Tuesday, April 2, 2019

CMMNJ Agenda for April 9, 2019 & March 2019 Minutes



Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 
Lawrence Township Library, Room #3 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM 

Approve March 2019 minutes. Discuss:

NJ marijuana reform delayed. S2703/A4497: The “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory and Expungement Aid Modernization Act” which legalizes personal use cannabis for adults passed legislative committees on 11/26/18 and on 3/18/19 (see testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee & Assembly Appropriations Committee) but the hoped for floor vote did not take place on March 25, as the Senate failed to get enough votes to guarantee passage. Expungement expanded to included possession of up to 5 pounds. $42/oz tax agreement stands with local tax added. Ballot question coming if no law passed by September? 62% of NJ adults favor legalization in Feb. 2019 Monmouth U. poll. Write LTEs and Op Eds. Demonstrate support. NJUMR supports S2703. The medical marijuana expansion act, S10/2426, is also stalled, after sailing through three NJ legislative committees, also on 11/26/18 and 3/18/19.

NJ DOH published MMP Biennial Report 4/1/19. Recommendations: Raise the 2 ounce per month limit; Lower prices by expanding supply, access and competition; Increase cultivation sites to 24, & add 50 dispensary sites. CMMNJ Board members interviewed. MMP has over 40 K patients. OUD OK’d for marijuana therapy in conjunction with MAT.

Appellate Court: Medical Marijuana Users May Not Be Discriminated Against In New Jersey

Upcoming Events: Patients Out of Time (POT) conference, Tampa, FL, 4/11- 4/13/19.
Community Cannabis Forum, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ, 4/4/19, 7 – 9 pm.
Trenton Cannabis Community event, Trenton, NJ Library, 4/3/19, 6 – 8 pm.
Jersey Cannabis Network April 15, Asbury Park, Porta Asbury Park 7:30 - 10pm.
Pennington Day, Pennington, NJ 5/18/19 10-4pm.
Jersey Shore THC Patient Appreciation Day, 385 Adamston Rd., Brick, NJ, 5/11/19, 3-8 pm.
Moorestown Day, Main St., Moorestown, NJ, 6/1/19, 9am – 4pm.
Smoke-In for Patient Home Grow @ Sen. Sweeney's, W. Deptford, 4/4/19 12:30 – 3:30 PM.
Die-in for Medical Cannabis Home Grow & OUD; 4/18/19, Trenton State House, 12-1:11pm.
2019 Slightly Stoopid events in Camden 6/16/19 and Asbury Park 6/29/19.

Recent events: Recreational Marijuana in NJ? Supporters Speak Out: "Dave Kinchen Tonight"

Treasury report: Checking: $4556; PayPal: $2613.

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey: https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/

CMMNJ blog: https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/

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


Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
March 12, 2019

January 2019 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 passed legislative committees 11/26/18 but there has been no floor vote. $42/oz tax agreement, along with 3% excise tax and 2% local tax. Expungement appears to be only for possession of one ounce or less. The votes appear to be short: 5 in the Senate and 3 in the Assembly. S. Jersey effort needed.  Ballot question may be coming, and CMMNJ would support this if there is no resolution by June or September. Meanwhile, illegal, unregulated market thrives. Legalization discussions around NJ: Hackensack, Hoboken, Barnegat, Newark, Brick, E. Brunswick,  Rutgers U. 62% of NJ adults favor legalization in Feb. 2019 Monmouth U. poll.

Ask your elected official to support legalization.

Progress in PA & NY to legalize marijuana in 2019.

Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act & The Marijuana Justice Act were re-introduced in the 116th Congress. New Congressional Dems plan to hold House hearings.

Home cultivation: CMMNJ wants 30-second video testimony on why patients/caregivers need it and why co-ops are necessary and what being legal means to you.  Send to #CMMNJ:
https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionforMedicalMJNJ/
Legalization sets the table for overcoming stigma and further reforms. DPA supports home cultivation but do not appear enthused about it.

The medical marijuana expansion act, S10/2426, is also stalled, after sailing through three NJ legislative committees, also on 11/26/18. OAG suspends license of Dr. Anzalone, NJ Green MD.

NJ DOH OK’d 6 applications for ATCs on 12/17/18 for Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Ewing, Paterson, Phillipsburg & Vineland. Lawsuits challenge awards, alleging fraud in one case and questioning the scoring methods overall.  MMP has over 40 K patients. OUD OK’d for marijuana therapy in conjunction with MAT. Dr. Elnahal continues outreach to NJ MDs.

CBS refused 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.
Brandon Cee’s Jersey Cannabis Network April 15, Asbury Park, Porta Asbury Park 7:30 - 10pm
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., 3/18 - 3/20/19.
Community Cannabis Forum, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ, 4/4/19, 7 – 9 pm.
SSDP Conference, 3/29 – 3/31, Rosemont, IL
5th Annual CANNAEAST Conference March 12-13, 2019 New York, NY.
Trenton Cannabis Community event, Trenton Library, NJ, 4/3/19, 6 – 8 pm.
2019 Slightly Stoopid events in Camden 6/16/19 and Asbury Park 6/29/19.

Recent events: 
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.
Vanessa Waltz resigned from the CMMNJ Board. We are grateful for all that she contributed to medical marijuana in New Jersey.
Treasury report: Checking: $4556; PayPal: $2668. NJ Annual Report & IRS Form 990-N filed.

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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