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PA Medical Marijuana Bio-Ethics Panel at St. Joseph's University

St. Joseph’s University is hosting the discussion “Should it be legalized?” on medical marijuana by the Catholic Bio-Ethics Institute. The panel is open to the public.

Speakers include:

Representative Mark B. Cohen (PA) (Has proposed a bill to legalize Marijuana for Medical use in PA)
For seven years Mark Cohen served as chairman of the Pennsylvania House Labor Relations Committee.

Sr. Patricia Talone, RSM, Ph.D., Vice President, Mission Services, Catholic Health Association
Patricia Talone, RSM, PhD Sr. Patricia Talone is a Sister of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community. She holds a BA from Gwynedd-Mercy College, an MA from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia and a PhD in theological ethics from Marquette University, Milwaukee

Dr. Marie Hasson, Chair,  Department of Psychiatry, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Marie Elena has been Chairman of Atlantic Regional Medical Center for 2 years, as well as a Fellow in the APA.  Marie Elena is also the Medical Director, Atlantic Behavioral Health since 2008.

Advocate for Medical Marijuana – Chris Goldstein from PhillyNorml
Chris Goldstein is a writer and marijuana reform advocate based in New Jersey. He works on state legislation, municipal issues and national reform though local non-profits including PhillyNORML and PA4MMJ. He serves as a media spokesperson for marijuana related issues and publishes a popular blog at

CONTACT: Chris Goldstein [email protected] or Theresa O’Doherty  [email protected]

Thu, 11/11/2010 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
240L Cardinal Avenue North Lounge of the Campion Student Center
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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Mark Your Calendars for Drug Policy Reform in LA

Mark your calendars. The International Drug Policy Reform Conference will convene in Los Angeles on November 2-6, 2011. Should be awesome.

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A Warning to Patients

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about New Health Dept. Policy


Thousands of sick patients are receiving rejection letters for their medical marijuana applications due to no fault of their own.  The Medical Marijuana Registry, in a closed door meeting, heartlessly decided to reject all medical marijuana recommendations from doctors who have any restrictions or conditions on their medical license – even if the doctor’s restriction is due to a physical disability!

Even worse, the MMJ Registry decided not to inform targeted doctors of this policy.  Instead, they decided to let patients find out the hard way-- by rejecting their applications often months after submission.

Here at Sensible Colorado, we are shocked by this policy, and are still in the process of assessing our options. We are currently looking for stories from affected patients. If your application has been rejected please email your story to: [email protected].

IMPORTANT:  If you are about to renew or apply for your medical marijuana card, please check to make sure your Doctor’s license has no restrictions or conditions on it. You can do this here:

In Solidarity,

Josh Kappel

Outreach Director, Sensible Colorado

PS: Many thanks to those who ran campaigns to protect dispensaries in their communities on Election day.  Thanks to your work, we have secured safe access to medicine in eight more Colorado communities.

Sensible Colorado | PO Box 18768 | Denver CO 80218

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Medical Marijuana: A New National Landscape for Patients


Yesterday was a hard day for medical marijuana advocates across the country.  We defeated several local initiatives banning dispensaries in California and Colorado and (fingers crossed) our "NotCooley" campaign provided the narrow margin necessary to ensure victory for California Attorney General-Elect Kamala Harris.  But voters rejected statewide medical marijuana initiatives in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota, while measures to increase taxes on medicine in California won.   And of course, the US House of Representatives is now in the hands of dangerous politicians who do not share our vision of safe access.
We have never had so much to lose and our fight begins today!  It is more important than ever that we work together to protect the gains we've made and fight even harder for what we know is possible.  Americans for Safe Access (ASA) needs your support now more than ever.
The national landscape for medical marijuana has changed, but our course remains the same. Since 2006, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has been working full time in Washington, DC to: 1) Put an end to federal interference with state medical marijuana laws, 2) End the ban on clinical research, and 3) Create a plan to guarantee safe access for the entire nation. That work is ongoing and we will not stop until all Americans have safe and legal access.
But we cannot do this alone. This year, I traveled all over the country to meet patients and advocates and I am deeply moved by your commitment to safe access.  Unfortunately, I am also shocked by how few of you engage regularly with your federal representatives.  If you are not meeting with them, then they are only hearing about medical cannabis from our opposition.
These election results mean we need to fight harder!  With your help, ASA can be ready for new challenges and bigger victories.  Together we can stand up to our opponents in Congress and prepare for 2012 and beyond.   Can you make a contribution to ASA today, so that we can keep fighting?

