Monday, July 31, 2017

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for August 8, 2017


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #1 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve June 2017 minutes There was no meeting in July 2017. Discuss:

Informational hearing on Sen. Scutari’s legalization bill (S3195) held at Senate Judiciary Committee on 6/19/17. CMMNJ testified in support of the bill and called for public use of marijuana. CMMNJ also called for CUMMA amendments—repeal 7% medical tax; add home cultivation; & reschedule marijuana.

NJ DOH posted the Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel’s initial approval to 43 of 45 petitions to add conditions to the MMP on 7/25/17. See:
http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/documents/Initial%20Recommendation%20Letter.pdf
A 60 day public comment period ends 9/25/17, to be followed by final rec’s.  Submit comments to : mmp.administrator@doh.nj.gov or by mail to NJ DOH MMP, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, Attn: Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel. 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

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

Upcoming Events: “CMMNJ TV” taping, Princeton TV studio 8/28/17, noon to 4pm. Guests?
Camden Ad Hoc Decrim Committee 8/8/17.
Fully Baked Radio educational event at Trenton’s Mill Hill Park, 8/12/17 at 4:20 pm.

Recent Events: Medical Cannabis Conference at Princeton Medical Center In Plainsboro NJ, 6/10/17.
Harmony Foundation issued permit to grow marijuana as 6th ATC in NJ, 7/27/17.
“Nursing Medical Cannabis Conference” at Monmouth Medical Center, 7/15/17, 8am – 1pm.
CMMNJ TV taping with Riley Cote, 7/31/17.
Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion detention hearing scheduled for 8/1/17. “Joint” closed.

Treasury report: Checking: $3369; PayPal: $3054. 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 
June 13, 2017

May 2017 Minutes approved.

Sen. Scutari introduced legalization bill (S3195) on 5/15/17 at State House press conference. CMMNJ issued a press release: Legalization is the best way to get the right medicine to the most people. CMMNJ to call for CUMMA amendments—repeal 7% medical tax; add home cultivation; & reschedule marijuana. Informational hearing at Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled for 6/19/17. Trump effect??

NJ DOH Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel gave initial approval to 43 of 45 petitions to add conditions to the MMP (only Asthma and Chronic Fatigue denied). A 60 day public comment period to start soon(?), 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

Leo Bridgewater is president of NJ Chapter of “Minorities for Medical Marijuana” a national org., and he is also affiliated with NJ CannaBusiness Assn. Mercer County Community College wants to have a place for medical marijuana patients to smoke on campus.

Questionnaire for candidates being developed.

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

Upcoming Events: “CMMNJ TV” taping, Princeton Community TV studio 6/26/17, 10-12pm—Guests?
 “Nursing Medical Cannabis Conference” at Monmouth Medical Center, 7/15/17, 8am – 1pm

Recent Events: Medical Cannabis Conference at Princeton Medical Center In Plainsboro NJ, 6/10/17.
Global Cannabis March--Rehoboth Beach, DE, & NYC, 5/6/17.
Pennington Day, 5/20/17, 9 – 4 pm.
Ken Wolski’s “Grand Rounds” at Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, NJ, 5/11/17 for CMEs.
“Medical Marijuana” at Montclair’s Center for Healthy Living, 5/31/17 for CEUs.
Treasury report: Checking: $3125; PayPal: $3040. 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:


S 3195: Legalizes possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana for persons age 21 and over; creates Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/S3500/3195_I1.HTM

Here's what the legal pot bill would do
Scutari's bill, (S3195) based on visits to Colorado's thriving recreational program would:
Decriminalize marijuana possession of up to 50 grams "immediately" and allow people who have been arrested for pot possession to expunge their records;
Establish a Division of Marijuana Enforcement in the state Attorney General's Office which would create the rules used to govern the legal market of growers and sellers;
Allow people to possess up to one ounce of dried marijuana, 16 ounces of edible products infused with cannabis, 72 ounces in liquid form and seven grams of marijuana "concentrate;
Impose a sales tax on recreational sales beginning at 7 percent in the first year, climbing to 10 percent in the second year and jumping five percent more each year until it reaches 25 percent. Taxes on medical marijuana would be abolished.
Give the five existing medical marijuana dispensary nonprofit groups first crack at selling recreational pot.

