Activists for medical marijuana, including Barbara Douglas and Irv Rosenfeld -- two of the eight remaining legal marijuana patients -- and Mary Lynn Mathre, RN of the cannabis reform organization Patients Out of Time, recently spoke at the Centennial Conference of the American Nurses Association (ANA) in Washington, D.C.. Their presentation, entitled "Therapeutic Cannabis and the Law: Ethical Dilemma for Nurses," was received "incredibly well" by the numerous health-care professionals in attendance. Activists note that no members of the ANA mounted any vocal opposition to the theme of the presentation.
"Our goal is to reach people on a national level and we did," said Al Byrne of Patients Out of Time. Byrne told NORML that he was encouraged by the positive response and hopes that the ANA will someday answer the requests of the Virginia, Mississippi, Colorado, and New York State Nurses Associations by calling for the immediate end to the prohibition of therapeutic cannabis.
Patients Out of Time is a grassroots organization comprised of patients, those who love them, and health care professionals who believe that the time has come for widescale medical access to cannabis.
For more information, please contact Al Byrne of Patients Out Of Time @ (804) 263-4484 or write to:
1472 Fish Pond Rd., Howardsville, VA 24562.