Tuesday, October 6, 2020

CMMNJ Monthly Meeting Agenda for Oct. 13, 2020

CMMNJ Monthly public Zoom meeting 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time; 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82995786736?pwd=WlV6U0RnWm8xN2gvL3V0TUlVSkxPZz09 

Meeting ID: 829 9578 6736; Passcode: 235672

Agenda: Approve the September 2020 minutes. 

CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign. 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. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Each county in NJ will provide secure ballot drop boxes. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and arrive by 8 PM a week after Election Day. #VoteCannabis2020. 5 top reasons NJ mail-in ballots were rejected during the primary.

NJ CAN 2020 30-second ad: Vote YES to Legalize Cannabis in New Jersey! 

Virtual Reception with Governor Phil Murphy: Oct. 8th, 4:30 PM. ZOOM: Click here to RSVP

Join Gov. Phil Murphy in the fight to legalize adult-use marijuana.

HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project! Visit www.cannabisvoter.info learn about reform & take action! TEXT: WEVOTE to 40649. TEXT: CANNA to 40649.

CMMNJ’s Poster Contest winner is the above logo by Jo Anne Zito. Yard signs are available from CMMNJ on October 9, 2020. Help Ken distribute yard signs. Ask local businesses and individuals for permission to put up these signs! Ask Vape Shops, ATC’s, etc. Get the word out!

The Shore Grow fundraiser for Patient Aid on 9/26/20 raised $2275 for CMMNJ! Many thanks to Tom@ShoreGrow.com Doug, Eva and the Shore Grow team for the most successful fund raiser in CMMNJ’s 17 year history! 

NJ Medical Marijuana Program: The Appellate court continues to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. Court hearing soon? More delays?

What do doctors, nurses need to know about N.J.’s medical marijuana program, legalization?

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. See the Political Action Forum.

Upcoming Events: 

Princeton Seniors: “MEDICAL MARIJUANA” Friday, Oct 23 at 11:45 a.m

Sativa Cross Podcasts, Trenton State House, 10/22, 11/26, 11am to 2 pm.

Virtual Reception with Governor Phil Murphy: Zoom, October 8th at 4:30 PM

Recent Events: 

WEED THE PEOPLE New Jersey CANNABIS Symposium Why vote YES on Ballot Initiative on November 3rd  #RUTGERS

Profile of CMMNJ Executive Director: Cannabis influencers: The tireless nurse and original advocate for medical marijuana

Letter To the Editor: Irony from N.J. pot-bill obstructionist

Drug War Chronicle: Will New Jersey Be the Next State to Legalize Weed?

Robert Platshorn: The Silver Tour.

Rick Steves: It’s Time to Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey

Heady NJ: Governor Murphy and NJ Dems Endorse Legalization Referendum

Trentonian: Puff, puff, pass: A way to be both pro-police and pro-Black Lives Matter

Gardenstatenorml.org campaign to legalize marijuana in NEW JERSEY

NJ.Com: Campaign to legalize marijuana kicks off with 55 days until election

The CannAtlantic Cannabis Conference, 9/26/20

Marijuana Business Daily: Adult-use marijuana legalization in NJ expected to ignite domino effect

Eyes On NJ News Upfront NOW! With Imani Oakley: Interview With Evan Nison

Treasury report: 

Checking: $5981; PayPal: $2924. 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

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:

PUBLIC QUESTION #1

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA

      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.

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

     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 
September 8, 2020

Lawrence Library meeting rooms are CLOSED. CMMNJ meetings are Zoom Conferences.
August 2020 Minutes approved. (The sixth fully virtual public meeting of CMMNJ.)

CMMNJ’s Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign. The decision to legalize marijuana in NJ is yours! 
HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project! Visit www.cannabisvoter.info learn about reform & take action! TEXT: WEVOTE to 40649. TEXT: CANNA to 40649. CMMNJ to donate to campaign.

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. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 13, 2020. College Voters United.  Gov. Phil Murphy orders millions of ballots mailed to voters by Oct. 5.  The state will provide more ballot drop boxes. To count, ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and arrive no later than 8 PM a week after Election Day. #VoteCannabis2020.

Axel Owen, campaign coordinator for NJ CAN 2020, said we should go where the voters are—Facebook, Twitter. Concentrate on a heavy digital-based campaign effort. (In addition to flying banners at the seashore and stories in mass media.) Remind voters that the ballot question is on the other side of the ballot from the side with the candidates for office. Remind voters to sign the back of the envelope, and drop it in a mail box, or local ballot box. Internal polling is good, but the only poll that matters is on November 3rd! Be sure to “Like” NJ CAN 2020! Expect--and respond to--coming opposition campaign from RAMP and SAM. 

Above is CMMNJ’s Poster Contest winner by Jo Anne Zito! Thanks to all those who entered and to T.J. Finnerty for starting this contest! This art will be used to purchase yard signs by CMMNJ in support of the ballot question. Jeff said don’t wait—make a sign and stand on a highway!

The Shore Grow fundraiser for Patient Aid will be 9/26/20 from 3 to 6 pm at 3329 Doris Ave., Ocean, NJ 07712. Or, join us on Zoom, or Podcast. Patients, be part of this--record your statements of how medical marijuana helps you. Send to Tom@ShoreGrow.com. See donated items for auction!

Decriminalization Rally for bill S2535 State House, Trenton, 8/27/20. Jo Anne Zito Op Ed: 
I’ve been unjustly criminalized by N.J.’s cannabis laws. Decriminalize it now! 
Jawara McIntosh died 7/17/20 from injuries he sustained while in jail on a marijuana offense.

NJ MMP Update: The DOH issued regulations on 6/25/20 to allow NJ ATCs to begin home delivery, but the service has yet to start, though Cura Leaf is reportedly hiring drivers. NJ medical marijuana doctor loses license.

The Appellate court continues to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 NJ medical marijuana licenses. State urged to compromise. Linda Graves said a court hearing is due in the fall (Oct? Nov?) Deposit checks will need to be resubmitted along with other problems. More delays are coming?

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. Jo Anne is working on a model home grow bill with NJ legislators and she hopes to get it introduced before the election. 18 states currently allow home cultivation.  Recent support grows!  

Upcoming Events: Shore Grow Patient Aid 2020; CMMNJ fundraiser: 9/26/20, 3 – 6 pm.
Sativa Cross Podcasts, Trenton State House, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 11am to 2 pm.
The CannAtlantic Cannabis Conference, 9/26/20, 10 am – 6:30 pm. 

Treasury report: Checking: $3637; 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 
Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey
Twitter: @CMM_NJ
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.

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