Tuesday, July 7, 2020

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for July 14, 2020



CMMNJ Monthly public Zoom meeting 
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time 

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July 14, 2020 CMMNJ Monthly Public Meeting Agenda: Approve the June 2020 minutes. The Lawrence Library Community Rooms will be closed through September, and possibly the rest of 2020. Future CMMNJ public meetings will be via Zoom Conferences.

CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign for “an election of a lifetime” (Scott Rudder): See the ballot question. Plant the seeds of change: HeadCount’s CannabisVoterProject! #growyourpower Visit www.cannabisvoter.info to learn about reform & take action!

To register to vote in NJ, you must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated. #VoteCannabis2020 on 11/3/20!

Dee Carnegia has forwarded CMMNJ’s GOTV at Princeton U to about 50 NJ colleges and universities, with follow up emails and phone calls. Her contact data is saved on Excel.

“NJ CAN 2020” hired veteran campaign manager Axel Owen as the campaign arm for the ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020 to legalize marijuana,

Cannabis Decriminalization bill A1897 passed in the NJ Assembly 6/18/20. A better bill, S2535 awaits action in the NJ Senate.

NJ MMP Update: The DOH issued regulations on 6/25/20 to allow ATCs to begin home delivery.
The NJ tax on medical marijuana dropped on July 1 from 6.625% to 4%. Next year at this time it will be 2% and the following year 0.
ATCs continue to be  “essential services” that offer curbside pickup to patients.
The Appellate court on 7/2/20 denied the DOH motion to end the stay and award ATC licenses. This continues to halt the progress of 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. 

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ. Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw. Use the momentum of a successful ballot victory in November to press forward our demands for social justice and home grow.

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; CMMNJ fundraiser: 8/15/20, noon – 5 pm.
March Against the War on Drugs, 7/10/20, Newark City Hall at 4pm and march to Peter Francisco Park Rally (near Penn Station), 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Speakers, CMMNJ table.
Sativa Cross Podcasts, Trenton State House, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 11am to 2 pm.

Recent events: Sativa Cross Podcast, Trenton State House, 7/2/20 (CMMNJ donated $400).
Cheryl Miller--NJ multiple sclerosis patient & medicinal marijuana activist died on June 7, 2003.

Treasury report: Checking: $3745; PayPal: $2974. 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. Hemp wristbands also available.

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/
Twitter: @CMM_NJ
CMMNJ blog: https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/
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 
June 9, 2020

Lawrence Library meeting rooms are CLOSED. CMMNJ meetings are Zoom Conferences.

June 2020 was the third fully virtual public meeting of CMMNJ. We advised Zoom meeting participants that there is no way to tell if their comments are being recorded. As usual, in the beginning of the meeting, participants introduced themselves and said a few words about why they were at the meeting. We extended our best wishes for everyone’s safety and health during this time of pandemic, social distancing and economic collapse.

“NJ CAN 2020” joins the effort to approve the ballot question on Nov. 3, 2020 to legalize marijuana (ACLU of NJ, the NAACP NJ, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, NJ United for Marijuana Reform, the Latino Action Network, the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, & the NJ CannaBusiness Association.) “Marijuana Prohibition Racism.” GOTV at Princeton U and Ken’s first public call for marijuana reform—an  LTE from August 10, 1972.  Use the momentum of a successful ballot victory in November to press forward our demands for social justice and home grow.

CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign: Plant the seeds of change: HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project!  #growyourpower Visit www.cannabisvoter.info learn about reform & take action!

Dee Carnegia has forwarded CMMNJ’s GOTV letter to about 50 NJ colleges and universities, with follow up emails and phone calls. Her contact data is saved on Excel.

To register to vote in NJ, you must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old; a county resident for 30 days before the election; and, not currently incarcerated. #VoteCannabis2020 on 11/3/20! 

NJ MMP Update: ATCs are “essential services” that offer curbside pickup to patients. Jeff Brown: “More can be done.” DOH issued permits to Zen Leaf Elizabeth and Columbia Care in Vineland to begin dispensing marijuana. The state total is now 11 dispensaries (9 ATCs & 2 satellites) with 12 growing facilities to serve over 77,000 patients. Courts continue to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. While the DOH reports about 8K lbs of medical marijuana available, not all strains and premium buds are available.

Green Repeal: “How the Coronavirus is affecting the Cannabis Industry." NJ Cannabis Insider: Q&A with Ken Wolski

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ.com.
Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw. Per CA NORML: “Home cultivation hasn’t been  protected by any CA legislator. It was in Prop. 215 and, in a limited way, in Prop. 64. In effect, many people still don’t have cultivation rights in CA because of local government restrictions, which courts have largely upheld.” #THEYSHALLGROW Jim Miller asked for spreadsheet help.

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

Comment on a Proposed Rule by the Drug Enforcement Administration
Let's Be Blunt with Montel; win a Magical Butter Machine!
Is It Okay to Smoke Weed Right Now? interview with Dr. Sunil Aggarwal.

Lawsuit for reparations for minority medical marijuana patients who have been victimized by the war on marijuana is proceeding with Wm. Riback, Esq., with Ed Hannaman for CMMNJ. Does Phillippe know possible injured parties?

Garden State NORML: Chapter Bylaws and officers coming soon. Contact Charlana McKeithen for more info.

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; fundraiser for CMMNJ: 8/15/20.

Recent events: CannaGather Digital History & Science of Culinary & Cannabis, 5/7/20.
Cannabis and COVID-19: Where Does America Go From Here? Webinar, May 13.
Cheryl Miller--NJ multiple sclerosis patient & medicinal marijuana activist died on June 7, 2003.

Treasury report: Checking: $4649; PayPal: $2754. $503 for three years of GoDaddy paid.  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. Hemp wristbands also available.

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/
Twitter: @CMM_NJ
CMMNJ blog: https://cmmnj.blogspot.com/
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

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