We must be our own liberators; no one is going to do our work for us.
Republican Party control of the House of Representatives may make our work more difficult, and that’s why it is more important than ever that ASA bring an educated and empowered constituency with real solutions to the table. We have to show the new Congress that patients’ voices cannot be ignored! That is the only way we will get policymakers to bridge the divide between federal and state laws regarding medical marijuana.
ASA will continue to work on Capitol Hill and with the Administration to improve the federal government's understanding about medical marijuana, as well as both the immediate and long term needs of our members. We may have lost several battles yesterday, but we have not lost the fight by any means. We’ve become used to working hard to defy the odds, but we need your supportright now to keep making a positive difference in the lives of patients.
Join the fight today and help us make that difference!
Steph Sherer
Executive Director

Americans for Safe Access

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2010 Election Results



Dear friends:

Yesterday voters turned out across the nation to vote on a number of marijuana-related initiatives, including four major statewide initiatives. Here are the results:

Arizona: Proposition 203, which would bring a working medical marijuana law to the state, is too-close-to-call at the moment, as tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of additional ballots remain to be counted.  MPP will continue to closely monitor the outcome of this proposition over the coming days.

California: Proposition 19, which would have made the personal possession and cultivation of marijuana legal and would have allowed regulated distribution systems on the local level, did not pass. It did, however, receive a very respectable 46 percent of the vote.

South Dakota: Measure 13, which would have protected seriously ill South Dakota residents from arrest and prosecution for using medical marijuana with their doctor’s recommendation, was ultimately rejected by voters.

Oregon: Measure 74, which would have established oversight and licensing requirements for medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, was also defeated by the voters yesterday. This loss, however, does not in any way affect Oregon's existing medical marijuana law.

On a positive note, two gubernatorial candidates with good positions on marijuana policy reform won their respective elections.  Peter Shumlin in Vermont and Dan Malloy in Connecticut both have positive outlooks on marijuana decriminalization, giving those states a leg-up when it comes to passing positive marijuana-related laws in the next several years. Incidentally, Shumlin also supports dispensaries, which are not currently a part of Vermont's medical marijuana law.

Finally, here are the results of some significant local marijuana-related initiatives across the country:

California: Two of two dispensary bans were defeated in California local elections. Additionally, Kamala Harris is currently maintaining a slim margin of victory over drug-warrior Steve Cooley in the California race for attorney general race.

Massachusetts: Nine of nine public policy questions asking legislatures to vote in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol passed. Nine of nine public policy questions asking legislatures to vote in favor of medical marijuana legislation passed.

Colorado: In 42 cities and counties in the state, voters were asked whether medical marijuana dispensaries should be allowed in their locality. Citizens in eight of these regions voted to allow the dispensaries.

Wisconsin:Two of two referenda asking the Wisconsin legislature to enact medical marijuana legislation passed.

We've all seen the election results by now, and while some may feel disappointed, I believe now is the time for us to look ahead.  2012 is closer than it seems, and with marijuana-related issues now firmly entrenched in the national consciousness we have an opportunity to forge ahead and make 2012 the most successful year we've ever experienced.  But we can't do it alone.

Of the nearly 100,000 people who will receive this email today, less than 6,000 have donated to MPP's work so far this year.  If you and the other 94,000 people who have not yet donated each gave just $10 to MPP today, we would generate nearly $1,000,000.  That's money that we can put directly toward ending marijuana prohibition sooner, rather than later.

Ending marijuana prohibition is a matter of 'when,' not 'if' and every dollar you donate helps bring that 'when' closer to today.


Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.


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Goal in ’10: $3,400,000

MPP will be able to tackle all of the projects in our 2010 strategic plan if you help us meet this challenge.

