Thursday, October 3, 2019

Agenda for the October 8, 2019 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve September 2019 minutes. Discuss:

The NJ marijuana legalization bill (S2703), may get a legislative floor vote in the lame duck session (early Nov. to early Jan., 2020.) CMMNJ supports this legislation and asks for a home cultivation bill for patients in 2020. Reach out to organizations and ask them to tell their members to support this bill! (Otherwise, legalization will be a ballot question in Nov. 2020 and then, even if it passes, the issue will return to the legislature for final bill wording.) Send an email to your legislators! CMMNJ is working on a video in support of S2703.

NJ’s first death associated with vaping noted. NJ DOH MMP: no reports of serious lung illness associated with products sold in NJ ATCs.

House passes historic legislation to allow cannabis businesses to open bank accounts.

Applications for 24 new ATCs in NJ were due in August. Good luck to the applicants!

Upcoming Events: Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, 11:11 am.
Garden State NORML lobby days, 12 noon, Trenton State House: 10/21, 11/18 & 12/16/19.
Black Cannabis Mixer, Black Cannabis, Coopers Riverview, 10/20/19, 4 PM – 7 PM.
American Cannabis Nurses Assn, Cannabis Care 2019 Conference, New Orleans 12/4 – 6.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.

Recent events: Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, 11:11 am.
NORML Conference, Washington, D.C. September 8 -10, 2019.
Cannabis Career Fair, Stockton University Student Center, 9/13/19, 9 am- 4 pm.
NJTV News: Cannabis Country: Balancing legalization, etc., 9/4, 8pm.
CAPITAL CITY AREA BLACK CAUCUS: "The Color of Cannabis: Challenges, Choices and Opportunities," MCCC-James Kerney Campus, Trenton, Sept. 11, 5 pm – 8 pm.
Garden State NORML Rally and Lobby Day, State House, Trenton, 9/23/19, 12 noon.
“Medical marijuana’s impact on people living with HIV” at the "Paterson-Passaic-Bergen County HIV Health Services Planning Council" on Oct. 1st in Paterson, NJ 07514.
Medical Marijuana: Medicinal & Therapeutic Uses, Union County College, 9/19/19.

Treasury report: Checking: $3940; PayPal: $2690.

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 
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/

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

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




Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
September 10, 2019

August 2019 minutes approved.

Applications for 24 new ATCs in NJ were due on 8/21 for Dispensaries and 8/22 for Cultivation & Vertically Integrated facilities. Good luck. Linda Graves of Wellness Springs LLC got her application in for a dispensary in Paterson. It was a great deal of time and money developing policies and procedures, a Board, documentation of security, etc. There were reportedly 200 applications, with 149 deemed responsive to the state’s RFA. A public hearing on dispensaries in Boonton will be coming in November.

NJ marijuana legalization bill (S2703/A4497), may yet get a legislative floor vote in the lame duck session. CMMNJ showing support for this legislation and asking for home cultivation bill for patients to be introduced in 2020. Reach out to organizations and tell them to tell their members to support this bill! (Otherwise, legalization will be a ballot question in Nov. 2020.

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.

Dr. Winn in Collingswood does $25 recertifications for patients.

Upcoming Events: Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, 11:11 am.
NORML Conference, Washington, D.C. September 8 -10, 2019.
Cannabis Career Fair, Stockton University Student Center, 9/13/19, 9 am- 4 pm.
NJTV News: Cannabis Country: Balancing legalization, etc., 9/4, 8pm.
CAPITAL CITY AREA BLACK CAUCUS: "The Color of Cannabis: Challenges, Choices and Opportunities," MCCC-James Kerney Campus, Trenton, Sept. 11, 5 pm – 8 pm.
American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA), Cannabis Care 2019 Conference, Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans French Quarter, LA, 12/4-12/6/2019.
Garden State NORML Rally and Lobby Day, State House, Trenton, 9/23/19, 12 noon.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.

Recent events: Garden State NORML Rally And Lobby Day, State House, Trenton, 8/27.
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
#JusticeforJawara: Bergen County is hoping to avoid civil litigation over a 2017 jail attack that left Jawara McIntosh with severe brain injuries.

Treasury report: Checking: $4002; PayPal: $2690.

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.


