Fri, Feb 28 | New Jersey

Letter Writing Campaign

Writing legislators in support of medical cannabis home cultivation! #JeffsLaw
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Letter Writing Campaign

Time & Location

Feb 28, 2020, 5:20 AM – Jan 01, 2021, 4:20 AM
New Jersey, New Jersey, USA

About the Event

We are asking supporters to send pre-written letters customized for your specific legislators, that you can add your own message to. Video testimony created by the individual can be sent with these letters as well. 

 #JEFFSLAW TEMPLATE EMAIL FOR SUPPORTERS TO SEND TO THEIR LEGISLATORS (SENATOR AND TWO ASSEMBLYPERSONS) THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE WEBSITE

FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS HERE:

https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp 

- CLICK ON CONTACT AND CHECK ALL BOXES TO CONTACT - FILL IN THE FORM WITH THIS COPY AND PASTE LETTER WITH YOUR PERSONALIZED SHORT PARAGRAPH ADDED TO THE END AND SEND - YOU CAN USE THIS SAME PASTE TO START A LEGISLATOR PAPER TRAIL ON LETPATIENTSGROWNJ.COM ACTION FORUM TO SHOW LEGISLATORS RESPONSE -IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK HERE OR JIM CAN WALK YOU THROUGH @ POT4MS@YAHOO.COM - PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY! 

  

Dear Honorable Legislator,

 I am a medical cannabis (patient, supporter) and I am YOUR constituent.  I have extreme concern that needs your immediate attention.

Many  New Jersey medical cannabis patients are already chronically unable to  afford an uninterrupted supply of their recommended amount of cannabis  from an "essential" dispensary. That is primarily due to medical  marijuana having a “cash only” payment policy for overly-priced medicine  that insurance doesn’t cover.

New Jersey Alternative Treatment  Centers (ATCs) had run low and limited purchase amounts of favored,  effective strains before, but this has been exacerbated by COVID-19.  Normally crowded dispensaries are facing overcrowded conditions, making  social distancing especially hard on the many patients with limited  mobility. There have been patients turned away after waiting all day and  some ATCs have limited hours now or have closed indefinitely.    

 The only current legal method of obtaining medical cannabis is through  pick-up by patient or registered caregiver, which increases the chances  of patients getting exposed to the virus. Home delivery provisions that  passed under “Jake’s Law” almost nine months ago are still not available  to patients and many patients will be running out of medicine due to  this crisis and additional conditions that will continue to emerge.   

 Although the Department of Health are doing what they can to improve  the situation, with the uncertainty of what may come and a financial  crisis on top of an already cost prohibitive situation, it will not be  enough.

Patients are losing their jobs and financial concerns  will make patients increasingly vulnerable to medical relapse due to  insufficient medication.

Currently, we are considering letting  doctors and nurses graduate early to be on the front lines. We are  making temporary hospitals out of whatever we can, wherever we can, and  however we can. We are considering commandeering private business to get  jobs done.

Unfortunately, the current state and national “all  hands on deck” mentality seems to leave medical cannabis patients out of  the current push for “out of the box” solutions. Medical cannabis  patients have been saying that they feel as if they have been treated as  second class patients by many legislators in NJ for a long time. The  truth will finally be visible through legislators’ responses to this  plea.   New Jersey owes it to its medical cannabis patients to seriously  consider ways to allow them to start growing their own essential  medicine in the Garden State.   

The legislature should  immediately amend the Compassionate Use Act (CUMCA) to allow medical  cannabis patients to possess and grow up to six  cannabis plants, just  as the New Jersey Senate voted they should be  allowed to do in the  Compassionate Use bill, on Feb.23, 2009 by a vote  of 22-16.

The  Attorney General should enact a moratorium on arrests of patients  growing their own essential medicine and the legislature should at least  decriminalize it in emergency legislation scheduled. 

This is essential access.

Patients can get clones, plants or seeds from ATCs and they are already registered with the department for verification.

 What perceived adverse effects that some legislators say "might"  happen, could possibly be worse than what IS about to happen to some  patients if we don't do this?   

That is not a rhetorical  question. It is the one question I am asking you to directly answer in  your response to me along with anything else you care to say on the  matter. It is the crux of this letter. Time will provide the answer for  all to see one way or the other and unfortunately for patients it won’t  be a long time.    

This email and your reply, or lack thereof, will be posted on letpatientsgrownj.com,  as all other legislators’ responses to their constituent/patients will  be. How you handle this request will be accessible for anybody who might  want to know, which is the purpose of the website.

Please give  me your immediate thoughts on this as you begin an actual “risk/benefit”  analysis. I don’t need to tell you how important it is to sick and  dying patients for you to stay ahead curve on this. 

  

(BEFORE  SENDING, ADD A LAST SHORT PARAGRAPH EXPLAINING HOW THIS WOULD HELP YOU.  PLEASE ASK NO QUESTIONS IN THAT PARAGRAPH. NO QUESTION MARKS. PLEASE  POST YOUR EMAIL AS WELL AS ANY REPLIES ON LETPATIENTSGROWNJ.COM ACTION FORUM IF YOU JOIN THIS GROUP EFFORT. THANK YOU!)

Thank you.   

Sincerely,

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