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Registered Medical Marijuana Patient Arrested in New Jersey
April 18, 2013 Trenton, NJ - If you think medical marijuana patients are no longer getting arrested in New Jersey for possession of marijuana, ask Joseph D’Souza.
Mr. D’Souza now has both a medical marijuana ID card and an arrest record for the first time in his life.
Mr. D’Souza, at 54 years of age, is a survivor of three separate bouts of cancer.  His treatment included chemotherapy, radiation therapy and multiple surgeries.  His face is permanently disfigured from surgery and he suffers from chronic pain as a result of the cancers.  He can no longer work—he’s on disability.  He qualifies for medical marijuana therapy in New Jersey and, in fact, he has a Medicinal Marijuana Program ID card from the state’s Department of Health.
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Join us for: CMMNJ/Cheryl Miller Medical Marijuana Demonstration June 7, 2013

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey has acquired three permits to gather in Trenton between the hours of 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM on June 7th (Friday), the 10th anniversary of the death of NJ Medical Marijuana Patient/Activist Cheryl Miller, wife of CMMNJ co-founder Jim Miller.

To begin; four categories of medical marijuana patients will gather in front of the Statehouse (125 W State St., Trenton, NJ 08608) at 11:00 AM to witness the 12:00 press conference being held on the Statehouse steps on their behalf.

New Jersey medical marijuana patients who are already receiving cannabis legally, those who are registered in the program but not yet able to access their medicine, those who have a qualifying condition but are not able to register, and those have a non-qualifying condition because of the narrow list allowable under current state law, will be represented.

Meghan Wilson, whose two year old daughter Vivian is a registered medical marijuana patient ( will wrap up the press conference before patients, family members, caregivers, friends, advocates, and supporters begin the 1/2 mile permitted "march" (at approximately 12:45) to the Dept of Health (369 South Warren St., Trenton, NJ 08608-2308), where patients who are not able to march will be there to greet them (at approximately 1:00).

After a brief memorial remembrance of Cheryl Lee Miller on the tenth anniversary of her passing, NJ medical marijuana patients will honor her by following the example that Cheryl set while she paved the way for legal access to their medicine twenty years ago.

Having been ignored by the Dept. of Health every step of the way during the regulatory process, patients will then have the opportunity to refuse to be ignored any longer as they hand deliver their letters of concern and objection to Health Dept. officials who will be waiting to accept them inside. They will also be able to individually have their say outside to the group as a whole, and have time to interact with any media outlets in attendance.

There will be water, cold beverages, snacks, and assorted fruit available at the Dept.of Health, courtesy of MS patient/medical marijuana activist Chuck Kwiatkowski, who will also be able to assist any patients arriving at the Dept.of Health before the "marchers" arrive.

If you are a medical marijuana patient, either qualifying or non-qualifying, and you have something to say to the Dept. of Health but can't show up on June 7th, a designated attendee (or another patient) will represent you in person. Please get in touch with Jim Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Patients will be heard, and we will continue to expand this program to accurately reflect our needs. Join us.



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