Wednesday, January 6, 2021

CMMNJ’s Adult-use Cannabis Recommendations


CMMNJ’s Adult-use Cannabis Recommendations

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 12/14/20 

RE: Support with concerns, S21 

(Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, & Marketplace Modernization Act)

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) has recommendations for the implementation of adult-use cannabis in the state:

Financial Considerations:

CMMNJ believes that it is unconstitutional to add any tax to the sale of cannabis in New Jersey over and above what is specifically allowed by Ballot Question #1, the Constitutional Amendment that voters approved on November 3, 2020.

The ballot question consisted of five sentences. Two of these sentences concerned taxes: “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.” S2703, or other legislation, may authorize a municipal tax, but no additional taxes are mentioned or permitted by the constitutional amendment.

Nor should additional taxes be necessary to achieve social justice goals in the state after the companion bill to S21, the Decriminalization bill, S2535, passes into law. There will be tremendous savings that New Jersey municipalities, and the state itself, can anticipate when most of the tens of thousands of marijuana arrests are no longer going to occur. 

Gone will be expenses related to:

law enforcement, including surveillance, arrest, detention and overtime;

court costs, for the criminal prosecution of marijuana cases;

incarceration of those convicted of marijuana offenses; 

parole supervision upon release of convicts; and,

recidivism, as the whole wasteful and expensive process starts over again.

Moreover, the financial impact of these marijuana arrests and incarcerations do not stop with the individual who is unlucky enough to be caught. An arrest affects the entire family. Having a parent in jail is an Adverse Childhood Event that leads to a lower socioeconomic status for the child, a greater risk of interactions with law enforcement, a greater risk of substance abuse and other health problems, and a greater risk of dependence on welfare and other social services. Repeat these arrests enough times in a community and the poverty rate of the entire community rises. Trenton’s poverty rate is 28%, twice the national average. Newark’s poverty rate is 29%; Atlantic City’s is 36%; and Camden’s is 38%.

In addition to avoided costs, there will be modest tax revenue gained from the legal sale of cannabis to adults, along with the far greater economic benefits associated with the creation of an entirely new industry in the state.  

Additional taxes or fees on the sale or processing of cannabis should be opposed as this is not following the word or spirit of the constitutional amendment that clearly spelled out the only taxes that should be applied. Also, added fees will only drive up the price to the consumer and encourage black market competition. 

Equitable Cannabis Industry Licensing: Rebuilding individuals and communities damaged by the decades-long war on marijuana will take decades.

De-schedule Cannabis: While S21 deschedules marijuana, cannabis, and hemp, it continues to keep certain tetrahydrocannabinols as a Schedule I drug, inappropriately.

Release Cannabis Prisoners: Release all those who are currently incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis offenses; expunge nonviolent cannabis offenses from criminal records, without cost to the inmates or former inmates. 

Home Grow: Allow registered New Jersey patients to grow six (6) plants each for cost savings and consistent supply, with minimal impact on the legal industry. 

Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC): Continue staffing the CRC with individuals who have knowledge of the Endocannabinoid System, and who are supportive of cannabis reform. 

CMMNJ also supports the recommendations of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation 

(David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA, President, Board of Directors dnathan@dfcr.org www.dfcr.org):

• Government oversight of cannabis production, testing, distribution, and sales

• Detailed labeling of cannabis products with health and safety information

• Prevention of non-medical underage cannabis use through:

• Evidence-based education about the risks of cannabis use

• Child-resistant packaging

• A ban on packaging, marketing, and advertising that attracts       underage users

• Penalties for adults who enable diversion

• Taxation of adult-use cannabis to fund equity programs for communities harmed by the drug war

• Protected rights for limited home cultivation of cannabis

• Expungement of cannabis arrests, charges, and convictions from criminal records

• Diversity in all sectors of the cannabis industry

Thank you, for your time and consideration and the opportunity to address this committee.


Ken Wolski, RN, MPA

Executive Director

Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, Inc.

219 Woodside Ave., Trenton, NJ 08618

609.394.2137 (home/office) 

www.cmmnj.org


CMMNJ Year End Report 2020



The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) is a non-profit educational organization incorporated in the State of New Jersey and recognized by the federal government as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The mission of CMMNJ is to educate the public about medical marijuana.  The goal of CMMNJ is to have safe and legal access to medical marijuana for New Jersey patients. March 10, 2020 was the 17th anniversary of the founding of CMMNJ.

CMMNJ’s public meetings for 2021 will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 pm via Zoom until further notice. All are welcome at these meetings and there is never a charge to attend. 

New Jersey Highlights of 2020

Voters agreed to legalize cannabis in New Jersey. The Final Election Results from November 3, 2020 on Question 1, a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for personal, non-medical use by adults who are age 21 years or older, subject to regulation by Cannabis Regulatory Commission, effective 1/1/21:

YES - 2,737,682 (67.08%)

NO - 1,343,610 (32.92%)

(As of 12/8/20 with 6,348 of 6,348 Precincts Reporting - 100%)

Home Cultivation: Visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw.  Sign the petition for Home cultivation for patients: Let Patients Grow NJ.

