Tuesday, November 2, 2010
CMMNJ November Meeting Agenda 11/9/10
Monthly Public Meeting Agenda
Lawrence Twp. Library (Mercer County) Room #3
Tuesday, November 9, 2010; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
7:00 PM: Call meeting to order. Approve October 2010 minutes. Discuss:
Senator Scutari’s resolution, SCR 130, which will compel the DHSS to completely re-do their draft medical marijuana regulations, will be heard on Monday Nov. 8th at 1:00 PM in the Senate Health Committee, Committee Rm. #1, State House Annex, Trenton. SCR 130 determines that the proposed program rules are inconsistent with the legislative intent of the Compassionate Use Act. CMMNJ will testify in support of the resolution. Patients, advocates and ATC applicants are invited to attend the hearing and testify. Physician registry started. Public comment period is coming soon. Sign the petition protesting these rules at change.org.
Proposal to have ATC applicants form a Union. In unity there is strength!
CMMNJ also supports Sen. Scutari’s other Resolution, which urges the federal government to pass HR 2835, the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act. This bill, currently in Congress, would stop the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana programs and also reschedule marijuana so that doctors could prescribe it.
Upcoming CMMNJ events: NJ League of Municipalities conference, Atlantic City 11/15-18/10. Stone Pony, Asbury Park, 4-day music event, 12/26 – 12/29. Web site revamp.
Treasury report: Checking: $6,404; PayPal: $3,073. 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, October 12, 2010; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Lawrence Twp. Library, Mercer County, NJ
7:00 PM: Call meeting to order. September 2010 minutes approved. Discussion:
Draft DHSS regulations (rules) to implement the Compassionate Use Act published on DHSS web site 10/6/10. CMMNJ calls rules “burdensome, unnecessary amendments” that violate the intent of the law. CMMNJ confronts Gov. at Ewing Town Hall, 10/12. State House Press Conference and protest planned for 10/14 (actually held 10/18.) Sen. Scutari & Asm. Gusciora opposed to rules. DHSS plans meeting for ATC applicants at the Trenton War Memorial on 10/13 at 1 PM. Public comment period will follow publication of rules in NJ Register.
CMMNJ’s 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, the CMMNJ Op Ed 9/12/10 in The Times of Trenton, & a DVD from ASA, “Medical Cannabis in California.”
Upcoming CMMNJ events: Patient Advisory Group meetings in Jersey City, 10/20; Wayne, 10/21; Collingswood, 10/27; & Ocean City, 10/28. Hydro Comics Tour, Crossroads, Garwood, NJ 10/22, NORML NJ Halloween Party, Pistol Pete’s, Pleasantville, NJ, 10/23; Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, 10/24; Louis Bay Library, Hawthorne, NJ 10/27; NJ League of Municipalities, Atlantic City 11/15-18/10. Web site revamp. Recent events: Medical Grand Rounds at Trinitas Medical Center, Elizabeth, 9/23; Garden State Elder Care, Elberon, NJ 9/24; Diane Riportella fund raiser 9/25, Atlantic City; Rally with Pres. Obama, Philadelphia, 10/1; 40th Annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival, Madison, WI 10/1-3; Lawrence Twp. Community Day, Bergen Park 10/3.
Treasury report: Checking: Checking: $6,472; PayPal: $3,238.
The next CMMNJ meeting will be 11/9/10 (the second Tuesday of each month.)
The CMMNJ Op Ed in the 10/19/10 edition of The Times of Trenton, NJ is at:
More coverage of this issue, following CMMNJ's press conference at the Trenton, NJ State House 10/18/10, is at:
Great column from a NJ MD re: the proposed regulations to enact the NJ Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, at: