Wednesday, November 24, 2021

NJSNA Supports Insurance Bills for Medical Cannabis


NJSNA Supports Insurance Bills for Medical Cannabis

Judith Schmidt, the Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey State Nurses Association/Institute for Nursing (NJSNA/IFN) said today that the NJSNA Board supports the following bills to provide insurance coverage for medical cannabis: 

S3799/A5760: Medical cannabis costs to be reimbursed by Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971; and, 

A1708/S3406: Requires workers' compensation, PIP, and health insurance coverage for the medical use of cannabis. 

These bills are currently advancing through Senate and Assembly committees. New Jersey has some of the most expensive medical cannabis in the country, with an ounce of premium buds costing between $400-$500. This makes the medical benefits of cannabis unavailable to many residents who have been impoverished by their illnesses or injuries. We urge New Jersey legislators to support these inroads into insurance coverage, so that the poor can also have access to the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

When passed into law, these bills will reduce healthcare costs in the state. Cannabis stabilizes multiple conditions in individuals. Greater access to cannabis therapy will result in fewer hospitalizations, fewer surgical procedures, and fewer emergency room visits. Please join with the NJSNA/IFN in support of these bills.

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
Executive Director, Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.
219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618
609.394.2137 ohamkrw@aol.com

November 24, 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Testimony to the NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission 11-9-21


Testimony to the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission

By: Ken Wolski, RN, MPA

Executive Director, Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.

November 9, 2021

The Commission is interested in hearing the Coalition’s thoughts on the following:

1. How can the Commission best protect public health while allowing for a greater variety of cannabis items?
2. How can food safety requirements work together with cannabis safety regulations?
3. What forms of edibles should or should not be permitted?
4. Are some edibles appropriate for the medicinal cannabis market and not the recreational cannabis market?
5. What important information should consumers and patients be aware of if they are interested in purchasing edible cannabis items?

1. The CRC can best protect public health while allowing for a greater variety of cannabis items by doing exactly what it is doing now--developing regulations for edible cannabis items including the: 

Production; 
Testing; 
Labeling; 
Packaging; and,
Distribution of these items.

This will ensure that cannabis items are safely produced, periodically tested for cannabinoid content and contaminants, accurately labeled because of these tests, securely packaged with appropriate warnings, and distributed to adults from licensed vendors. 

The CRC should quickly adopt Dosing and Administration guidelines and promulgate these guidelines to the cannabis consuming community and the healthcare community in order to increase the safety and appropriate use of edible products. In fact, the “Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act" was signed into law over two years ago, requiring these guidelines that have yet to be adopted in New Jersey: 
     “g.    The commission shall establish, by regulation, curricula for health care practitioners…:
     (1)   The curriculum for health care practitioners shall be designed to assist practitioners in counseling patients with regard to the quantity, dosing, and administration of medical cannabis as shall be appropriate to treat the patient’s qualifying medical condition.  Health care practitioners shall complete the curriculum as a condition of authorizing patients for the medical use of cannabis.”

Educational programs on the Endocannabinoid System for medical providers in New Jersey (now including physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Physician Assistants) are required. Dosing and Administration guidelines and Endocannabinoid educational programs are readily available. 

For example, a company called “Cannabis Expertise” offers 2-hour and 4-hour Medical Cannabis educational courses with nationally accredited AMA credits at https://cannabisexpertise.com/. These modules were the basis for healthcare professionals to be certified as recommenders in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. The organization trained healthcare professionals from 38 states and 9 countries. The dosing recommendations in the training have been developed by physicians who kept track of every patient’s profile and reaction to cannabis.

The New Jersey Department of Health’s Executive Order 6 Report on 3/23/2018: 

DEVELOPMENT OF PROVIDER EDUCATION PROGRAM AND DOSING GUIDELINES With the expansion of authorized debilitating conditions, the Department recognizes the need to provide education and guidance to providers. To that end, the Department is exploring the creation of an education program for all physicians, with focus on the endocannabinoid system. The Department plans to leverage the expertise of the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel to oversee the curriculum development for this program. This education program will serve to create best practices for the safe and effective administration of medicinal marijuana to the expanded universe of qualifying patients. In conjunction with the provider education program, there is also a need to develop standardized dosing and administrative protocols for medicinal marijuana products, including information on expected effects, side effects, and adverse effects. In addition to the provider education component above, the Department will charge the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel, in an advisory role, to oversee the study of the efficacy of medicinal marijuana in treating New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program patients. This research will inform dosing and administration protocols to create best practices and improve health outcomes for qualifying patients. The Department believes that this refocusing of the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel will make the best use of the expertise that the Panel provides to create best practices to inform health care providers and improve health outcomes for qualifying patients. https://www.state.nj.us/health/medicalmarijuana/documents/EO6Report_Final.pdf

Marijuana is mainstream medicine. The Medical Cannabis program in New Jersey is expanding rapidly, and the adult use industry will soon expose even more residents to the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. As more and more people experience these benefits, health care professionals in the state must become comfortable incorporating cannabis use into the therapeutic regimens of their patients. This can be done most efficiently by requiring education on the Endocannabinoid System for all health care professionals in the state of New Jersey as a condition for continued licensure in the state.

The Jake Honig Act also called for “Institutional caregivers” in the state. These caregivers are employees of a health care facility who are authorized to assist registered qualifying patients, who are patients or residents of the facility, with the medical use of cannabis, including obtaining medical cannabis and assisting these patients with the administration of medical cannabis. Currently, most health care facilities forbid the use of medical cannabis in the facility. This is a dangerous and potentially fatal situation. A patient who suffers from seizures may be admitted to a health care facility and then denied access to the only medicine that controls their seizures--medical cannabis. I was part of a team that tried unsuccessfully to save a patient in Status Epilepticus, an unrelenting seizure condition, at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in the early 1970’s. It was a tragic experience that I have never forgotten. It should not happen again.

In addition to the expanding medical cannabis program and the anticipated increase in cannabis users through the adult use program, it is my sincere hope that the state will recognize its responsibility to the institutionalized patients in New Jersey. For 25 years, I have worked as a registered nurse (RN) in the state prison system and at a state psychiatric hospital. I know that many patients in these institutions qualify for medical cannabis and could benefit greatly from it. The staff there is already trained to administer, account for, and evaluate the effect of controlled substances. There is no reason to withhold this important medical therapy from these patients. In fact, courts have determined that inmates are entitled to “community standards” of healthcare. Edible medical cannabis products will improve health care in state institutions, group homes, hospices, etc., and will reduce the costs of running these programs.

2. Cannabis safety regulations must work in conjunction with food safety requirements to ensure consumer safety in using edible cannabis products. 

According to the NJ Department of Health: 
A person or entity that engages in the production, distribution, and/or sale of food to consumers shall:
1. Have a Cottage Food Operator Permit; or
2. Comply with applicable laws to retail food establishments.

The Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University supports established early-stage entrepreneurs and existing food companies from concept to commercialization. For more information, see: https://foodinnovation.rutgers.edu/

Additionally, the sale of edible cannabis products should require a license from the CRC to ensure compliance with production, testing, labeling, packaging, and distribution regulations.

3. Any form of edibles should be permitted as long as the regulatory procedures are followed in terms of their safe production, periodic testing, accurate labelling, secure packaging, and appropriate distribution. There should be no arbitrary exclusions placed on cannabis products.

Marijuana therapy is highly individualized. The amount that is used each day is determined by what is necessary to control the symptoms of the patient. Anything that patients need should be available to them. This includes a wide variety of edible products. 

Edibles are especially important for patients. Some patients simply cannot use inhaled types of cannabis either because of their medical conditions, or because of their living conditions.

The State of New Jersey has determined that cannabis has medically beneficial uses. It needs to be liberally available to those who are suffering due to lack of access to it. 