Pot groups: Let NJers smoke marijuana in public
http://nj1015.com/pot-groups-let-njers-smoke-marijuana-in-public/?trackback=tsmclip

How hard is it to get medical marijuana in N.J.? Ask the law's sponsor
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/06/how_hard_is_it_to_get_into_the_medical_marijuana_p.html

A preview of medical marijuana industry coming to Pennsylvania
http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/a-preview-of-medical-marijuana-industry-coming-to-pa

Doctors raked in cash to push fentanyl as N.J. death rate exploded
http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2017/06/doctors_raked_in_cash_to_push_powerful_fentanyl_as_nj_death_rate_soared.html

N.J. cops: Stop wasting our money on absurd pot arrests | Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/07/nj_cops_stop_wasting_our_money_on_absurd_pot_arres.html

Revamped Medical Marijuana Effort at the Federal Level?
https://www.healthcarepackaging.com/article/trends-and-issues/medical-marijuana/revamped-medical-marijuana-effort-federal-level

I was fired for using medical marijuana, man claims
http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2017/07/man_claims_he_was_fired_over_medical_marijuana_use.html

Marijuana Industry Gears Up After N.J. Candidate Backs Legalization
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/nyregion/new-jersey-marijuana-industry.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170707&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Political Pot Prisoner Ed Forchion Ends NJ Hunger Strike, Secures Bail Detention Hearing
https://californianewswire.com/political-pot-prisoner-ed-forchion-ends-nj-hunger-strike-secures-bail-detention-hearing/

Effort to decriminalize pot in N.J. sees Camden in leading role
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/effort-to-decriminalize-pot-in-nj-sees-camden-in-leading-role-20170717.html

15 Nursing Contact Hours! All Inclusive Medical Cannabis Conference at Iberostar in 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

Racial disparities persist in New Jersey marijuana arrests, report shows
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/politics/item/104840-racial-disparities-persist-in-new-jersey-marijuana-arrests-report-shows

N.J.'s move to legalize marijuana has begun. Here's all you need to know about it.
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/06/njs_road_to_legal_marijuana_begins_here.html

NJ nurse with adopted son who suffers from seizures calls for less strict marijuana laws
http://pix11.com/2017/06/19/nj-nurse-with-adopted-son-who-suffers-from-seizures-calls-for-less-strict-marijuana-laws/

Another warehouse to grow medical marijuana set in N.J.
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/firm-with-russian-links-will-open-n-j-s-6th-medical-marijuana-dispensary-20170728.html

Here's where Jersey's next medical marijuana dispensary will open this year
http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2017/07/it_took_six_years_but_another_medical_marijuana_di.html

SativaCross.com Podcast from Chris Christie's Office
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezj8C5cGVC0

S3195: Legislation to Legalize Marijuana in NJ and CMMNJ’s Proposed Amendments to CUMMA
http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/06/s3195-legislation-to-legalize-marijuana.html






Tuesday, June 13, 2017

S3195: Legislation to Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey, and CMMNJ's Proposed Amendments to the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act



The Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) is pleased to learn that Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Union) introduced S3195, legislation to tax, regulate and legalize marijuana for adults in New Jersey on May 15, 2017 at the State House in Trenton. CMMNJ recognizes the failure of the current policy of marijuana prohibition, the harm to society that marijuana prohibition causes, and the disproportionate racial impact of this policy. Colorado has demonstrated that there are many financial and social benefits that can be anticipated from legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana for adults.
CMMNJ endorsed legalization of marijuana in New Jersey in January 2014.*

CMMNJ believes that ending cannabis prohibition is the best way to get the right medicine to the most people. The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) passed into law in January 2010, yet only about 11,000 patients have received ID cards from the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP), in a state with almost nine million people. Hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey could benefit from marijuana therapy—perhaps a million or more. Garden State residents have a one in three chance of a cancer diagnosis and a one in three chance of chronic pain at some time in their lives. Moreover, we all die, and marijuana can help with some of the typical symptoms associated with terminal illness better than any other drug. Legalizing marijuana for adults would make it more like an over-the-counter drug, and less like a prescription drug, that is now prohibitively expensive for so many patients in the state. S3195 will make medical marijuana like aspirin--a drug you can buy in a local store, without going to a doctor every couple of months for a recommendation, or having to go to one of only five Alternative Treatment Centers in the state to pick it up.

