cannabis, legalizing the adult use of this drug is the best way to get the right medicine to the most people. Additionally, the decades-long prohibition of cannabis has proven to be ineffective, harmful, and unnecessary given the relatively few dangers associated with its use by adults.

Even if you do not support cannabis reform, we are certain that you share our goal of encouraging students on your campus to register and vote. Would you please put us in touch with a member of your administration to help with this project? Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely yours,


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

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

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

May 12, 2020 CMMNJ Monthly Public Zoom Meeting



Lawrence Library is CLOSED. 
The public meeting will be a Zoom Conference: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
Topic: CMMNJ Public Meeting: Click to: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 876 2328 5804
Password: 232975

May 12, 2020 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda:
Approve the April 2020 minutes, below.

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services” that offer curbside pickup to patients. But patients still see delays at ATCs, reduced availability of specific strains, and temporary ATC closings. Nine storefronts (7 ATCs & 2 satellites) serve 75,000 patients. Justice Grown in Ewing was issued a grow permit, bringing the total to 12 growing facilities.
Court case halts the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses.

CMMNJ joins NJ patients in advocating for home cultivation and home delivery.
Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.

NJ, Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! Send the letter from NORML

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020. 61% of NJ voters say they will approve the Constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for adults (see below).
CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign with Cannabis Voter Project: text CANNA to 40649 or, click here. Students, join: Class of 2020 Votes!
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be: A U.S. citizen; at least 18years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated.
#VoteCannabis2020 in the General Elections in November!

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20.
CannaGather Digital History & Science of Culinary & Cannabis, 5/7/20, 7:30 – 9 pm.
Cannabis and COVID-19: Where Does America Go From Here? Webinar, May 13, 1 pm.

Recent events: NJCBA Webinar 4/15/20, 12 – 1 pm.
Canna Pop Up, 4/20/20, noon to 5 pm.
Sativa Cross Podcast, 4/20/20, 11 – 2 pm.

Treasury report: Checking: $4649; PayPal: $2735. Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618

More info: Ken Wolski, RN, MPA (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey
Twitter: @CMM_NJ
CMMNJ blog

CMMNJ’s free, public meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 – 9 PM.

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

The ballot question voters will be asked to approve on November 3, 2020:

      Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
     Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis.  The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. 
     Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

     This amendment would legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis.”  Only persons at least 21 years of age could use cannabis products legally.
     The Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the new adult cannabis market.  This commission was created in 2019 to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program.  The scope of the commission’s new authority would be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.
     All retail sales of cannabis products in the new adult cannabis market would be subject to the State’s sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

More info at: SCR183/ACR840



Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
April 14, 2020

Lawrence Library is CLOSED. The April 2020 meeting was instead a Zoom Conference: Click to Join the virtual meeting: My Meeting ID: 492-157-690 Meeting Password: 172200

This was the first fully virtual public meeting of CMMNJ. In the past we had experimented with podcasts during public meetings, but the CMMNJ Board objected to having a permanent record of meeting discussions. This was out of concerns about patient confidentiality, and patient self-incrimination when discussing use of an illegal substance.

As usual, in the beginning of the Zoom meeting, the participants introduced themselves and said a few words about why they were at the meeting. We advised participants that members of the media were invited and may be present at the meeting and there was no way to tell if their comments were being recorded (though technically, this was also true of possible surreptitious tapings of meetings at the library.) We extended our best wishes for everyone’s safety and health during this time of pandemic, social distancing and economic collapse.

The March 2020 minutes were approved. (3/10/20 was the 17th anniversary of CMMNJ!)

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services.” The DOH allows ATCs to offer curbside pickup to patients. Caregiver fees are reduced to $20. Patients see long lines at ATCs, reduced availability of specific strains, and temporary ATC closings. Nine ATCs across the state serve about 75,000 patients, with six grow sites. There was a weekly record increase of patients in the MMP during the week of 3/20/20 when over 4,000 patients joined the program. Ken said in a media interview that he thought this was likely due to an increase in community anxiety brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ed Tobias gave an update on the issue of the courts continuing to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. A settlement conference call was scheduled with the Appellate Court for 4/16/20 at 11 am.
The NJ Supreme Court ruled that employers cannot fire workers who use medical marijuana while off the job in the Wild case, 3/10/20.
NJ patients are advocating for home delivery and home cultivation:
Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.
NJ, Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! Send the letter from NORML

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020. 
CMMNJ’s GOTV (Get-Out-the-Vote) Campaign: text CANNA to 40649 or, click https://p2a.co/vtdM3z9 to talk to your elected reps about cannabis reform.
Thanks to our partner, HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be: A U.S. citizen; at least 18years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated.
Register to vote and VOTE in the General Elections in November. #VoteCannabis2020!
For wording of ballot question, see below or: SCR183/ACR840

Cannabates gave an update on hemp growing for CBD, and the NJ Hemp Industry Assn.

