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In this issue:

Medical Professionals Get Credits for National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics Medical Professionals Get Credits for National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics
INFO - Online Info for Medical Professionals

-ACTION - Activist and Advocate ORGs and People in Action

Petition for Medical Professionals Petition for Medical Professionals
South Dakotans for Safe Access (SDSA) South Dakotans for Safe Access (SDSA)
Oregon's Nursing Leadership Leaves patients Out in the Cold - Rally to welcome the Oregon Nurses Association to Convention! Oregon's Nursing Leadership Leaves patients Out in the Cold - Rally to welcome the Oregon Nurses Association to Convention!
V.A. Nurse Investigated for Sedition After Writing Letter to Editor V.A. Nurse Investigated for 'Sedition' After Writing Letter to Editor
ANA in Action! American Nurses Association Endorses Access to Medical Marijuana and Calls for Patient Access ANA in Action! American Nurses Association Endorses Access to Medical Marijuana and Calls for Patient Access
Scottish NURSES SET TO BACK USE OF CANNABIS Scottish NURSES SET TO BACK USE OF CANNABIS
NURSES Stand Up For Patients in Support of MEDICAL MARIJUANA NURSES Stand Up For Patients in Support of MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Nursing Association Journal Backs Access to Medical Marijuana Nursing Association Journal Backs Access to Medical Marijuana
National Nurses Society on Addictions POSITION PAPER Access to Therapeutic Cannabis National Nurses Society on Addictions POSITION PAPER Access to Therapeutic Cannabis
New Jersey Nurses For Medical Cannabis New Jersey Nurses For Medical Cannabis
Illinois Nursing Association Unanimously Backs Patient Access To Medicinal Cannabis Illinois Nursing Association Unanimously Backs Patient Access To Medicinal Cannabis
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Position Statement on Medical Marijuana New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Position Statement on Medical Marijuana
Virginia Nurses Association Reiterates Its Support Virginia Nurses Association Reiterates Its Support
California Nurses Association Statements California Nurses Association Statements
Help for Nurse in Arkansas Help for Nurse in Arkansas
Legal Medical Marijuana Patients, Proponents Speak Before American Nurses Association Legal Medical Marijuana Patients, Proponents Speak Before American Nurses Association
Supreme Court Rules Feds Can Arrest State-Recognized Medical Cannabis Patients Supreme Court Rules Feds Can Arrest State-Recognized Medical Cannabis Patients
Beatty Fires Up Nurses Beatty Fires Up Nurses
Organizations Some of the ORGs Involved
List of Organization's that Endorse Cannabis as Medicine, Demand an Allowance of more Research -or- call for an End to Raids on Sick and Dying Full List of Organization's that Endorse Cannabis as Medicine, Demand an Allowance of more Research -or- call for an End to Raids on Sick and Dying

-INFO - Articles

Medical Establishment Abandons Patients and Ethics: Is there a doctor (or nurse) in the house? Medical Establishment Abandons Patients and Ethics: Is there a doctor (or nurse) in the house?
Federal Foolishness and Marijuana Federal Foolishness and Marijuana
Cannabis in Medical Practice; A Legal, Historical, and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana Cannabis in Medical Practice; A Legal, Historical, and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana
NEWs - Stories and Sources NEWs - Stories and Sources
LINKs - and such LINKs - and such

Medical Professionals Get Credits for National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

The Fourth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics will be held in Santa Barbara, CA on April 6-8, 2006. This conference will present state of the art cannabis research with faculty from the US, England, Canada, Spain, Israel, and the Netherlands. Areas to be discussed include the use of cannabis for pain management, multiple sclerosis, mental health problems, cancer, glaucoma; use during pregnancy; an overview of the endogenous cannabinoids and their role in the human body; harm reduction measures and policy updates. Providing Patients Safe Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis, which encourages the education of registered nurses regarding current, evidence-based therapeutic use of marijuana/cannabis.

Past educational credits for the work of this national group have been granted by The Colleges of Nursing and Medicine of The University of Iowa, The Virginia Nurses Association, The University of Virginia's Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Law, the Oregon Department of Human Services, Health Services and the Oregon Nurses Association, among other conservative professional health care organizations.

Patients' therapeutic cannabis use has always been supported by the academic and medical communities, which have publicly in large numbers called for the immediate access to cannabis under medical supervision," said Nurse Mathre. A list of such organizations can be found at <http://www.medicalcannabis.com>, or see below.

More information on the conference agenda, faculty, registration, and how to obtain Continuing Education credits is available at:

http://www.medicalcannabis.com/conference.htm


Editor,

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Re: Greenberg on Reefer  

This is one of the better articles on Sativex yet published.  There are two other sparks that are igniting interest in the medical cannabis debate.

