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Boston Freedom Rally 2014

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 Also, an upcoming event hosted by MassCann, the Boston Freedom Rally, 2014.  Info can be obtained by visiting their website, http://www.http://masscann.org/rally or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bostonfreedomrally

We are seeking volunteers to join us in tabling the event.  Know how to man a table?  Don't know?  Doesn't matter.  There will be enough knowledgeable people available to help your learning curve.  One sure way to get good at something is to do it.  Step up.  

Contacting your legislators

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These phone scripts have been specifically designed to "leave a message".  You can edit to your liking, but keep the opening and closing the same, please.  There are 4 scripts to choose from.

#1: Hi, my name is _____. I am from _____ NJ. Please support bill #_____. This bill will support _____. It will also help NJ law enforcement and our judicial system to focus on violent crime, increase public safety and crime with actual victims. This, alone, will save our state millions by significantly reducing multi-million dollar expenditures needed to enforce cannabis prohibition, which, by any objective metric, has failed. Over 50% of residents in NJ agree that arrests for cannabis must stop. Can I count on you to support bill _____? My phone number is ___-____, if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you on this very important issue.

#2: Hello, my name is _____, and I'm from _____, NJ. Please support bill# _____ . According to recent polls, almost 60% of New Jerseyans think that cannabis consumers should no longer go to jail for possessing cannabis for personal use. A criminal record for this victim-less crime can prevent people from obtaining: employment, student loans, and can have other damaging, unintended consequences on a person's life. Can I count on your support for bill# _____ ? My phone number is _____ - _____ . I look forward to hearing from you on this very important issue.

#3: Hello, my name is _____ . I am from _____ , NJ. Please vote "yes" on bill# _____ . Taking officers "off the street" to process non-violent cannabis possessions diverts them away from REAL public safety. According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, in 2012 there ere almost 5,000 people were arrested for drug-related offences (source:http://www.njsp.org/info/ucr2012/index.html - not necessary to speak this part, this is for your reference - and in case you get a call back, you can open it and read from it). That same year, it is reported that a large percentage of murders, rapes, burglaries and robberies went UNSOLVED. Please help our law enforcement officers to solve those crimes by not diverting them to the failed war on drugs. Can I count on you to support bill# _____? My phone number is ___-____. I look forward to hearing from you on this very important issue.

#4: Hello, my name is _____. I am from _____, NJ. Please support bill# _____. According to the FBI's UCR (uniform crime reports), NJ spends over $20M annually arresting non-violent cannabis consumers for personal possession. With our budget problems and vulnerable economy, this can be counted as "misplaced resources", that can be better spent on our crumbling infrastructure, schools and other budgetary needs. End the taxpayer's burden by chasing non-violent cannabis consumers. Free up our officers and the entire judicial system to focus on real public safety. Can I count on you to vote "yes" on bill# _____? My phone number is ___-____. I look forward to hearing from you on this very important issue.

Understand, DE politicians have said, in the past, that "we need phone numbers, or it doesn't count". CB Delaware realized this was a sleazy attempt to avoid the issue. Since they only have limited time, as do all state legislators, to introduce bills and get them through their system, time is a factor. This happened right before the close of the legislative year, so they had to wait almost an entire year to get recognized again. We can learn from other states and the mistakes they have made.  Thank you to our neighbors for sharing this information with us.

PTSD and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

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Many people who have survived life-threatening events experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a complex condition that is difficult to treat successfully. Prescribed medications are often ineffective and/or are accompanied by undesirable side effects. Misunderstood and stigmatized, patients are often discouraged and under-served by currently available treatment options.  However, research into the endocannabinoid system (ECS) suggests that cannabis may help relieve some of the symptoms of PTSD.  

In New Jersey, the Assembly passed a bill (A3726) to add PTSD as a qualifying condition for the medical marijuana program.  While there is a companion bill in the Senate, it has not been voted on as of November 2015.

Below is a collection of studies exploring the link between PTSD and the ECS:

Study finds lower levels of endocannabinoids in people with PTSD:
The abstract: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24035186
The article: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3870889/pdf/nihms524984.pdf

A study investigating stress induced endocannabinoid deficiency:
The abstract: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Central+anandamide+deficiency+predicts+stress-induced+anxiety%3A+behavioral+reversal
The article: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4119220/pdf/tp201453a.pdf

Elevated endocannabinoid receptors in the brains of those with PTSD.  Indicates a reduction in available endocannabinoids in those with PTSD.
The abstract: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23670490
The journal article: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3752332/pdf/nihms-469491.pdf

More tested abnormalities in PTSD:
The abstract: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Metabolite+profiling+in+posttraumatic+stress+disorder
The article:
http://www.jmolecularpsychiatry.com/content/pdf/s40303-015-0007-3.pdf

Cannabidiol as a non-psychoactive anti-anxiety treatment.
The abstract: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22729452
The article: 
http://www.scielo.br/pdf/rbp/v34s1/v34s1a08.pdf

Cannabis in German soldier for treatment of PTSD.
The article:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3601286/pdf/Dtsch_Arztebl_Int-110-0144b.pdf

Cannabis for PTSD correspondence:
The article: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3601285/pdf/Dtsch_Arztebl_Int-110-0144a.pdf

Using cannabis to help you sleep: heightened frequency of medical cannabis use among those with PTSD:
Abstract: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24412475
Article: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3929256/pdf/nihms-552820.pdf

Use of a synthetic cannabinoid in a correctional population for posttraumatic stress disorder-related insomnia and nightmares, chronic pain, harm reduction, and other indications: a retrospective evaluation
Abstract: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24987795
Article: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4165471/pdf/jcp-34-559.pdf

The use of cannabis to treat those with PTSD:
Abstract: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=PTSD+cannabis+new+mexico
The article:
http://theroc.us/images/PTSD%20Symptom%20Reports%20of%20Patients%20Evaluated%20for%20the%20New%20Mexico%20Medical%20Cannabis%20Program.pdf

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

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.
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