Upcoming Events: NJCBA Webinar 4/15/20, 12 – 1 pm.
Canna Pop Up, 4/20/20, noon to 5 pm.
Sativa Cross Podcast, 4/20/20, 11 – 2 pm.
420 Trenton State House events were cancelled—social distancing in effect.
Patients Out of Time 2020 Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics was postponed!
Moorestown Day, 6/2/20 was cancelled.
Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20. (Still on at this time!)

Recent events: : The Road to Legalization, Edison, NJ, 3/10/20.
“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” Princeton Present Day Club, 3/4/20.
Open Forum on Legalization of Cannabis, Atlantic City, 3/4/20.
ASA Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., March 25 – 28, 2020 (virtual conference).

Treasury report: Checking: $4094; PayPal: $2735. Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618

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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April 14 CMMNJ Agenda for Zoom meeting


The Lawrence Library is CLOSED. The CMMNJ public meeting will be a Zoom Conference: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM;
Click to Join the virtual meeting:
My Meeting ID: 492-157-690 Meeting Password: 172200

April 14, 2020 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda:
Approve the March 2020 minutes, below.

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services.” The DOH allows ATCs to offer curbside pickup to patients. Caregiver fees are reduced to $20. Patients see long lines at ATCs, reduced availability of specific strains, and temporary ATC closings. Nine ATCs across the state serve over 70,000 patients, with six grow sites. Courts continue to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. NJ Supreme Court rules employers cannot fire workers who use medical marijuana while off the job in the Wild case, 3/10/20.

NJ patients are advocating for home delivery and home cultivation.
Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw
NJ, Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! Send the letter from NORML

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020. 
CMMNJ’s GOTV (Get-Out-the-Vote) Campaign: text CANNA to 40649 or, click: https://p2a.co/vtdM3z9 to talk to your elected reps about cannabis reform.
Thanks to our partner, HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project 
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be: A U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated.
Register to vote and VOTE in the General Elections in November. #VoteCannabis2020!
For wording of ballot question, see below or: SCR183/ACR840

Upcoming Events: 420 Trenton State House events were cancelled—social distancing in effect.
Patients Out of Time 14th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, Bethesda, MD, May 28-30, 2020 (also the 25th anniversary of POT).
Shore Grow Patient Aid 20202 fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20.

Recent events: : The Road to Legalization, Edison, NJ, 3/10/20.
“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” Princeton Present Day Club, 3/4/20.
Open Forum on Legalization of Cannabis, Atlantic City, 3/4/20.
ASA Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., March 25 – 28, 2020 (virtual conference).

Treasury report: Checking: $4094; PayPal: $2735. Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618

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/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/
Twitter: @CMM_NJ

CMMNJ blog: https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/
CMMNJ’s free, public meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 – 9 PM.

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

The ballot question voters will be asked to approve on November 3, 2020:
      Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
     Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis.  The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. 
     Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

     This amendment would legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis.”  Only persons at least 21 years of age could use cannabis products legally.
     The Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the new adult cannabis market.  This commission was created in 2019 to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program.  The scope of the commission’s new authority would be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.
     All retail sales of cannabis products in the new adult cannabis market would be subject to the State’s sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

More info at:  SCR183/ACR840





Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
March 10, 2020

February 2020 minutes approved. 3/10/20 was the 17th anniversary of CMMNJ!

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020. 
For wording of ballot question, see ABOVE or: SCR183/ACR840
Register to vote and vote in the General Elections in November. #VoteCannabis2020!
Turnout, not persuasion is needed. CMMNJ should look to a “Get Out the Vote”  (GOTV) campaign, perhaps coordinated with League of Women Voters and/or NJ colleges and universities. Bill Caruso proposed passing a legalization law before the Nov. ballot question, but Fruqan Mouzon, Esq. said that would run into the same problem the legislature encountered before—the bill became too big with too many people wanting too many things out of legalization in NJ.

Home cultivation for patients—about 800 have signed the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ. 
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw. Web site needs to be filled out. Establish contact with NJ legislators. Create an email trail and post it. Herb Conaway has yet to answer why home cultivation was removed in 2009. What went wrong? Can we start a new bill in the Senate? 

NJ Supreme Court affirmed the appellate decision in the Wild case today, 3/10/20!

A NJ appellate court agreed to halt the review of 196 applications for 24 medical marijuana licenses. A hearing (oral arguments) won't take place before March 2020. The DOH said 51 applications were disqualified for various reasons, but applicants appealed that decision. Ed Tobias, Esq. prepared a brief due March 30th—he wants more licenses. Ed also has the first license to grow hemp in NJ—he said anyone can get one for about $400. 

