Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CMMNJ monthly public meeting agenda, Sept.11, 2012

Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3
Tuesday, September 11, 2012; 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

7:00 PM:  Call meeting to order.   Approve August 2012 minutes.  Discuss:

Diane Riportella died 8/31/12 at age 56.  She was a medical marijuana advocate and an ALS patient since 2007.  She testified many times in Trenton despite her disability.

Patients are registering for ID cards with DOH; problems with doctors. ATC update: Greenleaf ATC in Montclair to open this month. Compassionate Care Foundation in Egg Harbor to open in fall? Compassionate Care Centers of America Foundation to open on Rt. 1 in Woodbridge?

Adding qualifying conditions to NJ’s medical marijuana law—Board members’ efforts.

NJ Senator Nick Scutari introduced S1977 to decriminalize 50 grams of marijuana.  Fall committee hearing upcoming?  (NJ Assembly passed A1465--decrim for 15 grams--on 6/25/12.)

Court cases:
Eric Hafner, on-going Middletown, NJ case.
Colleen Begley’s case in Burlington Co.
Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion: Retrial starts Oct. 10, 2012.

Upcoming events:
NJ State Nurses Assn. to honor Ken Wolski, RN with “Don Award” for medical marijuana advocacy at Bally’s in Atlantic City on 10/24/12. Tickets available at:
NORML NJ meeting September 10th at 7pm at the Ale House, New Brunswick, NJ.
Boston Freedom Rally is 9/15/12.
Volunteers needed for Ewing Community Fest 10/6/12, and Lawrence Community Day 10/7/12.
NORML Conference, Los Angeles, 10/4-6/12.

Treasury report: Checking: $2814; PayPal: $3349.

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.  Snacks are served.  (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

Monthly Public Meeting Minutes
Lawrence Library
August 14, 2012  

7:00 PM:  Call meeting to order. July 2012 minutes approved. Discussion:

NJ Dept. of Health (DOH) opened the patient registry for the Medicinal Marijuana Program on August 9.  CMMNJ issued a Press Release (see below) and called a Press Conference at the State House on 8/9.  DOH is not interacting with patients/doctors.  How to get more doctors involved?  Vanessa’s survey of doctors on the list.  Patients to discuss medical marijuana during annual exams.

ATC update: Montclair ATC growing marijuana; set to open in September.  Egg Harbor Twp. ATC to open this fall?  Camden Zoning Board sued over medical marijuana rejection.

Peter sent a formal request to DOH to add a qualifying condition 4 wks. ago; no reply.  Jim f/u.  Also, Daniel Frieling’s very painful fingernails; marijuana helps, but not available to him.

In  Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration (ASA v. DEA), a lawsuit challenging the federal government's classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value, the D.C. Circuit Court will hear oral arguments on October 16th.  See below.

Gov. Christie calls War on Drugs a “Failure” yet:
Eric Hafner’ on-going Middletown, NJ case; Colleen Begley’s trial in Burlington Co. may start 12/12.  Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion: Retrial in October.   John Wilson released to Intensive Supervision Program after 4 months in prison.  Gagged from discussing medical marijuana.

Events: NJ State Nurses Assn. to honor Ken Wolski, RN with “Don Award” for his medical marijuana advocacy at Bally’s in Atlantic City on 10/24/12. Tickets available.
NORML NJ meeting, 7 pm, September 10th at the Ale House, New Brunswick, NJ.
Recent events: 8/2, Unity Tour, Holmdel, NJ., CMMNJ tabled with NORML NJ.

Treasury report: Checking: $2814; PayPal: $3353. Ken to order new shirts.

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director, Coalition for Medical Marijuana—New Jersey, Inc.
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618   (609) 394-2137

Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

N.J. medical marijuana still faces hurdles

Number of medical marijuana patients inches up in N.J.