Dietary restrictions should also be taken into consideration for edible items. For example, sugarless products should be available (and not necessarily with a "sugar-free" sweetener alternative). Vegan products and hypoallergenic dietary edibles should also be available.

Public health and public safety can be improved by making the widest possible variety of products, including all potencies, legally available to patients who require them. This will diminish reliance on the unregulated market.

4. Edible products that are appropriate for the medicinal cannabis market are also appropriate for the recreational cannabis market.

Public safety can be improved not by banning edibles and other high potency products from the adult use markets, but by regulating the use of these products.

These are products that many New Jersey residents already want and use for their health and happiness. 

Many so-called recreational, or adult users experience medical benefit from cannabis products for undiagnosed or untreated conditions. Patients without health insurance may not be able to afford access to most American health care, including psychiatric care. Other patients may be on the spectrum of some disorder—Anxiety, PTSD, etc.--that negatively impacts the quality of their lives but does not rise to the level of a diagnosable condition. These patients know that cannabis can improve their quality of life, without them technically being considered medical marijuana patients. 

Edible and other high potency products are already in common use in the state. To ban them only recreates the very marijuana prohibition that voters overwhelmingly rejected in the November 2020 election.

To deter the unregulated market, the legal market should have all the products the black market does. Ideally, NJ residents should have access to the whole plant, full spectrum concentrates, the leaves, roots, and raw cannabinoids, all of which are used medicinally.

5. Important information that consumers and patients should be aware of when purchasing edible cannabis items include: 
Total dosage of THC per package; 
Strength of THC per unit dosage; 
Special dietary contents if included (e.g., sugar-free, vegan, hypoallergenic); 
Expiration date and storage recommendations; and,
Warning that the package contains cannabis (See https://www.dfcr.org/universal-cannabis-symbol); 

Thank you for the opportunity to address this commission. I would like to congratulate the CRC for the mission that it has taken on, to create this new cannabis industry in the state with social justice at its core. I want to acknowledge the progress you have made in fulfilling this mission and note that you are doing all this while managing the Medical Cannabis Program.

Having worked in NJ state government for 25 years, I am aware of some of the challenges that you face.

I would also like to congratulate Phil Murphy on his reelection as governor of New Jersey. I'm confident that we can look forward to four more years of continued cannabis reform in this state, and that means a great deal to me and to all the people in New Jersey.

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA

Executive Director, Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc.

219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618

609.394.2137 www.cmmnj.org

http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/

November 9, 2021


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

CMMNJ Monthly Meeting Agenda for November 9, 2021 at 7 pm


CMMNJ Monthly Meeting Agenda for Nov. 9, 2021 at 7 pm

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Agenda: 

NJ gubernatorial election: Incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy made cannabis legalization a key part of his platform when he first ran in 2017. Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli has said he supports decriminalization but not legalization. Ciattarelli believes that NJ voters were misled on the marijuana referendum. May the best man win.

NJ Medicinal Marijuana/Cannabis Program:

Insurance coverage bills for medical cannabis: 

S3799/A5760: Medical cannabis costs to be reimbursed by Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971. Both bills advanced through Senate & Assembly Health Committees and were referred to Budget and Appropriations Committees. Take action with NORML!

A1708/S3406: Requires workers' compensation, PIP, and health insurance coverage for the medical use of cannabis. Passed in Assembly Committees; in Senate Commerce Committee. Take action with NORML!

Home cultivation for patients:

Governor Murphy says he’s open to giving adults the right to cultivate marijuana for personal use.

Legal weed is real in NJ — but so should be home cultivation | Opinion

  • A5363/S3420 legalizes cultivation of eight medical cannabis plants.
  • S3407/A5435 legalizes cultivation of six plants for any NJ adult. 
  • S3582/A5552 legalizes cultivation of six plants for personal use, and 10 plants for medical use.

Sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ; Website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC): 

Physician assistants (PAs) and advanced practice nurses (APNs) are now eligible to enroll patients in the medical cannabis program and write recommendations for it the CRC announced on 10/8/21. PAs and APNs must be licensed and in good standing and must have a physical practice located in NJ. Currently, there are 1,311 doctors who can authorize patients to use medical cannabis. The state has more than 117,000 registered patients and 23 open dispensaries.

The CRC voted on 10/15/21 to issue 10 new licenses for medical marijuana cultivators and four new licenses for vertically integrated businesses, which grow, manufacture and sell medical marijuana at dispensaries

NJ CRC Holds Webinar for Budding Adult-use Cannabis Entrepreneurs

Hillview Med won a cultivator license in the 2019 medical cannabis license Request for Application (RFA). They are poised to be the first solo medical cannabis cultivator in New Jersey to open. CMMNJ has accepted a seat on Hillview’s Patient Advocacy Board.

Possessing marijuana is legal in N.J. but these ‘gray’ market operators got busted: CMMNJ said it “does not condone illegal activity, even as we recognize and respect civil disobedience in the face of unjust laws.”

The Lantern has launched the New Jersey Cannabis Project, an incubator in NJ to assist Social Equity applicants with the skills, resources, and knowledge to succeed in the industry.

The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association said the state’s alternative treatment centers have enough cannabis to meet both patient demand and that of a 21-and-older market. The CRC will set a start date for legal sales, and has a statutory deadline of mid-February to do so. But there’s speculation they might miss it — the CRC missed a deadline to start accepting applications for new cannabis business licenses last month.

‘Big cannabis can be good cannabis’: Q&A with Curaleaf CEO Joe Bayern

Upcoming CRC Meetings:

  • November 9, 2021 at 6p.m.
  • December 7, 2021 at 6p.m.

The six kinds of personal-use cannabis business licenses that will be available:

  1. Cultivator
  2. Manufacturer
  3. Distributor
  4. Delivery
  5. Retailer
  6. Wholesaler

Ten Things You Can Do to Prepare for the Upcoming Release of New Jersey Recreational Cannabis License Applications

Expungement of Certain Marijuana or Hashish Cases: How to file a Motion with the Court to Review Your Case; FAQs.

Procedures for Requests for Judicial Review of Certain Marijuana Cases 

The New Jersey Judiciary has expunged more than 362,000 marijuana cases from court records since the Marijuana Decriminalization Law became effective July 1.

National: 

The New York Cannabis Control Board advanced regulations on 10/21/21 allowing medical cannabis to be grown at home. After a 60-day comment period, it will go into effect. 

The legal Marijuana Market size was valued at $20.73B in 2020 and is projected to reach $111.31B by 2028, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.43% from 2021 to 2028. The development of medical marijuana as an alternative to traditional medicine and the rise in social acceptance of marijuana are the key factors that have boosted the growth of the Legal Marijuana Market.

Leo Bridgewater, founder of BridgeH20 in Trenton said, “Not having access to SAFE Banking is equivalent to having both of our hands tied behind our back.” U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, the leader in the fight to end the federal ban on cannabis, insists that it be done in combination with social justice provisions to help the individuals and communities ravaged by the war on drugs. 

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Program has a survey for seniors 65 years and older to complete to ensure that the educational content developed meets their needs. Just click, and it should take about 3-5 minutes:  CannabizMD Survey.

Upcoming Events: 

NJ Cannabis Insider: Career Fair & Business Expo Nov. 17 at Stockton U.

The 25th Anniversary of Prop. 215 conference, San Francisco, November 5.

CMMNJ's table at the New Brunswick train station. Volunteers needed to help, mornings Mon., Tues. and Wed. through December.

Recent Events: 

The Library of New Jersey Inc. Expungement Clinic, West Orange, 11/23/21.

Rally at Philadelphia City Hall to mark seven years of Philly decrim, 10/20/21. 

The CRC Recreational Cannabis Statewide Webinar, October 13.

