Monday, October 18, 2010

Demonstration for Medical marijuana in Trenton today

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey CMMNJ

Ken Wolski 609 394 2137 or Chris Goldstein

Medical marijuana in Trenton today

A press conference and a peaceful demonstration are scheduled for today, October 18 from 12:00NOON to 2:00PM. The location is the front steps of the State House in Trenton.

Potential New Jersey medical marijuana patients, their families, NJ physicians and local advocates will participate. Detailed concerns with draft regulations issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services last week will be addressed.
Stephen Cuspilich of Burlington County, who lives with Crohn’s Disease, plans to be at the demonstration. “I hope that they will go over the regulations to make it all more patient friendly,” he said today.
Those gathered will also support a new resolution being introduced by Senator Nicholas Scutari. The move is the first step in a process that could rescind the draft regulations issued by the DHSS.
Legislators, patients and advocates found the draft rules for the new medical marijuana program so extremely restrictive that they have missed the intent of the law.
Jay Lassiter is an activist and blogger at who has been involved with the medical cannabis effort.

"I was infected with HIV as a teenager. I've taken anti-retroviral meds for more than half my life just to survive. Despite pharmaceutical advances, these powerful meds can have severe side effects that can easily be treated with a puff or two of medical marijuana.”
Lassiter will speak at the press conference today with a cadre of local patients including Jennifer Lande of Medford.
Ken Wolski RN, the executive director of The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, and Anne Davis the executive director of NORML-NJ will lead the demonstration and address the media.
CONTACT: Ken Wolski 609 394 2137 or Chris Goldstein
CMMNJ Patient Advisory Group meetings are being held around the state this month.
October 20: Jersey City,
Caucus Room, City Hall – 7:00 pm
October 21: Wayne Public Library, Wayne, NJ - 7:00 pm
October 27: Collingswood Public Library, Collingswood, NJ – 7:00 pm

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