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handbook

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 It's time for a patient handbook. Keep it relevant and on point. What does any new patient need to know? Research your facts (it will be double-checked by at least two other people besides yourself). I am fond of saying "bitching without a solution is just whining". The handbook is a solution. Submit your articles directly to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I would like a thirty page handbook ready to pass out at the NJ Cannabis Conference, Ed's event, so that gives us roughly a month.

I will not discriminate based on the writer. If you want to put something together, I will look it over and have it fact-checked. I will also leave the final editing (what to include in the handbook) up to a professional friend in the publishing business (I have more than one source). All submissions will go through the same "vetting" process for relevance, content and applicability to novice users.

Any and all websites that provide instruction or can be used as a resource should be asked if they want inclusion in the handbook - feel free to contact them, yourselves. We will keep advertising separated. Again, since this is a Coalition project, we will need to ignore illegal activity and focus on the information we want to pass on to new patients (please don't ask to advertise your illegal activity).

I know some of you feel you don't have a voice... yet, you have experience. I believe this is your chance to get heard.

Third ATC opens...

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The headline reads: third dispensary opens in NJ.  A bit misleading, wouldn't you agree?  While it is technically true that three dispensaries have opened, there are only two currently filling the needs of patients statewide.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/11/third_medical_marijuana_dispensary_in_nj_now_accepting_patient_registrations.html

skot

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September 29 @ 3:00 Newton, NJ.

The summary: Skot was stabbed by his roommate, so he called 911. The cops, investigating an ADW (assault with a deadly weapon) saw medical cannabis on the coffee table. Both men were legal, card-carrying members of the state's medical cannabis program and showed their cards to the investigators. Next thing you know, there is a search warrant and Skot was arrested for possession and paraphernalia.

What happened to the ADW?

I was in attendance in May at a preliminary hearing. I will be unable to attend. Please come out and support him, if you can.

photo courtesy of the Sparta Independent newspaper.  see the full story: here

From the pen of Terry Stern

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 Terry is a member of the Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana, NJ.  He has submitted the following for your enjoyment (and, hopefully, to motivate your activism):

The Infamously Unknown Weeyallnoe Foundation

 

There are people, Bill O’Reilly and Chris Christie among them, who point to California and Colorado and say, “Pot bad. Case closed,” O’Reilly with the condescending smirk of a 7th grader who’s just seen his rival caught masturbating in the lunch room, Christie with the look of a parent about to ground us for a month.

 

These are charismatic people, and, if you’re standing face-to-face with one, it’s hard not to turn purple and stammer. But we can remember that here, in a calm place, not worried about whether we look fat or sound stupid, only thinking about what makes rational sense, we have this single, unshakable truth:

 

Every bit and scrap of their proof has been debunked as fraud or proven to reflect the misuse of study data.

 

Everything they serve up is either smokescreen or red herring. No matter how eloquently or compulsively they insist, their arguments are standing on air.

 

Ours are grounded. 

 

Even if an opponent is quicker on her feet, she cannot spin proof out of clouds. The constant, inexorable march of truth is on our side. If you can’t think of anything else to say, “Smoke and mirrors,” or “your proof does not stand up to scrutiny,” will do. Just wash, rinse and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. 

 

These folks rely on a little-known institute of social science research in the United States called the Weeyallnoe Foundation. Though little known, it has a reputation which proudly befits its fame.

 

The social conservatives quote its findings all the time. They state them as a series of citations, such as, “Weeyallnoe: marijuana leads to dangerous paranoia” and “Weeyallnoe: if we legalize marijuana, our children will become fat, unemployed, addicted schizophrenics.” “Weeyallnoe: multiple studies prove this.”

 

For a wonderful rundown of Weeyallnoe pronouncements, watch Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) speak against an amendment which would stop DEA marijuana enforcement on medical marijuana dispensaries in states with cannabis laws. Though recorded in 2012, the arguments are basically the same, although support for them is eroding:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OShxW9tta0&list=PL71467B9C3DD67CAE

 

Of course, “we all know” there is no Weeyallnoe Foundation.  Weeyallnoe is simply the pseudo-scientific justification used by people out of touch with the real science and sociology when they attempt to justify irrational positions on marijuana prohibition.

 

The single source of weight and power of these “we all know” arguments is the emotion behind their expression. When they speak of their own, inaccurate portrait of the impact of drugs, their faces glow with religious zeal and terror. When they speak of ours, they smirk in disgust or sneer in stern disapproval.

 

When faced with an opposing view, I have found an empathetic response like this useful: “I know this is scary, and I understand it means giving up things you’ve believed in all you life, but people are dying as we stand unable to decide about cannabis, and we can’t make this decision on feeling alone. We must let science speak for itself.“

 

And when that tanks, “Hey, shit-for-brains: quit your verbal masturbation and throw a towel over it.”  But this rarely works.

