Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 14, 2017 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda


Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Twp. Library, Room #1 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 
7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

Approve February 2017 minutes. Discuss:

NJ DOH Medicinal Marijuana Program Review Panel held a Public Hearing in Trenton 2/22/17 for additional testimony to 45 Petitions that would add qualifying conditions to the MMP. Additional comments are accepted through 3/8/17. The Panel will make initial recommendations to the DOH Commissioner, after which there will be a 60 public comment period, followed by the Panel’s final recommendations.  Then the Commissioner has 180 days to make final decision.

NJ legalization bill expected soon—what do we hope will be in it? Home cultivation? Expungement of records? Workplace protection? Reparations to minorities? What strategies support the legalization in NJ in 2017? Educational efforts, Coalition building, demonstrations, Media & Social Media outreach.

PA Auditor General says, “Regulate and tax marijuana.”

Upcoming Events:  Harrisburg, PA: Decriminalization Rally 4/19/17 11:30 am.
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on March 21, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm. Guests?
“Meet the Experts, Atlantic City B2B Spring Break” 3/18&19 http://www.meetexperts.org/
ASA Unity Conference, The Role of Cannabis in Modern Medicine, Washington, D.C., 4/7-11.
http://www.nationalmedicalcannabisunityconference.org/
Patients Out of Time 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics:
Cannabis: Protecting Patients and Reducing Harm, May 18-20, 2017, Berkeley, CA http://www.medicalcannabis.com/2017-national-clinical-conference-on-cannabis-therapeutics/

Recent Events:  
What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18; 5CEUs for 100 RN’s.

Treasury report: Checking: $2673; PayPal: $2680 (70 t-shirts purchased). Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $1/apiece; 3 for $2. Wholesale prices are available.

CMMNJ's meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., 08648. All are welcome. (Meeting at the library does not imply Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.)

More info: Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
(609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com http://www.cmmnj.org
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

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


Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
February 14, 2017

January 2017 Minutes approved.

NJ DOH Panel will consider 45 Petitions to add qualifying conditions to the Medicinal Marijuana Program. A Public Comment period is expected soon—be prepared! For a list of the conditions, see: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/01/petitions-to-nj-doh-panel.html              
For links to each Petition, see:
http://www.nj.gov/health/medicalmarijuana/review-panel/petitions2016.shtml

Re: Tourette Syndrome (MMP -042) Diana spoke of her 17 y/o son with TS and the severe symptoms he experienced (tics, screams, destructive behavior and abuse by peers) and the remarkable response he had to a trial dose of cannabinoids.
Re: Opioid Use Disorder (MMP – 063) Jack spoke of his son Tom’s heroin addiction, the 5 stints in rehab, the 20% addiction cure rate, the 5% Drug Court cure rate & the need for marijuana Rx.
These are the stories that the Medical Review Panel needs to hear!

NJ legalization bill expected soon. What strategies should we pursue to advance the support for legalization of marijuana in NJ in 2017? Educational efforts, Coalition building, demonstrations, Media & Social Media outreach.  New website touts NJ reform: https://www.3fronts.org/
Randy Thompson’s work in A. P. discussed (getting mayor & council to endorse legalization).

New Jersey Cannabusiness Association (NJCBA): Trade association focused on supporting the growing legal cannabis industry. http://www.newjerseycannabusiness.com/

Upcoming Events:  
“CMMNJ TV” will next tape on 2/28/17 (Ricardo Rivera & Brian Haydon of 3fronts scheduled).
What Nurses Need to Know about Medical Cannabis; UMCP 2/18/17, 8am – 1pm.
“Meet the Experts, Atlantic City B2B Spring Break” 3/18&19 http://www.meetexperts.org/
“Benefits of medical marijuana” at MS self-help group, Hunterdon Co., 2/25 noon

Treasury report: Checking: $3152; PayPal: $2622.

Recent Media Coverage and Blogs:

N.J. lawmakers will vote on legalizing marijuana despite Trump's new Attorney General
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/nj_lawmakers_will_vote_on_legalizing_pot_despite_t.html

N.J. migraine, chronic pain patients seek OK to use medical marijuana
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/NJ-migraine-chronic-pain-patients-seek-OK-to-use-medical-marijuana-.html

14 Marijuana Jobs In New Jersey: ‘Cannabusiness’ Grows In The Garden State
http://patch.com/new-jersey/montclair/14-marijuana-jobs-new-jersey-cannabusiness-grows-garden-state

When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/nyregion/retirement-medicinal-marijuana.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170219&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y&_r=0

What should medical marijuana treat in N.J.? Public gets its say Wednesday
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/what_should_medical_marijuana_treat_public_gets_it.html

Chronic pain considered for medical marijuana use in New Jersey
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/Chronic-pain-considered-for-medical-marijuana-use-in-New-Jersey.html

Panel Considers Adding Ailments Medical Marijuana Can Treat
http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/panel-considers-adding-ailments-medical-marijuana-can-treat/

N.J. patients beg: Treat pain with medical marijuana instead of opioids
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/patients_beg_to_let_medical_marijuana_treat_pain_m.html

NJ mulls expanding medical marijuana — Could this help combat heroin epidemic?
http://nj1015.com/nj-mulls-expanding-medical-marijuana-could-this-help-combat-heroin-epidemic/?trackback=tsmclip

PAIN PATIENTS URGE NJ MEDICINAL MARIJUANA PANEL TO INCLUDE THEM IN PROGRAM
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/02/22/pain-patients-urge-nj-medicinal-marijuana-panel-to-include-them-in-program/

Everything you need to know about N.J.'s medical marijuana program
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/heres_how_njs_medical_marijuana_grew_last_year.html

See why this medical marijuana producer is selling the most in the state
http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2017/02/see_why_south_jersey_medical_marijuana_producer_is.html

It's time to expand N.J.'s medical marijuana program | Editorial
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/02/its_time_to_expand_the_medical_marijuana_program_e.html

As Trump Said in the Campaign, Leave Pot to the States
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/27/opinion/as-trump-said-in-the-campaign-leave-pot-to-the-states.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170227&nlid=17961243&tntemail0=y

Despite what Trump and Christie say, truth is cannabis more beneficial than not | Opinion
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/03/trump_christie_are_misinformed_cannabis_is_more_beneficial_than_not.html

Auditor General DePasquale Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana as Right Move to Help Deal with Critical Issues
http://www.paauditor.gov/press-releases/auditor-general-depasquale-recommends-regulating-taxing-marijuana-as-right-move-to-help-deal-with-critical-issues

MEET THE EXPERTS, B2B Spring Break, Atlantic City, March 18th & 19th
https://www.meetexperts.org/

Using marijuana to treat chronic pain might help cut down on opioid abuse
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/using-marijuana-to-treat-chronic-pain-might-help-cut-down-on-opioid-abuse/2017/02/24/518fbec2-f84e-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html?utm_term=.6d70e518ceb5

Dr. Oz Looks at Medical Marijuana as a Potential Cure for Opioid Addiction
https://healthimpactnews.com/2016/dr-oz-looks-at-medical-marijuana-as-a-potential-cure-for-opioid-addiction/

15 Nursing Contact Hours! All Inclusive Medical Cannabis Conference Montego Bay, Jamaica
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/15-nursing-contact-hours-all-inclusive-medical-cannabis-conference-at-iberostar-in-montego-bay-tickets-28970659021?aff=MontegoBay&afu=39231686818

NJ Weedman arrested on witness tampering
http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2017/03/03/nj-weedman-arrested-witness-tampering/98719178/





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