Real Cannabis Entrepreneur (RCE) conference held in Newark, 10/15 -16.

NJCBA: Friday Lunch & Learn with cannabis industry leaders. Free. 10/8, Noon. 

Treasury report: 

Checking: $11,148; PayPal: $454. 

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 are available, including wholesale prices. Will your store or dispensary display our colorful, all-hemp bracelets, so patrons can make donations to CMMNJ? We are deeply grateful for all support.

More info: 

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com 

Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey: http://www.cmmnj.org 

Twitter: @CMM_NJ

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

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


Friday, October 15, 2021

Medical marijuana should be covered by health insurance. What’s the hold up?

 

By Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, Inc. 

Marijuana is currently recognized as safe and effective for the treatment of many diseases, symptoms, and conditions in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

It is true that medical marijuana is not FDA-approved, but this is because such approval is impossible. Marijuana, or cannabis, may well be the most researched drug in history. A PubMed.gov search of “cannabinoids” yields nearly 30,000 results.

The cannabis studies that cannot get done in America are the very studies that would lead to FDA approval — large-scale clinical trials. The only legal source of cannabis for these clinical trials is the federal government’s farm at the University of Mississippi. A court case determined that the federal government never had an adequate supply of cannabis to conduct large scale clinical trials. Moreover, the federal government generally approves research into the harms of cannabis, not its benefits. Federal police — the DEA — enforce this perversion of science.

Moreover, FDA approval is no guarantee of drug safety. People die every day from FDA approved drugs, while no one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana.

After five years of rigorous study and testimony at numerous hearings, in 2010 the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act became law.

Medical marijuana has been legally available for purchase here since 2012. Currently, there are nearly 120,000 patients in the state’s program, with 20 Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) serving this population.

The cannabis that is available for patients is organically grown, with no possibility of it being contaminated by heavy metals or pesticides. The product is laboratory tested and the contents are accurately labelled so consumers know exactly what percentage of cannabinoids they have.

Knowledgeable employees of the ATCs are available to explain what consumers can expect from the different strains of cannabis. A periodically renewed recommendation by a licensed physician is required before purchase.

The ATCs are more strictly regulated than full-service pharmacies. Cameras monitor all activity in the ATCs, and redundant security systems are in place. The problem is that the consumer pays for this strict regulation. New Jersey has some of the most expensive medical cannabis in the country, with an ounce of premium buds costing between $400-$500. This makes the medical benefits of cannabis unavailable to many residents who have been impoverished by their illnesses or injuries.

The real question is, how do we best make medical cannabis available to patients who can benefit from it?

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that an individual in a Worker’s Compensation case should be reimbursed for the cost of medical cannabis associated with treatment of his work-related injury. This is a good first step.

Lawmakers have recently introduced bills to provide for some insurance coverage:

S3799/A5760 allows the costs of medical cannabis to be reimbursed by Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program, Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971 (VCCO).

A1708/S3406 requires workers’ compensation, PIP, and health insurance coverage for the medical use of cannabis under certain circumstances.

These bills are currently advancing through Senate and Assembly committees. Urge your state legislators to support these inroads into insurance coverage, so that the poor in New Jersey can also have access to the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

Published in NJ Cannabis Insider, Sept. 16, 2021

https://www.nj.com/cannabis-insider/2021/09/issue-181-high-priorities.html?fbclid=IwAR0VPZLZetCdNBEBNdjd2vhaxKorzesQM-cccfE18WTgKbr4QC0F3JhJd7k

CMMNJ on Hillview’s Patient Advocacy Board

New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program
New Jersey Department of Health
P.O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
 
August 5, 2019
 
To the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program Application Review Team:
 
The mission of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana–New Jersey (CMMNJ) is to bring about safe and legal access to medical marijuana for New Jersey patients who are under the care of licensed physicians and nurse practitioners. We increase support for our organization through education and outreach.
 
