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NORML Alert: New Jersey Senate To Vote Monday On Resolution To Revise Medical Marijuana Restrictions

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 19, 2010

    [UPDATE! Earlier today, the New Jersey Assembly decided in favor of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 151 by a vote of 48 to 22. Unfortunately, Senate lawmakers did not act of Senate Concurrent Resolution 130, instead postponing a vote until at least December 9, 2010.

    This means that the DHSS’s (Dept. of Health & Senior Services) previously scheduled hearing for public input on the regulations will still take place as planned on Monday, December 6, 2010. DHSS’ press release regarding this hearing is below.

    “The Department will hold a public hearing on the proposed new rules between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. on December 6, 2010 at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, First Floor Auditorium, Health and Agriculture Building, 369 South Warren Street (at Market Street), Trenton, New Jersey 08608.

    The public has until January 14, 2011, to comment on the proposal. Persons wishing to comment on the proposal must submit their comments in writing by regular mail to Ruth Charbonneau, Director, Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Office of the Commissioner, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, P O Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360. Written comments must be postmarked on or before January 14, 2011, which is the close of the 60-day public comment period. The Department will not accept telefacsimiles or electronic mail messages as official comments on the notice of proposal.”]

    New Jersey Senators are scheduled to vote this Monday, November 22, on a resolution to compel state health officials to revise proposed regulations for the state’s nascent medical cannabis program. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to vote ‘yes’ on SCR 130.

    Last month, New Jersey Department of Health officials released onerous draft regulations regarding the implementation of the state’s Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act, which was initially signed into law in January. The proposed rules violate the intent of the law by limiting the manufacture of medical cannabis to two licensed facilities, restricting the percentage of THC that may be present in the plant to no more than ten percent, and limiting the varieties of legally available cannabis to no more than three strains. They further demand that doctors who authorize their patients to use marijuana must “make reasonable efforts” at least every three months to wean them off the drug — a requirement that presently exists for no other controlled therapeutic substance.

    Several patient advocacy groups, including New Jersey NORML and the Coalition for Medical Marijuana — New Jersey, and lawmakers have criticized the proposed program as being unduly restrictive, and “not consistent with the intent of the legislature.” Various editorial boards, such as the New Jersey Star Ledger and the Asbury Park Press, have also opined against the proposed regulations.

    The Senate and Assembly resolutions, if approved by both chambers, would give state health officials 30 days to revise these unduly burdensome regulations.

    If you live in the Garden State, please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action’ Center, and tell your member of the Assembly and Senate to affirm these votes by going here.

    41 Responses to “NORML Alert: New Jersey Senate To Vote Monday On Resolution To Revise Medical Marijuana Restrictions”

    1. Steve says:

      “wean them off the drug”? Really? Most people that need pot unlike myself who doesn’t “need” it. Have long term ongoing pain.

      Furthermore the dosage of THC should be the doctors call which in many cases is necessary if the patient needs CBD Cannibidiol which you have to lessen THC to inclreas CBD.

      We need to F*ing open up the science and take this decision away from lawmakers who don’t need scientific credentials and judgment to run the states and country

    2. candy says:

      they may as well not even passed it at all i guess it has to start somewhere though. if its on the books you can at least ammend it to fit the needs of those in need. that just means you need to contact the appropreate officials to effect the change in what stands on the books. come on ohio get on the bus.

    3. Nic says:

      In the meantime…

      The old and the suffering don’t matter, “Due to a change in policy under Leonhart, said Kohl, “nursing homes [are] unable to administer pain medication to residents in a timely manner.”

      http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/18/michele-leonhart-one-step-closer-to-officially-heading-up-the-dea/

      “The time that it takes for a nursing home to comply with the DEA’s new enforcement policy can be an eternity to an elderly patient who is in agonizing pain.”

      “Acting Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Michele Leonhart promised to oppose legalization of Medical Marijuana (MMJ) and step up enforcement in states where MMJ has been made legal under state laws, if she were made Director of the DEA.”

      Read more: http://technorati.com/politics/article/dea-promises-enforcement-of-marijuana-laws/#ixzz15l95Gxny

      In these difficult economic times, the socialists have expanded the war on drugs. The teachers, law enforcement and the firefighters are the Socialists Army.

      The future depends on your individual choice, May NJ legislature sleep well, for in the morn, how you decide will carry all of us to a better day.

    4. DJ FXP says:

      I WOULD LIKE TO NO WHY THERE IS NO URBAN DIVISION OF NORML BECAUSE WE ARE INTERESTED IN STARTING OR JOINING THANKS BLUNT RADIO MEDICALLY SPEAKING

    5. CJ says:

      So democracy is not our form of government. This is a police nanny state… ;-(

    6. Mark says:

      Slightly off topic, but these TSA searches are not about bombs, but weed. Check it out.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYimPWdQ0_Q

    7. claygooding says:

      Governor Christie is a prohibitionist and has done everything he can to stop the m/m law to be enacted.
      He will continue to throw wrenches into the works as long as he is in office.

    8. Mrs. Rat'sRectum says:

      Christie needs to stop fucking around, and damn well better not think they’ve got 30 days to make it even more restrictive. He’s lost revenue from table games and slots players in all the surrounding states. PA has all that now, and they’re not coming to gamble in Atlantic City like they used to. Those days are never coming back, and neither is the revenue stream. Cannabis in NJ is a great way to get to the old levels, plus.

      Grow a pair of nuts, Christie!

      Fuck the DEA, their budget isn’t able to handle doing raids in every state, especially when there are more and more states jumping on the cannabis bandwagen and milking this cash cow.

      Yo, even if Christie won’t loosen up, the rest of Jersey just flow around his fat ass, and legalize anyway. I mean, it’s win-win. Christie’s rich pals get their fucking tax breaks because the government’s now getting the money from cannabis taxes.

      He has to have a thick skin to get where he is, so tell me he’s that afraid of the fucking DEA. They already lost New Jersey. People from the city will be coming over on droves, and NYC will have to legalize when they give up on arresting New Yorkers who smoke outside on their porches and at sidewalk coffeeshops and stuff.

      No way is the DEA going to raid in Haarlem and get away with it.

    9. Michael says:

      Ugh, I really hope these set of rules are reasonable!

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