Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CMMNJ Minutes for December 12, 2017 Meeting

Monthly Public Meeting Minutes
December 12, 2017

November 2017 minutes approved. Discussion:

Governor-elect Phil Murphy reaffirms plans to legalize marijuana in the first 100 days of 2018! Who is contacting whom about advances for patient access, decriminalization, expungement, etc? Jim Miller is working with Bill Caruso and Jim is willing to accompany any patient in legislative meetings; Ken is working with Doctors for Cannabis Regulation on proposed legislative and regulatory language; Peter & Bob Kane are working with S. Jersey legislators; patients/advocates are urged to contact individual legislators to tell them what we want.

Gov. Christie finishes his second term at noon on January 16, 2018.

CMMNJ held a Press Conference in the State House Annex on 12/7/17 where patients and advocates explained the need for home cultivation—keeps it affordable; guarantees strain specific availability, etc.

NJ’s legalization bill (S3195): “Friends of CMMNJ” letter template in support of home cultivation, addressing concerns. Expect marijuana use uptick of 3% with new law; 97% of current marijuana users will just change vendors from illegal market to legal market. Teen use down in legal states.

The Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) Review Panel gave final approval to 43 petitions to add conditions (chronic pain, anxiety, migraines, and Tourette’s syndrome) to the MMP on 10/25/17. Now the DOH commissioner has 180 days to act. CUMMA amendments recommended. LTEs urged.

Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (S1689): Congressional co-sponsors sought for Sen. Cory Booker’s federal bill. Take action: Capwiz from DPA and NORML.

Final 2017 Statehouse Podcast (100th) concluded with Thanksgiving Day lunch/clothing giveaway outside the Annex. Wayne Burrini ( generously donated many delicious food items. Other advocates and patients donated food and clothing. Jim Miller and Lefty Grimes recognized for their heroic efforts in completing 100 podcasts outside the NJ Statehouse in all kinds of weather.

Political Prisoner/Veteran Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion remains in jail awaiting trial on hung jury charge.

Upcoming Events:
“CMMNJ TV” taping at Princeton TV studio, January 2018.
Patients Out of Time conference, Jersey City, NJ, May 10 – 12, 2018.
Garden State Cannabis Consultants, LLC (Nick & Leo) buying a video switcher to produce more videos.

Recent Events:
5th year anniversary of medical marijuana availability in NJ—12/6/17.
Ken spoke at "Medical Cannabis Conference," Montego Bay Jamaica, Nov. 10 -15, 2017, & "Medical Marijuana: There are big benefits for seniors;" at the Plainsboro Senior Center, 12/8/17.

Treasury report: Checking: $3264; PayPal: $3292. Multicolored hemp wristbands available.

2018 CMMNJ meetings were approved for the 2nd Tuesday of each month in 2018 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
Friends of CMMNJ:

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

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