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PaNA hosts Myths & Medicine

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 The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 215,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, will host a continuing education series titled “Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine.” This half-day event will be offered at four Pennsylvania locations – Centre Valley, Scranton, Lancaster and Pittsburgh – between September 2014 and April 2015.

The first offering will be held Thursday, September 18, 2014 at DeSales University, Center Valley from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

For more information: 
http://psna.org/medicalmarijuana/

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing in Trenton, 11/16

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 The Coalition for Medical Marijuana - New Jersey will be testifying at an historic Senate Judiciary Committee meeting regarding the legalization of marijuana in NJ. You can easily contact the committee via the link below, provided by New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform (NJUMR)

https://www.njumr.org/index.php?cID=302

NORML is also hosting a petition to the committee here:

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15336

Sativa Cross will be live podcasting the event from Trenton:

www.ustream.tv/channel/sativa-cross

 

Agenda for Monthly Meeting - 11/14/2017

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 Monthly Public Meeting Agenda 

Lawrence Township Library, Room #1 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM
 
Approve October 2017 minutes. Discuss:
 
Election Day: Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Big win for Phil Murphy and marijuana reform in NJ! Governor-elect plans to legalize marijuana in the first 100 days of 2018!
 
The Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) Review Panel gave final approval to 43 petitions to add conditions to the MMP at a public hearing on 10/25/17. Approved were chronic pain, anxiety, migraines, and Tourette’s syndrome. Now the DOH commissioner has 180 days to follow those recommendations.
 
NJ Appellate Court tells Director of Div. of Consumer Affairs he erred when he said he lacked the authority to reclassify/reschedule marijuana. He must reconsider his decision in the “post-CUMMA era”.
 
Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (S1689): Congressional co-sponsors sought for Sen. Cory Booker’s federal bill. Take action: Capwiz from DPA and NORML.
 
NJ’s legalization bill (S3195): Peter & Jim published on Facebook’s “Friends of CMMNJ” letter templates in support of home cultivation, addressing concerns.
 
Final 2017 Statehouse Podcast concludes with Thanksgiving Day lunch at the Annex, 11 am – 2pm.
Political Prisoner Ed (NJWeedman) Forchion remains in jail awaiting jury verdict. “Joint” closed.
Upcoming Events: “CMMNJ TV” taping at Princeton TV studio, 11/28/17, 10 – 2 pm—Leo & Mike.
5th year anniversary of medical marijuana availability in NJ—12/6/17.
Prayer Brunch with Trenton pastors, 11/18/17 10 – noon, Studio B, Trenton, NJ (see Leo Bridgewater).
Recent Events:  Help Not Handcuffs, Park Ave., Asbury Park, 10/28/17. See also their Voter Guide.
Medical Cannabis Conference, Montego Bay Jamaica, Nov. 10 -15, 2017. Atecam.com
Treasury report: Checking: $3434; PayPal: $3122. Multicolored hemp bands from Romania--Suggested retail price: $1/apiece; 3 for $2. Wholesale prices are available.
 
CMMNJ's meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7 - 9 PM at the Lawrence Twp. Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Twp., 08648. All are welcome. (Meeting at the library does not imply Mercer County’s endorsement of our issue.)
Facebook: Friends of CMMNJ: https://www.facebook.com/groups/62462971150/
 
CMMNJ, a 501(c)(3) public charity, is a non-profit educational organization.

Trenton Thursdays

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 You may or may not be aware that we have been attending protests in front of the Statehouse in Trenton, NJ.  Our goal?  Access.  While the two things may not be connected, we scored a meeting with teh State Department of Health.  Jim Miller explains what transpired:

I apologize for not summing up the gist of Thursday's meeting with Dr. Arturo Brito (NJ Deputy Commissioner of Health), Robert Schwaneberg (Policy Advisor for Health Care, Office of the Governor), and Jeanne Ashmore, (Director of Community and Constituent Relations, Office of the Governor. Jennie, Ken and I covered a lot of ground. Not being able to record the meeting left us with making notes and our individual recolliections as our only way of debriefing afterwards. I will start covering areas of concern discussed at the meeting in comments below. Ken Wolski and Jennie Stormes can add to the list as it unfolds. below. 