The Medical Marijuana Program continues to expand with the Murphy administration, but additional ATCs are held up by legal challenges, and the 2019 Jake Honig law has yet to be fully implemented.

Marijuana reform made progress nationally and regionally.

CMMNJ supports Patients Out of Time’s coalition to deschedule cannabis.

Cannabis legalization

In 2014, CMMNJ’s Board of Directors endorsed legalization of marijuana since legalization is the best way to get this essential medicine to the most people. Legalization is also an important step in undoing the harms to society that are caused by our current policy of drug prohibition.

The New Jersey Legislature was unable to pass a marijuana legalization bill in 2019. Instead, cannabis legalization in NJ would be decided by a ballot question on November 3, 2020. The Constitutional Amendment that appeared on the ballot, SCR183/ACR840, passed in the Senate (24-16) and in the Assembly (49-24-1) on 12/16/2019, after Senate and Assembly hearings on 12/12/19. 

By March 2020, CMMNJ started a “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) campaign. CMMNJ joined with HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project  and urged residents to text CANNA to 40649 or text WEVOTE to 40649. We urged residents to plant the seeds of change and #growyourpower; and to talk to elected officials about cannabis reform.

In April, CMMNJ began sending letters to all NJ colleges and universities in the state as part of our Get Out the Vote campaign.  We asked higher education administrators for their support in our efforts. It was a challenging time because no one knew for sure if there would even be students on campus in the fall. Nevertheless, we got some encouraging replies from various academic administration members. CMMNJ volunteer Dee Carnegia forwarded CMMNJ’s letter, GOTV at Princeton U, to about 50 NJ colleges and universities and she kept track of our efforts and followed up with emails and telephone contacts where appropriate. Another CMMNJ volunteer, Tracey McHugh, reached out to fraternities and sororities in the state with the same GOTV message.

An April poll showed 61% of NJ voters say they will approve the Constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for adults. CMMNJ redoubled its efforts, believing that we should proceed as if we are behind in the polls and need to improve our standing. A later poll showed 68 percent of NJ respondents support legalizing cannabis for adults.

Cannabis Decriminalization bill A1897 passed in the NJ Assembly 6/18/20.

Due to the pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered millions of ballots to be mailed to voters by Oct. 5.  The state provided more ballot drop boxes. To count, ballots had to be postmarked by Nov. 3 and arrive no later than 8 PM a week after Election Day.

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

In June, “NJ CAN 2020” joined the effort to approve the ballot question. NJ CAN 2020 had an experienced campaign manager, Axel Owen, who worked with CMMNJ closely. NJ CAN 2020 members included the ACLU 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. See NJ CAN 2020 30-second ad: Vote YES to Legalize Cannabis in New Jersey! 

Join Gov. Phil Murphy in the fight to legalize adult-use marijuana. Rick Steves helped with: It’s Time to Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey. Robert Platshorn supported the legalization effort with his video The Silver Tour.

CMMNJ held a Poster Contest to inspire people to vote YES on November 3rd. CMMNJ’s Poster Contest winner is the logo by Jo Anne Zito. Yard signs that were made with variations on this design were available from CMMNJ by October 9, 2020. Many volunteers helped to pay for and distribute the yard signs. 


Marijuana legalization won in all 21 counties in New Jersey, with approval rates from 75% in Camden County to 60% in Ocean County.  The Constitutional Amendment takes effect on 1/1/21. Per the ballot question’s Interpretive Statement: “The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (will) oversee the new adult cannabis market…The scope of the commission’s new authority (will) be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.” More info at: SCR183/ACR840.

Many thanks to the friends, family, colleagues, advocates, organizations, patients, and voters who made the victory for cannabis legalization possible. It was not just an election victory; it was a thorough repudiation of the war on marijuana in every county in New Jersey! CMMNJ said that our state is now on track to become healthier, wealthier, and safer!

On November 6th, Gov. Murphy Announced Cannabis Regulatory Commission Appointments: Dianna Houenou, Chair, & Jeff Brown, Executive Director. 

CMMNJ’s Adult-use Cannabis Recommendations were distributed:

However, as 2020 ended, N.J.’s legal cannabis bill was held up again at the final stage because Gov. Murphy wanted to clarify penalties for underage use.

HOME GROW

In January 2020, Jo Anne Zito published the Op Ed: Allow home cultivation of medical marijuana. See Facebook: #THEYSHALLGROW

Jo Anne and Jim Miller worked diligently for a home cultivation program for NJ MMP patients. They encouraged people to sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ. By March, about 800 had signed. The petition urged legislators to meet with CMMNJ to discuss patient concerns. Governor Murphy said he’d sign a Home Grow bill (Jeff’s Law) if we got it to his desk, but the bill still needs to be written and introduced. 