Friday, September 20, 2019


Safety of New Jersey ATC Vape Carts
Because of the recent issues regarding vaping, especially the use of thinners or other additives, there has been some concern raised about the short- and long-term safety of the NJ dispensary vape carts. I talked to some of the player's in New Jersey's medical marijuana program about this and here's what I got:
  1. I talked to Annie at Breakwater. She said their cartridges are made of ethanol extracted ( with the ethanol removed) cannabis oil plus their house-derived terpenes and nothing else.
  2. Bridgette, dispensary manager at Curaleaf, NJ said that their strain-specific vape carts use their CO2 cannabis oil plus natural terpenes. The only exception to this formulation is Curaleaf's 1:1 vape pens (equal amounts of THC and CBD) which have a small amount of MCT oil in them and use approved flavoring agents.
  3. I communicated with the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program assistant commissioner, Jeff Brown. He confirmed these are all the ingredients used in the vape carts and said all formulations must be reviewed and approved by the Dept. of Health and that they are subject to routine inspections.
  4. The physical carts at Curaleaf are Jupiter CCELL carts. I believe, but need to verify, that these are also used by Breakwater. The CCELLs use a porous ceramic core to wick in the oil to the embedded heater. It is designed to work with thick oils which is why, I think, the NJ vape pens don't need the cutting agents/thinners that are concerning in black market vape carts. I am not an expert in this area but from what I have (briefly) read, this is the safest of all the vape cart technologies.
  5. In most other states, vape carts are made by third-party companies without state oversight. Even if you buy them in a state dispensary they have not been regulated. New Jersey is, I think, the first state to impose strict regulations of the process and ingredients used to make vape carts. I can't say if they are absolutely safe, but they are probably as safe as you are going to find with our current knowledge. They are going to be far safer than you can find elsewhere.

That's all I've got


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for Sept. 10, 2019



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve August 2019 minutes. Discuss:

Applications for 24 new ATCs in NJ were due on 8/21 for Dispensaries and 8/22 for Cultivation & Vertically Integrated facilities. Good luck to the applicants.

NJ marijuana legalization bill (S2703/A4497), may yet get a legislative floor vote in the lame duck session. CMMNJ supports this legislation and asks for a home cultivation bill for patients to be introduced in 2020. Reach out to organizations and tell them to tell their members to support this bill! Otherwise, legalization will face more delays as a ballot question in Nov. 2020.

Drug Enforcement Administration’s announcement: it will begin processing applications to cultivate marijuana for research. Regulatory proposals and public comments come first. Hemp is no longer a controlled substance.

Upcoming Events: Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, 11:11 am.
NORML Conference, Washington, D.C. September 8 -10, 2019.
Cannabis Career Fair, Stockton University Student Center, 9/13, 9-4 pm.
NJTV News: Cannabis Country: Balancing legalization, etc., 9/4, 8pm.
CAPITAL CITY AREA BLACK CAUCUS: "The Color of Cannabis: Challenges, Choices & Opportunities," MCCC Kerney Campus, Trenton, 9/11, 5–8 pm.
American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA), Cannabis Care 2019 Conference, Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans French Quarter, LA, 12/4-12/6/2019.
Garden State NORML Rally and Lobby Day, State House, Trenton, 9/23/19, 12 noon.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.

Recent events: Garden State NORML Rally And Lobby Day, State House, Trenton, 8/27.
“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
#JusticeforJawara: Bergen County is hoping to avoid civil litigation over a 2017 jail attack that left Jawara McIntosh with severe brain injuries.

Treasury report: Checking: $4002; PayPal: $2690.

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
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/

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

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


Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
August 13, 2019

July 2019 minutes approved with date corrections.

NJ DOH’s Request for Applications (RFA) for 24 new ATCs in NJ, for 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 posted; due on 8/21 (Dispensary) and 8/22 (Cultivation & Vertically Integrated). Pre-Application Webinar 8/2/19. CMMNJ’s proposed public/private partnership for the State of NJ to grow, process and distribute cannabis to all state institutions was discussed.

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

Change.org petition for Nobel Prize for Raphael Mechoulam supported.

