Tuesday, May 5, 2020

May 12, 2020 CMMNJ Monthly Public Zoom Meeting



Lawrence Library is CLOSED. 
The public meeting will be a Zoom Conference: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
Topic: CMMNJ Public Meeting: Click to: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 876 2328 5804
Password: 232975

May 12, 2020 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda:
Approve the April 2020 minutes, below.

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services” that offer curbside pickup to patients. But patients still see delays at ATCs, reduced availability of specific strains, and temporary ATC closings. Nine storefronts (7 ATCs & 2 satellites) serve 75,000 patients. Justice Grown in Ewing was issued a grow permit, bringing the total to 12 growing facilities.
Court case halts the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses.

CMMNJ joins NJ patients in advocating for home cultivation and home delivery.
Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.

NJ, Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! Send the letter from NORML

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020. 61% of NJ voters say they will approve the Constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for adults (see below).
CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign with Cannabis Voter Project: text CANNA to 40649 or, click here. Students, join: Class of 2020 Votes!
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be: A U.S. citizen; at least 18years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated.
#VoteCannabis2020 in the General Elections in November!

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20.
CannaGather Digital History & Science of Culinary & Cannabis, 5/7/20, 7:30 – 9 pm.
Cannabis and COVID-19: Where Does America Go From Here? Webinar, May 13, 1 pm.

Recent events: NJCBA Webinar 4/15/20, 12 – 1 pm.
Canna Pop Up, 4/20/20, noon to 5 pm.
Sativa Cross Podcast, 4/20/20, 11 – 2 pm.

Treasury report: Checking: $4649; PayPal: $2735. Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618

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
Twitter: @CMM_NJ
CMMNJ blog

CMMNJ’s free, public meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 – 9 PM.

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

The ballot question voters will be asked to approve on November 3, 2020:

      Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
     Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis.  The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. 
     Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

     This amendment would legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis.”  Only persons at least 21 years of age could use cannabis products legally.
     The Cannabis Regulatory Commission would oversee the new adult cannabis market.  This commission was created in 2019 to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program.  The scope of the commission’s new authority would be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.
     All retail sales of cannabis products in the new adult cannabis market would be subject to the State’s sales tax.  If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.

More info at: SCR183/ACR840



Monthly Public Meeting Minutes 
April 14, 2020

Lawrence Library is CLOSED. The April 2020 meeting was instead a Zoom Conference: Click to Join the virtual meeting: My Meeting ID: 492-157-690 Meeting Password: 172200

This was the first fully virtual public meeting of CMMNJ. In the past we had experimented with podcasts during public meetings, but the CMMNJ Board objected to having a permanent record of meeting discussions. This was out of concerns about patient confidentiality, and patient self-incrimination when discussing use of an illegal substance.

As usual, in the beginning of the Zoom meeting, the participants introduced themselves and said a few words about why they were at the meeting. We advised participants that members of the media were invited and may be present at the meeting and there was no way to tell if their comments were being recorded (though technically, this was also true of possible surreptitious tapings of meetings at the library.) We extended our best wishes for everyone’s safety and health during this time of pandemic, social distancing and economic collapse.

The March 2020 minutes were approved. (3/10/20 was the 17th anniversary of CMMNJ!)

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services.” The DOH allows ATCs to offer curbside pickup to patients. Caregiver fees are reduced to $20. Patients see long lines at ATCs, reduced availability of specific strains, and temporary ATC closings. Nine ATCs across the state serve about 75,000 patients, with six grow sites. There was a weekly record increase of patients in the MMP during the week of 3/20/20 when over 4,000 patients joined the program. Ken said in a media interview that he thought this was likely due to an increase in community anxiety brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ed Tobias gave an update on the issue of the courts continuing to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. A settlement conference call was scheduled with the Appellate Court for 4/16/20 at 11 am.
The NJ Supreme Court ruled that employers cannot fire workers who use medical marijuana while off the job in the Wild case, 3/10/20.
NJ patients are advocating for home delivery and home cultivation:
Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.
NJ, Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! Send the letter from NORML

Marijuana legalization in NJ will be a ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020. 
CMMNJ’s GOTV (Get-Out-the-Vote) Campaign: text CANNA to 40649 or, click https://p2a.co/vtdM3z9 to talk to your elected reps about cannabis reform.
Thanks to our partner, HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project
To register to vote in New Jersey, you must be: A U.S. citizen; at least 18years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated.
Register to vote and VOTE in the General Elections in November. #VoteCannabis2020!
For wording of ballot question, see below or: SCR183/ACR840

Cannabates gave an update on hemp growing for CBD, and the NJ Hemp Industry Assn.

Upcoming Events: NJCBA Webinar 4/15/20, 12 – 1 pm.
Canna Pop Up, 4/20/20, noon to 5 pm.
Sativa Cross Podcast, 4/20/20, 11 – 2 pm.
420 Trenton State House events were cancelled—social distancing in effect.
Patients Out of Time 2020 Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics was postponed!
Moorestown Day, 6/2/20 was cancelled.
Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 6/27/20. (Still on at this time!)

Recent events: : The Road to Legalization, Edison, NJ, 3/10/20.
“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” Princeton Present Day Club, 3/4/20.
Open Forum on Legalization of Cannabis, Atlantic City, 3/4/20.
ASA Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., March 25 – 28, 2020 (virtual conference).

Treasury report: Checking: $4094; PayPal: $2735. Help our GOTV campaign!
Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or, send a check to:
CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618

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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