Also, CMMNJ encouraged visits to the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw. We asked supporters to establish contact with NJ legislators and create an email trail and post it. In October, Jo Anne published another Op Ed: A few cannabis plants to love at home | Zito

New Jersey Department of Health Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP)

The eighth anniversary of legal sales of marijuana in New Jersey was on 12-6-20. The tenth anniversary of New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act becoming law was on 1-18-20.

In 2020, Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) serving medical marijuana were designated “essential services” by the State of New Jersey and allowed to continue operating during the pandemic. The Department of Health (DOH) allowed ATCs to offer curbside pickup to patients. Caregiver fees are reduced to $20. However, patients still saw long lines at ATCs, reduced availability of specific strains, and temporary ATC closings.  In May, Jeff Brown said, “More can be done.” 

There are thirteen ATCs currently dispensing medical marijuana at the end of 2020 (9 ATCs & 3 satellites) to serve over 80,000 patients.

Columbia Care in Vineland, 

Ascend Wellness, (formerly Greenleaf) in Montclair, 

The Botanist (Compassionate Care Foundation) Egg Harbor & Atlantic City, 

Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, Eatontown, and Union Township,

Breakwater in Cranbury, 

Curaleaf in Bellmawr, 

Harmony in Secaucus, 

Rise in Paterson, 

Zen Leaf in Elizabeth,

Apothecarium in Phillipsburg, NJ opened in November 2020.

In August 2020, New Jersey state officials allowed providers to remotely prescribe medical marijuana during the coronavirus pandemic using telemedicine.

The  DOH changed and reissued the RFA for 24 new ATCs in NJ on 7/1/19, including up to 8 in the north, 8 in central NJ, 7 in the south, and 1 “at-large”; these include 5 for cultivation, 15 dispensaries, and 4 vertically integrated permits. Application forms were posted July 15; due on 8/21 (Dispensary) and 8/22 (Cultivation & Vertically Integrated). An NJ appellate court agreed to halt the review of 196 applications for 24 medical marijuana licenses. The DOH said 51 applications were disqualified for various reasons, but applicants are appealing that decision. The Appellate court on 7/2/20 denied the DOH motion to end the stay and award ATC licenses. The DOH defended its actions, saying it was for good reasons that certain applicants were rejected on November 18, 2019. (Awards were supposed to be announced in December.) This continues to halt the progress, over a year later, of 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. State urged to compromise. Linda Graves, an applicant, gave updates on the issue at monthly CMMNJ meetings. Many applicants are being harmed financially by the delay. There may be additional legal challenges and appeals. 

A three-judge appellate court vacated the 2018 decision to award six licenses for new medical marijuana companies and remanded it to the health department to develop a new rating system. The court did not revoke the six licenses though.

Ed Tobias, Esq. prepared a brief due March 30th—he wants more licenses. Ed also has the first license to grow hemp in NJ—he said anyone can get one for $400. 

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.

An NJ appellate court ruled in favor of reimbursement for a worker’s medical marijuana after a workplace accident. On March 10, 2020, the NJ Supreme Court affirmed the appellate decision in the Wild case and ruled employers cannot fire workers who use medical marijuana while off the job.

A Medical Cannabis Dispensary Technician training class will be held this spring at the Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

NJ patients were advocating for home delivery along with home cultivation. CMMNJ encouraged supporters to send the letter from NORML to Allow Home Delivery for medical marijuana patients! The NJ MMP issued regulations on 6/25/20 to allow ATCs to begin home delivery. However, by the end of 2020, ATCs had still not implemented this service.

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.

Marijuana rescheduling/descheduling and national issues

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division heard oral arguments for marijuana rescheduling/descheduling in New Jersey on 11/29/16 in Trenton. Nearly a year later, in November 2017, the Appellate Court ruled that the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs (“the Division”) in the New Jersey Attorney General’s office erred when he said he lacked the authority to reclassify/reschedule/de-schedule marijuana. The Director must reconsider his decision in the “post-CUMMA era” the court said. New Jersey must recognize marijuana's medicinal value, the court insisted. The Division recognizes that it has the authority to reevaluate how marijuana is classified under state law.

Accordingly, rescheduling/descheduling hearings were held by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General on 4/19/18 in Newark and on 4/24/18 in Trenton. For CMMNJ testimony, click the links. We still await summaries or other results of these hearings. 

Patients Out of Time has created a coalition of organizations and individuals to demand the end of federal cannabis prohibition with their Resolution to De-Schedule Cannabis. Please share. 

Ken commented on a Proposed Rule by the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA’s announcement that it will begin processing applications to cultivate marijuana for research. 

On Election Day, November 3rd, 2020, the following states legalized marijuana for adults: Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota, along with New Jersey. South Dakota also legalized medical marijuana, as did Mississippi. Oregon decriminalized all drugs.  In Illinois, legal marijuana sales began 1/1/20.