Governor Murphy signed the medical marijuana expansion act, S20/A20 into law on 7/2/19, effective immediately. Includes: Patients may reduce doctor visits to 1X/year (patients c/o price gouging by MDs); increase limits to 3 ounces for all & unlimited in hospice; APNs & PA’s OK to recommend marijuana (when will this start?); edibles, tinctures, and sublinguals OK for all; patient protections; elimination of sales tax in 2022 (but added 2% tax); institutional caregivers; education; research; out-of-state ID cards honored, etc. Discussion about intricacies of law, LEO awareness, response of nursing homes, hospitals, physicians, assisted living facilities. Patients complain MDs refuse to discuss cannabis with their patients—documentation requested—who, what, when, where, why…

NJ marijuana legalization bill (S2703/A4497), may yet get a legislative floor vote in the lame duck session. Otherwise, legalization will be on the ballot in NJ in November 2020. Reach out to organizations and tell them to tell their members to support this bill!

N.J. Supreme Court takes case of funeral director fired for using medical marijuana; oral arguments?

Upcoming Events: Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, 11:11 am.
WEEDSTOCK, DE NORML, 8/16 & 17. (Char has a couple passes.)
ACNA: “Pharmacologic Concepts of Cannabis Therapeutics” webinar 8/27/19, 6:30 -7:30 pm.
Garden State NORML Lobby Days, State House Annex, starting 8/27/19 & monthly; more info contact Char McKeithen, 609.351.5121.
NORML Conference, Washington, D.C. September 8 -10, 2019.
Cannabis Career Fair, Stockton University Student Center, 9/13/19, 9 am- 4 pm.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.

Recent events: 
“The Grassroots Cannabis Forum” Kennedy Park, Asbury Park, 7/6/19.
Everything Cannabis, Porta, 911 Kingsley St., Asbury Park, 7/10/19.
Medical Marijuana & Senior Citizens, Princeton Senior Resource Center, July 15.
Jawara McIntosh (Peter Tosh’s son) suffered brain injuries in Bergen Co. Jail after being incarcerated for a non-violent marijuana offense. Bergen Co. denies responsibility.

Treasury report: Checking: $4191; PayPal: $2690.

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, August 28, 2019

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

Stephen M. Sweeney
Senate President
935 Kings Highway
Suite 400
West Deptford, NJ 08086

August 27, 2019

Dear Senator Sweeney:

Thank you for considering marijuana legalization in the state legislature in November 2019. The Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) wishes you great success in this effort. CMMNJ stands ready to assist you in any way that we can.

Marijuana legalization involves issues of medical freedom, religious freedom and personal freedom.

With marijuana legalization comes ease of access and greater affordability of the medical benefits of marijuana to an ever-increasing number of patients. Adults could buy it over-the-counter, like aspirin.

Marijuana legalization also strikes a blow for religious freedom. There are religions in the U.S. that regard marijuana as a holy plant that is used sacramentally by sincere believers. These religions include Hindu, Rastafarian and others. They will no longer be persecuted and imprisoned for their beliefs.

Marijuana legalization will decrease mass incarceration in the state. It will decrease oppression of the inner city poor and minorities, and all the misery attendant upon the prison experience.

Marijuana legalization also includes financial benefits to society from taxes and cost avoidance. Property taxes may well go down when the state no longer has to endure the expense of arresting 34,000 residents each year, mostly for possessing small amounts of marijuana. A robust marijuana industry contributes to the state in many ways.

CMMNJ asks you, Senator Sweeney, in return for our support, to sponsor a separate bill in 2020 to allow patients who are registered in the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program to grow six cannabis plants for their personal use. These plants may be tagged and taxed and strictly regulated. The reasons for home cultivation for patients are affordability of medicine, availability of specific therapeutic strains of cannabis, and the physical therapy of gardening itself. This means a great deal to so many patients. We trust you will meet their needs by sponsoring this legislation next year.

Thank you for your support of marijuana reform in the Garden State!

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


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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for August 13, 2019



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve July 2019 minutes. Discuss:

NJ DOH Request for Applications (RFA) for 24 new ATCs in NJ: up to 8 in north Jersey, 8 in central Jersey, 7 in south Jersey, and 1 “at-large”; these include 5 for cultivation, 15 dispensaries, and 4 vertically integrated permits. Application forms posted; due on 8/21 (Dispensary) and 8/22 (Cultivation & Vertically Integrated). Pre-Application Webinar 8/2/19.