NJ MMP Update: Compassionate Care Foundation opened a satellite dispensary in Atlantic City on 2/22/20, the ninth facility dispensing marijuana in NJ. It is open Thursday to Sunday.  
A Bill to expand MMP telehealth passed the Senate 2/20; Assembly to vote 3/5/20, 10 am. 

Tell Congress Not to Allow Trump to Roll Back Medical Marijuana Protections:  NORML.org

Pennington Day and Moorestown Day to be scheduled.

420 Events? State House Rally and CMMNJ booths outside NJ ATCs? Bridgett from Cura Leaf checking with Jeff Brown. She’s also checking to see if the CMMNJ hemp bands fundraiser can be reinstalled at Cura Leaf.

Upcoming Events: The Road to Legalization, Edison, NJ, 3/10/20, 10:30-4:30pm
“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” Princeton Present Day Club, 3/4/20, 12:30 – 2:15 pm.
Open Forum on Legalization of Cannabis, Atlantic City, 3/4/20, 11 am. RSVP: (609) 457-0149. 
Garden State NORML, Lawrence Twp., NJ Library, 3/31/20, 6:30 pm.
ASA Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., March 25 – 28, 2020—held virtually, not in-person..
Patients Out of Time 14th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, Bethesda, MD, May 28-30, 2020 (also the 25th anniversary of POT).
Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20.

Recent events: “Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” JCC, Edison, NJ, 2/11/20.

Treasury report: Checking: $4054; PayPal: $2735. CMMNJ got a $200 donation from the Magical Butter machine won at the 2019 Shore Grow Patient Aid fundraiser. Many thanks to the Byrne family of Ewing, NJ, who, on the untimely death of their son, Will, directed memorial contributions to CMMNJ. The Byrnes said that medical marijuana greatly improved the last year of their son’s life.

Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or send a check to:
CMMNJ
219 Woodside Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08618 

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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

CMMNJ Monthly Meeting Agenda for March 10, 2020


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #1 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve February 2020 minutes. 3/10/20 is the 17th anniversary of CMMNJ!

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020.
For wording of ballot question, see below or: SCR183/ACR840
Register to vote and vote in the General Elections in November. #VoteCannabis2020!

Home cultivation for patients-
Sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.

NJ MMP Update: Compassionate Care Foundation opened a satellite dispensary in Atlantic City on 2/22/20, the ninth facility dispensing marijuana for medical use in NJ.

A NJ appellate court agreed to halt the review of 196 applications for 24 additional medical marijuana licenses. A hearing (oral arguments) won't take place before March 2020. The DOH said 51 applications were disqualified for various reasons, but applicants appealed that decision.

A Bill to expand MMP telehealth passed the Senate 2/20; Assembly to vote 3/5/20, 10 am.

Tell Congress Not to Allow Trump to Roll Back Medical Marijuana Protections:  NORML.org

Upcoming Events: 
“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” Princeton Present Day Club, 3/4/20, 12:30 – 2:15 pm.
Open Forum on Legalization of Cannabis, Atlantic City, 3/4/20, 11 am. RSVP: (609) 457-0149.
The Road to Legalization, Edison, NJ, 3/10/20, 10:30-4:30 pm.
Garden State NORML, Lawrence Twp., NJ Library, 3/25/20, 6:30 pm.
ASA Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., March 25 – 28, 2020.
Patients Out of Time 14th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, Bethesda, MD, May 28-30, 2020 (also the 25th anniversary of POT).
Shore Grow Patient Aid 20202 fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20.

Recent events: “Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” JCC, Edison, NJ, 2/11/20.

Treasury report: Checking: $4054; PayPal: $2735.

Many thanks to the Byrne family of Ewing, NJ, who, on the untimely death of their son, Will, directed memorial contributions to CMMNJ. The Byrnes said that medical marijuana greatly improved the last year of their son’s life. Even in their grief, they reached out to help others.

To make a tax-deductible donation to CMMNJ, click here!

CMMNJ’s free, public 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

CMMNJ blog (for agendas and published reports since 2009).

Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey

Twitter: @CMM_NJ

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


The ballot question voters will be asked to approve on November 3, 2020:

      Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
     Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis.  The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. 
     Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

     This amendment would legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis.”  Only persons at least 21 years of age could use cannabis products legally.
     The Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the new adult cannabis market.  This commission was created in 2019 to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program.  The scope of the commission’s new authority would be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.
     All retail sales of cannabis products in the new adult cannabis market would be subject to the State’s sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

More info at:  SCR183/ACR840





Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
February 11, 2020

January 2020 minutes approved.

1/18/20—10th anniversary of NJ’s CUMCA.

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on November 3, 2020. See below or  SCR183/ACR840  

Register to vote and vote in the General Elections in November. #VoteCannabis2020! (#VoteCannabis2020 will apply for 501(c)(3) status.)

