The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey
Cannabis Activists Attain “Higher Ground @ Asbury Spark”
Coalition members hold diverse opinions, but we all agree:
Arresting patients is wrong, and it must stop now.
Modern clinical research, centuries of experience and the impassioned personal accounts of thousands of real patients concur: Marijuana can alleviate symptoms of certain serious medical conditions, and it can do so when other drugs fail to help. Doctors should be free to recommend this medicine to promote health, and sick or injured New Jerseyans should be free to use it responsibly. The safety margin for therapeutic marijuana is as wide as it can be - there is no known lethal dose.
New Jersey healthcare professionals dispense potentially lethal drugs every day. We trust them to do so very carefully, and solely to benefit their patients. Common sense and compassion demand that doctors should control non-lethal marijuana medicine for those who truly need it. To make this important change a reality, your voice is needed.
The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was introduced in the State Senate in January 2005 by Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden). A companion bill in the Assembly was sponsored by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton) and Assemblyman Michael Carroll (R-Morris Township).
The law passed by both houses of the Legislature in December 2009 and was signed January 11, 2010.
On December 6, 2012, medical marijuana finally began to be available to patients in New Jersey who have enrolled in the state’s Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP). Marijuana is being sold on an appointment-only basis from Greenleaf Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) in Montclair, NJ. Greenleaf is the only ATC in the state that is currently open.
CMMNJ has free public meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the Lawrence Twp. Library from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The library is at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., at the corner of Business Rt. 1 and Darrah Lane in Mercer County. CMMNJ is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) public charity. Follow the Facebook page, Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-NJ, at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/?ref=ts
Also, please join our Mailing List and we'll keep you posted on important dates, news and ways you can help support the New Jersey patients and families who need your help. Thank you very much!
latest news January '14
Governor Chris Christie has been quoted as saying, "We don't want to be like California or Colorado." Given the recent news, i would wager he'd like the additional income. $1mil in sales ON THE FIRST DAY. At 6%, that would work out to $60,000.00 for the first day's transactions.
If you are mobile and can stand the cold, the new legislative session in NJ begins on January 14th. We would kindly request your presence in Trenton to show support for those legislators that are paving the way for the medical cannabis program in our state. Additionally, the regular monthly meeting of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana, NJ, which will be held at the Lawrenceville Library, which is located at 2751 Brunswick Pike Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
also, this may come in handy if you're looking for the medical cannabis program in NJ, with the guidelines: NJ Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana ActAnd, finally, an article published by the National Institute of Health: Chronic Pain in Persons With Myotonic Dystrophy and Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy
A call to action
Thank you to all who attended this trial yesterday. They were found guilty. Pre-sentence reports were mandated (which means the Feds get to crawl into their financial positions to make a recommendation to the judge as to the amount of the fine). The good news in this is that the judge, while not ruling it out entirely, will most likely not resort to jail time for either defendent.
I received word from Chris Goldstein that it has been postponed from the 23rd to the 27th. I will keep you up to date on this as i receive information.
What are you doing on the 23rd? Courtroom support in solidarity... think about how you would feel if you were looking at six months. You'd want all of your brothers and sisters to show up in support of your case. Pay it forward.
(the following report was pulled from http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/09/05/watch-libertarian-state-senate-candidate-gets-arrested-in-philadelphia-at-pro-marijuana-rally/ )
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