WE DID formally suggest forming a volunteer (no cost to NJ tax payers) advisory panel to identify problems within the medical marijuana regulations and offer recommendations for remediation. I handed them a written version for them to assess. It suggested one seat on that panel being for Jennie and one for the CMMNJ (Ken). Fill in the rest any way they want. I explained that I can go back to CMMNJ blogs and show that we predicted what problems would be arising and we were right. And that those problems could have been prevented with transparency including coalescing with the Coalition. Many other things were brought up. More to come. Better to list them individually over a small period of time for ease of assimilation.

Ken has a steadier hand than I do apparently. Sorry for the blurry picture. I asked if we could get a picture of all six of us involved in the meeting, and was told no. Seriously, why would the NJ Deputy Commissioner of the Dept. of Health, the Policy Advisor for Health Care for the Office of Gov. Christie, and the Director of Community and Constituent Relations for the Governor's Office NOT want pictures of them meeting with organizations and/or individuals with concerns about medical marijuana state regulations? When they don't want those pictures to lend credibility to the subject of that meeting...which would then prompt questions from the media or the public about the meeting. So...why would they not want to talk about having a meeting with us? Well...probably because they don't want to talk about the things that were brought up. And WHY would they NOT want to talk to anybody else about what was discussed at this meeting? Because THEY were not the ones at that table with the winning hand.

Bottom line?  Politicians being politicians.  We need to bring the power of numbers to bear.  Please consider joining us this, and every, Thursday, until all of those who can benefit from this medicine have access.  Every Thursday at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Permit runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

 

CMMNJ Statement -- Don't Repeat Mistakes. Fix CUMMA Now.

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  CMMNJ is encouraged by Sen. Nick Scutari's bold introduction of a bill for full legalization of cannabis for adult use in New Jersey. We also recognize the efforts of Asm. Reed Gusciora and Asm Michael Patrick Carroll with their bills to reform New Jersey's laws regarding adult social use of cannabis. CMMNJ supports legalization to help anyone who can benefit from cannabis to get safe, affordable access and to reduce the harms associated with prosecution and incarceration due to outdated drug laws. However, we believe the current bill does not go far enough to correct the wrongs of cannabis prohibition.  It does not go far enough to ensure safe, legal, affordable access to all who can benefit from cannabis therapy.  It does not go far enough to ensure full participation in the cannabis industry by the people most harmed by unfair drug laws. 

 
    In our near decade of trying to expand and improve our compassionate use program under CUMMA, we have encountered many obstacles that cause needless suffering for patients and caregivers.  We understand, for example, that removing home cultivation was a necessary step in order to get Governor Corzine to sign the bill into law.  Let’s just say we have learned from those “missteps”, and we, CMMNJ, are not in the habit of being duped twice.  We hope these same missteps will not be repeated under a legalization framework.  In fact, we believe some of these problems can be corrected immediately by amending the current law:
 
·       Eliminate the 7% tax on medical marijuana;
 
·       Restore home cultivation that was called for in the original legislation (S119/A804) and approved by the New Jersey Senate in 2009; and,
 
·       Reschedule marijuana to a more appropriate schedule that acknowledges marijuana’s accepted medical uses in the United States, its safety profile, and its low addiction potential.
 
      These changes to correct errors in the current law can be enacted immediately.  These changes should also be carried forward into any plans for legalization to ensure fair and equitable access for all. Efforts to legalize cannabis in New Jersey must keep patients and caregivers in mind.  Patients, especially pediatric patients and their caregivers, already face significant burdens to access and afford cannabis. Many who could benefit from cannabis are cruelly excluded due to the bureaucratic limitations that allow only certain conditions to "qualify" and impose additional costs on patients already struggling with affording their medical bills. Legalization holds promise to improve our medical program if implemented responsibly and compassionately.

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