Governor Murphy signed the medical marijuana expansion act, S20/A20 into law on 7/2/19, effective immediately. Includes: Patients may reduce doctor visits to 1X/year; increase limits to 3 ounces for all & unlimited in hospice; APNs & PA’s OK to recommend marijuana; edibles, tinctures, and sublinguals OK for all; patient protections; elimination of sales tax in 2022 (but added 2% tax); institutional caregivers; education; research; out-of-state ID cards honored, etc.

NJ marijuana legalization bill (S2703/A4497), may yet get a legislative floor vote in the lame duck session. Otherwise, legalization will be on the ballot in NJ in November 2020. Reach out to organizations and tell them to tell their members to support this bill!

N.J. Supreme Court takes case of funeral director fired for using medical marijuana

Upcoming Events: Jersey City Pride Festival, 8/24/19.
Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, 11:11 am.
NORML Conference, Washington, D.C. September 8 -10, 2019.
Cannabis Career Fair, Stockton U. Student Center, 9/13/19, 9 am- 4 pm.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.

Recent events: 
“The Grassroots Cannabis Forum” Kennedy Park, Asbury Park, 7/6/19.
Everything Cannabis, Porta, 911 Kingsley St., Asbury Park, 7/10/19.
Medical Marijuana & Senior Citizens, Princeton Senior Resource Center, July 15.

Treasury report: Checking: $4191; PayPal: $2690.

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 
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/

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

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



Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
July 9, 2019

June 2019 minutes approved with date corrections.

Governor Murphy signed the medical marijuana expansion act, S20/A20 into law on 7/2/19, effective immediately. Includes: Patients may only visit doctors 1X/year; increase limits to 3 ounces for all & unlimited in hospice; APNs & PA’s OK to recommend marijuana; edibles, tinctures, and sublinguals OK for all; patient protections; elimination of sales tax in 2022 but 2% municipal tax added; institutional caregivers; education; research; out-of-state ID cards honored, etc. Home cultivation still not considered for NJ patients. Discussion.

DOH changes and reissues the RFA for 24 new ATCs in NJ on 7/1/19, inc. 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 to be posted July 15; due on 8/21 (Dispensary) and 8/22 (Cultivation & Vertically Integrated). Pre-Application Webinar 8/2/19. NJ Cannabusiness Assn. RFA workshop 7/10, New Brunswick, NJ. Legal marijuana businesses discussed. Past applications that won are online. (NJCIA costs $800/year.)

NJ marijuana legalization bill is delayed (S2703/A4497), but may yet get a legislative floor vote. Key NJ Senators say they got more calls opposing this bill than supporting it! Reach out to organizations and tell them to tell their members to support this bill! (Illinois governor signed bill to legalize marijuana for adults; 11th state to do so.)

Upcoming Events: Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, 11:11 am.
“The Grassroots Cannabis Forum” Kennedy Park, Asbury Park, 7/6/19, 11am – 5pm.
Everything Cannabis, Porta, 911 Kingsley St., Asbury Park, 7/10/19, 7:30 – 10 pm.
Medical Marijuana & Senior Citizens, Princeton Senior Resource Center, July 15, noon.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.
“How and when will we legalize marijuana?” PA Convention Center, Philly, 7/13 9 am.
“Cannabis laws & clinical trials” McNeil Center, Philly, 7/11/190 7 – 10 pm.

Recent events: NORML Advocacy Day, Trenton State House, 6/10/19, 11 am – 4 pm.
Thanks, Shore Grow Hydro, Ocean Twp. fundraiser for CMMNJ on  6/22 raised $605! 
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.
CannaBash, scheduled for June 15 at Mill Hill Park, Trenton, was cancelled at the last minute.

Treasury report: Checking: $4960; PayPal: $2661.

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.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

CMMNJ Agenda for July 9, 2019 Public Meeting

Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve June 2019 minutes. Discuss:

Governor Murphy signed the medical marijuana expansion act, S20/A20 into law on 7/2/19, effective immediately. The law includes: Patients may only visit doctors 1x/year; increase limits to 3 ounces for all & unlimited in hospice; APNs & PA’s OK to recommend marijuana; edibles, tinctures, and sublinguals OK for all; patient protections; elimination of sales tax in 2022; institutional caregivers; education; research; out-of-state ID cards honored, etc.

