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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

Boston Freedom Rally 2014

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 Also, an upcoming event hosted by MassCann, the Boston Freedom Rally, 2014.  Info can be obtained by visiting their website, http://www.http://masscann.org/rally or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bostonfreedomrally

We are seeking volunteers to join us in tabling the event.  Know how to man a table?  Don't know?  Doesn't matter.  There will be enough knowledgeable people available to help your learning curve.  One sure way to get good at something is to do it.  Step up.  

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/

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.

 

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