Along with endorsing S3195, CMMNJ calls for immediate amendments to the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act to:
  • Eliminate the 7% tax on medical marijuana;
  • Restore home cultivation (“six plants” per qualified patient) that was called for in the original legislation (S119/A804**) and approved by the New Jersey Senate in February 2009; 
  • Recognize out-of-state medical marijuana ID cards (also in S119/A804) now that 29 states and Washington, D.C. have these programs; 
  • Expand the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana to include the original language in S119/A804, along with the 43 petitions to add qualifying conditions that were given initial approval by the Department of Health Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel last month; 
  • Allow any licensed physician or Advanced Practice Nurse with a current CDS certificate and a practice in the state to recommend medical marijuana for New Jersey patients; and,
  • Reschedule marijuana to a more appropriate schedule that acknowledges marijuana’s accepted medical uses in the United States, its safety profile, and its low addiction potential.
CMMNJ has concerns about the prohibition of outdoor marijuana smoking in S3195. We believe that this prohibition will not affect patients currently in the MMP, since, according to S3195, “Nothing in…this bill shall be construed: a. to limit any privileges or rights of a medical marijuana patient…as provided in the ‘New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act’ P.L. 2009, c.307 (C.24:61-1 et. seq.)” CMMNJ takes this to mean that patients in the MMP can still smoke marijuana outdoors, essentially anywhere cigarettes can be smoked. However, forbidding “recreational” marijuana smoking outdoors discriminates against and penalizes the homeless, who have no private chambers that they can retreat to when they want to use legal marijuana.  Some of these homeless people are patients who don’t qualify for an MMP ID card because they have no address to give to the DOH, nor the money for MD evaluations. In order for them to use marijuana as medicine, they must break the law.  This is terribly unfair, and another example of punishing people for being poor.  It is also unfair to patients who live in Section 8 Housing, or in other subsidized housing, who will be evicted if they are found smoking marijuana in their rooms or apartments. The prohibition on the public use of marijuana means these residents can legally use marijuana, except not in their homes, and not outside their homes either. Additionally, outdoor, or public smoking of marijuana should be allowed for health or safety reasons. If adults are forced to smoke indoors, they may be exposing to smoke vulnerable members of the household—infants or young children, or the frail elderly, or those using home oxygen systems.  Marijuana smoking should be permitted anywhere that cigarette smoking is permitted.

Finally, CMMNJ endorses a system of affirmative action in the newly emerging legal marijuana industry for the communities that have been most devastated by the decades-long war on marijuana—the inner cities. The legal marijuana industry will provide ample new employment opportunities. Minority residents in the inner cities must not be excluded from this emerging industry, but instead should be given preference in this industry, at least in terms of opportunities in the inner cities.

CMMNJ is grateful for the leadership shown by Senator Scutari in introducing S3195, and we trust our concerns will be addressed.

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


* “Opinion: N.J. should legalize, tax and regulate marijuana,” Wolski, K., The Times of Trenton, 1/24/14. http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2014/01/opinion_nj_should_legalize_tax.html#incart_river_default

** SENATE, No. 119, Establishes "New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act." http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/S0500/119_R1.HTM


CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides education about the benefits of medical marijuana.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Legislation to Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey


WHO:  State Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Union)
WHAT:  Introduced legislation to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in New Jersey
WHEN:  Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM
WHERE:  Room 103 in the State House, Trenton, NJ
WHY:  Many benefits of legalization, and many harms of prohibition of marijuana.

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) was thrilled to learn that on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the State House in Trenton, Senator Nicholas P. Scutari (D-Union) introduced legislation to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in the state.

CMMNJ endorsed legalization of marijuana in New Jersey in 2014. “Ending cannabis prohibition is the best way to get the right medicine to the most people,” said Ken Wolski, RN, Executive Director of CMMNJ.

The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act passed into law in January 2010, yet only about 11,000 patients have received Medicinal Marijuana Program ID cards, in a state with almost nine million people. “Hundreds of thousands of people in New Jersey could benefit from marijuana therapy--perhaps a million or more,” Wolski said. “After all, if you live in the Garden State, you have a one in three chance of having a cancer diagnosis at some point in your life, and a one in three chance of having chronic pain. Moreover, we all die, and marijuana, like no other drug, can help with some of the common problems associated with terminal illness.”

CMMNJ recognizes the failure of the current policy of marijuana prohibition, the harms to society that marijuana prohibition causes, and the disproportionate racial impact of prohibition. Colorado has demonstrated that there are many financial and social benefits that can be anticipated from legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana for adults.

CMMNJ calls for the legalization of marijuana to include home cultivation (six plants per adult).

