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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.

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

It's LAW, baby!

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 Recently, our efforts appear to be gaining traction. We have asked for, and received, an amendment to the guidelines (as law) to abolish the three strain limit (dispensaries can grow what they want, and better serve the patient), and allow for a simpler approach to treating children (such as Jennie Storms son and Meghan and Brian Wilson's daughter, in addition to Tina DeSilvia and; both of these children suffer from intractable seizures which cannabis HELPS).

If you read just the headlines, you could form the opinion that our Governor, Chris Christie, has come to his senses and determined that the scientific findings are sound enough to make policy decisions on. However, we on the front lines can offer a different opinion. Yes, the Governor has appeared to relent under pressure from his constituents. Some count this as a victory, but it is a dual-edged victory. Certainly the Governor sees the political equity in this issue. He wants to appear to be meeting the needs of his contituents. However, after repeated requests to sit down with him and educate him, it doesn't appear that such a meeting is forthcoming.

Terry Stern, a respected member of the Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana, NJ, had this to say in a recent op-ed: In all the flap about medical cannabis in New Jersey, a moderately plump elephant in the room is getting very little attention.

Statistics gathered from all states with medical cannabis programs show the national average of cannabis patients is 7.7 per thousand population.

There are states with as high a number as 14 per thousand and states as low as 3.

And then there’s New Jersey, which has one patient per 3,000 population. That’s like a car tracking gas usage in gallons per mile.

Unless we can show why living in New Jersey is a whole lot healthier than living anywhere else, there ought to be approximately 50,000 to 60,000 medical cannabis patients in a population this size.

Where are all the patients?

TERRY H. STERN

Pennsauken

What Mr. Stern is alluding to is that the very guidelines of the program implemented by Governor Christie is the impediment to getting patients enrolled in the program and receiving the medicine they need. Those guidelines have literally choked the life out of what would have been the strictest program in the states that have adopted medical cannabis programs. In a state with the population we have, 6 dispensaries are not enough. Currently, the one dispensary we have operating has closed its doors for lack of product. Where are the other five? Of those 1200 or so registered patients, only about 10 percent have been able to secure product under the program's guidelines, legally. So, Mr. Stern poses a very pertinent question: where are the patients? I can tell you only about my personal experience: my condition (failed back surgery, spinal cord stimulator implanted, 14 year relationship with my doctor, 10 years on narcotic pain killers) does not qualify. Nor do the vast variety of other conditions that could benefit by using cannabis. I have a prescription for Marinol, which i take 10mgs three times a day. It's fairly expensive, about $2500 per month. Why should I be relegated to take a THC-only pill when it's been scientifically proven that the other components of cannabis are much better suited to deal with pain? Because of our Governor's guidelines. Like it, or not, Governor, THIS is your program. If you had just implemented the law and not had the DHSS draw up the guidelines, you may have been able to side-step that. But, you didn't. You, in conjuction with the DHSS, have made the program unworkable. Where are the patients? We're waiting for a sign from the Governor that we will be able to get the medicine we need in a timely manner.

-- Jim Price, CMMNJ website administrator, non-qualifying patient and cannabis activist

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.

tv show

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 In an on-going effort to put a face on medical patients who need cannabis, CMMNJ has decided to avail ourselves of the resources available at Princeton TV

We are in need of camera operators, production assistants, directors, editors and clerical help. If you would like to volunteer your services, more information can be had by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We have set June 24th as the date to begin this project, so the deadline is quickly approaching.  

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