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The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey

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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.  

change.org petition

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 Thanks to Jim Miller for the following text.  I could not have said it any better.  Please take a moment to sign the Change.org petition.

It bothers me greatly that a 15 month NJ child with epilepsy died because of purposeful hurdles placed in medical marijuana patients' way. It bothers me enough to ask my friends to sign this petition. The day after Sabina died, Governor Christie said that advocates of a bill that could have helped her were nothing more than people who wish to make marijuana legal (subtext here, perhaps, is "stoners" - although that is not what he said - you can draw your own inference). I can't tolerate Governor Christie's insult towards the parents of children in NJ who cannabis could help. This should not go unanswered. Out of state signatures are especially important considering Christie's national ambitions.

http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-chris-christie-allow-minors-access-to-compassionate-care

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

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 Wow.  My small world is buzzing about this very special look at cannabis as medicine.  

You can watch all 43 minutes of this special here. Of special note, our Governor is called out for his "guidelines", the interminable wait and cost of the program here in NJ. Good luck with that damage control, Governor. We warned you that you were on the wrong side of this argument.

 

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Debunking the myths

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Very interesting bit from Terry Stern, a member of the Friends of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana, NJ.  I like it so much I may ask him to write a weekly piece.

CHRISTIE MYTHS and how to answer them

Christie Myth: Marijuana is a gateway, therefore medical marijuana will lead to dangerously increased hard drug use.

In a study commissioned by The White House, the Institute of Medicine shaved this shaggy dog naked years ago. Those who make such claims are confusing cause with correlation. People who use harder drugs often also used marijuana first. But they also often used alcohol, tobacco, hand soap and underwear before hard drugs as well, none of which are blamed for their harder drug use. The Institute of Medicine concluded that marijuana didn’t even make the list of top causes for hard drug use. This claim is stamped “fraud”.

Christie Myth: Marijuana smoke is deadlier than tobacco smoke. Any potential benefit is offset by its carcinogenic qualities.

Dr. Donald Tashkin, a leading pulmonologist, found that even regular and heavy smoking of marijuana does not lead to lung cancer. In fact, daily cannabis users not only showed a huge reduction of risk compared with tobacco smokers, they showed a slightly reduced risk of contracting lung cancer compared with total non-smokers. It seems counterintuitive, yet it is the case. And cannabis does not need to be inhaled as smoke in any event. This claim is stamped “fraud”.

Christie Myth: Allowing the medical use of marijuana will send the wrong message to children and lead to more teens using the drug.

Of 13 medical marijuana states which have before-and-after data, some show increased use, some show decreased among teens. Teens also decreased and increased usage In states with no data or no programs. The conclusion of the study by the University of Wisconsin is that there is no correlation between medical marijuana programs and teen marijuana use. This claim is stamped “fraud”.

Christie Myth: Supporting medical marijuana is politically risky.

Across the country, public support for medical marijuana is strong and steadily rising. It cuts across demographic and party lines. More than 78% of Americans support medical cannabis. New Jersey’s figure is 85%. It would, rather, seem politically risky to stand against medical marijuana. This claim is stamped “desperate”.

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