"The Petition to Reschedule Cannabis" was submitted to the DEA in October of 2004.  This demand was forwarded with merit to their boss, the Department of Health and Human Services in the fall of 2004 and has been under review by that organization since that time.  This is a 60 plus page document that lists about 50,000 pages of worldwide research on the therapeutic use of cannabis.  The approval of this demand would end the war on cannabis.  In a political sense the Petition is every politicians dream.  The announcement that research on cannabis has progressed to the point that it can be returned to the National Pharmacopeia, will be accomplished by scientists, and rescheduled by bureaucrats and not one elected official has to vote on the finding.  Patients Out of Time is a principal in that filing.

We think that the finding demanded by the Petition, that cannabis is medicine, is inevitable.

As we enter into the final months before our next and "Fourth National Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics" we understand that medical conferences are boring and well off the vision of todays media.  This will be an accredited conference as has all in the series, meaning attendees who will be medical doctors and registered nurses in the main, will get professional education credits for their attendance.  Credit granted by such far out liberal institutions, such as previous education grantees, the Medical College of the University of Iowa; the Oregon Department of Human Services, Health Services; and the Pain Management Center, Department of Anesthesia, University of Virginia School of Medicine.  This means nothing I suppose to the layman but to the federal offices that are paid to defile those that advocate for patient use of cannabis under medical supervision it is a chilling series of forums.  Conferences that the federals do not want you to know about or write about and therefore never, ever discuss.

Maybe you should come to Santa Barbara next April to find out why.  Please see www.medicalcannabis.com for details and contact information.

Sincerely,

Al Byrne, co-founder
Patients Out of Time
1472 Fish Pond Rd.
Howardsville, VA 24562
(434) 263-4484 fax (434) 263-6753
al@medicalcannabis.com
www.medicalcannabis.com

Patients Out of Time

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Patients Out of Time   is a patient advocacy organization with a universal constituency.  They support the rights of patients to have a legal and safe access to the therapeutic use of cannabis.  The mission of their organization, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, is the education of health care professionals and the public about the therapeutic use of cannabis.  Their leadership is composed of medical and nursing professionals with expertise in the clinical applications of cannabis and five of the seven patients (two wish to remain anonymous) who receive their medical cannabis from the US government.  Working closely since 1990, the Founders formalized their work in 1995 as a VA corporation.

Patients Out of Time is seeking a Registered Nurse willing to defend the federal government’s position that cannabis (marijuana) has no medical value.  After a year of searching, Patients Out of Time has not found a single nurse who disagrees with the American Nurses Association (and thirteen other state nursing associations) position that cannabis is medicine and who can scientifically disprove that position to an audience of peers.  Visit: www.medicalcannabis.com for more.



Medical Professionals

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? “Cannabis's accepted medical use in the United States is increasingly recognized by health care professionals and the medical community, including the Institute of Medicine.  Several medical organizations support legal access to cannabis for medicinal purposes.  A new medical journal released in 2001 focuses on the medicinal use of cannabis and cannabinoids.  National clinical conferences on the medicinal use of cannabis have been held in the United States in 2000 and 2002 and are scheduled to continue on a bi-annual basis.  Most importantly, data on the number of physicians currently recommending therapeutic marijuana use to their patients demonstrate its acceptance by the medical community in the United States.

The most significant evidence of marijuana’s acceptance by the medical community in the United States consists of data on the number of physicians currently recommending marijuana medical use by their patients:

"By any reasonable definition, marijuana has "currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."  Eight states have officially legalized its medical use.  A minimum of 35,000 patients are currently using medical marijuana legally in these states.  Over 2,500 different physicians have recommended it for use by their patients.  As many as 5% of all registered physicians have recommended marijuana in Oregon and Northern California.  Usage rates vary greatly among different regions.  The average usage rate in the general population ranges from 80 to 90 per 100,000 in California and Oregon, where there are numerous patient support groups, to fewer than 10 per 100,000 in Colorado and Nevada, where cannabis medicine is still underdeveloped.  As many as 1% of the population in Mendocino County, California, are legal medical marijuana users, while Canadian surveys suggest illegal medical usage as high as 2% - 4% in the general population.  The widespread and growing popularity of medical marijuana and its potential for treating a wide range of conditions indicate a growing role in American medicine.  These facts refute marijuana's current Schedule One misclassification as a drug lacking "currently accepted medical use" ” (Gieringer 2002).