Guest Op-ed: So many reasons to legalize marijuana 

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ500 signatures so far--it urges legislators to meet with Ken to discuss patient concerns. (Part of a larger campaign including a web site being designed.) Gov. Murphy said he’d sign a Home Grow bill (Jeff’s Law) if we got it to his desk—the bill still needs to be written and introduced. Build coalition support for home grow--NJUMR

NJ MMP Update: Growing operations will start at TerrAscend in Boonton Twp. which will also run three dispensaries. In Feb., three cultivation permits were issued to Verano in Readington, MPX NJ in Pleasantville and Columbia Care NJ in Vineland, bringing the number of medical marijuana cultivation sites in NJ to 11. 

There are seven ATCs currently dispensing medical marijuana: Greenleaf in Montclair, Compassionate Care Foundation in Egg Harbor, Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge and Union Township, Breakwater in Cranbury, Curaleaf in Bellmawr, Harmony in Secaucus and Rise in Paterson. 

There are now 67,644 patients, 2,543 caregivers and 1,100 physicians participating in the program. 

An NJ appellate court agreed to halt the review of 196 applications for 24 medical marijuana licenses. A hearing (oral arguments) won't take place before March 2020. The DOH said 51 applications were disqualified for various reasons, but applicants are appealing that decision.

An NJ appellate court ruled in favor of reimbursement for a worker’s medical marijuana after a workplace accident. An appeal is unlikely to be heard by the NJ Supreme Court, since the Appellate decision was unanimous.

A Medical Cannabis Dispensary Technician training class will be held this spring at the Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

NORML: Gov. Murphy gets an A-; NJ Cannabis Insider analysis of reform efforts. 

CMMNJ Board members:
Jim Miller, Longtime Advocate, and NJ Homegrow Leader

Gaetano Lardieri: Cannabis Science Leader and Advocate

A bill would expand telehealth prescribing for medical marijuana patients—the bill passed the state Senate today.

The CMMNJ Year End Report for 2019 is available at: https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2020/01/cmmnj-year-end-report-2019.html

Upcoming Events: 
The Road to Legalization, Edison, NJ, 3/10/20, 10:30-4:30pm
“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” JCC, Edison, NJ, 2/11/20, 10:30 – 11:30 am.
“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” Princeton Present Day Club, 3/4/20, 12:30 – 2:15 pm.
ASA Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., March 25 – 28, 2020.
Patients Out of Time 14th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, Bethesda, MD, May 28-30, 2020 (also the 25th anniversary of POT).
Shore Grow Patient Aid 20202 fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20.

Recent events: 
Black Cannabis Mixer of 2020, Ewing, NJ, 1/20/20. 
Garden State NORML lobby day, 12 noon, Trenton State House: 12/16/19.
Interview with Dean Becker of Drug Truth Network: 1/2/20 & 1/3/20

Treasury report: Checking: $4021; PayPal: $2511. A detailed treasury report was forwarded to CMMNJ Board members for 2019.  In summary, in 2019 CMMNJ had expenditures of $3,482 and income of $2,128 for a loss this year of $1,354. CMMNJ finished the year with a checking account balance of $3,726 and a PayPal account balance of $2512 for a grand total of $6,238.

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

Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey

Twitter: @CMM_NJ

CMMNJ blog (for agendas and published reports since 2009).

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




Monday, January 13, 2020

CMMNJ Year End Report 2019



Year End Report 2019
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 2019, CMMNJ held eleven free public meetings at the Lawrence Township Library in Mercer County.  (The February 2019 meeting was canceled due to snow.) 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 over 1000 supporters each month and posted the agendas on Facebook, Twitter and on the CMMNJ blog.    

CMMNJ’s public meetings for 2020 will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 pm at the Lawrence Twp. (Mercer County) Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike 
Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648.  All are welcome at these meetings and there is never a charge to attend. Meeting at the library does not imply Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.


New Jersey Highlights of 2019:

·         Marijuana legalization for adults failed to progress through the New Jersey legislature in 2019 despite the support of the governor, the senate president and the assembly speaker, as well as a majority of voters in the state;
·         In November 2019 it was finally decided that the adult use of marijuana will be voted on as a ballot question in November 2020;
·         The Medical Marijuana Program continues to expand as Governor Murphy signed the Jake Honig law in July 2019;
·         Marijuana reform progresses nationally and regionally;
·         CMMNJ continues to await action from the NJ OAG on re/descheduling hearings conducted in the spring of 2018;
·         CMMNJ publications, activities, finances and Board report.

