Tucson Will Be Toke Town In April: Medical Cannabis Conference


Veterans Today

By Al Byrne
While the U.S. federal government’s regulators and lawyers, drug czar and others are paid to say whatever is dated and wrong about therapeutic cannabis, medical and nursing professionals are in wonder that so many can so willingly display their ignorance of therapeutic cannabis in public.
On November 23, 2011, the associate director for public affairs of the Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP), Rafael Lemaitre said, “The Food and Drug Administration has not found smoked marijuana to be either safe or effective medicine for any condition.”
This statement made by a person of responsibility for citizen health in the U.S. is apparently in denial of a decades-long study of cannabis “smokers” by Donald P. Tashkin, M.D., medical director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.
At the Patients Out of Time clinical cannabis conference in Pacific Grove in April 2008, Dr. Tashkin announced his study showed that no patient, of more than 2,200, who smoked only cannabis had lung cancer, COPD or other pulmonary problem other than mild bronchitis.
Smoking cannabis results in no lung cancer. 

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​Cancer falls under my definition of “any condition.”
I offer a solution to the conundrum offered to US citizens by the above example of: “Who to believe?”
Consider the source. 
The staff of the ONDCP including the Drug Czar has a mandate from Congress to keep all U.S. citizens from using cannabis for any reason. To accomplish that mission in a “war” environment anything goes, including simply not speaking to a discovery that is changing world health care, like the endocannabinoid system, or just voicing bald face lies like the FDA talking head was paid to say.
Consider the source.
Dr. Tashkin is a world-renowned independent pulmonary researcher working for and with funds granted by National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), which has a mission of only studying and promoting drugs of abuse.
Patients Out of Time has earned, since it was founded in 1995, the gravitas necessary to produce the educational agenda’s of a series of national conferences on clinical cannabis use under the authority of the American Nurses Association and the American Medical Association.
Major Medicinal Cannabis Conference Set For April 26-28 In Tucson
The Seventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics will be held April 26-28, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. This forum is accredited for MDs and RNs to earn educational credits, CMEs and CEUs. 

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​The folks who approve the faculty as experts and the agenda as sound medical science are themselves researchers and clinicians at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco. That famous research facility has been joined by the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine and the University of Arizona College of Nursing in co-sponsoring the forum with Patients Out of Time (POT).
Speakers will come from Italy, United States, Canada and Spain and with them will be the state of the art medical cannabis science from around the globe to share with those in attendance and ultimately, you. You can bet the drug czar will not attend.
If you have ALS you will want your physician to be there.
“Lou Gehrig’s disease” is a short term killer. Once diagnosed you may, may have up to five years of life.
Cathy Jordan has lived with ALS for more than 25 years. “I will speak about cannabis as a neuro-protector and anti-oxidant and to educate families that have a brain disorder or neuromuscular disease patient that their loved ones can be helped by medical cannabis.”  
Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW working from Berkeley, will bring modern research to the proposition.

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Mary Lynn Mathre, R.N.: Co-founder of Patients Out of Time; 25+ years as a practicing addictions expert

​I first heard from Mary Lynn Mathre, R.N., co-founder of POT based on her 25-plus years as a practicing addictions expert, that cannabis is not a drug of entrance into a drug culture but the way out.
The theme is, The Endocannabinoid System (ECS): Clinical Implications for Health Care. The ECS has and will continue to radically change modern medicine. It already has in 23 countries, 16 US states and DC where cannabis in used therapeutically in many forms of delivery.
POT will highlight this discovery and the lack of understanding of its importance by the media, commerce, the medical and nursing education schools and the public at large. The ECS is in an informational vacuum that is alarming to clinical cannabis experts.
While smoking may be the last gasp of a dying diatribe of delusional cannabis demons coughed out by motor mouths of myth employed to do so, cannabis researchers have reestablished applications from the past.
Bob Melamede, Ph.D., will recap with as yet unreleased photos the gradual disintegration and final rejection of cancerous skin growth using a topical cannabis solution.
William Courtney, M.D., realized his wife was dying and conventional treatments were failing. He devised a new approach using cannabis to bring her to full health. He will teach the attendees that “Raw Cannabis: (is) A Dietary Essential Optimized Through Individualized Phytogenetics.”
Vicenzo DiMarzo, Ph.D., will provide an overview of the ECS and will stress and explain that cannabis is for humans helpful, “to relax, sleep, protect, eat and sleep.”

​There will be discussion of cannabinoids (especially cannabidiol or CBD); the ocular ECS; the ECS and neuropathic pain; cannabis and breast cancer; cannabis and Alzheimer’s; cannabis and its effect on stress, mood, anxiety, schizophrenia; and a considerable focus on Veterans and their medical cannabis needs for post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
POT conferences are unique. They are medically oriented, science-based, but the stars are the patients who testify to their health experiences and are supported by cannabis scholars, experts in cannabis protocols.
The four living federally supplied cannabis patients are directors of POT. Two of them, Elvy Musikka and Irv Rosenfeld will speak.
Gary Storck, a glaucoma patient will join Elvy to present their case for cannabis use with glaucoma. Jacki Rickert (Ehlers Danlos patient), qualified for the federal program that the federal patients are in but was never issued her medicine. She will ask, “Why is cannabis forbidden?”
Veterans will challenge the VHA policy that allows the medical use of cannabis for some Vets and not others. Veteran care that is “medical treatment by geography” is illogical, unequal and unethical. Who is responsible for a federal policy of Veteran care that uses wounded Veterans as guinea pigs?

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Al Byrne, co-founder of Patients out of Time, wrote this article
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Clint Werner, author of “Marijuana: Gateway To Health,” will moderate the final presentation on discovery of the endocannibinoid system (ECS).

​The final presentation will be a panel moderated by author Clint Werner, Marijuana: Gateway to Health. Serving on that panel will be Andrew Weil, M.D., prolific author and scholar; Julie Holland, M.D., author, The POT Book; and Melanie Dreher, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, Dean of Nursing, Rush University, author and scholar.
This esteemed group will lead us through the future of medicine changed forever by the discovery of the ECS. 
The entire agenda will be videotaped and available for online clinical cannabis education for health care professionals worldwide. The lectures will be added to the three current lecture series available through the Continuing Education Office of the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco.
Conference details and online education options are at www.medicalcannabis.com
The Loews Ventana Canyon resort is the right spot for this gathering. The grounds are beautiful; Tucson and surrounding area a travel destination. The weekend will have parties and gatherings to meet the faculty who mix and network with all; silent and live auctions of items from around the globe; entertainment by Greta Gaines TV personality and musician; a benefit dinner and other stuff.
Doctors and nurses without medical cannabis knowledge are not any more knowledgeable than the ONDCP about cannabis and if that is the description of your medical team they all — the whole office or clinic, your local hospital, your state medical and nursing organizations — need to know about medical cannabis.
This is the chance for them as caregiver and you as a patient to inform and expand therapeutic cannabis knowledge now that you have considered the source.