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By Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
Coalition for Medical Marijuana, New Jersey
The New Jersey Dept. of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued permits March 21, 2011 to allow six non-profit organizations to open medical marijuana dispensaries, called Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs).
The DHSS said that patients can expect cannabis to be dispensed from these ATCs by late summer. New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, signed into law January 2010, does not allow home cultivation. Qualified patients who obtain an ID card from the DHSS will be eligible to purchase up to two ounces a month from one of these ATCs.
However, there are still many concerns about the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP). The entire state legislature agreed that regulations DHSS proposed in December to enact the MMP were inconsistent with the legislative intent of the law. A resolution in the legislature would invalidate significant parts of those
The City of San Jose, CA, reported first month revenues of $290,000 collected in March, 2011 from the 7% tax levied on medical marijuana collectives in the city.
The tax was passed by voters Nov. 2, 2010. It is estimated that the city could reap about $3.4 million for the year if payments continue at the same level, which would help offset a $115 million budget deficit.
“The new revenue collected has the potential to cover approximately 17 to 18 police officers or three libraries year-round,” Council Pierluigi Oliverio, sponsor of the tax measure, told the Mercury News. This tax is on top of the city business tax and sales tax collected. Of the 105 collectives identified in San Jose, 73 submitted the tax payment.
The non-paying collectives are threatened with a 25% penalty plus interest on late taxes, once the program is in place. However, it is unclear
Read More: CANNABIS TAX INCOME
By Nate Bradley, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Yes, I know it sounds scary, but take it from me, a former cop: Talking to police officers about marijuana legalization is easy, fun and rewarding.
Believe it or not, a large portion of law enforcement either supports marijuana legalization or hasn’t made up its mind yet. Look at how few law enforcement unions came out and opposed Prop 19. Only three of California’s 58 Sheriff Department associations and four of more than 200 city police associations actually took positions officially opposing Prop 19.
The Yes on Prop 19 campaign featured many cops, judges and prosecutors who, based on their law enforcement experiences, absolutely and very publicly support legalizing marijuana.
So how do we talk to the police about marijuana legalization? First, here is what not to say. Don’t focus on tax revenues, racial disparities in arrest rates, how marijuana is ‘safer’
Cal Norml hosts conferences
By Chris Conrad
An overflow crowd came from around the state to Berkeley Jan. 29, 2011 for a California NORML conference to assess ‘Marijuana Reform: Next Steps for California.’ Another conference is set forMarch 19 in Los Angeles (see canorml.org).
At the Jan. 29 event, State Senator MarkLeno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano agreed that with Jerry Brown as state governor the prospect of getting meaningful reform passed and signed into law is enhanced. Leno said he is introducing SB129 to protect the jobs of qualified patients who use cannabis medicinally.
Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks and Mendocino Supervisor JohnMcCowen spoke of devising workable solutions at the local level in the face of erratic federal intervention. Surprise guestspeaker Ethan Nadelmann of Drug PolicyAlliance pointed to a global debate thatProp 19 initiated in 2010 and the more favorable voter turnout expected in 2012.
Cal NORML Director
Craig Reinarman, PhD, (l) and Harry Levine, PhD (r) professors and reseachers who have written important sociological studies on cannabis received the Lester Grinspoon Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2010 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws conference held in Portland,OR Sept. 9-11. Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD, (c) was the recipient of a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award, for her extensive body of work as a researcher, writer, and respected drug policy reformer who was California Director of the Lindesmith Center and the Drug Policy Alliance.
Photo by Mikki Norris
Joey Perez, front,with his mother, Mieko, their attorney Jeremy Joseph, and Joshua Shelton, a lawyer for HOPE Wellness Collective in Westminter CA, spoke at a press conference where Mieko explained how Joey barely survived almost a decade of phar- maceutical drugs that left his body at a mere 46 pounds. Joey, now 11 years old, is being treated with medical marijuana and has more than doubled his body weight. The collective has been providing medicine and other crucial services for special needs children, but was told to shut down immediately. Mieko and other families of special needs children fear there will be no safe location for them to obtain cannabis if the city closes the collective. The city later softened its posi- tion and said it will provide HOPE with the framework for discussions with the city about how to move forward.
Photo and report by Sam Sabzehzar,
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Josh Howard uses chopsticks to weigh medicine at Apothecary Assistant’s Collective in Long Beach, where roughly half of the estimated 90 collectives currently open are scheduled to close when the new municipal code takes effect Aug. 29. As part of the new code, collectives are no longer allowed to offer medicine not cultivated within the city of Long Beach, and consumables other than plant matter are to be made in a licensed facility within city limits as well. Photo courtesy of Sam Sabzehzar from MedicalMarijuana411.com.