The CMMNJ is pleased to collaborate with HillviewMed Inc. (“Hillview”) through educational initiatives to build a healthier New Jersey. We have accepted a seat on Hillview’s Patient Advocacy Board, and we will designate a CMMNJ Board member to serve as a liaison between Hillview and CMMNJ. The goal is to have the voice of the many patients represented by CMMNJ empowered in the industry to effect positive change.
 
There are many synergies between Hillview’s corporate mission and the CMMNJ’s objectives. We appreciate that Hillview’s Chief Medical Officer is a Board-Certified Patient Advocate, as this reinforces the company’s patient-centric operations. Hillview’s creation of a Patient Advocacy Board further speaks to the company’s commitment to addressing the needs of the New Jersey patient community. We acknowledge the history of advocacy undertaken by Hillview’s officers, directors, and advisory board members. We anticipate that Hillview will support our ongoing operations and integrate into our networks to drive patient, caregiver, and healthcare provider enrollment in the NJMMP. We are aligned with Hillview’s educational approach to expanding the NJMMP, and we are eager to work together to build a healthier New Jersey.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana –New Jersey, Inc.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for October 12, 2021, 7 pm

 


CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for Oct. 12, 2021, 7 pm

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New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana/Cannabis Program: 

Insurance coverage for medical cannabis: 

Op Ed: Medical marijuana should be covered by health insuranceWhat’s the hold up?

S3799/A5760: Medical cannabis costs to be reimbursed by Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971. Both bills advanced through Senate & Assembly Health Committees and were referred to Budget and Appropriations Committees. 

Take action with NORML!

A1708/S3406: Requires workers' compensation, PIP, and health insurance coverage for the medical use of cannabis. Passed in Assembly Committees; in Senate Commerce Committee. 

Take action with NORML!

Home cultivation for patients:

A5363/S3420 legalizes cultivation of eight medical cannabis plants.

S3407/A5435 legalizes cultivation of six plants for any NJ adult. 

S3582/A5552 legalizes cultivation of six plants for personal use, and 10 plants for medical use.

Sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ; Website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.

Lawmakers must smarten up on cannabis: A Home Grow Q&A with Sen. Gopal

NJ Office of Legislative Services (OLS): “There is currently no scheduled return for the legislature, but they will most likely return around October/November.” 

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC): 

Summary of the CRC’s Initial Rules for the Personal-Use of Cannabis

The CRC Recreational Cannabis Statewide Webinar, October 13, 7-9pm.

Upcoming CRC Meetings:

October 15, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.

November 9, 2021 at 6 p.m.

December 7, 2021 at 6 p.m.

The CRC will examine distribution and delivery service businesses and prepare a Request for Application (RFA) process, to be published in NJ Register. Applications will have priority review, scoring, and approval for Social Equity Businesses, Diversely Owned Businesses, and Impact Zone Businesses. Social Equity Businesses are based on either economic need or having a criminal record from past marijuana-related offenses.

The six kinds of personal-use cannabis business licenses that will be available:

1. Cultivator

2. Manufacturer

3. Distributor

4. Delivery

5. Retailer

6. Wholesaler

Still no word on the 24 winning ATC applicants (5 cultivators, 15 dispensaries, and four vertical operators) from the 150 who applied in 2019.

National: 

On 9/29/21, the governor of California signed SB 311 (Ryan’s Law), a bill to require hospitals to permit medical marijuana use by certain patients.

The MORE ACT Repealing Cannabis Prohibition Passed the House Judiciary Committee. There is no companion bill in the Senate for the MORE Act; Senators plan to introduce the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act.

The healthcare industry is moving toward a dramatically different future, where patient/consumer preferences are at the center of decision-making.

Upcoming Events: 

Cannademix: “Cannabis Conversations: Education, Equity, Sports, and Policy,” Middlesex College, 10/8/21, 3 to 9 p.m. Free. See: www.cannademix.com

American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) Annual Conference! Oct. 17- 19, 2021, Albuquerque, NM, Register here!

