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Cannabis Bill Update

Cannabis Bill Update

Doug Bratton 

Executive Director

February 26, 2021

Partners in Prevention on Recent Cannabis Bills

This Tuesday, Governor Murphy signed three bills into law (A21, A1897, S3454) regarding Cannabis legalization in New Jersey. These laws are in response to the ballot measure voted on this past Fall by New Jersey residents, which amended our state’s Constitution in order to legalize cannabis. Additionally, the laws reduce law enforcement oversight/penalties for underage drinking offenses. The new state laws are subject to review and oversight by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission and have also already been challenged in court. This means that aspects of these laws, including their enforcement, will likely change over time.

While we are still reviewing the language and potential impact of these laws, PIP sees some alignment with our policy recommendations, but also cause for concern. In the area of alignment – our policy position supports monitored regulation of medicinal cannabis/cannabinoids and decriminalization of cannabis/marijuana to reduce penalties for possession for personal use (please see below for more details). Under “cause for concern” – the current laws are not in alignment with several of our policy recommendations, vital for the protection of youth and other vulnerable populations. For example, as written, law enforcement who encounter a minor under the influence of alcohol or cannabis (first offense) CANNOT contact a parent/guardian nor refer the minor to educational, counseling, or treatment services – effectively banning critical early intervention. Additionally, funding mandates are essential to support the increased need for substance misuse prevention and treatment efforts. The reduction in fines combined with the increase in access that come with these legal changes must be addressed. Much work is needed to remedy these problems. PIP will advocate for such changes to promote public health and reduce the impact of substance use disorders, which are central to our mission.

It is important that our community is also aware that the current state laws regarding cannabis use conflict with federal cannabis laws. This means that the current laws do not provide full protection under the law for personal cannabis use. PIP strongly advocates for our state and federal governments to work towards a resolution of this conflict.

Partners in Prevention adopted our policy recommendations on cannabis legalization based on the advice of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The American Society of Addiction Medicine takes a scientific perspective regarding substance use related issues. Its recommendations are based not on special interest dollars or scare tactics, but on a review of scientific research and a thoughtful approach to public health.  It is a professional medical society representing over 6,000 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine and has been one of the most respected voices regarding substance use for over 60 years.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine made the following recommendations regarding cannabis/marijuana legalization:

1.   ASAM supports the use of cannabinoids and cannabis for medicinal purposes, but only when governed by appropriate safety and monitoring regulations (such as those established by the FDA research and post-marketing surveillance processes).

2.   ASAM supports the “decriminalization” of cannabis/marijuana in order to reduce penalties for possession for personal use to civil offenses, linked to mandated referral to clinical assessment, prevention/educational interventions, and treatment for substance use disorder when indicated.

3.   ASAM does NOT support the legalization of cannabis/marijuana, and recommends that jurisdictions that have not yet acted to legalize be cautious – more can be learned through data collection regarding impacts, positive and negative, in states that have already legalized.

4.   ASAM recommends that jurisdictions that have already legalized cannabis/marijuana, or those that may act to legalize in the future, implement a wide variety of public health and safety measures to minimize harm to vulnerable populations. These include, but are not limited to:

a.   Prohibition of sales to anyone younger than 25 years of age.

b.   Prohibit marketing/advertising to youth, akin to restrictions on tobacco advertising.

c.   Require all products made available be tested and clearly labeled for THC potency.

d.   Require warning labels, such as “Marijuana use increases the risk of serious problems with mental and physical health, including addition.”

e.   Highly regulate “edibles,” which pose a risk of overdose and poisoning to children and pets.

f.    Tax cannabis at a high rate and designate that these taxes be used for public education/awareness about addiction, prevention services, and treatment services.

g.   Limit cannabis/marijuana sales to state-operated outlets.

h.   Implement public awareness campaigns highlighting the known risks of cannabis/marijuana use to discourage vulnerable populations, including youth, individuals with mental illness, and those with a history of addiction.

As we learn more about the laws and what changes may be made to them, we will keep you informed. PIP will continue to advocate for laws and policies that both promote civil rights for all and promote public health, as these ideals are at the core of our organizational values and mission.

Tobacco & Nicotine Virtual All Recovery Meetings

Tobacco & Nicotine Virtual All Recovery Meetings

Institute for Prevention & Recovery

RWJBarnabas Health

Tobacco and Nicotine Virtual All Recovery Meetings

RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery

Nicotine is a powerful and highly addictive drug. On average, people relapse between seven and eleven times before they quit.

The Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery meetings are designed to help people stay quit and offer a resource for those who are starting or thinking about beginning their quit journey. Led by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, each group will focus on topics and strategies for dealing with triggers and relapse prevention. Join us for free, regardless of where you are with your journey towards nicotine and tobacco recovery!

Zoom Meeting Schedule

All Recovery Meetings are accessible online or by phone.

Mondays

9am- 9:45am ET

https://zoom.us/j/98976887062

Meeting ID: 989 7688 7062

Password: smokefree (all lower case)

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98976887062#

7pm-8pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/98597186060

Meeting ID: 985 9718 6060

Password: smokefree (all lower case)

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,98597186060#

Wednesdays

9am- 9:45am ET

https://zoom.us/j/98976887062

Meeting ID: 989 7688 7062

Password: smokefree (all lower case)

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98976887062#

7pm-8pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/98597186060

Meeting ID: 985 9718 6060

Password: smokefree (all lower case)

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,98597186060#


Spanish-Speaking Recovery Groups

All Recovery Meetings are accessible online or by phone.

Mondays

12:00pm – 1pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/98029022698

Meeting ID: 980 2902 2698

Password: smokefree (all lower case)

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98029022698#

Fridays

12:00pm – 1pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/98029022698

Meeting ID: 980 2902 2698

Password: smokefree (all lower case)

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,98029022698#


Nicotine & Tobacco Recovery Program Informational Sessions

The RWJBH Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Program provides free 8- weeks of quit services to anyone struggling with nicotine and tobacco addiction. Join our free information session to learn more about the program and how to access those services. This session is open to patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, organizations, the general community. 

Tuesdays

12-12:30pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/93811036267

Meeting ID: 938 1103 6267

Password: smokefree (all lower case)

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,93811036267#


NJSOSVETS Stake Holder Groups Meeting

NJSOSVETS Stake Holder Groups Meeting

Colonel Dr. Lisa J. Hou, D.O., Interim Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Colonel Dr. Lisa J. Hou, D.O.

Interim Adjutant General and Commissioner

New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Meet & Greet

Please join us for a meet and greet with Colonel Dr. Lisa J. Hou, D.O., Interim Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The discussion will center on community concerns including NJ veteran suicide and safety at our State Veteran Homes. Dr. Hou will present her vision for military and veteran services through DMAVA.

Zoom Meeting Info

NJSOSVETS Stake Holder Groups Meeting

Dec 11, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83192999644?pwd=dHh3cGRsRlZOZ2JpUUxFMUFBQnp2QT09

Meeting ID: 831 9299 9644

Passcode: hpT6an

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Virtual All Recovery Meetings

Virtual All Recovery Meetings

 Robert Wood Johnson

RWJBarnabas Health

Virtual All Recovery Meetings

RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery

In an effort to preserve the recovery communities we've built together and continue to provide a place of hope and safety during these challenging times, we have created a full calendar of virtual All Recovery meetings that you can join online or by phone. 

We are in this together and we will get through this as a community. Be healthy, stay safe and stay in touch. 

Zoom Meeting Schedule

All Recovery Meetings are accessible online or by phone.

Mondays

12pm-1pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/563540664

Meeting ID: 563 540 664

One tap mobile: +19292056099,, 563540664# US (New York) 

7pm-8pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/752228102

Meeting ID: 752 228 102

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,752228102#

Tuesdays

12pm-1pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/115612901

Meeting ID: 115 612 901

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,115612901#

6pm-7:30pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/708276700

Meeting ID: 708 276 700

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,708276700#

Wednesdays

12pm-1pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/804406743

Meeting ID: 804 406 743

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,804406743#

7:45pm-8:45pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/173540126

Meeting ID: 173 540 126

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,173540126#

Thursdays

3pm-4pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/770326034

Meeting ID: 770 326 034

One tap mobile: +19292056099,, 770326034#

6pm-7:30pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/498549489

Meeting ID: 498 549 489

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,498549489#

Fridays

12pm-1pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/722363460

Meeting ID: 722 363 460

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,722363460#

7:30pm-8:30pm ET

https://zoom.us/j/103816928

Meeting ID: 103 816 928

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,103816928# 


All Recovery Meetings are for everyone who supports recovery. They honor all pathways to recovery, acknowledging that each person’s path is unique and reflects their personal strengths. 

Meetings are facilitated by trained and certified IFPR Peer Recovery Specialists and provide social support for those seeking or maintaining recovery, as well as family members, friends and supporters of those who have been influenced by substance use. These meetings are non-denominational and offer an opportunity to focus on the hope found in recovery. 

Recovery does not happen alone. Join us and connect with others who are initiating and maintaining a recovery lifestyle.