marijuana law reform

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Petition to New Jersey Governor, New Jersey State House, Cory A. Booker, Robert Menendez, FOX News, CNN, Frank Pallone Jr., Bill Pascrell Jr., Donald M. Payne Jr., Christopher H. Smith, Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, Frank A. LoBiondo, Albio Sires, Leonard Lance, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Steve Sweeney, Valerie Vainieri Huttle

New Jersey Cannabis Employment for residents with non-violent past cannabis convictions

  There are so many New Jersey residents that have arrested and criminalized for non-violent marijuana related crimes. These people are your friends, family, neighbors and most important-locals! It is absolutely mortifying when one understands the potential time in jail, loss of the right to vote, loss of your passport, loss of one’s job, a criminal record , driver’s license suspension, up to $1,255 in fines and fees, and potential consequences for one’s immigration status, financial aid eligibility, access to public housing, and the ability to adopt children. Most importantly, They're being denied a fair chance at employment across every industry native to New Jersey Based off their record for having possession or use of cannabis. All for using, cannabis. A safe alternative for relaxing and social setting, and also a very important medicine. According to the ACLU, Between 2000 and 2013 - New Jersey law enforcement agencies made almost 280,000 marijuana possession arrests. Holding well over 50% of all drug related charges made during that period of time, including heroin, cocaine, ect. In 2013 alone marijuana possession arrests made up 88% of total marijuana arrests statewide. It costs you, the taxpayer- $750 to pay for each marijuana arrest. Thats $210,000,000 between 2000-2013 wasted on ruining peoples lives and means of living for choosing a safer alternative!  To right the wrong, we demand employment equality within the medical/ recreational cannabis industry in New Jersey for citizens with past non-violent marijuana related crimes for dispensaries to not deny employment based solely on a past conviction for marijuana. Agree or not, the people operating in said “black market” before a “legal market” was introduced as consumers, advocates and enthusiasts, growers, marketing, or education and research- They are the reason the cannabis movement is where it is today! For them to be pushed into the corner by big money and unfair criminalization. Together we can build the marijuana industry of New Jersey and be proud about it! 

Employment Equality for Post-Cannabis Convicts
111 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Facebook

Facebook - Stop Censoring Marijuana Industry, Advocacy Groups, and Regulators

Facebook has become one of the most popular tools in the world for gathering information and connecting to like-minded groups or individuals. Unfortunately, Facebook has a history of actions and policies that negatively impact state-licensed cannabis businesses and marijuana policy reform advocates, even as the majority of U.S. states have legally regulated cannabis for medical or adult use through laws that continue to enjoy wide public support. As the nation’s largest cannabis industry trade group, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) has received numerous reports from our members about their advertising being rejected or – even worse – their pages being suspended despite the fact that they are in compliance with state laws. One of the greatest benefits of Facebook is the ability to target advertising by age and location. Cannabis businesses want to be able to use this platform to advertise like any other industry, but limit exposure to adults age 21 and over in states where cannabis is legal. Facebook policies run counter to that goal. NCIA itself has also seen our ads and boosted posts rejected, even though we are merely promoting political and educational events such as our annual Lobby Days in Washington D.C. and our regional Quarterly Cannabis Caucuses. We have attempted to address the issues faced by our organization and our membership with Facebook on several occasions and have not received a substantive response. Recently, it was also discovered that Facebook’s search tools were censoring the results of marijuana-related searches, making it very difficult for anyone to find reliable information or legitimate groups involved in the issue. This block included popular marijuana policy news sources and even state government agencies tasked with regulating the cannabis industry and keeping the public informed on public policy issues surrounding marijuana in their states. These actions hurt legal businesses, interfere with education and public safety, and limit civic engagement. We urge Facebook to publicly commit to ensuring that the legal marijuana industry and advocacy community are not discriminated against on its platform, arbitrarily or otherwise. This includes not suspending marijuana-related pages and profiles without due process, fair warning, and evidence of wrongdoing; allowing ads from legal marijuana businesses and advocacy organizations; and making sure that Facebook users can search for marijuana-related terms without “shadow banning” or system interference.

National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)
23,302 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs

21 Year Veteran Denied Access To Critical Care By The VA Needs Your Help

My father is a 21-year Navy veteran. He is 100% disabled with PTSD due to his service. He is currently living in an independent adult living environment and requires a higher level of care according to his doctor. While there are facilities that can provide this level of care, the cost is about $4,500 a month, which my dad cannot afford. About two years ago my father started using medicinal cannabis in order to lower his use of opioids. His VA doctor was behind the decision and when my father started taking fewer opioids, his doctor was very pleased. Right around Halloween of last year my father fell in his apartment and couldn't get up for over eight hours. At that point, we began the process of getting my father approved to move into the Oregon Veterans Home (OVH) located in Lebanon, OR. We were told that he had to meet certain medical criteria in order to be admitted into the home. We have been in constant contact with the intake coordinator down there and were never told that there were any other criteria for his admission. My father's VA doc evaluated him in March and came to the conclusion that he met the criteria and prepared a letter for the OVH stating this. The letter, along with his medical records, was sent down to the OVH. Approximately 11 days ago I received a call from the intake coordinator at the OVH stating that since my dad showed that he had been using cannabis in his medical records that there would have to be a note showing that he had ceased using it in order for him to be admitted to the OVH. This was the first time we had heard this. My father immediately called his doctor and requested a note go into his file that he had ceased using cannabis. Two days later my dad received a call stating that he had to take two blood tests to confirm that he had ceased using cannabis, the first of those tests happened this last Tuesday. Tuesday afternoon I got a call from the intake coordinator at OVH saying that since my dad was positive for THC that they were going to postpone his admission for 90 days, review his file at that time, then he would be put at the back of the line to wait for an opening. My dad is a frail 81-year-old man that served his country well. He was using a legal substance in Oregon to help him combat pain, a substance with far fewer side effects than opioids and with zero lethality. We need your help to tell the ODVA to admit my father to the OVH regardless of the THC in his system. He has taken a test to show a baseline for the THC in his blood and is scheduled for another test this upcoming Tuesday. These two tests should clearly show that he has ceased using cannabis. We understand he cannot use cannabis at OVH and he has agreed that he won't. My father is not some stoned out druggie that cannot handle his life, he is a veteran in pain that was using something his VA doctor approved of. He should not be punished for listening to his doctor

Tim Nebergall
1,320 supporters