Marijuana legalization advanced:

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 January 2018, Governor Phil Murphy brought a new administration to Trenton that was much friendlier to marijuana reform than the previous administration. However, the state’s adult use marijuana reform continued to be delayed throughout the year.  The primary legalization bill, S2703/A4497,  the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act” which legalizes personal use cannabis for adults passed legislative committees 11/26/18 and on 3/18/19 (see testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee & Assembly Appropriations Committee) but the hoped for floor vote did not take place on March 25. The Senate failed to get enough votes to guarantee passage. So the marijuana legalization bill was delayed. Key NJ Senators say they got more calls opposing this bill than supporting it! Supporters were encouraged to reach out to organizations and tell them to tell their members to support this bill. However, some advocates opposed the bill because it did not include home cultivation or sufficient social justice provisions. In-fighting among Democrats that had nothing to do with marijuana played a role in the failure to pass the adult use bill. Republicans in the Legislature uniformly opposed the bill.

Legalization discussions continued around NJ: Hackensack, Hoboken, Barnegat, Newark, Brick, E. Brunswick,  Rutgers U. A Monmouth University poll in February 2019 showed 62% of NJ adults favor legalization.

In September, it was hoped that the NJ marijuana legalization bill (S2703), would get a legislative floor vote in the lame duck session (early Nov. to early Jan., 2020.) CMMNJ showed support for this legislation and asked for a home cultivation bill for patients to be introduced in 2020. Advocates were encouraged to send an email to their legislators and sign the NJUMR letter!  CMMNJ produced a video in support of S2703, and sent out a Press Release, but to no avail. Two-thirds of Americans favor legalizing marijuana according to Gallup.

But the NJ legislators said they would not vote on the marijuana legalization bill, (S2703), in 2019, shortly after a State House Press Conference for the adult use bill on 11/18/19. CMMNJ supported this legislation and the efforts to force a vote continued. Now, legalization will be a ballot question in Nov. 2020. Even if the ballot question passes, the issue will return to the legislature for final bill wording and then to the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for regulations.

Gov. Murphy signed A5322 to allow hemp farming in NJ after registration with the Dept. of Agriculture.

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) closed their HQ in Trenton after 17 years.

New Jersey (NJ) Department of Health (DOH) Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP):

The seventh anniversary of legal sales of marijuana in New Jersey was on 12-6-19. The ninth anniversary of New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act becoming law was on 1-18-19.

Seven Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) are currently open and dispensing medical marijuana to over 60,000 qualified patients: Greenleaf Compassion Center of Montclair, Harmony Dispensary of Secaucus, Compassionate Care Foundation of Egg Harbor and Garden State Dispensary of Woodbridge and Union Township, Curaleaf of NJ in Bellmawr (Camden Co.) and Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center of Cranbury. One additional ATC opened in 2019—RISE Dispensary (GTI New Jersey), in Paterson, Passaic County, NJ. The new ATC is scheduling appointments to dispense medicinal marijuana to patients and/or their caregivers, and accepting walk-ins. A patient can change their ATC whenever they wish but can only be registered with one ATC at a time.

NJ DOH OK’d 6 applications for ATCs on 12/17/18 in Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Ewing, Paterson, Phillipsburg & Vineland. Applicants must comply with background checks and state and local regulations. Only RISE in Paterson has opened so far. The DOH selected 6 applicants:

  • NETA NJ, LLC – Phillipsburg
  • GTI New Jersey, LLC – Paterson
  • Verano NJ LLC – Elizabeth (Dispensary), Rahway (Cultivation Site)
  • Justice Grown – Ewing
  • MPX New Jersey – Atlantic City (Dispensary), Galloway (Cultivation)
  • Columbia Care New Jersey – Vineland
NJ DOH published MMP Biennial Report 4/1/19. Recommendations therein were to: Raise the 2 ounce per month limit; Lower prices by expanding supply, access and competition; Increase cultivation sites to 24, & add 50 dispensary sites. CMMNJ Board members interviewed. MMP has over 40,000 patients. Opioid Use Disorder was approved for marijuana therapy in conjunction with Medication Assisted Treatment.

NJ DOH MMP proposed regulations from the Division of Medicinal Marijuana were filed on May 24, 2018. CMMNJ submitted written comments on 8/17/18. The DOH adopted new rules effective 5/20/19, making it easier to add qualifying conditions.

By June 2019, the MMP expanded to 47,500 patients, 950 doctors.

The medical marijuana expansion act, S10/2426, was stalled, after sailing through three legislative committees on November 26, 2018. This bill was tied to the legalization bill, though there was really no reason that it could not advance on its own. Governor Murphy signed the medical marijuana expansion act, S20/A20 into law on 7/2/19, effective immediately. It included
  • Patients may visit doctors only once a year; 
  • there is an increase in allowable limits to 3 ounces/month for all, and unlimited amounts for hospice patients
  • Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and Physicians’ Assistants (PA’s) will be permitted to recommend marijuana; 
  • edibles, tinctures, and sublinguals are now permitted for adults as well as minors
  • various patient protections were included for workplace, housing, child care, etc.
  • the state sales tax will be eliminated in 2022; 
  • institutional caregivers will be able to procure medical marijuana for patients in health care facilities
  • educational programs will be developed
  • research will be conducted
  • out-of-state ID cards will be honored, etc. 
Home cultivation is still not considered for NJ patients, however. CMMNJ wants 30-second video testimony on why patient/caregiver home cultivation and co-ops are necessary and what being legal means to you. Send to #CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/ Ken was interviewed on 101.5 FM about ATC prices and advocated for home cultivation for patients.  CMMNJ participated in a rally in Trenton for home cultivation on 11/25/19.

