Mary O'Dowd, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) announced in a letter (see link below) to the Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc. (CMMNJ) on March 19, 2015 that the DOH would take no action on any of CMMNJ's proposed rulemaking amendments.

CMMNJ argued strongly in its Request for Rulemaking that the DOH should:

·       end the physician registry;

·       eliminate fees for caregivers;

·       ease access for minors;

·       add PTSD as a qualifying condition;

·       end certain inappropriate requirements for physicians; and,

·       protect patient privacy.

"The entire Medicinal Marijuana Program is a case of Failure to Thrive, and the DOH refuses to take appropriate action to make it a meaningful program," said Ken Wolski, RN Executive Director of CMMNJ. “The arguments by the DOH are just excuses to carry out Governor Christie’s irrational opposition to medical marijuana.  The program is not working as the law intended and the DOH refuses to fix it."

CMMNJ Board member Jay Lassiter said, “Situations that have languished are numerous.  There is difficulty in finding a doctor, even for patients with clearly qualifying conditions. The costs of registering a caregiver make this a non-viable solution for many patients.  Patients are still waiting for additional conditions like PTSD to be added, and others are leaving the state.”

CMMNJ’s Petition for Rulemaking is at: http://cmmnj.blogspot.com/2015/01/petition-for-rulemaking-medical.html 

DOH response is at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/258738370/NJDOH-Petition-for-Rulemaking-Response-3-15