Monthly Public Meeting Agenda
855 Berkeley Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618 (Note new meeting place for Nov., 2011 meeting)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011; 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
7:00 PM: Call meeting to order. Approve October 2011 minutes. Discuss:
NJ's Medicinal Marijuana Program update. Maple Shade Zoning Board rejects state’s first ATC, 10/12. Federal crackdown continues. CMMNJ Board supports A4252 which decriminalizes 15 grams or less of marijuana in NJ. CA Med. Assn. supports legalization.
Rally to support medical marijuana patient Ed Forchion (See NJWeedman video) at Burlington Co. Superior Court, Mt Holly, 10/18 & 10/20 at 9 am. Trial (& further rallies) delayed until April 10, 2012. Updates on the Colleen Begley trial and John Wilson’s Supreme Court appeal.
Upcoming events: Major CMMNJ fund raiser planned for Feb. 24 & 25, 2012. Save the dates!
NEWS12 TV re: NJ Monthly article, 11/9; Ramapo College lecture 11/10 1 – 2 pm; Screening of “What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?” 217 E. 42nd St., NY, 11/10 at 6 pm, Q&A with Ken to follow. NORML NJ meeting on 11/14 at 7 pm.
Recent events: “Medical Marijuana Update” for Bayada Nurses, Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, 10/19. “NJ Monthly” article, “Weeding Out The Pain,” Nov. 2011. Community Fest TCNJ 10/29; NORML NJ meetings 2nd Monday of each month, 7:00 pm. Home Grown Radio interview, 10/25.
Treasury report: Checking: $3773; PayPal: $3072. Make a tax-deductible donation to CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Use Paypal on our web site, or send a check to "CMMNJ" to the address below. Get a free t-shirt for a donation above $15—specify size.
All other CMMNJ 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.)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011; 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
7:00 PM: Call meeting to order. July 2011 minutes approved. Discussion:
After a three-month delay, NJ's Medicinal Marijuana Program is NOT moving forward “expeditiously.” Only about 100 doctors have registered with DHSS. No ATC’s open yet; Maple Shade Zoning Board meeting 10/12. Jim to attend. No ID cards issued yet. Some ATC applicants are appealing the awards process. IRS crackdown on Harborside dispensary in CA.
CMMNJ Board votes to support A4252 which decriminalizes 15 grams of marijuana in NJ.
John Wilson released from state prison on bail pending NJ Supreme Court appeal. John suffered an MS setback while in prison—numbness from his nipple line down is now persistent. NJ medical marijuana patient, activist & CMMNJ volunteer Colleen Begley faces prison term. Ed Forchion, “NJWeedman” trial slated for 10/18/11; seeks to have drug charges dropped. Rally planned at Burlington Co. Superior Court to support Forchion 10/18 at 9 am.
Recent events: Community Day, Lawrence Twp, 10/2/11; Great Midwest Harvest Festival, Madison, WI, Oct. 1 & 2. Boston Freedom Rally, 9/17/11.
Upcoming events: Community fest TCNJ 10/29; “Medical Marijuana Update” for Bayada Nurses, Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, 10/19, 9:00 am. “NJ Monthly” article on medical marijuana in the Nov. 2011 issue. NORML NJ meetings 2nd Monday of each month, 7:00 pm.
Treasury report: Checking: $3881; PayPal: $3072. .
CMMNJ's meetings are the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM. The meeting in November 2011 will be held at 855 Berkeley Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618. All other meetings are held 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:
Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011 12:45 am
Two of the approved medical marijuana alternative treatment centers for New Jersey are exploring Burlington County locations. But will they have any customers?
Gov. Chris Christie and the Department of Health and Senior Services have imposed many new restrictions on the compassionate cannabis program that were not included in the original 2010 law. Among Christie's draconian regulations is a 10 percent cap on THC content, prohibition of home delivery, and imposing the nation's first registry for doctors. Out of 30,000 physicians in the Garden State, only about 100 have joined the program.
By the way, the New Jersey marijuana doctor list is not being made public. And those terrible regulations have not actually been finalized by DHSS another potential snag for any municipal blessings.
But the law itself passed with a major flaw: Of the 16 states with medical cannabis provisions, New Jersey was the first to continue the prohibition for registered patients growing their own or forming collective gardens. The no-home-grow concept was introduced by Burlington County Assemblyman Herb Conaway and forces all approved patients into the ATCs to buy their marijuana. In their DHSS applications, the ATCs plan to charge the same as street prices.
Compassionate Sciences has tens of millions of dollars to invest, along with deep political connections in Trenton and in mainstream corporate health care. The group has projections for serving thousands of patients in their first year of operation ... as if they will have the only pot in New Jersey. But their biggest competition is the prodigious amount of medical-grade marijuana that is already available underground—no registry required.
Christie pledged to have legal marijuana to qualifying residents by the end of 2011, but since it's October and there are no seeds planted, that is already another broken promise. News also surfaced last week of a retooled federal crackdown on medical cannabis businesses.
Doctors, nurses and seriously ill residents know that marijuana is effective. Their testimony is why the law was passed. Rather than buy the high-priced/low-potency pot from the corporate ATCs, most patients will likely stay underground. This is where seriously ill residents have been left for the last two years already.
If the New Jersey Legislature really wants to create safe access without federal interference, it is time to put patient/caregiver cultivation back into the medical marijuana law.
Board of directors, Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey
WRITTEN BY CHARLES KWIATKOWSKI
TUESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2011 16:20
Dear Editors of the Atlantic Highlands Herald,
I am writing this in reply to the recent article of the Maple Shade location being rejected for medical marijuana in NJ. This Maple Shade-mistake is just another example of Gov. Christie’s failed effort of leadership to help the seriously ill residents of NJ with more to surely follow. If every location in NJ rejects the Medical Marijuana Law, then what does that say about law in general? Only a former US Prosecutor would know that once he found his perfect answer with the failure proposed earlier for Rutgers to control medical marijuana. He can now use this same excuse in every township that applies to control medical marijuana in NJ.
As an MS Patient of 15 years, I am forced to stick with risking my life on the streets obtaining the only relief to treat my disease. Until your loved one is in so much pain that it causes pain to the entire family, one could never understand how important medical marijuana is for the seriously ill.
At this rate of failure, I can only expect to finally receive medical marijuana long after the next Governor takes Gov Christie’s place. Hopefully it will be a Mom? She'll have my vote. Only a mother can understand how painful it is when your loved one lives in neuropathic pain an spasms.
The only way this will ever get off the ground is the way it started in many other states with collective groups of patients and 1-2 caregivers growing marijuana for them. That may take more time for humanity to fully digest the science of medical marijuana CBD therapy for MS patients which has always been a proven treatment for MS. Even the MS Society now recognizes that medical marijuana can slow or even prevent future neuronal damage to the bodies central nervous system.
Why would an MS patient use any other therapy?