On December 4, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2020 (MORE Act.)  This bill would decriminalize and deschedule cannabis, provide for reinvestment in persons adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, and provide for expungement of federal cannabis offenses. There are concerns about this bill.

2020 CMMNJ Publications

CMMNJ Monthly Agendas and Minutes also contain links to published reports by and about CMMNJ Board members and friends.  For the CMMNJ Agendas and Minutes, see the CMMNJ blog. May 16, 2020 was the 11th anniversary of the CMMNJ blog.

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for December 8, 2020

CMMNJ November 10, 2020 Meeting Agenda 

CMMNJ’s Adult-use Cannabis Recommendations

CMMNJ Meeting Agenda for October 13, 2020 and September Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for September 8, 2020 and August Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for August 11, 2020 and July Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for July 14, 2020 and June Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for June 9, 2020 and May Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for May 12, 2020 and April Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for April 9, 2020 and March Minutes

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for March 10, 2020 and February 4, 2020 Minutes.

CMMNJ Public Meeting Agenda for January 14, 2020 and December 2019 Minutes:

CMMNJ Year End Report 2019

In May, Ken resurrected his first public call for marijuana reform--a Letter To The Editor of The Evening Times of Trenton, NJ published on August 10, 1972: 

CMMNJ’s Board member Peter Rosenfeld published an Op Ed supporting the adult use ballot question in NJ.

Board member Jo Anne Zito published an Op Ed 8/25/20: I’ve been unjustly criminalized by N.J.’s cannabis laws. Decriminalize it now! 

CMMNJ members took part in events and stories in 2020

American Cannabis Nurses Association: 2020 Annual Conference...A Virtual Experience, 12/6-8/20.

“Green Repeal” (46-minute podcast): “How the Coronavirus is Affecting the Cannabis Industry with Ken Wolski." 

NJ Cannabis Insider: Q&A with Ken Wolski.

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

The CannAtlantic Cannabis Conference, 9/26/20

For marijuana advocate Ken Wolski, legalization of drug was long overdue: Phil Gianficaro, Burlington County Times, 11/8/20.

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

Delaware cannabis legalization panel, December 16, 7pm-9pm via Zoom. 

Cannabis: A Handbook for Nurses” by Carey S. Clark 

“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” JCC, Edison, NJ, 2/11/20.

“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” Princeton Present Day Club, 3/4/20.

Princeton Senior Resource Center: “MEDICAL MARIJUANA” Friday, Oct 23

March Against the War on Drugs, 7/10/20, Newark City Hall to Peter Francisco Park Rally 

Sativa Cross Podcast, 4/20/20,  Trenton State House, 7/2/20, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26, 11am to 2 pm. 

Decriminalization Rally for bill S2535 State House, Trenton, 8/27/20.

ASA Unity Conference, Washington, D.C., March 25 – 28, 2020, online only.

The Shore Grow fundraiser for Patient Aid on 9/26/20

NJ Cannabis Legalization Overview Webinar Hosted by Black Cannabis

Interviews with Dean Becker of Drug Truth Network: 1/2/20 & 1/3/20

Open Forum on Legalization of Cannabis, Atlantic City, 3/4/20.

NJCBA Webinar 4/15/20, 12 – 1 pm.

Canna Pop Up, 4/20/20, noon to 5 pm.

CannaGather Digital History & Science of Culinary & Cannabis, 5/7/20.

Cannabis and COVID-19: Where Does America Go From Here? Webinar, May 13.

ArcView Town Hall: All things New Jersey Cannabis Landscape, 16 Dec 2020 

Military Matters podcast: Episode 1: Cannabis – what are the facts, and can it be helpful?

Steven Kadonsky was released from New Jersey State Prison after 26 years of incarceration for a nonviolent marijuana offense—his first offense! See his story here: The Steven Kadonsky Story

CMMNJ testified at the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 11/9/20 on S21 Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, & Marketplace Modernization Act; legalizes personal use cannabis for certain adults, subject to regulation by Cannabis Regulatory Commission; removes marijuana as Schedule I drug.  

Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee Hearing, 11/09/20; and the Assembly Appropriations Committee, 11/12/20 on S2535 Marijuana-provides criminal and civil justice reforms; A1897 Marijuana-decriminalizes 10 grams; 

With CMMNJ’s encouragement, advocates attended and spoke up at local council meetings and other civic meetings throughout the state in support of marijuana reform. Jim Miller went to the Toms River council and Lefty Grimes and the Ignorance is No Excuse tour went to many communities.

#JusticeforJawara: Jawara McIntosh died 7/17/20 from injuries he sustained while in Bergen County Jail on a marijuana offense. The 2017 attack left Jawara with severe brain injuries that led to his death. Jawara was in jail because he was caught with marijuana, a sacrament in his Rastafarian Religion. 

Thanksgiving Giveaway: Sativa Cross, CMMNJ, & UFCW distributed donated food, clothing and personal hygiene items to the homeless and poor of Trenton at the Trenton State House Annex on 11/26/20. 