To contact MPP, please click here or reply to this e-mail. Our mailing address is Marijuana Policy Project, 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20002. Any donations you make to MPP may be used for political purposes, such as supporting or opposing candidates for federal office.


A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs featuring Judge Jim Gray

Come hear Jim Gray, former Superior Court Judge of Orange County, CA, talk about why the "war on drugs" has failed, and what you can do about it.

James P. Gray was a trial judge in Orange County, California beginning in 1983. Before becoming a judge, he served as a Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, a staff judge advocate and criminal defense attorney in the Navy JAG Corps, a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, and a civil litigation attorney in a private law firm, in addition to being a Republican candidate for US Congress in 1998, and a Libertarian candidate for US Senate in 2004. Judge Gray has discussed issues of drug policy on more than two hundred television and radio shows and public forums all across the country. Using his experience on the bench and elsewhere, he has also authored a book on the failed War on Drugs, another Wearing The Robe, about practical and ethical issues in being a judge.

For more information, see

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
3950 E Newman Rd. Cornell Auditorium in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO 64801
United States

Share Heather's Story



Dear friends:

As we mentioned last week, the campaign to make the medical use of marijuana legal in the state of Arizona is at a critical juncture. With just five weeks left, they are fighting powerful people in the state who want to keep punishing patients who use the medicine they need.

Last week, MPP members and email subscribers like you made it possible for us to provide the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project with support for its operations. Now, we need you to dig deep to help us share a story that will make a victory in November a near certainty.

The campaign has produced this 30-second ad featuring Heather Torgerson, a woman whose life was saved when she turned to medical marijuana during agonizing chemotherapy treatments. As Heather says herself in the ad, without medical marijuana she would not be here today, she would be in a grave.

We want everyone in Arizona to hear Heather’s story. With your help, the campaign can put this ad on television when early voting starts next week.

Please make a contribution to the campaign to help put this ad on the air. Even a contribution of $5 or $10, if made by a significant portion of this list, could expose hundreds of thousands of people to Heather’s story.

If you can’t afford a contribution, please share Heather’s story in other ways – either by forwarding this email (or just the ad itself) to your friends and family in Arizona or by posting the ad on Facebook. You could even include a message in the Facebook post accompanying the video along the lines of, “If you want to help the medical marijuana campaign in Arizona air this ad, please make a contribution of $5 or more at

Thanks in advance for your support. We cannot win these ballot initiative campaigns without you.


Steve Fox
Director of Government Relations
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.


Help us meet our mission

Raised in ’10:$2,516,708
Goal in ’10: $3,400,000

MPP will be able to tackle all of the projects in our 2010 strategic plan if you help us meet this challenge.

To contact MPP, please click here or reply to this e-mail. Our mailing address is Marijuana Policy Project, 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20002. Any donations you make to MPP may be used for political purposes, such as supporting or opposing candidates for federal office.



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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson Speaks on Legalizing Marijuana

Republican Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico has recently spoken out about his belief that the war on drugs has been a failure, and he has proposed the legalization of marijuana. His willingness to challenge the establishment, especially the leadership of his own political party, has stimulated a growing national debate on marijuana policy that was long overdue, and broken the myth of consensus -- that all responsible elected officials support marijuana prohibition.

Interestingly, when Governor Johnson was first a candidate for governor, he publicly acknowledged that he had smoked marijuana, and that he had also experimented with cocaine. The voters of New Mexico apparently felt his prior drug use was unimportant, as they elected him to two successive terms as their governor. Governor Johnson is currently a tri-athlete who runs several miles each day, and avoids all drug use.

 For more information, contact Robert Pfountz at (479) 387-2318 or [email protected]

Thu, 09/23/2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
525 Arkansas Ave. (Giffels Auditorium on 2nd Floor in Old Main) University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
Fayetteville, AR 72701
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Criminal Justice Commission National Call-in Day September 15

National Call-in Day to Support Senate Passage of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act

In 2009, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and 15 bipartisan cosponsors introduced the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, legislation that would create a bipartisan Commission to review and identify effective criminal justice policies and make recommendations for reform. The House of Representatives reviewed and favorably passed the bill, and now the bill awaits passage by the United States Senate. We need your help urging the Senate to prioritize and pass this important legislation!

