Coalition members hold diverse opinions, but we all agree:
Arresting patients is wrong, and it must stop now.
Modern clinical research, centuries of experience and the impassioned personal accounts of thousands of real patients concur: Marijuana can alleviate symptoms of certain serious medical conditions, and it can do so when other drugs fail to help. Doctors should be free to recommend this medicine to promote health, and sick or injured New Jerseyans should be free to use it responsibly. The safety margin for therapeutic marijuana is as wide as it can be – there is no known lethal dose.
New Jersey healthcare professionals dispense potentially lethal drugs every day. We trust them to do so very carefully, and solely to benefit their patients. Common sense and compassion demand that doctors should control non-lethal marijuana medicine for those who truly need it. To make this important change a reality, your voice is needed.
The New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act was introduced in the State Senate in January 2005 by Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden). A companion bill in the Assembly was sponsored by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton) and Assemblyman Michael Carroll (R-Morris Township).
The law passed by both houses of the Legislature in December 2009 and was signed January 11, 2010.
Under the current time-line, full implementation is expected in January 2011.
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Get Involved –
The mission of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana—New Jersey (CMM-NJ) is:
To bring about safe and legal access to medical marijuana for New Jersey patients who are under the care of licensed physicians and nurse practitioners.
The goals of CMM-NJ are:
To increase support for this organization’s mission through education and outreach.
To pass legislation that will remove the statewide penalties for possession, use and cultivation of marijuana for medical use.
The objectives of the CMM-NJ are:
To conduct a public education campaign on this issue across spectrums in New Jersey:
- state legislators;
- health care organizations;
- major newspapers;
- key local governmental bodies;
- other identified stakeholders and opinion makers.
To maintain an ongoing and updated database of survey responses in order to:
- identify educational needs;
- prioritize resources;
- provide accurate statistics.
To continue to encourage formal statements of support from individuals and organizations in the form of:
- Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Op-Ed Columns;
- Memorandums of Understanding;
- Petitions and e-mail.
To conduct a minimum of four (4) speaking engagements/year by CMM—NJ Executive Officers.
To establish continued funding through grants and donors until our mission is accomplished.