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paula joana's testimony

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 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.

kathryn's story

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:51


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2014 is the year

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 If you live in the state of New Jersey, undoubtedly you've heard the wonderful news: Senator Scutari is working on a legalization bill.  It is MORE important now, than ever, to contact the Senator and let him know he represents you (and, to say Thank You!).  You can call, write an email or send a letter via US Postal Service using the following link:  Find your legislator.

Nicholas P. Scutari (D)

This coincides (yes, it really is a coinicidence) with the change of CMMNJ's mission statement.  We are now pushing for full legalization, just like Colorado.  It makes perfect sense.  Why continue to battle a law that is so frought with errors, omissions and guidelines that make the program completely unworkable in our state?  Yes, there will still need to be a medical part to the law, since the people we're fighting for include children under the age of 18 (or 21, or whichever age they land on).

i have only been involved in this fight for a few years.  It's an amazing time.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 February 2014 08:06

A call to action

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Thank you to all who attended this trial yesterday.  They were found guilty.  Pre-sentence reports were mandated (which means the Feds get to crawl into their financial positions to make a recommendation to the judge as to the amount of the fine).  The good news in this is that the judge, while not ruling it out entirely, will most likely not resort to jail time for either defendent.

I received word from Chris Goldstein that it has been postponed from the 23rd to the 27th.  I will keep you up to date on this as i receive information.

What are you doing on the 23rd? Courtroom support in solidarity... think about how you would feel if you were looking at six months. You'd want all of your brothers and sisters to show up in support of your case. Pay it forward.

(the following report was pulled from )

 Libertarian candidate Don DeZarn (Screenshot)

A Libertarian candidate for the New Jersey Senate got himself arrested at a pro-marijuana rally in Philadelphia over the weekend.

Don DeZarn, 46, was arrested for the second time in four months for marijuana possession on Saturday at the monthly SmokeDown Prohibition demonstration. After encouraging the participants of the rally to visit their representatives, DeZarn lit up and smoked a marijuana joint as police stood nearby.

Six other people were issued citations for marijuana use at the demonstration, according

The libertarian candidate was first arrested at the SmokeDown Prohibition demonstration in May. DeZarn told The Times of Trenton that his arrests were a form of civil disobedience. He said that he plans to fight the marijuana possession charges in court.

“The theme of my campaign is ‘Legalize Freedom.’ I’m big on a less intrusive government,” DeZarn explained to The Times. “Marijuana legalization ties into the whole message I’m trying to get out to voters, that our government is too big. We’ve got way more important problems we should be dealing with than worrying about a group of 67 people, 10 of which are firing up a joint.”

The official platform of the New Jersey Libertarian Party calls for the repeal of all laws that prohibit the possession and sale of drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 12:41

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