Real Cannabis Entrepreneurs Oct. 15-16 Newark N.J. In-person or Virtual.

Minorities for Medical Marijuana: (M4MM) October Newsletter & Policy Update 

New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (NJCBA): Friday Lunch & Learn with cannabis industry leaders. Free. 10/8, Noon. 

Recent Events: 

SHORE GROW: It's a Family AF fair, Ocean, NJ, 9/25/21.

Weedstock, music festival to benefit DE NORML, Townsend, DE, 9/17-18.

NJ Cannabis Insider Live! all-day conference Sept. 23, Carteret Arts Center.

“Medical Marijuana” with Randi Goldberg’s “Straight Talk” 9/20/21.

NE CANN: New Jersey Cannabis Convention, Atlantic City, 10/2-3/21. 

Treasury report: 

Checking: $12,396; PayPal: $614. Make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal to info@cmmnj.org, or send a check to: CMMNJ, 219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618.

For my 73rd birthday this year, I asked for donations to the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey Inc. Many thanks to all who made generous (income-tax deductible) donations! You made turning 73 a little easier.

Hemp wristbands are available, including wholesale prices. Will your store or dispensary display our colorful, all-hemp bracelets, so patrons can make donations to CMMNJ? We are deeply grateful for all support.

More info: 

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com 

Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey: http://www.cmmnj.org 

Twitter: @CMM_NJ

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

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


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

CMMNJ Monthly Zoom Meeting Agenda for September 14, 2021


CMMNJ Zoom Meeting Agenda for September 14, 2021, at 7 pm 

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Agenda: 

The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) adopted the initial set of regulations to govern the legal cannabis industry in NJ at the meeting on 8/19/21.

The approved rules address barriers to entry, including:

Prioritizing applications from certified minority-, women-, and disabled veteran-owned businesses, and from applicants in one of several designated Impact Zones or economically disadvantaged areas;

Flexible application requirements for microbusinesses (no more than 10 employees and premises of 2,500 square feet) and for conditional licenses;

Application fees as low as $100

Next, the CRC will examine distribution and delivery service businesses and prepare a Request for Application (RFA) process, to be published in NJ Register. Applications will have priority review, scoring, and approval for Social Equity Businesses, Diversely Owned Businesses, and Impact Zone Businesses. Regulators must pick a date for sales to launch within 180 days.

Social Equity Businesses: based on either economic need or having a criminal record from past marijuana-related offenses.

The kinds of personal-use cannabis business licenses that will be availableAuthorized Activity 

Class 1 Cannabis Cultivator: Grow personal-use cannabis (cap on 37 cultivators for two years after February 22, 2021) 

Class 2 Cannabis Manufacturer: Produce personal-use cannabis 

Class 3 Cannabis Wholesaler: Store, sell or otherwise transfer, personal-use cannabis items between cannabis cultivators, wholesalers, or retailers 

 Class 4 Cannabis Distributor: Transport cannabis items in bulk between cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, or retailers within the state of New Jersey  

Class 5 Cannabis Retailer: Purchase personal-use cannabis from licensed cultivators, manufacturers, or wholesalers and sell those items to consumers in a retail store 

Class 6 Cannabis Delivery: Transport a consumer’s purchases of personal-use cannabis and related supplies from the retailer to that consumer 

Conditional license: Begin building out operations for the cultivation, manufacture, dispensing, wholesale, distribution, or delivery of personal-use cannabis while working towards meeting the requirements for a cannabis cultivator, manufacturer, dispensary, wholesaler, distributor, or delivery license 

Summary of the CRC’s Initial Rules for the Personal-Use of Cannabis

Legal weed dispensaries banned in more than 70% of NJ towns

Trenton’s statement on passing Cannabis Ordinance

National Law Review: What Employers Need to Know

Cognitive Harmony Technologies (CHT) Response to The CRC Ruleset

ACLU-NJ: FAQ’s and analysis of marijuana regulations.