On Wednesday, September 15th, individuals nationwide will urge passage of this legislation by calling their Senators to ask them to prioritize and support Senate passage of the house-passed version of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, H.R. 5143/S. 714.

We hope that you will join us in making these critical calls! To contact your Senators, call the U.S. Capitol Switch Board at 202-224-3121.

•    Prompt consideration of the House-passed National Criminal Justice Commission Act is critical as the Senate winds down its legislative calendar.  I urge you to endorse this legislation and prioritize its passage.
•    Having a transparent and bipartisan Commission review and identify effective criminal justice policies would increase public safety.
•    The increase in incarceration over the past twenty years has stretched the system beyond its limits.  These high costs to taxpayers are unsustainable, especially during these tough economic times.
•    The proposed independent commission would conduct a comprehensive national review of effective criminal justice policies and would issue recommendations for consideration at the state, local and federal level.

If you have any questions about the Wednesday, September 15th National Call-In Day,
please contact Kara Gotsch at [email protected].

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 12:01am - 11:59pm

Medical Marijuana Stakeholders Meeting & Benefit Dinner

The Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey (CMMNJ) is proud to announce a Medical Marijuana Stakeholders Meeting held in conjunction with the national patient advocacy organization, Americans for Safe Access (ASA).  Medical marijuana patients, their families, advocates, potential Alternative Treatment Center owners, and health care professionals should attend the meeting.

There will be a benefit dinner at the Hyatt Regency Princeton on Friday night, 8/20/10 at 7:00 PM.  CMMNJ’s volunteers, Board members and ASA’s Steph Sherer will will attend the dinner and the public is invited.  The Hyatt is located at 102 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540.  The dinner includes appetizers, salad, a choice of four entrees, dessert and beverages.

The cost to attend the all-day meeting on Saturday is $20, and includes lunch.  The cost for the Friday night benefit dinner is $100.  There is limited seating.  To secure a place at this important meeting, and/or the benefit dinner, send a check made out to "CMMNJ" to 219 Woodside Ave, Trenton, NJ 08618. Or, pay through PayPal at make sure to put “Stakeholders Meeting” in the note.

“CMMNJ is thrilled to bring to Trenton these national leaders in the medical marijuana movement,” said Ken Wolski, a registered nurse and executive director of CMMNJ.

Steph Sherer, Executive Director of ASA, will be the featured presenter at the Stakeholders Meeting.  Steph is an international leader and expert in medical cannabis advocacy who aids in drafting legislation and advises governments around the globe. She has been a guest lecturer at University of California, Berkeley and George Washington University, DC.  Jahan Marcu, a cannabinoid researcher from Temple University School of Medicine, and a member of the ASA Medical Advisory Board, will discuss his work on cannabinoids eliminating cancer tumors.  Caren Woodson, ASA’s Director of Government Affairs, will also give a presentation.  Caren played an integral role in the drafting of San Francisco’s ordinance that permits and regulates medical cannabis distribution centers.  Also presenting Saturday on the status and details of New Jersey’s medical marijuana law will be CMMNJ’s Ken Wolski RN and Chris Goldstein.

CMMNJ has worked with ASA as a resource throughout the medical marijuana legislative effort in New Jersey.  Now that the Garden State has passed a compassionate use law it is vital for local advocates to learn from seasoned experts how to proceed forward. New Jersey’s medical cannabis patients and volunteers can also be an important part of the national discussion about safe access.

ASA has ambitious national, regional and local Goals and Objectives for providing medical marijuana to patients. The Stakeholders Meeting will look at the following topics:

1. Creating the political playing field necessary to pass federal, state, and local legislation.
2. Implementing medical cannabis laws with methods that meet the needs of patients.
3. Passing meaningful legislation that creates safe and legal access in additional states.

Media passes are available. A brief press conference will be held.

Sat, 08/21/2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
205 W. State Street New Jersey State Museum Auditorium
Trenton, NJ 08608
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