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Agenda for Monthly Meeting - 11/14/2017

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 Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 

Lawrence Township Library, Room #1 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
 
Approve October 2017 minutes. Discuss:
 
Election Day: Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Big win for Phil Murphy and marijuana reform in NJ! Governor-elect plans to legalize marijuana in the first 100 days of 2018!
 
The Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) Review Panel gave final approval to 43 petitions to add conditions to the MMP at a public hearing on 10/25/17. Approved were chronic pain, anxiety, migraines, and Tourette’s syndrome. Now the DOH commissioner has 180 days to follow those recommendations.
 
NJ Appellate Court tells Director of Div. of Consumer Affairs he erred when he said he lacked the authority to reclassify/reschedule marijuana. He must reconsider his decision in the “post-CUMMA era”.
 
Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (S1689): Congressional co-sponsors sought for Sen. Cory Booker’s federal bill. Take action: Capwiz from DPA and NORML.
 
NJ’s legalization bill (S3195): Peter & Jim published on Facebook’s “Friends of CMMNJ” letter templates in support of home cultivation, addressing concerns.
 
Final 2017 Statehouse Podcast concludes with Thanksgiving Day lunch at the Annex, 11 am – 2pm.
Political Prisoner Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion remains in jail awaiting jury verdict. “Joint” closed.
Upcoming Events: “CMMNJ TV” taping at Princeton TV studio, 11/28/17, 10 – 2 pm—Leo & Mike.
5th year anniversary of medical marijuana availability in NJ—12/6/17.
Prayer Brunch with Trenton pastors, 11/18/17 10 – noon, Studio B, Trenton, NJ (see Leo Bridgewater).
Recent Events:  Help Not Handcuffs, Park Ave., Asbury Park, 10/28/17. See also their Voter Guide.
Medical Cannabis Conference, Montego Bay Jamaica, Nov. 10 -15, 2017. Atecam.com
Treasury report: Checking: $3434; PayPal: $3122. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $1/apiece; 3 for $2. Wholesale prices are available.
 
CMMNJ's meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., 08648. All are welcome. (Meeting at the library does not imply Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.)
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/
 
CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.

CMMNJ Statement -- Don't Repeat Mistakes. Fix CUMMA Now.

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  CMMNJ is encouraged by Sen. Nick Scutari's bold introduction of a bill for full legalization of cannabis for adult use in New Jersey. We also recognize the efforts of Asm. Reed Gusciora and Asm Michael Patrick Carroll with their bills to reform New Jersey's laws regarding adult social use of cannabis. CMMNJ supports legalization to help anyone who can benefit from cannabis to get safe, affordable access and to reduce the harms associated with prosecution and incarceration due to outdated drug laws. However, we believe the current bill does not go far enough to correct the wrongs of cannabis prohibition.  It does not go far enough to ensure safe, legal, affordable access to all who can benefit from cannabis therapy.  It does not go far enough to ensure full participation in the cannabis industry by the people most harmed by unfair drug laws. 

 
    In our near decade of trying to expand and improve our compassionate use program under CUMMA, we have encountered many obstacles that cause needless suffering for patients and caregivers.  We understand, for example, that removing home cultivation was a necessary step in order to get Governor Corzine to sign the bill into law.  Let’s just say we have learned from those “missteps”, and we, CMMNJ, are not in the habit of being duped twice.  We hope these same missteps will not be repeated under a legalization framework.  In fact, we believe some of these problems can be corrected immediately by amending the current law:
 
·       Eliminate the 7% tax on medical marijuana;
 
·       Restore home cultivation that was called for in the original legislation (S119/A804) and approved by the New Jersey Senate in 2009; and,
 
·       Reschedule marijuana to a more appropriate schedule that acknowledges marijuana’s accepted medical uses in the United States, its safety profile, and its low addiction potential.
 
      These changes to correct errors in the current law can be enacted immediately.  These changes should also be carried forward into any plans for legalization to ensure fair and equitable access for all. Efforts to legalize cannabis in New Jersey must keep patients and caregivers in mind.  Patients, especially pediatric patients and their caregivers, already face significant burdens to access and afford cannabis. Many who could benefit from cannabis are cruelly excluded due to the bureaucratic limitations that allow only certain conditions to "qualify" and impose additional costs on patients already struggling with affording their medical bills. Legalization holds promise to improve our medical program if implemented responsibly and compassionately.

NJ DOH hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22

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A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22 before a panel of eight doctors, pharmacists, and nurses who were appointed by Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett nearly one year ago. People who submitted petitions to the panel last summer will be invited to testify starting at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton

For a list of the conditions, see: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2017/01/petitions-to-nj-doh-panel.html         

For links to each Petition, see:

ACNA - Medical Cannabis Meet Up this Weekend

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Lisa Griesel Rehborn is hosting a medical cannabis event on Nov 12th, 11-2 pm, in Elkins Park, PA. For more info:

http://americancannabisnursesassociation.org/event-2377352

We hope to see you there!

CMMNJ TV

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CMMNJ produces shows monthly for airing online, on Channel 30 on the Comcast Cable system and Channel 45 on Verizon FiOS in the Princeton area. If you'd like to get involved, come to a regular monthly meeting or contact us.  We'd love to have you join our team!

Watch now here!

https://vimeo.com/channels/cmmnj

Catch other shows from Princeton Community TV here - support your local public broadcasting community:

http://www.princetontv.org/Online_Archive.html

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