Montclair pot dispensary to open within weeks

Patient Registrations for Medical Marijuana Use Begin in New Jersey

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Faces Further Delays

Tewksbury Township man not eligible for medical marijuana program after doctor retires

Pot Shop Not a Done Deal

Mayor Says Medical Marijuana Warehouse is "Welcome in Woodbridge"

Group to open marijuana center in Woodbridge warehouse on Route 1

More Doctors Than Patients In Medical Marijuana Program [AUDIO]

Rockaway doctor: I'm worried patients on marijuana will wind up arrested

Docs weed themselves from NJ pot program

Medical Marijuana: New Jersey's Prescription Pot Moves Ahead Slowly

50 N.J. patients registering for medical marijuana

Interest High, But Only 18 NJ Residents Are Registered For Use Of Medical Marijuana

50 NJ patients eligible for medical marijuana

Medical marijuana patients in NJ can get ID cards

Select N.J. patients can get marijuana

Will Strict Medical Marijuana Rules Protect New Jersey From Federal Interference?

Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Begins in Ocean County

Herald News: Medical pot registration, at last

Christie's Photo in Marijuana Dispensary

Medical marijuana registry begins in N.J

Mixed Feelings About Jersey’s Medical Pot Program Moving Forward

Patients Begin Registering For Medical Marijuana In New Jersey

Registration begins today for NJ medical marijuana program

NJ's First Medical Marijuana Center Set to Open!/on-air/as-seen-on/NJs-First-Medical-Marijuana-Center-Set-to-Open/165661086

New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program Moves Forward [POLL/AUDIO]


Why not pot for medical use in NY?

Amick: New Jersey looks on as other states pioneer marijuana reform

Medical Marijuana Group Endorses Obama for Re-Election

Medical cannabis relaxes patients

Ganjapreneur loses in U.S. Tax Court over marijuana business

NJWeedman to be retried on drug distribution in October

Patient Registration Opens for State’s Medicinal Marijuana Program

WHO: Medical marijuana patients and advocates
WHAT: Will discuss the Patient Registration for the Medicinal Marijuana Program
WHEN: Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 11am - 12:00 noon
WHERE: The State House, Trenton, NJ
WHY:       While this represents progress, patients will still have difficulty accessing the program

Medical marijuana patients and advocates will discuss the newly opened patient registration process for the Medicinal Marijuana Program at the State House in Trenton, NJ on Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 11am - 12:00 noon.

The “New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act" was signed into law on January 18, 2010.  While not a single patient in this state has yet enjoyed the legal protection that this law was designed to provide, the state Department of Health will begin the process of issuing ID cards to qualifying patients.  Ken Wolski, RN, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) said, “We are glad to see that the patient registration process has finally gotten started.  There are significant hurdles for patients to contend with, however, and it remains to be seen how successful this program will be.”

The New Jersey Department of Health has redesigned the Medicinal Marijuana Program link on its web site.  The web site now includes a Patient Registration Process.  In order to begin the registration process, patients must have a Reference Number that was provided to them by a physician who has registered with the Department of Health and with whom the patient has a bona fide doctor-patient relationship.  Only about 150 physicians have registered so far, which represents less than 1% of the 30,000 licensed physicians in the state.

Patients must have computer access and an email address in order to complete the registration, though there is a provision to allow the physician to assist the patient in registering.  Patients (and their caregivers, if applicable) must have a government-issued photo ID, proof of New Jersey residency, a passport style photograph, and proof of government assistance (if applicable).  A caregiver must also complete a Criminal Background Check.  These documents must be converted to digital format and uploaded to the Department of Health.  The patient must designate an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) that will be used.  After the Department of Health reviews the documents, they will notify the patient by email to submit the required fee ($200 for two years or $20 if low income) and an ID card will be issued to the patient.  The ID card will allow the patient or caregiver to legally purchase up to two ounces of marijuana a month from an ATC.

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides education about the benefits medical marijuana.

For more information, contact:
Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ  08618

For southern Jersey, contact Chris Goldstein at (505) 577-5093.


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