NJ Medicinal Marijuana/Cannabis Program: 

Insurance coverage bills for medical cannabis: Take action with NORML!

S3799 Allows costs of medical cannabis to be reimbursed by Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, PAAD, Senior Gold and VCCO. Advanced through Senate Health Committee, referred to Senate Budget Committee. Identical bill, A5760 advanced out of Assembly Health Committee; referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee.

A1708 Requires workers' compensation, PIP, and health insurance coverage for the medical use of cannabis under certain circumstances. Passed in Assembly Committees; in Senate Commerce Committee (S3406). Take action with NORML!

ATC’s will be able to include sales of personal use cannabis by submitting municipal approval and a certification to the CRC that they have adequate supply for their patients, and that it will not impact access for patients.

Cannabist ATC opened 8/16/21 adjacent to the Deptford Mall.

Curaleaf’s Bordentown ATC opened 8/27/21, NJ’s 22nd dispensary

Still no word on the 24 winning ATC applicants (5 cultivators, 15 dispensaries, and four vertical operators) from the 150 who applied in 2019.

Home cultivation for patients:

A5363/S3420 legalizes cultivation of eight medical cannabis plants.

S3407/A5435 legalizes cultivation of six plants for any NJ adult. 

S3582/A5552 legalizes cultivation of six plants for personal use, and 10 plants for medical use, by adults.

Sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ; Website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.

NJ Office of Legislative Services (OLS): “There is currently no scheduled return for the legislature, but they will most likely return around October/November.” 

National: 

NORML: Federal: Senate Proposal To End Marijuana Criminalization

"Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act" CMMNJ Comments 

Senators Flooded with Input on Federal Marijuana Legalization Bill.

“The End of Sisley’s Challenge to the DEA” to reschedule marijuana. “So, 50 years of rescheduling petitions aren't enough to exhaust administrative remedies with DEA? A bottomless cesspool of bureaucratic excuses.” CA NORML

Upcoming Events: 

Black Cannabis Equity Initiative (BCEI) and the Capital City Area Black Caucus: “CHALLENGES, & OPPORTUNITIES IN TRENTON” 9/10/21, 3-5PM.

Weedstock, music festival to benefit Delaware NORML, Townsend, DE 9/17-18. (CMMNJ table.)

NJ Cannabis Insider Fall Conference, Carteret Performing Arts Center, Sept. 23. Purchase tickets.

“Medical Marijuana” Zoom meeting with Randi Goldberg’s “Straight Talk” 9/20/21, 11am-noon, Meeting ID: 865 307 0487; Passcode: Str8Talk.

NECANN: New Jersey Cannabis Convention, Showboat Hotel, Atlantic City, 10/2-3/21 Exhibit Hours: Sat: 11am to 5pm; Sun: 10am to 3pm. (CMMNJ table).

ACNA Annual Conference! Oct. 17- 19, 2021, Albuquerque, NM, Register here!

Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) Sept. Newsletter & Policy Update

CANNADEMIX: Where Cannabis Meets the Community! Middlesex County College October 8, 2021, 3 – 9 PM; Tickets. (CMMNJ table)

Recent Events: 

The New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association’s webinar series: NJCTA Seminar: Dispensary Operations with Ken Wolski.

American Cannabis Nurses Assn: “Cancer and Cannabis in 2021” 8/26/21.

Northeast Leaf Magazine, Sept. 2021: CANNABIS ACTIVIST KEN WOLSKI Inside the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) State Medical Marijuana Laws

Cannabis Laws Matter: How to get a New Jersey Micro-license: Part 1; Part 2.

Treasury report: 

Checking: $9655; PayPal: $2,614. 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 are available, including wholesale prices. Will your store or dispensary display our colorful, all-hemp bracelets, so patrons can make donations to CMMNJ? We are deeply grateful for all support.

More info: 

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA (609) 394-2137 ohamkrw@aol.com 

Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/

Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey: http://www.cmmnj.org 

Twitter: @CMM_NJ

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

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