Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 14, 2014 Meeting Agenda

Monthly Public Meeting Agenda, 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve October 2013 minutes—no meetings in Nov. & Dec. (snow day) 2013.  Discuss:

NJ’s Medicinal Marijuana Program: Dec. 6, 2013 was the first anniversary of legal sales of marijuana in NJ. Jan. 18, 2014 is the 4th anniversary of the Compassionate Use Act becoming law. CCF, 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, NJ, Garden State Dispensary, opened on Dec. 4, 2013, and high quality marijuana has been available there.

There is still no Appellate Court decision on the lawsuit against DOH’s MMP re: tort claims and ultra vires (beyond the law) Regulations.

S1220: NJ Senate vote is scheduled on S1220 on 1/9/14 at 2pm. S1220 passed the Assembly in May, 67 – 2. It says medical marijuana is the equivalent of any other prescribed medication & not an illicit substance that disqualifies a patient from medical care, inc. organ transplants.

A4537: Gov. Christie said he will not sign A4537 which will permit NJ patients to possess medical marijuana obtained from other jurisdictions and recognize out-of-state ID cards.  A4537 passed the Assembly (50-23-7) on 12/19/13, but the identical Senate bill, S3108 is not scheduled for committee hearing yet.

Sabina Rose Joana died on Dec 2, 2013, a 15 month old NJ resident with Dravet Syndrome as her parents could not obtain high CBD medical marijuana for her.

Upcoming Events: Chris Goldstein & Don DeZarn’s federal marijuana possession cases are scheduled for 1/23/14 at 10:30 am at 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA.
NORML NJ mtngs. will resume monthly at Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon, Trenton 1/13/14 at 7 pm.
Patients Out of Time Conference, May 8 – 10, Portland, Oregon

Recent events: “The Future of Marijuana” A panel discussion 11/7/13, Rutgers/Livingston.
Smoke Down Prohibition XII, Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, 12/21/13, 3:30 to 4:30 pm.

Treasury report: Checking: $3789; 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 Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.)

More info:

Ken Wolski, RN
(609) 394-2137

Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ:

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:

CMMNJ Year End Report 2013

New Jersey: Aggressive Law Enforcement, Dysfunctional Politics & Lack of Medical Cannabis
“Garden State”

Medical Marijuana Advocates Voice Displeasure [AUDIO]

NJ marijuana activist migrating to Colorado

Fighting for Vivian's Medicine

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity 'Will Not Happen' in NJ: Christie

Woodbridge Medical Marijuana Dispensary Open

Eager patients cheer opening of N.J.'s third medical marijuana dispensary in Woodbridge

NJ Weedman Ed Forchion Discusses Full Faith and Credit Clause [AUDIO]

Marijuana expansion / Christie is right

Access to medical marijuana still a debacle in New Jersey

N.J.'s stunted medical pot program: Editorial

Some patients still blocked from N.J. medical marijuana program

N.J. Assembly committee votes to expand medical marijuana program again

3 questions for 'Doctor Marijuana NJ'

Too little, too late on medical marijuana: Editorial

Doomed legislation to loosen N.J.'s medical marijuana law advances

Poll: What was the top N.J. politics story of 2013?

Family at heart of medical pot issue to leave N.J.

Poll results: Your pick for the top N.J. politics story of 2013 is ...

Sabina Rose, 2012-2013


Families See Colorado as New Frontier on Medical Marijuana

FDA-approved medical marijuana clinical trial gets underway next month for kids with epilepsy

Up Early and in Line for a Marijuana Milestone in Colorado

2014 Dawns on Legalized Pot in Colorado

Poll: Should N.J. follow in Colorado's footsteps and legalize pot?

Stigma Shadows NJ Medical Marijuana Patients

Governor Christie Puts N.J. Medical Marijuana on Life Support

Carl Sagan Also Smoked Pot Decades Ago. Here's What He Had To Say About It.

David Brooks Fails to Defend Prohibition

The Case For And Against Legalizing Marijuana,34791/

5 Amazing Changes to Pot Law in 2013

The Media Should Stop Pretending Marijuana's Risks Are a Mystery -- The Science Is Clear

NY Lawmaker Steve Katz, Who Voted Against Medical Marijuana, Invests In Pot

Patients, docs tout medical marijuana

Severely Ill, Card-Carrying Medical Marijuana Patients Arrested—For Pot Possession

Reefer Madness? Real Science Says Otherwise

Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade

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