A number of patients complain physicians refuse to discuss cannabis with their patients. CMMNJ requested documentation of these refusals—who, what, when, where, and why.

Jim Miller started a campaign including a petition to end the sales tax on medical marijuana immediately. 

DOH issued an RFA for 108 new ATCs in NJ, including 24 for cultivation, 30 for manufacturing & 54 for dispensaries. Applications were due August 15, 2019. DOH changed and reissued the RFA for 24 new ATCs in NJ on 7/1/19, including up to 8 in the north, 8 in central NJ, 7 in the south, and 1 “at-large”; these include 5 for cultivation, 15 dispensaries, and 4 vertically integrated permits. Application forms were posted July 15; due on 8/21 (Dispensary) and 8/22 (Cultivation & Vertically Integrated). Pre-Application Webinar was held on 8/2/19. Applicants sought community support for proposed ATC sites in Trenton, Brick, Vineland, Clayton, etc.

NJ’s first death associated with vaping was noted. The NJ DOH MMP said there were no reports of serious lung illness associated with products sold in NJ ATCs.  The problem should spur legislators to make vaping safer through regulations, not bans, just as we made cars safer in response to traffic deaths.

The Superior Court Appellate Division ruled that Medical Marijuana users may not be Discriminated Against In New Jersey

 

N.J. Supreme Court took the case of a funeral director fired for using medical marijuana.


With CMMNJ’s encouragement, advocates attended and spoke up at local council meetings and other civic meetings throughout the state in support of marijuana reform. Jim Miller went to the Toms River council and Lefty Grimes and the Ignorance is No Excuse tour went to many communities.

Marijuana rescheduling in New Jersey:

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division heard oral arguments for marijuana rescheduling/descheduling in New Jersey on 11/29/16 in Trenton. Nearly a year later, in November 2017, the Appellate Court ruled that the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs (“the Division”) in the New Jersey Attorney General’s office erred when he said he lacked the authority to reclassify/reschedule/de-schedule marijuana. The Director must reconsider his decision in the “post-CUMMA era” the court said. New Jersey must recognize marijuana's medicinal value, the court insisted. The AG’s office announced that it will not further pursue its appeal. The Division recognizes that it has the authority to reevaluate how marijuana is classified under state law.

Accordingly, rescheduling/descheduling hearings were held by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General on 4/19/18 in Newark and on 4/24/18 in Trenton. For CMMNJ testimony, click the links. We still await summaries or other results of these hearings. CMMNJ called the NJ OAG re: results of marijuana rescheduling hearings 4/19/18, Newark & 4/24/18 Trenton, but there was no reply from the OAG. The OAG is reportedly still working on it.

Marijuana reform progresses nationally, regionally and internationally:
The “Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States” (CARERS) Act & the “Marijuana Justice Act” were re-introduced in the 116th Congress. New Congressional Dems plan to hold House hearings.
Illinois was the 11th state to legalize marijuana for adults. The legislature sent the bill to governor.

Drug Enforcement Administration’s announcement: it will begin processing applications to cultivate marijuana for research. Reg proposal first. Hemp is no longer a controlled substance.

Change.org petition for Nobel Prize for Raphael Mechoulam supported.
House passes historic SAFE Act that would allow cannabis businesses to open bank accounts

Feds continue to prohibit the Department of Justice from using its resources to prosecute individuals acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. However, President Trump said, in a signing statement, that he still could enforce federal laws.

House passed the MORE Act out of committee! Federal marijuana reform progress.

Jahan Marcu’s “Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine” launch 11/15/19, & ABC7 report.

June 7th was the anniversary of Cheryl Miller’s death in 2003.

Statehouse Podcasts:

CMMNJ participated in a series of Statehouse Podcasts going back to 2014.  The final 2019 Statehouse Podcast concluded with Thanksgiving Day lunch/clothing giveaway outside the Annex. 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 and home cultivation.

 2019 CMMNJ Publications:

CMMNJ Monthly Agendas and Minutes also contain links to published reports by and about CMMNJ Board members and friends.  For the CMMNJ Agendas and Minutes, see the CMMNJ blog. May 16, 2019 was the 10th anniversary of the CMMNJ blog.

