Monday, October 4, 2010
CMMNJ October 2010 Monthly Public Meeting Agenda
Monthly Public Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Lawrence Twp. Library (Mercer County) Room #3
7:00 PM: Call meeting to order. Approve September 2010 minutes. Discuss:
CMMNJ’s efforts in support of Sen. Nick Scutari’s Resolution to pass the federal medical marijuana bill (HR 2835) which also reschedules marijuana: A packet of material was sent to elected officials which included: A cover letter (below), the CMMNJ Op Ed 9/12/10 in The Times of Trenton, & a DVD from Americans for Safe Access, “Medical Cannabis in California.”
Sen. Scutari expects the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act to be implemented in Jan. 2011; AP reports the NJ Patient Registry is due this month from DHSS.
Upcoming CMMNJ events/appearances: Rally with President Obama, 60 E. Haines St., Philadelphia, PA, 10/10 at 3:00 PM; Hydro Comics, Crossroads, Garwood, NJ 10/22, 8 PM; NORML NJ Halloween Party, Pistol Pete’s in Pleasantville, NJ, 10/23 at 8 PM; Louis Bay Library, Hawthorne, NJ 10/27, 9:30 – 11 am; NJ League of Municipalities conference, Atlantic City 11/15-18/10.
Upcoming Patient Advisory Group meetings:
October 20: City Hall (Caucus Room), Jersey City, NJ – 7:00 pm
October 21: Wayne Public Library, Wayne, NJ - 7:00 pm
October 27: Collingswood Public Library, Collingswood, NJ – 7:00 pm
October 28: Ocean City Public Library, Ocean City, NJ – 6:45 pm
Web site revamp.
Treasury report: Checking: $6,472; PayPal: $3,238. Tax-deductible donations to CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, may be made through Paypal on our web site, or send a check made out to “CMMNJ” to the address below. Get a free t-shirt for a donation above $15—specify size.
CMMNJ’s meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., Tel. #609.882.9246. All are welcome. (Meeting at the library does not imply their endorsement of our issue.) For more info, contact: Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director, Coalition for Medical Marijuana—New Jersey, Inc. 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618 (609) 394-2137 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cmmnj.org
Monthly Public Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, September 14, 2010; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Lawrence Twp. Library, Mercer County, NJ
7:00 PM: Call meeting to order. August 2010 minutes approved. Discussion:
Sen. Nick Scutari introduced a Resolution to support the federal medical marijuana bill (HR 2835) which also reschedules marijuana. The senator met with CMMNJ representatives on 9/1/10. Scutari expects the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act to be implemented in Jan. 2011; AP reports the NJ Patient Registry is due next month from DHSS.
CMMNJ Op Ed 9/12/10 in The Times of Trenton urges federal protection of NJ patients.
Joyce Murray, Esq., a local lawyer and land use expert, gave a presentation on zoning laws pertaining to ATCs. The presentation was well-received. Contact Joyce at: email@example.com
CMMNJ’s NJ State Museum Stakeholders Meeting and benefit dinner at the Princeton Hyatt netted $1440 for CMMNJ after a $500 donation to ASA. ASA is working with CMMNJ to implement the NJ law and pass federal, state, and local legislation to protect patients. Join ASA.
CMMNJ to begin physician education of medical marijuana with Medical Grand Rounds at Trinitas Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ on 9/23 from 9-10 am. CMMNJ also begins Patient Advisory Group meetings at the City Hall Caucus Room in Jersey City, 10/20, 7-9 pm, & at the Collingswood Public Library on 9/16 and 10/27, 7-9 pm. Tourette Syndrome OK’d in NJ. Per John Wilson’s lawyer: State of NJ asked for a 30 day extension to file their appeal brief.
Upcoming CMMNJ events/appearances: Boston Freedom Rally 9/18; Garden State Elder Care, Elberon, NJ 9/24, 1- 2:30 pm; 40th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival, Madison, WI 10/1-3; Lawrence Twp. Community Day, Bergen Park 10/3; Hydro Comics, Crossroads, Garwood, NJ 10/22; Louis Bay Library, Hawthorne, NJ 10/27, 9:30 – 11 am; NJ League of Municipalities conference, Atlantic City 11/15-18/10. Diane Riportella fund raiser 9/25 in Gardiner’s Basin, Atlantic City. Web site revamp.
Treasury report: Checking: $7,058; PayPal: $3,189.
The next CMMNJ meeting will be 10/12/10 (the second Tuesday of each month.)
Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618
Governor Chris Christie
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
September 14, 2010
Dear Governor Christie--
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc., I urge you to support H.R. 2835, the “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act.” This federal legislation will provide important legal protection for patients who use medical marijuana in compliance with state laws.