The 17th anniversary of CMMNJ’s first public event at the White Dog CafĂ© was on 3/10/20. Cheryl Miller, the multiple sclerosis patient, early NJ medicinal marijuana activist, and wife of CMMNJ co-founder Jim Miller, died on June 7, 2003.

Thanks to CMMNJ Volunteers

On behalf of the Board of Directors of CMMNJ, I would like to thank all our supporters for their tireless efforts and contributions throughout the year.  As we are an all-volunteer organization, we are nothing without you!  Special thanks go to:

volunteer administrators who moderate the many discussions on Facebook’s Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ;

activists who spoke out at community meetings to dispel marijuana stigmas;

activists who contacted the media and elected officials for marijuana reform;

special “Thank you” to all who contributed food, clothing, and cash to the CMMNJ & Sativa Cross Thanksgiving Food & Clothing Giveaway at the Trenton State House.

CMMNJ 2020 Board Update

Frequent Board discussions were conducted by group emails and messages as opposed to formal Board meetings during 2020. At the close of the year, the CMMNJ Board consists of the following 11 people: 

Kenneth R. Wolski, RN, Executive Director; 

James Miller; Jim Miller, Longtime Advocate, and NJ Homegrow Leader

Edward R. Hannaman, Esq., Secretary; 

Nick Mellis; 

Peter Rosenfeld; 

Larry Vargo;

Amanda Hoffman;

Jo Anne Zito; 

Philippe Dume; 

Gaetano Lardieri: Cannabis Science Leader and Advocate;

Michael Brennan; Leading Cannabis Activist, Advocate & Patient 


CMMNJ’s Honorary Board Member is Allan Marain, Esq.

Treasury Report

Treasury report: In 2020 CMMNJ had expenditures of $3,707 and income of $5,664 for a gain this year of $1,924. CMMNJ finished the year with a checking account balance of $4,938 and a PayPal account balance of $3,224 for a grand total of $8,162.

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! 

CMMNJ still has almost 50,000 all hemp wristbands and necklaces that were donated to our organization. The multicolored bands were made in Romania. The suggested price is $1 apiece.  Wholesale prices are available.

CMMNJ is grateful for the generous financial support of all who contributed to our mission. This includes those who contributed anonymously through Network for Good. Many people also generously donated their time, their professional and personal services, office space, supplies, etc. to CMMNJ.

Many thanks to the Byrne family of Ewing, NJ, who, on the untimely death of their son, Will, directed memorial contributions to CMMNJ. The Byrnes said that medical marijuana greatly improved the last year of their son’s life. Even in their grief, they reached out to help others.

CMMNJ’s 2021 Recommendations

Allow registered patients in the NJ MMP to grow a limited supply of cannabis (Home Grow Now!)

Implement a timely legalization program that brings affordable, high quality marijuana to New Jersey adults in an appropriately regulated, socially just way. See CMMNJ’s complete Adult-use Cannabis Recommendations.

CMMNJ renews its annual call for national clinical trials of marijuana.

Deschedule marijuana, both in New Jersey and nationally.

Schedule of CMMNJ 2021 meetings

Plans for 2021 are to continue with monthly Zoom meetings until further notice.

In 2020, CMMNJ held twelve free public meetings on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM. The meetings from January through March 2020 were held at the Lawrence Township Library in Mercer County.  (Meeting at the library does not imply the county’s endorsement of our issue.) Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meetings from April through December were conducted via Zoom conferences.  In the past 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, participants introduced themselves and said a few words about why they were at the meeting. We advised participants that there was no way to tell if their comments were being recorded.

CMMNJ sent the agendas for these meetings via e-mail to over 1000 supporters each month and posted the agendas on Facebook, Twitter and on the CMMNJ blog

To receive the meeting agendas, sign up!  

We extend our best wishes for everyone’s safety and health during this time of pandemic, social distancing, and economic collapse. 

Follow CMMNJ

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

Facebook: Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ  

or, Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey

Twitter: @CMM_NJ

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

More Info:

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; kenwolski@gmail.com


January 6, 2021


CMMNJ Monthly Zoom Meeting Agenda for January 12, 2021 at 7 pm

CMMNJ Monthly Zoom Meeting Agenda for January 12, 2021 at 7 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84913916486?pwd=KzQwbE9NKzYvdWZlOTJ0ZGdnUEkvQT09

Meeting ID: 849 1391 6486; Passcode: 450561

Agenda: 

The Constitutional Amendment, approved by voters on 11/3/20, to legalize cannabis for adults in New Jersey took effect on 1/1/21. Per the ballot question’s Interpretive Statement: “The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (will) oversee the new adult cannabis market…The scope of the commission’s new authority (will) be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.”

Legislation to enact this amendment passed in the Legislature on 12/17/20: S21/A21: Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, & Marketplace Modernization Act and, S2535/A1897: Decriminalization. 

