CMMNJ

Wednesday, Jun 28th

Last update08:36:06 PM GMT

RSS
You are here:

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey

change.org petition

E-mail Print PDF

 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

weed 2

E-mail Print PDF

 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.

 

Join the discussion with us on Facebook:

Debunking the myths

E-mail Print PDF

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”.

Christie's Town Hall Meetings

E-mail Print PDF

As you may be aware, our Governor has taken to the streets... and we've been there.



Watch South River here.

paula joana's testimony

E-mail Print PDF

 On Thursday, February 20, 2014, the new chair of the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee invited CMMNJ to participate in a fact-finding meeting aimed at finding out what is STILL wrong with the CUMMA law and its implementation.  Asm. Reed Gusciora held the meeting to hear patient's and family member's testimony as to which improvements still need to be made to the law.  Among those who testified was the dispensaries' spokesman, Michael Weiser; Marianne Bays; attorney Anne Davis; CMMNJ Executive Director Ken Wolski; CMMNJ board member Peter Rosenfeld; patient Stephen Cuspilich; Stephanie Joynes-Pierce; written testimony by Jennie Stormes, mother of minor-child Jaxs, who has Dravet Syndrome; and a DOH spokesperson who read a prepared statement and left the room quickly after the reading was over.

Is there a name missing from that list?  There is.  Please watch the following video, where Paula Joana delivers her testimony.  Trust me when I say there wasn't a dry eye in the place.  Much credit to Mrs. Joana, who battled back her own tears and showed true courage to fight for other kids in the state in memory of her Sabina Rose.
 

Paula Joana's testimony before the Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee.

Page 7 of 8