Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CMMNJ December 2013 Meeting Agenda

Monthly Public Meeting Agenda, 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #2
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve October 2013 minutes.  Discuss:

NJ’s Medicinal Marijuana Program: Compassionate Care Foundation, the ATC in Egg Harbor Twp. opened Oct. 28, 2013, but there have been concerns about the quality of the marijuana available. The ATC in Woodbridge, Garden State Dispensary, is scheduled to have its official opening on Dec. 4, 2013, but high quality marijuana has reportedly been available to patients there already. There is still no Appellate Court decision on the lawsuit against DOH’s MMP.  During a hearing on 9/18/13, plaintiff’s lawyers asked the court: to continue the tort claims against the DOH; to force the DOH to do what the law requires; to declare certain regulations ultra vires (beyond the law);  and, to appoint CMMNJ a monitor for the MMP.

ASW Linda Stender introduced A4537 which will permit qualifying patients to possess and use medical marijuana legally obtained from another jurisdiction and extend State medical marijuana laws to qualifying out-of-State patients.  Gov, Christie said he will not sign such legislation. Sabina Rose Joana died on Dec 2, 2013.  She was a 15 month old NJ resident with Dravet Syndrome.  Her parents were desperately trying to obtain high CBD medical marijuana for her.

Upcoming Events: Amy Doherty, Medford Court, 12/4/13, medical marijuana possession case.
Chris Goldstein & Don DeZarn’s federal marijuana possession cases are scheduled for 12/19/13 at 10:30 am at 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA.
Smoke Down Prohibition XII, Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, 12/21/13, 3:30 pm.

Recent events:
"Medical Marijuana” at the New Jersey State Nurses Assn. Convention, 10/9/13, Atlantic City.
“The Future of Marijuana” A panel discussion 11/7/13, Rutgers, Livingston.

Treasury report: Checking: $3993; PayPal: $3707. Billboard campaign continues.
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.)

More info:
Ken Wolski, RN, (609) 394-2137
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CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.

Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
October 8, 2013; 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

There will be no November 2013 meeting due to a scheduling conflict with the library.

The next CMMNJ meeting is December 10, 2013, 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library. The Oct 8 meeting covered all the agenda items listed.  I advocated for CMMNJ to have an ambitious 5 year plan to gather evidence and support so we are ready to move forward to establish an actual Medical Marijuana Program in the next gubernatorial administration.

We had a discussion on improving CMMNJ's web site.

Short discussion of the Oct 24th U.S. Court hearing stemming from Smoke Down Prohibition IX, the Philadelphia event at which former CMMNJ Board member Chris Goldstein was cited. Goldstein faces six months in prison and a $1000 fine for possession of a single joint.

Greenleaf ATC reopened with limited access.  Egg Harbor ATC was scheduled to open in September, but never did. (It opened Oct. 28, 2013.) Woodbridge ATC (CCCofA) given grow permit by DOH.  It was reported that Breakwater ATC has no location at the present time.

The group discussed changing current law to allow edibles for adults, eliminate the Dr. registry, and film hospice patients to dramatize their cause and get another Dr. (whom a board member knows) to support med MJ.

Voter Registration Drive: “Chris Christie Plays Politics with the Law. Sick patients suffer. Sometimes worse.”  New matter: There were concerns raised over the costs to produce this video.  An idea was vetted to produce a video of patients with several people volunteering to help on the project.

Oral arguments in the lawsuit against DOH were heard in Appellate Court, Mt. Holly, 9/18/13. NORML NJ lawyers asked the court: to continue the tort claims against the DOH; to force the DOH to do what the law requires; to declare certain regulations ultra vires (beyond the law);  and, to appoint CMMNJ a monitor for the MMP.  The 3-judge panel may decide as early as Nov.

NJ.COM/Inside Jersey: Medical marijuana—one of the greatest medical stories of the past 5 yrs.

Recent Events: Ewing Community Fest:  Sat., $85 collected.
Lawrence Community Day, 10/6/13, $91 collected.
"Medical Marijuana: Legislation + Education = Blueprint for Change" New Jersey State Nurses Association Convention, Atlantic City, 10/9. (Well received by the nurses.)
Boston Freedom Rally, 9/14 & 15, Boston Commons, $149 collected.

Martin Lee, discussion and book signing of “Smoke Signals” at Hamilton Barnes & Noble 9/30/13; Dinner and discussion of “Project CBD” at Bonnie Waltz’s home 9/29/13.

Discussion about another Med MJ patient on trial hoping to use the med necessity defense: Amy Doherty, Medford Court, 11/6/13, 4pm, medical marijuana possession case.

Treasury report: Checking: $4297; PayPal: $3537. Billboard campaign continues.
More info: Ed Hannaman, Esq.

Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ:

CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.

Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

Medical marijuana facility to open Oct. 28 in Egg Harbor Township

NJ’s 3rd Marijuana Dispensary Begins Patient Registration

Medical marijuana dispensary in Woodbridge opening Dec. 4th, owner says

N.J. lawmaker introduces bill allowing medical marijuana patients to buy from other state programs

Chris Christie says no to bill expanding medical marijuana program

Sabina Rose, 2012-2013

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Prefers Dead Kids Over Stoned Adults

A Possible New Use for Medical Marijuana

Wendy Conte: State should legalize medical marijuana

NJ Gives $350K to Pot Dispensary

Medical Pot: One Patient’s Plea

NJ: Dedication Ceremony for 2nd Medical Marijuana Dispensary Friday in Egg Harbor


N.J.'s youngest medical marijuana patient gets her turn

Poll: Should N.J. allow medical marijuana patients to buy from other state programs?


Visualization of the Endocannabinoid signaling system.

Medical Marijuana Patient Gets STABBED Then Gets Arrested

Garden State Dispensary Day One

Governor of Pennsylvania: Legalize medical marijuana for adults and children

Seen At 11: Medical Marijuana For Your Dog?

Preventing marijuana-induced memory problems with OTC painkillers

Central Pennsylvania conservative joins medical marijuana push

VETERAN’S DAY: Medical Marijuana and PTSD

Pennsylvanians for the Legalization of Medical Marijuana

Chris Christie Plays Politics with New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law, Patients Suffer

Delaware May Permit Just One Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Time to Legalize Pot? A Majority Of Americans Are In Favor Of Legalizing Marijuana [POLL]

With Suit, Parents of Boy With Seizures Press Arizona Officials on Marijuana Act

Pot patients’ poor treatment

New PA medical marijuana bill: All spark and no fire?

Tapping Medical Marijuana’s Potential

NJ Weedman asks Gov. Christie to waive staggered prison term so he can receive cancer treatment

Pet owners increasingly using medical marijuana to help their pets feel better

1 comment:

  1. The meeting scheduled for 12/10/13 has been canceled due to snow. The next CMMNJ meeting will be on 1/14/14, same time and place.