CMMNJ submitted recommendations for the implementation of New Jersey’s adult-use cannabis. As 2020 ended, N.J.’s legal cannabis bill was held up at the final stage because Gov. Murphy wanted to clarify penalties for underage use.

NJ AG said prosecutors must stop low-level cases statewide, but possession arrests (up to 105/day) can continue in NJ. Call for pardons for New Jersians with marijuana convictions. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission still has only three of five members appointed.  

Home cultivation for patients—Dr. David Nathan: N.J. should allow medical patients to grow their own marijuana | Opinion 

Moran (NJ.com): Twenty years for growing weed at home? That’s nuts

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

MORE Act: On 12/4/20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2020 (MORE Act.) This bill would decriminalize and deschedule cannabis, and provide for expungement of federal cannabis offenses. There are concerns about this bill. It must still pass in the U.S. Senate before going to the president’s desk.

Patients Out of Time has created a coalition of organizations and individuals to demand the end of federal cannabis prohibition with their Resolution to De-Schedule Cannabis. Please share. 

A New Mexico judge ruled that medical marijuana patients cannot be punished for using cannabis while incarcerated.

Upcoming Events: Sativa Cross: Ignorance Is No Excuse Potcast Schedule

Recent Events: Arcview Access Town Hall, 12/16/20. 

Delaware cannabis legalization panel, December 16, 7pm-9pm via Zoom. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 12/14/20, testimony submitted.

NJ Cannabis Legalization Overview Webinar Hosted by Black Cannabis, 12/18/20.

American Cannabis Nurses Association: 2020 Annual Conference...A Virtual Experience, 12/6-8/20.

Treasury report: Checking: $4938; PayPal: $3224. 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 

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

Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, web site: 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, December 1, 2020

CMMNJ Monthly Zoom Meeting Agenda for December 8, 2020 at 7 pm


CMMNJ Monthly Zoom Meeting Agenda for December 8, 2020 at 7 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87864549142?pwd=VTJGNzY0WUs4cDlaY3pJcE80dmEyQT09

Meeting ID: 878 6454 9142; Passcode: 025471

Agenda: 

Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey: Final Election Results, Question 1:

YES - 2,737,674 (67%)

NO - 1,343,603 (32%)

(As of 11/25/20 with 6,348 of 6,348 Precincts Reporting - 100%)

Marijuana legalization won in all 21 counties in New Jersey, with approval rates from 75% in Camden County to 60% in Ocean County.  The Constitutional Amendment takes effect on 1/1/21. Per the ballot question’s Interpretive Statement: The Cannabis Regulatory Commission (will) oversee the new adult cannabis market…The scope of the commission’s new authority (will) be detailed in laws enacted by the Legislature.

Legislation to enact this amendment has stalled. Legislative issues:

1. Enabling legislation (S21/A21)

Tax Revenues:

Senate wants 70% of tax revenue to go to community programs while 30% funds DREs and the CRC; all the new grower fees will support community programs.

Assembly wants only the new grower fees to go to community programs.

Licenses:

Senate (and Gov. Murphy) want to eliminate the cap on the number of grower licenses.

Assembly wants to cap the grow licenses at 37 for the first two years.

Workplace issues (Drug Tests):

Senate: employer may order blood tests/DRE eval. on suspicion of impairment at work 

Assembly: employer needs a “rational basis/reasonable suspicion” for blood test/DRE eval.

2. Decriminalization (S2535/A1897)

Senate passed S2535 on 11/16 (29-4) with no penalties for up to 6 ounces.

Assembly did not vote on A1897  on 11/16 as penalties for psilocybin were downgraded.

Assembly passed a version of A1897 in June that had a $50 fine for two ounces.

NJ AG said prosecutors must stop low-level cases statewide, but,

Possession arrests (105/day) continue in NJ.

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) submitted recommendations for the implementation of New Jersey’s adult-use cannabis program to the Assembly Appropriations Committee Hearing, on 11/12/20 RE: A21, Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, & Marketplace Modernization Act. See: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2020/11/cmmnjs-adult-use-cannabis.html

National News: On Election Day, November 3rd, 2020, the following states legalized marijuana for adults: Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota, along with New Jersey. South Dakota also legalized medical marijuana, as did Mississippi. Oregon decriminalized all drugs.

The US House of Representatives is scheduled to take the first-ever vote on marijuana legalization in the first week of December 2020!  The MORE Act (Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019) will remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, decriminalizing it at the federal level. It will allow marijuana businesses access to banking services. And it will enact social justice measures to help the communities most impacted by the drug war, like expungement of past convictions and equity measures for the legal marijuana industry. If you're a US voter, please write your member of Congress using the Stop the Drug War online action alert. When you're done, please call them too -- use the Congressional Switchboard main number, (202) 224-3121, then ask to be transferred.

NJ Medical Marijuana Program: The Apothecarium in Phillipsburg, NJ became the 13th Alternative Treatment Center in the state when it opened in November.