Trentonian LTE: Neese's inaccuracies on marijuana

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for December 10, 2019 & November Minutes

CMMNJ Video Supports Adult Use Cannabis Bill

CMMNJ November 12, 2019 Meeting Agenda and October Minutes https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2019/11/november-12-2019-public-meeting-agenda.html

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for October 8, 2019 and September Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for September 10, 2019 and August Minutes

Safety of NJ ATC Vape Carts

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for August 13, 2019 and July Minutes

Sen. Sweeney: we support legalization; will you support home cultivation?

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for July 9, 2019 and June Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for June 11, 2019 and May Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for May 14, 2019 and April Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for April 9, 2019 and March Minutes

LEGALIZE IT, NJ! State House Annex Rally, 4/20, noon – 2 pm

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for March 12, 2019 & January Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for February 12, 2019 (Meeting canceled)

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for January 8, 201 and December 2018 Minutes

CMMNJ Year End Report 20187

Board member Jo Anne Zito’s Facebook publications:

Medical Cannabis Home Cultivation Follow-up with Senate President Sweeney

ATTENTION: NJ Cannabis Activism

Cannabis Legalization for Justice

No Grow

S10/A10 Testimony

NJ Cannabis News 3/20/19 ~ Legislature Quotes

Pass S2703/A4497, S10/A10, & S3205/A4498

Assembly Judiciary Hearing ~ Quijano Expungement 6/4/18
Sweeney Protest Follow-up

Die-in for Medical Cannabis Home Grow Access & Opioid Use Crisis

Cannabis Law Reform Yeas & Naes with corresponding legislative districts

Home Grow Now

Home Grow States


CMMNJ members took part in the following events in 2019:

Patients Out of Time (POT) conference, Tampa, FL, 4/11-4/13/19.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/18- 3/20/19.

Medical Marijuana in New Jersey,(4 CEUs for RNs) 2/2/19, 8am – 12 pm, Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro, NJ.

Medical Marijuana in New Jersey,” (4 CEUs for RNs) presentation is also available at Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley on 2/16/19, 8am – 12 pm.

Community Cannabis Forum, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ, 4/4/19, 7 – 9 pm.

Medical Marijuana in New Jersey,” Hackensack UMC, Pascack Valley 2/16/19.

5th Annual CANNAEAST Conference March 12-13, 2019 New York, NY.
Trenton Cannabis Community event, Trenton, NJ Library, 4/3/19.
Jersey Cannabis Network April 15, Asbury Park, Porta Asbury Park.
Pennington Day, Pennington, NJ 5/18/19.
Moorestown Day, Main St., Moorestown, NJ, 6/1/19.

Smoke-In for Patient Home Grow @ Sen. Sweeney's, W. Deptford, 4/4/19.

Die-in for Medical Cannabis Home Grow & OUD; 4/18/19, Trenton State House.

Trenton State House Podcast, last Thursday of each month, noon.
Cannabis in the Community, Trenton Main Library, 5/8/19.
“Up in Smoke:  Legalized Marijuana’s Impact on Mental Health, Social Justice and Substance Use Recovery in NJ,” NJ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Assn., Forsgate CC, Monroe, 5/23.
Jersey Gay Pride Festival, Asbury Park, 6/2/19.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19. 
NORML Advocacy Day, Trenton State House, 6/10/19.
Shore Grow Hydro, Patient Aid fundraiser for CMMNJ, 6/22/19, Ocean Twp., NJ.
Medical Marijuana & Senior Citizens, Princeton Senior Resource Center, July 15.
“The Grassroots Cannabis Forum” Kennedy Park, Asbury Park, 7/6/19.
State of marijuana in the state of New Jersey. NJ Spotlight Roundtable 6/21/19.
Human marijuana bong sings pro-medical pot songs, at various council meetings in NJ.
NORML Conference, Washington, D.C. September 8 -10, 2019.
Cannabis Career Fair, Stockton University Student Center, 9/13/19.

NJTV News: Cannabis Country: Balancing legalization, etc., 9/4.

CAPITAL CITY AREA BLACK CAUCUS: "The Color of Cannabis: Challenges, Choices and Opportunities," MCCC-James Kerney Campus, Trenton, Sept. 11.
American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA), Cannabis Care 2019 Conference, New Orleans, LA, 12/4-12/6/2019.
Garden State NORML Rally and Lobby Day, State House, Trenton, 9/23/19.
“Medical marijuana’s impact on people living with HIV,” "Paterson-Passaic-Bergen County HIV Health Services Planning Council", Paterson, NJ, Oct. 1.
NJ Marijuana Update,” Trenton YMCA, 11/9/19.
“Medical Marijuana & the Elderly,” Acorn Glen, Princeton, NJ, 11/12/19.
Black Cannabis Mixer, Black Cannabis, Coopers Riverview, 10/20/19.
Jim Miller did a series of solo demonstrations for home cultivation in front of the governor’s office.

