Tuesday, February 5, 2019

February 12, 2019 CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
Weather Closing: 
CMMNJ Meeting Canceled for tonight, February 12, 2019: 
All Mercer County Library branches are closed today.
https://mcl.org/branches/lawrbr.html

Approve January 2019 minutes. Discuss:

NJ marijuana reform delayed. S2703/A4497: The “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act” which legalizes personal use of cannabis for adults passed legislative committees 11/26/18 but there has been no action, or a floor vote, since.

There is, however, progress in PA & NY to legalize marijuana in 2019.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act was re-introduced in the 116th Congress. New congressmen/women plan to hold House hearings on marijuana.

The medical marijuana expansion act, S10/2426, is also stalled, after sailing through three NJ legislative committees, also on 11/26/18. This bill is unfairly tied to the legalization bill.

NJ DOH OK’d 6 applications for ATCs on 12/17/18 for Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Ewing, Paterson, Phillipsburg & Vineland. Lawsuits challenge the awards. MMP now has over 40,000 patients.

OUD OK’d for marijuana therapy. Dr. Elnahal continues outreach to NJ MDs.

CBS refuses to air medical marijuana ad during Super Bowl.

NJ DOH MMP proposed regulations: CMMNJ awaits adoption of rules: our comments.

NJ OAG: CMMNJ awaits action on re/descheduling hearings from  the spring of 2018.

Upcoming Events: Patients Out of Time (POT) conference, Tampa, FL, 4/11-4/13/19.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/18- 3/20/19.
Medical Marijuana in New Jersey, Hackensack UMC, Pascack Valley 2/16/19, 8am – noon.
5th Annual CANNAEAST Conference March 12-13, 2019 New York, NY.
Medical Marijuana & Industrial Hemp, Cooper U. Med School, 3/22/19, 8 am – 11 am.
Community Cannabis Forum, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ, 4/4/19, 7 – 9 pm.

Recent events: Brick Zoning Board hearing cancelled on January 9, 2019; rescheduled for 2/27.
“Medical Marijuana in New Jersey”, 2/2/19, Penn Medicine/UMCP, Plainsboro, NJ.

Treasury report: Checking: $4907; PayPal: $2668. NJ Annual Report filed ($27.50).

CMMNJ’s free, public 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 & Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey.
CMMNJ blog: Agendas from 2009 to present.
Twitter:  Coalition for Medical Marijuana--NJ  @CMM_NJ

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




Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
January 8, 2019

December 2018 minutes approved.

NJ marijuana reform delayed. S2703/A4497: The “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act” which legalizes personal use cannabis for adults did not go to a vote by the entire legislature on December 17th, as hoped, after successfully passing appropriations committees from the Senate and Assembly on November 26th. It appears too many people want too many things from the legislation, and are unwilling to compromise. Discussion about taxes for cannabis—who wants what? People who want expungement now must wait 6 years, but it may be reduced to one year—S.F. has a good program. While there appears to be little support in legislature for home cultivation (and with the governor) advocates will never give up on it. Asm. Conaway’s COS met with Mike to discuss issue. Ed to see DPA’s position on home cultivation. One suggestion—tax the clones from dispensaries?

Eliminate the sales tax on medical marijuana—Jim M. to start a petition to end this sales tax immediately. Court challenge to get money back from illegal sales tax on medicine?
PA & NY to legalize in 2019? Will this encourage home cultivation?

The medical marijuana expansion act, S10/2426, is similarly stalled, after sailing through three legislative committees, also on November 26th. This bill is tied to the legalization bill, though there is really no reason that it could not advance on its own.

Hemp Bill cannot go forward with federal govt. agencies like USDA shut down. Licenses and programs still need OK to go forward and need approval for CBD as a food product.

NJ DOH OK’d 6 applications for ATCs on 12/17/18 in Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Ewing, Paterson, Phillipsburg & Vineland. Applicants must comply with background checks and regs.

NJ DOH MMP proposed regulations: CMMNJ awaits adoption of rules: our comments.

NJ OAG: CMMNJ awaits action on re/descheduling hearings from  the spring of 2018.

Upcoming Events: Patients Out of Time (POT) conference, Tampa, FL, 4/11-4/13/19.
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/18- 3/20/19.
Brick Zoning Board hearing resumes on January 9, 2019.
Medical Marijuana in New Jersey, (4 CEUs for RNs) 2/2/19, 8am – 12 pm, Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro, NJ.
Medical Marijuana in New Jersey (4 CEUs for RNs) presentation is also available at Hackensack UMC at Pascack Valley on 2/16/19, 8am – 12 pm.
5th Annual CANNAEAST Conference March 12-13, 2019 New York, NY.

Treasury report: Checking: $4924; PayPal: $2668.


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.

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