A three-judge appellate court vacated the 2018 decision to award six licenses for new medical marijuana companies and remanded it to the health department to come up with a new rating system. 

The Appellate court continues to halt the progress of 196 applications for 24 additional NJ medical marijuana licenses. Court hearing soon? 

Home delivery is still not happening.

Patients Out of Time has created a coalition of organizations and individuals to demand the end of federal cannabis prohibition with their resolution to De-Schedule Cannabis. Please share. 

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ 

Upcoming Events: 

Delaware cannabis legalization panel, Wed., December 16 from 7pm-9pm. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3024202020 

ArcView Town Hall: all things New Jersey Cannabis Landscape, 16 Dec 2020 @ 4:00pm.

Recent Events: The Steven Kadonsky Story

Thanksgiving Giveaway: donated food, clothing and personal hygiene items to the homeless and poor of Trenton sponsored by Sativa Cross, CMMNJ, & UFCW at Trenton State House, 11/26/20.

For marijuana advocate Ken Wolski, legalization of drug was long overdue

NJ Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, 11/9/20; Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee Hearing, 11/09/20; Assembly Appropriations Committee, 11/12/20.

Treasury report: Checking: $5289; PayPal: $3324. 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 

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’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.


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


Thursday, November 12, 2020

CMMNJ’s Adult-use Cannabis Recommendations




Assembly Appropriations Committee Hearing, 11/12/20 
RE: A21, Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, & Marketplace Modernization Act
To: OLSAideAAP@njleg.org

Date 11/12/2020

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) has recommendations for the implementation of adult-use cannabis in the state:

Financial Considerations:

The anticipated financial savings with the legal, adult use of cannabis in New Jersey greatly outweigh any costs associated with the implementation. 

Representatives of some municipalities have argued that they should be entitled to reimbursement for certain costs including training of Drug Recognition Experts, retraining of drug-sniffing dogs, and even rewriting ordinances that forbid the legal marijuana industry from operating within their jurisdictions.

These claims fail to take into consideration the tremendous savings that New Jersey municipalities, and the state itself, can anticipate when the vast majority of marijuana arrests are no longer going to occur. 

Gone will be expenses related to:

  • law enforcement, including surveillance, arrest, and detention;
  • court costs, for the criminal prosecution of marijuana cases;
  • incarceration of those convicted of marijuana offenses; 
  • parole supervision upon release; and,
  • recidivism, as the whole wasteful and expensive process starts over again.

The financial impact of these marijuana arrests and incarcerations do not stop with the individual who is unlucky enough to be caught. An arrest affects the entire family. Having a parent in jail is an Adverse Childhood Event that leads to a lower socioeconomic status for the family, a greater risk of interactions with law enforcement, a greater risk of substance abuse and other health problems, and a greater dependence on welfare and other social services. 

Repeat these arrests enough times in a community and the poverty rate of the entire community rises. Trenton’s poverty rate is 28%, twice the national average. Newark’s poverty rate is 29%; Atlantic City’s is 36%; and Camden’s is 38%.

In addition to avoided costs, there will be modest tax revenue gained from the legal sale of cannabis to adults, along with the far greater economic benefits associated with the creation of an entirely new industry in the state.  

Additional taxes or fees on the sale or processing of cannabis should be opposed as this is not following the word or spirit of the constitutional amendment that clearly spelled out the only taxes that should be applied. Also, added fees will only drive up the price to the consumer and encourage black market competition. 

Decriminalization: Pass into law S2535.

Home Grow: Allow registered New Jersey patients to grow 6 plants each for cost savings and consistent supply, with minimal impact on the legal industry. 

Equitable Cannabis Industry Licensing: Rebuild individuals and communities damaged by the decades-long war on marijuana.

De-schedule Cannabis: See testimony from the marijuana rescheduling hearings in April 2018 at the New Jersey Office of Attorney General.

Medical Issues: Reinvigorate implementation of the Jake Honig law.

Release Cannabis Prisoners: Release all those who are currently incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis offenses; expunge nonviolent cannabis offenses from criminal records, without cost to the inmates or former inmates. 

Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC): Continue staffing the (CRC) with individuals who have knowledge of the Endocannabinoid System, and who are supportive of cannabis reform. 

CMMNJ also supports the recommendations of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA, President, Board of Directors dnathan@dfcr.org www.dfcr.org):

  • Government oversight of cannabis production, testing, distribution, and sales
  • Detailed labeling of cannabis products with health and safety information
  • Prevention of non-medical underage cannabis use through:
    • Evidence-based education about the risks of cannabis use
    • Child-resistant packaging
    • A ban on packaging, marketing, and advertising that attracts underage users
    • Penalties for adults who enable diversion
  • Taxation of adult-use cannabis to fund equity programs for communities harmed by the drug war
  • Protected rights for limited home cultivation of cannabis
  • Expungement of cannabis arrests, charges, and convictions from criminal records
  • Diversity in all sectors of the cannabis industry

Thank you, for your time and consideration.