For more information, please see the enclosed Op-Ed, “New Jersey must protect medical marijuana patients” that was published in the September 12, 2010 edition of The Times of Trenton, NJ.
The enclosed 10-minute DVD from Americans for Safe Access entitled, “Medical Cannabis in California: A report from the frontline” also gives an important update on the issue.
As Senator Nicholas Scutari, the prime sponsor of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act has said, “We need to be sure that New Jerseyans who comply with our medical marijuana law are not at risk of being harassed, arrested or prosecuted by federal law enforcement officials.”
Thank you for your anticipated support of this bill and thank you for your efforts to protect medical marijuana patients who are suffering from debilitating illnesses.
Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Inc. www.cmmnj.org
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 120
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Senator NICHOLAS P. SCUTARI
District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)
Urges Governor to support and advocate for passage of federal “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act.”
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT As introduced.
A Concurrent Resolution urging the Governor to support and advocate for passage of H.R. 2835, the “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act.”
Whereas, Marijuana has been found effective in treating and alleviating pain or other symptoms associated with debilitating medical conditions in many cases; and
Whereas, Over 80% of the American public supports legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the American Academy of Physicians, American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, and American Bar Association are among the major organizations that either endorse legalizing marijuana for medical purposes or support research into its therapeutic uses; and
Whereas, Because of the unique benefits that medical marijuana can provide to suffering patients, the “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act,” P.L.2009, c.307 (C.24:6I-1 et al.), was signed into law in 2010; and
Whereas, The express purpose of the “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act” is to protect from arrest and prosecution qualified patients who use marijuana to alleviate their suffering, as well as their physicians, primary caregivers, and those who are authorized to produce medical marijuana; and
Whereas, New Jersey has joined Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington in allowing patients in their states with certain debilitating medical conditions to legally use marijuana to alleviate their suffering; and
Whereas, The “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act” provides for many safeguards and is one of the strictest state medical marijuana laws in the country; and
Whereas, Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is categorized as a Schedule I controlled substance and is statutorily deemed to lack accepted medical value, no physician can legally prescribe or recommend it, and possession, cultivation, and use of marijuana are prohibited; and
Whereas, Federal law places what is estimated to be more than 250,000 patients using marijuana pursuant to state laws, as well as their caregivers, physicians, and medical marijuana suppliers, in a precarious legal position because even if they comply with state medical marijuana laws, they nevertheless violate the federal Controlled Substances Act and risk prosecution under federal law; and
Whereas, Despite assertions by the federal government that prosecuting medical marijuana users who comply with their state medical marijuana laws is not a good use of the United States Department of Justice resources, and despite the fact that announcements made in 2009 by United States Attorney General Eric Holder followed by a memorandum issued by the Department of Justice indicated that federal resources would no longer be used to focus on individuals operating in compliance with state medical marijuana laws, federal prosecutions of such individuals have continued; and
Whereas, The federal prosecutions of individuals who use marijuana pursuant to state laws have caused needless patient suffering and intimidation, thwarted and undermined state laws, and wasted federal taxpayer dollars; and
Whereas, In recognition of the problems resulting from conflicting federal and state policies toward medical marijuana, Representative Barney Frank introduced H.R. 2835, the “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act,” which would transfer marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II under the federal Controlled Substances Act, and further provide that federal law shall not prohibit, in a state in which marijuana is permitted to be prescribed or recommended by a physician for medical use: (1) a physician from prescribing or recommending marijuana for medical use; (2) patients from using marijuana in accordance with such prescriptions or recommendations; (3) individuals authorized under state law from obtaining, possessing, or transporting marijuana on behalf of patients; or (4) authorized entities from obtaining, possessing, or distributing marijuana to such patients; and
Whereas, The State Legislature supports H.R.2835 because it will provide important legal protection for suffering patients, their caretakers, physicians, and medical marijuana suppliers in New Jersey and in other states where the use of medical marijuana is permitted; and
Whereas, The State Legislature respectfully urges the Governor, by a public declaration that befits his well-earned reputation for forthright advocacy of his public policy preferences, to join the Legislature in supporting and advocating for the passage of H.R.2835; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey (the General Assembly concurring):
1. The Governor is respectfully requested to urge Congress and the President of the United States to pass H.R.2835, the “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act.”
2. Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly and attested by the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the General Assembly, shall be transmitted to the Governor.
This concurrent resolution expresses the Legislature’s support for H.R. 2835, the “Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act,” and respectfully requests that the Governor urge Congress and the President of the United States to pass H.R.2835. H.R.2835 would provide legal protection from federal prosecution to patients who use marijuana pursuant to a state medical marijuana law, as well as to individuals who are their physicians, caretakers and suppliers of medical marijuana.