DOH changes and reissues the RFA for 24 new ATCs in NJ on 7/1/19, inc. 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 to be posted July 15; due on 8/21 (Dispensary) and 8/22 (Cultivation & Vertically Integrated). Pre-Application Webinar 8/2/19.

NJ marijuana legalization bill is delayed (S2703/A4497), but may yet get a legislative floor vote. Key NJ Senators say they got more calls opposing this bill than supporting it! Reach out to organizations and tell them to tell their members to support this bill! (Illinois governor signed bill to legalize marijuana for adults; 11th state to do so.)

Upcoming Events: Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, noon.
“The Grassroots Cannabis Forum” Kennedy Park, Asbury Park, 7/6/19, 11am – 5pm.
Everything Cannabis, Porta, 911 Kingsley St., Asbury Park, 7/10/19, 7:30 – 10 pm.
Medical Marijuana & Senior Citizens, Princeton Senior Resource Center, July 15, noon.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.

Recent events: NORML Advocacy Day, Trenton State House, 6/10/19.
Many thanks to Shore Grow Hydro for the fundraiser for CMMNJ, 6/22/19 in Ocean Twp., NJ!
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.
CannaBash, scheduled for June 15 at Mill Hill Park, Trenton, was cancelled at the last minute.

Treasury report: Checking: $4960; PayPal: $2661.

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
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/

CMMNJ blog (for old agendas, etc..): https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/

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




Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
June 11, 2019

May 2019 minutes approved.

Illinois to be the 11th state to legalize marijuana for adults. Legislature sends bill to governor.

The Hemp Farming Act will align NJ with federal USDA. Texas legalized hemp. CBD unlawful.

DOH issues RFA for 108 new ATCs in NJ, including 24 for cultivation, 30 for manufacturing & 54 for dispensaries. Applications are due August 15. DOH adopts new rules effective 5/20/19, making it easier to add qualifying conditions. MMP expands to 47,500 patients, 950 doctors.

The medical marijuana expansion act, S10/A10, passed both houses of the NJ legislature (Senate 34 - 4; Assembly 65 – 5) and is scheduled to be sent to the governor on June 10th. (An amendment will require a revote by Assembly.)

NJ marijuana legalization bill is delayed. S2703/A4497, the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act” may yet get a legislative floor vote. Scott Rudder said 3 senators could flip on legalization. More likely, there will be a ballot question in November 2020. Decrim and expungement progress uncertain. Ken to make appointment with Governor’s senior staff re: descheduling marijuana in NJ.

Six CMMNJ Board members make The Insider 100: Cannabis Power List. Congratulations to Amanda, Jim, Guy, Peter, Jo Anne & Ken!

Upcoming Events: NORML Advocacy Day, Trenton State House, 6/10/19, 11 am – 4 pm.
CannaBash, Mill Hill Park, Trenton, June 15, 11 am - 7 pm.
Shore Grow Hydro, Patient Aid fundraiser for CMMNJ, 6/22/19, Ocean Twp., NJ  2- 6 pm.
2019 Slightly Stoopid events in Camden 6/16/19 and Asbury Park 6/29/19.
Medical Marijuana & Senior Citizens, Princeton Senior Resource Center, July 15, noon.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.
Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, noon.

Recent events: Cannabis in the Community, Trenton Main Library, 5/8/19, 6 pm.
Pennington Day, Pennington, NJ, 5/18/19 10-4pm.
“Up in Smoke,” NJ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Assn., Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, 5/23.
Moorestown Day, Main St., Moorestown, NJ, 6/1/19, 9am – 4pm.
Jersey Gay Pride Festival, Asbury Park, 6/2/19, noon – 4pm.
Trentonian LTE: Neese's inaccuracies on marijuana
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) closed their HQ in Trenton after 17 years.
May 16, 2019 was the 10th anniversary of the CMMNJ blog.

Treasury report: Checking: $4103; PayPal: $2661.

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, June 4, 2019

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for June 11, 2019


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve May 2019 minutes. Discuss:

Illinois to be the 11th state to legalize marijuana for adults. Legislature sends bill to governor.

DOH issues RFA for 108 new ATCs in NJ, including 24 for cultivation, 30 for manufacturing & 54 for dispensaries. Applications are due August 15. DOH adopts new rules effective 5/20/19, making it easier to add qualifying conditions. MMP expands to 47,500 patients, 950 doctors.