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, Inc.
219 Woodside Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08618
609.394.2137 (home/office) 
www.cmmnj.org

Saturday, November 7, 2020

CMMNJ Monthly Zoom Meeting Agenda for November 2020



CMMNJ Monthly Zoom Meeting Agenda for November 10, 2020 at 7 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81778981583?pwd=K1J0VlRrNUt4UWJ2dzFWVTdicmFNUT09

Meeting ID: 817 7898 1583; Passcode: 671406

Agenda: Approve the October 2020 minutes.

New Jersey Elections Results: Question 1 - Legalize Marijuana 

YES - 2,075,195 (66%)

NO -  1,028,104 (33%)

(As of 11/6/20 with 4,737 of 6,348 Precincts Reporting - 74.62%)

Many thanks to the friends, family, colleagues, advocates, organizations, patients and voters who made this possible. It was not just an election victory, it was a thorough repudiation of the war on marijuana in every county in New Jersey! Our state is now on track to become healthier, wealthier and safer!!

Governor Murphy Announces Cannabis Regulatory Commission AppointmentsDianna Houenou, Chair, & Jeff Brown, Executive Director. Good choices!

NJ Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: 11/9/20 at 10 am

S21 Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, & Marketplace Modernization Act; legalizes personal use cannabis for certain adults, subject to regulation by Cannabis Regulatory Commission; removes marijuana as Schedule I drug.  https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/S0500/21_I1.HTM

S2535 Marijuana-provides criminal and civil justice reforms; 

 A1897 Marijuana-decriminalizes 10 grams;

Testimony should be submitted to OLSAideSJU@njleg.org.

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/BillsForAgendaView.asp

Assembly Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Committee Hearing, 11/09/20 - 10:00 AM:

A-21 - Quijano/Holley/Timberlake/McKnight/Danielsen "New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act."

Written testimony should be submitted to OLSAideAOF@njleg.org  

Assembly Appropriations Committee

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:30 AM

 A-21, Quijano/Holley/Timberlake/McKnight/Danielsen  - "New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act." https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/A0500/21_I1.HTM

Due to the public health emergency, the State House Annex remains closed to visitors. The public may not attend the Committee meeting in person but may view and participate in the meeting via the New Jersey Legislature home page at https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/. The public may submit written testimony electronically in lieu of oral testimony. Written testimony will be included in the Committee record and distributed to all the Committee members. 

CMMNJ's Adult-use Cannabis Legalization Implementation Recommendations:

Decriminalization: Pass into law S 2535.

Homegrow: allow registered NJ patients to grow 6 plants, which provides inexpensive, strain-specific access to this medicine. 

Equitable Cannabis Industry Licensing: Rebuild individuals and communities damaged by the marijuana wars.

De-schedule Cannabis: See Office of Attorney General hearings from April 2018.

Medical Issues: Vigorous implementation of the Jake Honig law.

Release Cannabis Prisoners: release all those currently incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis offenses, and expunge nonviolent cannabis offenses from their records, without cost to the inmates or former inmates. 

Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC): Continue staffing the CRC with individuals who have proven, through their education and experience, that they are knowledgeable about the Endocannabinoid System and supportive of cannabis reform. 

CMMNJ also endorses the Platform of Regulations from Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR):

• Government oversight of cannabis production, testing, distribution, and sales

• Detailed labeling of cannabis products with health and safety information

• Prevention of non-medical underage cannabis use through:

• Evidence-based education about the risks of cannabis use

• Child-resistant packaging

• A ban on packaging, marketing, and advertising that attracts underage users

• Penalties for adults who enable diversion

• Taxation of adult-use cannabis to fund equity programs for communities harmed by the drug war

• Protected rights for limited home cultivation of cannabis

• Expungement of cannabis arrests, charges, and convictions from criminal records

• Diversity in all sectors of the cannabis industry

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA, President, Board of Directors

dnathan@dfcr.org www.dfcr.org

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?

Home delivery still not happening.

Patients Out of Time has created a coalition of organizations and individuals to demand the end of federal cannabis prohibition with their resolution to De-Schedule Cannabis. Please share widely: 

The POT resolution: https://patientsoutoftime.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/De-scheduleCannabis.pdf

Home cultivation for patients--sign the petition: Let Patients Grow NJ. Also, visit the website: Let Patients Grow NJ #JeffsLaw. 

“Cannabis: A Handbook for Nurses” by Carey S. Clark https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10158312338171028&set=a.85013836027

Upcoming Events: 

Thanksgiving Giveaway of donated food, clothing and personal hygiene items to the homeless and poor of Trenton at the Sativa Cross Podcast, Trenton State House, 11/26/20, 11am to 2 pm.

Recent Events: 

Sativa Cross Podcast, Trenton State House, 10/22/20

“Seniors and Medical Marijuana,” Princeton Senior Resource Center via Zoom, 10/23/20.

Treasury report: Checking: $5219; PayPal: $3178. 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.


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.