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Cannabis Activists Attain “Higher Ground @ Asbury Spark”

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 Asbury Park, NJ – A special weekend-long cannabis-themed event will be taking place at various venues throughout the city of Asbury Park September 11–13. Called Higher Ground because of its emphasis on empowering cannabis consumers through education and connectivity, the event includes a series of informative talks and social gatherings. It is free to attend and is endorsed by the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey (CMMNJ).
 

Higher Ground was created in part as a reaction to city officials’ admirable declaration of support for cannabis and their passage of a resolution calling on Governor Christie and the State Legislature to legalize, tax, and regulate it.

 

After a welcome gathering on Friday night, Saturday’s events will kick off at noon and include a walkable circuit around Cookman Avenue of venues where speakers will be giving talks throughout the day on topics pertaining to medical marijuana and the future of cannabis culture in New Jersey. Saturday night will feature a special networking event as well as hand-picked musical performances. Speakers will continue through 4 p.m. on Sunday the 13th.

 

Higher Ground is an independent initiative uniting local businesses with speakers andhigher ground logo artists. The purpose of the event is “empowerment through education”—enabling all comers to obtain accurate information about cannabis and the changing legal landscape in New Jersey and across the country. Featured speakers include CMMNJ Executive Director Ken Wolski, activist and Liberty Bell Temple III proprietor Ed Forchion (aka NJWeedman), Geno Caignon of NJ NORML’s South Jersey division, Rowyn Capers from NJ NORML’s Women’s Alliance, and Help Not Handcuffs founder Randy Thompson, who delivered the presentation to the Asbury Park City Council that resulted in their declaration of support for cannabis law reform.

 

The event is free and open to the public. For those who wish to stay in town overnight there is a range of hotels to suit most every budget, and prices are generally lower after Labor Day weekend. Those who wish to participate can visit www.HigherGroundFest.com for updates and location announcements as well as the event’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/432809406907049.

 

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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:
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About CMM-NJ

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!

A call to action

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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.

http://dailyprincetonian.com/news/2013/12/dezarns-trial-for-marijuana-possession-postponed-to-jan-23/

(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/ )

 Libertarian candidate Don DeZarn (Screenshot)

A Libertarian candidate for the New Jersey Senate got himself arrested at a pro-marijuana rally in Philadelphia over the weekend.

Don DeZarn, 46, was arrested for the second time in four months for marijuana possession on Saturday at the monthly SmokeDown Prohibition demonstration. After encouraging the participants of the rally to visit their representatives, DeZarn lit up and smoked a marijuana joint as police stood nearby.

Six other people were issued citations for marijuana use at the demonstration, according toPhilly.com.

The libertarian candidate was first arrested at the SmokeDown Prohibition demonstration in May. DeZarn told The Times of Trenton that his arrests were a form of civil disobedience. He said that he plans to fight the marijuana possession charges in court.

“The theme of my campaign is ‘Legalize Freedom.’ I’m big on a less intrusive government,” DeZarn explained to The Times. “Marijuana legalization ties into the whole message I’m trying to get out to voters, that our government is too big. We’ve got way more important problems we should be dealing with than worrying about a group of 67 people, 10 of which are firing up a joint.”

The official platform of the New Jersey Libertarian Party calls for the repeal of all laws that prohibit the possession and sale of drugs or drug paraphernalia.

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