The medical marijuana expansion act, S10/A10, passed both houses of the NJ legislature (Senate 34 - 4; Assembly 65 – 5) and is scheduled to be sent to the governor on June 10th. (An amendment will require a revote by Assembly.)

NJ marijuana legalization bill is delayed. S2703/A4497, the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act” may yet get a legislative floor vote. More likely, there will be a ballot question in November 2020. Decrim and expungement progress uncertain.

Six CMMNJ Board members made The Insider 100: Cannabis Power List.
Congratulations to Amanda, Guy, Jim, Jo Anne, Peter and Ken!

Upcoming Events: NORML Advocacy Day, Trenton State House, 6/10/19, 11 am – 4 pm.
CannaBash, Mill Hill Park, Trenton, June 15, 11 am - 7 pm.
Shore Grow Hydro, Patient Aid fundraiser for CMMNJ, 6/22/19, Ocean Twp., NJ  2- 6 pm.
2019 Slightly Stoopid events in Camden 6/16/19 and Asbury Park 6/29/19.
Medical Marijuana & Senior Citizens, Princeton Senior Resource Center, July 15, noon.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.
Podcast Trenton State House, 4th Thursday of each month, noon.

Recent events: Cannabis in the Community, Trenton Main Library, 5/8/19, 6 pm.
Pennington Day, Pennington, NJ, 5/18/19 10-4pm.
“Up in Smoke,” NJ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Assn., Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, 5/23.
Moorestown Day, Main St., Moorestown, NJ, 6/1/19, 9am – 4pm.
Jersey Gay Pride Festival, Asbury Park, 6/2/19, noon – 4pm.
Trentonian LTE: "Neese's inaccuracies on marijuana."
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) closed their HQ in Trenton after 17 years.
May 16, 2019 was the 10th anniversary of the CMMNJ blog.

Treasury report: Checking: $4103; PayPal: $2661.

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
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/

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

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



Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
May 14, 2019

April 2019 minutes approved.

NJ marijuana reform delayed. S2703/A4497: The “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act” to legalize personal use of cannabis for adults passed legislative committees (11/26/18 & 3/18/19) but the floor vote was canceled on March 25. A floor vote is possible in May. Is a ballot question coming in November 2020? The medical marijuana expansion act, S10/2426, is also stalled, tied to S2703. Urge your elected officials to vote “Yes” on S2703—Democrats and Republicans. NJ Republicans should Embrace Marijuana Reform. In the absence of legalization, do we support decriminalization?

A4571/S1847 eliminates 6.625% sales tax on medical marijuana. CMMNJ to support this?
Consult with CJS Systems?

See Maze calendar for upcoming cannabis activities.

Upcoming Events: Trenton State House Podcast, 4th Thursday of each month, noon.
Cannabis in the Community, Trenton Main Library, 5/8/19, 6 pm.
Pennington Day, Pennington, NJ, 5/18/19 10-4pm.
“Up in Smoke:  Legalized Marijuana’s Impact on Mental Health, Social Justice and Substance Use Recovery in NJ,” NJ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, 5/23, 8am.
Pork Roll Festival, Mill Hill Park, Trenton, 5/25/19, 10 am – 7 pm.
Moorestown Day, Main St., Moorestown, NJ, 6/1/19, 9am – 4pm.
Jersey Gay Pride Festival, Asbury Park, 6/2/19, noon.
CannaBash, Mill Hill Park, Trenton, June 15, 11 am- 7 pm.
2019 Slightly Stoopid events in Camden 6/16/19 and Asbury Park 6/29/19.
Ethics Seminar, Inspira Health Network, Centerton (NJ) Country Club, 10/17/19.
Pure Puff Bake Shop Podcast, Berlin, NJ 10 am.

Recent events: 420 Rally & Podcast, Trenton State House, 4/20/19, noon.
Patients Out of Time (POT) conference, Tampa, FL, 4/11- 4/13/19.
Community Cannabis Forum, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ, 4/4/19.
Trenton Cannabis Community event, Trenton, NJ Library, 4/3/19, 6 – 8 pm.
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.

CMMNJ Board Meeting 4/2/19, 8 pm. CMMNJ welcomed Gaetano Lardieri onto our Board of Directors in April, 2019.

Treasury report: Checking: $3803; PayPal: $2632.

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.