Thursday, November 11, 2010

Resolutions pass supporting medical marijuana patients

Resolutions pass supporting medical marijuana patients

Statement from Ken Woski RN, executive director of CMMNJ:

“The Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey is grateful that Senator Scutari and Assemblyman Gusciora's concurrent Resolutions (SCR130/ACR151) passed favorably out of their respective committees yesterday after a full afternoon of testimony by supporters of safe cannabis access. This shows more than ever that patients and advocates need to be more deeply involved in the development of reasonable regulations to enact the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.”

The Department of Health and Senor Services (DHSS) issued draft regulations for the medical marijuana program last month. New limitations were introduced including: A physician registry, capping THC content, having just three strains of cannabis and limiting cultivation to just two centers.

Advocates, patients and the sponsoring legislators contend that DHSS officials have crafted rules far outside of the intent of the compassionate use law.

The resolutions now go to the Senate and Assembly for floor votes. If passed, the Christie Administration and DHSS would have 30 days to re-evaluate the draft regulations.

CONTACT: Ken Wolski 609 394 2137 or

CMMNJ is the only tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit in New Jersey whose mission is to educate the public about the benefits of medical marijuana.

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