CMMNJ also continues to call on the state to reschedule marijuana to a more appropriate schedule that acknowledges marijuana’s accepted medical uses in the United States, its safety profile, and its low addiction potential.


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

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides education about the benefits of medical marijuana.

CMMNJ Monthly Meeting Agenda for June 13, 2017



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Twp. Library, Rm. #1 
Tues., June 13, 2017, 7 PM--9 PM

Approve May 2017 minutes. Discuss:

Sen. Scutari introduced a legalization bill (S3195) on 5/15/17 at a State House press conference. CMMNJ issued a press release in support of the bill: "Legalization is the best way to get the right medicine to the most people." CMMNJ will call for CUMMA amendments—repeal 7% medical tax; add home cultivation; & reschedule marijuana. Informational hearing at Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled for 6/19/17.

NJ DOH Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel gave initial approval to 43 of 45 petitions to add conditions to the MMP (only Asthma and Chronic Fatigue denied). A 60 day public comment period to start soon(?), 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

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

Upcoming Events: “CMMNJ TV” taping, Princeton Community TV studio 6/26/17, 10-12pm—Guests?
Medical Cannabis Conference at Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro NJ, 6/10/17, 8am – 1 pm. CEUs through ATECAM LLC: http://www.atecam.com/events-details.php?eventid=5
“Nursing Medical Cannabis Conference” at Monmouth Medical Center, 7/15/17, 8am – 1pm (ATECAM).

Recent Events: Global Cannabis March--Rehoboth Beach, DE, & NYC, 5/6/17.
Pennington Day, 5/20/17, 9 – 4 pm.
Ken Wolski’s “Grand Rounds” at Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, NJ, 5/11/17 for CMEs.
“Medical Marijuana” at Montclair’s Center for Healthy Living, 5/31/17 for CEUs.

Treasury report: Checking: $3125; PayPal: $3040. 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 
May 9, 2017

April 2017 Minutes approved.

Legalization is the best way to get the right medicine to the most people. Bill expected to be dropped 5/15 with a Press Conference & CMMNJ Press Release. Discussion of “social” vs. “recreational” use.
Kerry O’Connor: letter of apology from Borgata Casino; ban rescinded for her use of medical marijuana.

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

Oregon and PA update from Scot and Lori Albert of CANNASHARE: http://cannashare.net/

CMMNJ applied for “I AM TRENTON” grant with Leo Bridgewater’s “Operation Broken Arrow.”

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. There is a meeting May 11th of the Review Panel. 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

Upcoming Events: Medical Cannabis—A Clinical Focus, Baltimore, MD, June 2 & 3, 2017                     Ken Wolski’s “Grand Rounds” at Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, NJ, 5/11/17 for CMEs.
“Medical Marijuana” at Montclair’s Center for Healthy Living, 5/31/17 for CEUs.
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.
DPA Conference, Atlanta, GA, 10/11-14/17.

Recent Events: Global Cannabis March--Rehoboth Beach, DE, & NYC, 5/6/17.
New Jersey CannaBusiness Association: Kenilworth, NJ 4/19/17.
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.
Garden State Cannabis Consultants, MD education program, Somers Point, NJ 4/27/17.

Treasury report: Checking: $2940; PayPal: $3025.
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:

S 3195: Legalizes possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana for persons age 21 and over; creates Division of Marijuana Enforcement and licensing structure.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/S3500/3195_I1.HTM

N.J. moves to add more conditions that would qualify patients for medical marijuana
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/medical_marijuana_panel_recommends_pain.html

Alzheimer's, autism, anxiety could be treated with marijuana in NJ by 2018
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/alzheimers-autism-chronic-pain-opioid-medical-marijuana-new-jersey.html

N.J. panel recommends expanding the use for medical marijuana
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/new-jersey/103875-more-patients-might-become-eligible-for-new-jerseys-medical-marijuana-program

N.J. Medical Marijuana Panel Says ‘Chronic Pain,’ Anxiety Should Qualify For Pot
https://patch.com/new-jersey/montclair/n-j-medical-marijuana-panel-says-chronic-pain-anxiety-should-qualify-pot

Bill to legalize recreational marijuana in N.J. set to be unveiled
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/bill_to_legalize_marijuana_in_nj_set_to_be_unveile.html

Use legal 'high' revenue to lower NJ's property taxes
http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/opinion/editorial/use-legal-high-revenue-to-lower-nj-s-property-taxes/article_3f4b3c46-5243-5b59-b0a4-905720442010.html

Medical marijuana use expanding appropriately in N.J.
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/editorials/medical-marijuana-use-expanding-appropriately-in-n-j/article_cb89bffb-b7bd-565d-b882-e1478b276ce4.html

Who's against the new pot legalization bill in NJ? You'd be surprised
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/marijuana-legalization-new-jersey-scutari-medical-patients.html

Older Women and Medical Marijuana: A New Growth Industry
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/business/retirement/retiring-older-women-marijuana-entrepreneurs.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170525&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Can New Jersey Go From Prohibition to Legal Pot?
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/can-new-jersey-go-from-prohibition-to-legal-pot-w484214

Speaker tackles legalized marijuana
http://www.advertisernewssouth.com/article/20170530/NEWS01/170539999

Broader marijuana laws seen for New Jersey with election for governor
http://www.app.com/story/news/2017/06/01/broader-marijuana-laws-in-new-jersey-governor-election/358572001/

What happens if marijuana is legalized in New Jersey?
http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/06/marijuana-legalization

Cannabis, 2 sticks of butter = extra-special cooking ingredient for NJ marijuana patients
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/marijuana-cannabis-edibles-new-jersey-cannabikitchen-cookies.html

Your Brain on Marijuana
https://www.monroeblvd.com/blogs/cannaacademy/84734148-your-brain-on-marijuana

Attorney general: Don't legalize marijuana in Indiana
http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2017/06/01/attorney-general-dont-legalize-marijuana-indiana/364044001/

NJ CannaBusiness April Seminar Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p81pLu1DeRw

JEFF EDELSTEIN: Legal weed is coming to New Jersey, barring two minor hitches
http://www.trentonian.com/opinion/20170522/jeff-edelstein-legal-weed-is-coming-to-new-jersey-barring-two-minor-hitches

Sativa Cross.com Potcast from the Statehouse 5/31/17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypdv4M8fMgI

What you need to know about the future of legal cannabis in NJ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpqXfXqs160&feature=share

Sen. Scutari Unveils Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in NJ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tYAnbLrH8Y

OP-ED: THE OPIOID-ADDICTION INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX — AMERICA’S DIRTY SECRET
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/05/23/op-ed-the-opioid-addiction-industrial-complex-america-s-dirty-secret/

NJ senator’s plan to tax legal marijuana starts at 7% … ramps up to 25%
http://nj1015.com/nj-senators-plan-to-tax-legal-marijuana-starts-at-7-ramps-up-to-25/?trackback=tsmclip

Report: Total Marijuana Demand Tops Ice Cream In U.S.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/debraborchardt/2017/05/17/new-report-says-total-marijuana-demand-tops-ice-cream/#2e396df75b5e

SativaCross.com Podcast from Chris Christie's Office
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALaEBYKW78g&feature=push-lsb&attr_tag=WEdnMp0uNnilwc59-6

There Are Big Benefits In Medical Marijuana For Seniors
http://advocateformomanddad.com/medical-marijuana-seniors/

N.J. lawmaker: It's time to prepare for legalized marijuana | Opinion
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/05/state_senator_christie_should_sign_this_marijuana.html

Here's N.J. lawmaker's plan to legalize recreational marijuana after Christie leaves
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/heres_one_nj_lawmakers_plan_to_legalize_recreation.html#incart_river_home

NORML: Action Alert List - Find Your Elected Officials
New Jersey: Legislation Introduced to Legalize Marijuana
http://act.norml.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=20630

15 Nursing Contact Hours! All Inclusive Medical Cannabis Conference at Iberostar in 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

Could marijuana help solve the opioid crisis?
http://www.nj.com/trending/2017/05/could_marijuana_help_solve_the.html

You can smoke cigarettes on the boardwalk. Why not pot, advocates ask.
http://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2017/05/should_medical_marijuana_be_smoked_on_the_boardwal.html

Should medical marijuana be allowed on our boardwalks?
http://nj1015.com/should-medical-marijuana-be-allowed-on-our-boardwalks/?trackback=tsmclip

N.J. marijuana trade group forms to promote legalizing recreational pot
http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2017/05/a_new_nj_marijuana_trade_group_forms_to_push_legal.html

Nick Clegg: Why the Liberal Democrats believe a legal, regulated cannabis market would improve public health
http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2017/06/01/nick-clegg-why-the-liberal-democrats-believe-a-legal-regulated-cannabis-market-would-improve-public-health/

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/