“We All Die, And Marijuana Improves The Quality Of Life Of The Dying Like No Other Drug” Interview With Activist and Medical Marijuana Patient Ken Wolski: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/posts/2798456146850710

#JusticeforJawara: Bergen County is hoping to avoid civil litigation over a 2017 jail attack that left Jawara McIntosh with severe brain injuries.
WEEDSTOCK, DE NORML, 8/16 & 17.
Marijuana reform in Delaware, Repeal Day Rally & Soiree, Wilmington, Dec. 7. (Zoe Patchell from the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network gave an update on marijuana reform events in Delaware via phone during the CMMNJ November public meeting. They celebrated Dec. 7 as the 86th anniversary of the repeal of alcohol prohibition in the U.S.)
Rutgers Cannabis Symposium, Somerset, NJ, 12/18/19.
Thanksgiving Food & Clothing Giveaway, Trenton State House, 11/28/19.
“#94 & NO MORE,” NJUMR State House Press Conference, Trenton, 11/18/19.
Rally for Home Cultivation, War Memorial, Trenton, 11/25/19.

The 16th anniversary of CMMNJ’s first public event at the White Dog CafĂ© was on 3/10/19.

Web site update: 

Amanda is working with Nick & Mike to update our site.

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:
  • volunteer administrators who moderate the many discussions on Facebook’s Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ;
  • activists who spoke out at community meetings to dispel marijuana stigmas;
  • activists who contacted the media and elected officials for marijuana reform;
  • special “Thank you” to all who contributed food, clothing and cash to the CMMNJ & Sativa Cross Thanksgiving Food & Clothing Giveaway at the Trenton State House; and,
  • CMMNJ mourned the untimely death of Terry Harris with a moment of silence at the November public meeting.

CMMNJ 2019 Board Update:

Vanessa Waltz resigned from the CMMNJ Board in 2019. We are grateful for all that she contributed to medical marijuana in New Jersey.
At the Board Meeting on 4/2/19, CMMNJ welcomed Gaetano Lardieri onto our Board of Directors. Guy showed his “project manager” skills by coordinating this year’s video project.
Six CMMNJ Board members made The Insider 100: Cannabis Power List. Congratulations to Amanda, Guy, Jim, Jo Anne, Peter & Ken!
Ken won “Community Recognition” from the Capital City Area Black Caucus on 11/9/19 for, “Your Commitment to Persons of Color & Minority Participation in NJ’s Cannabis Community.” 
Ken was also given a plaque by the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) at their conference in New Orleans in December, recognizing him as a “Founding Member, Cannabis Pioneer, and Past BOD” of the ACNA.
Frequent Board discussions were conducted by group emails as opposed to formal Board meetings during 2019.
At the close of 2019, 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; 
  • Larry Vargo;
  • Amanda Hoffman;
  • Jo Anne Zito; 
  • Philippe Dume; 
  • Michael Brennan; and,
  • Gaetano Lardieri.

  • CMMNJ’s Honorary Board Member is Allan Marain, Esq.

Treasury Report: 

A detailed treasury report was forwarded to CMMNJ Board members.  In summary, in 2019 CMMNJ had expenditures of $3,482 and income of $2,128 for a loss this year of $1,354. CMMNJ finished the year with a checking account balance of $3,726 and a PayPal account balance of $2512 for a grand total of $6,238.

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

CMMNJ is grateful for the generous financial support of all who contributed to our mission to educate the public about the benefits of medical marijuana. CMMNJ is especially grateful to those who contributed anonymously through Network for Good, whose donations totaled $373 in 2019. CMMNJ is unable to individually thank those who donated through Network for Good since the donations are listed as anonymous.

CMMNJ Board members will be encouraged to increase fundraising efforts in 2020 in order to be in a better position to meet our objectives and goals.

CMMNJ’s 2020 Recommendations:

·         Build support for the ballot question to legalize marijuana for adults in New Jersey.
·         Allow registered patients in the NJ MMP to grow a limited supply of cannabis (Home Grow Now!)
·         Increase fundraising efforts for CMMNJ.
·         Plan and influence a timely legalization program that brings affordable, high quality marijuana to New Jersey adults in an appropriately regulated fashion.
·         CMMNJ renews its annual call for national clinical trials of marijuana.
·         Reschedule or deschedule marijuana, both in New Jersey and nationally.
·         Continue to expand New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program by adding qualifying conditions and allowing home cultivation for patients.
·         Attend and participate in marijuana-related educational conferences.

Schedule of CMMNJ 2020 meetings:
 
CMMNJ’s free, public meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month in 2019 from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Branch of the Mercer County Library, Room #1 or #3. (Meeting at the library does not imply the county’s endorsement of our issue.)

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More Info:

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana—New Jersey, Inc. www.cmmnj.org
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618  

January 6, 2020