 

Here’s a rundown of the Honorable Mr. Wolf’s (R-VA) Weeyallnoe-backed arguments :

 

States’ Rights:

     Weeyallnoe: if states passed laws permitting sexual trafficking of minors, we would be compelled to intervene. This is the same thing.

 

     Response: smokescreen. We would also expect the Federal authority to step in should Alabama develop a nuclear bomb. But what does that have to do with medical cannabis? The kindest thing to be said about the Congressman’s disfigured analogy comparing medical cannabis with child pornography is that it is disingenuous. No matter how many minor sex slaves you may have, Congressman Wolf, they, unlike cannabis, will never be able to kill the cancer cells in your brain.

 

Medical Oversight:

     Weeyallnoe: many of these “dispensaries” are fronts for illegal dope sales.

 

     Response: and we all know many bars and liquor stores are fronts for illegal sales to minors. But you have no more reliable statistics for you claim than I have for mine.

 

     Weeyallnoe: we can’t count on doctors to be honest. There are pain clinics in Florida where bus-loads of people arrive every day to get prescriptions for oxycontin, and people get addicted and die.

 

     Response: you have made an argument for medical cannabis. Not only does it work more effectively with fewer unwanted effects than pharmaceuticals, it is the only medication effective against serious conditions which cannot kill no matter the size of the overdose. Oxy, as you say, kills people every day.

 

Medical Legitimacy:

     Weeyallnoe: marijuana has absolutely no recognized medical value in the US.

 

     Response: it is interesting how he adds, “in the US,” as if once across the Canadian border marijuana has wonderful medical effects just not so on the US side. There are hundreds of studies published since 1837 contradicting this assertion.  For the past decade, studies from Israel, Luxemburg, Italy, Spain, England, California, Colorado, et al, plus the recent unmasking of DEA evidence belies this claim in no uncertain terms. It is simply untrue.  

 

Social Danger:

 

     Weeiyallnoe: allowing medical cannabis increases the profits of Mexican drug cartels.

 

     Response: only because we ban its cultivation here.

 

     Weeyallnoe: letting our 15-year-olds see medical marijuana stores in our communities is an invitation to them to start using it.

 

     Response: in the way bars and liquor stores encourage them to drink or tobacco stores urge them to smoke? What do Victoria’s Secrets stores in malls invite our 15-year-olds to do?

 

     Weeyallnoe: marijuana is highly addictive and shows immense potential for abuse.

 

     Response: red herring. There is no proof of that. These are DEA claims based on evidence collected by Harry J. Anslinger in the 1930s to persuade Congress to outlaw marijuana, the “corrupting drug” being brought here by the “inferior races” (Mexicans and Black jazz musicians). All DEA proofs have been publicly debunked as fraudulent. In fact, they were simply made up by someone trying to rig proof to manipulate folks into believing hemp was evil.

 

     Weeyallnoe: there is substantial proof that marijuana causes cancer, brain damage, IQ loss and schizophrenia.

 

     Response: there is no proof marijuana causes cancer, brain damage, IQ loss and schizophrenia. Studies claiming to prove the first two charges were made up. They were never conducted. Studies claiming to prove the last two were shown to prove only coincidence, not causality.

 

     Weeyallnoe: marijuana is a gateway drug.

 

     Response: in the only study which exists on the matter, marijuana use was found to offer no indication of the potential for future hard drug abuse. Alcohol and tobacco use were more likely gateways.

 

     Weeyallnoe: reducing enforcement on this dangerous substance is a wrong message to the youth.

 

     Response: what message does it send our youth to waste $15 billion per year on enforcement which has negative results year after year, mounting up a debt which they will likely be called upon to resolve? What message does it send our youth that the substances we will permit can kill you while the one we prohibit can’t?

 

     Weeyallnoe: there is more danger of traffic accidents when people drive stoned than when they drive intoxicated.

 

     Response: now you’re just making stuff up.

educating law enforcement

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 What is the state of affairs with regards to the medical cannabis laws in the state of NJ, you ask?

The governor has made the statement, speaking over the crowd of teachers, "You people... just do your jobs!"  And, here we are, doing the job of educating the police about the law.  In a recent video, our own Lefty Grimes has shown that even the municipal cops in Trenton... a few hundred feet from the statehouse... are unaware of the law.  The sargeant stated, "This is all new to me."

This is a copy of what Lefty and Charles dropped on the Trenton PD in the following video.

Of course, we had a very good turnout for the Faces of Cannabis & LoveNugget Foundation press conference on February 27th, 2014, both by the media and patients and their representatives. See the video here. We would like to thank the various news organizations that support us by reporting on our events.

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