A considerable number of organizations representing health care professionals, the medical community, and the general public support granting greater access to medical cannabis for patients in need and recognizing explicitly marijuana’s medical use both in the United States and in the international community.”  See more at: www.drugscience.org/amu/amu_medprof.htm

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Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? INFO (Petition) Accepted medical use in the United States; Medical professionals.  Cannabis's accepted medical use in the United States is increasingly recognized by health care professionals and the medical community, including the Institute of Medicine.  Several medical organizations support legal access to cannabis for medicinal purposes.  A new medical journal released in 2001 focuses on the medicinal use of cannabis and cannabinoids.  National clinical conferences on the medicinal use of cannabis have been held in the United States in 2000 and 2002 and are scheduled to continue on a bi-annual basis.  Most importantly, data on the number of physicians currently recommending therapeutic marijuana use to their patients demonstrate its acceptance by the medical community in the United States.  The most significant evidence of marijuanaâs acceptance by the medical community in the United States consists of data on the number of physicians currently recommending marijuana medical use by their patients.  See more at: www.drugscience.org/pt/ca2.htm



Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? ACT, Legis (Org) South Dakotans for Safe Access (SDSA)  South Dakotans for Safe Access * They plan to put the issue of medical use of cannabis to South Dakota voters in the November 2006 general election.  ”The time has come ... The need is here.”  Contact:  Bob Newland, Director, South Dakotans for Safe Access, HC 89 Box 184A, Hermosa SD 57744 * phone: 605-255-4032 or visit: www.hemphasis.net/safeaccess.htm

Why should You donate to SDSA?

Because they'll do good things with your money.  You probably get letters regularly, asking for some of your money so someone else can do good things with it. SDSA gets them frequently.  Sometimes they send some money.

They want you to try to imagine that you are constantly, or at least frequently, under assault by the worst pain or nausea you've ever experienced.

Imagine that no prescription medicine will alleviate your discomfort (or that the medicine that does destroys your liver or costs as much as a new car every year).

Then, imagine that you know of a naturally-occurring herb that will take the pain or nausea away, or at least reduce it to a tolerable level, with no bad side effects.

Then imagine that your local politicians will put you in jail if you try to obtain some of this medicine.  Then Visit: www.sodaksafeaccess.org/goodthings.htm for more on what you can do about it!



Oregon's Nursing Leadership Leaves patients Out in the Cold - Rally to welcome the Oregon Nurses Association to Convention!

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Thursday, April 7, 2005 - All patients who want to make some progress for medical cannabis in Oregon should attempt to be at the ONA convention to help educate the nurses about an issue that they have been dragging their feet on.  Real patients providing information will go a long way toward educating these medical professionals.  We urge you to contact Nurse Ed and be there to educate and help gain the support of this important segment of the medical profession.  The info is below.

Nurse Ed Glick is asking for help educating the Oregon Nurses Association about the real needs of medical marijuana patients.  In the past we have found the nurses, one-on-one, to be very reasonable.  MAMA arranged for Elvy Musikka to be there a few years back and the nurses were very interested in her story, but they still won't take a position to support access to medial marijuana.  Visit: mercycenters.org/events/Conf_ONA.htm



Nurse Investigated for 'Sedition' After Writing Letter to Editor
By E&P Staff. Published: February 11, 2006
editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001995631&imw=Y

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? NEW YORK Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) has asked Veterans Affairs Secretary James Nicholson for a thorough inquiry of his agency's investigation into whether a V.A. nurse's letter to the editor criticizing the Bush administration amounted to "sedition."

Merely opposing government policies and expressing a desire to change course "does not provide reason to believe that a person is involved in illegal subversive activity," he said. Bingaman said such investigations raise "a very real possibility of chilling legitimate political speech."

Laura Berg, a clinical nurse specialist for 15 years, wrote a letter in September to a weekly Albuquerque newspaper criticizing how the administration handled Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War.  She urged people to "act forcefully" by bringing criminal charges against top administration officials, including the president, to remove them from power because they played games of "vicious deceit."  She added: "This country needs to get out of Iraq now and return to our original vision and priorities of caring for land and people and resources rather than killing for oil .... Otherwise, many more of us will be facing living hell in these times."

The agency seized her office computer and launched an investigation.  Berg is not talking to the press, but reportedly fears losing her job.

Bingaman wrote: "In a democracy, expressing disagreement with the government's actions does not amount to sedition or insurrection.  It is, and must remain, protected speech.  Although it may be permissible to implement restrictions regarding a government employee's political activities during work hours or on government premises, such employees do not surrender their right to freedom of speech when they enlist in government service."

He said he wants the matter investigated so V.A. officials will have guidance about handling similar situations in the future.

Berg signed the letter as a private citizen, and the V.A. had no reason to suspect she used government resources to write it, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, which last week asked the government to apologize to Berg for seizing her computer and investigating her.

V.A. human resources chief Mel Hooker had said in a Nov. 9 letter that his agency was obligated to investigate "any act which potentially represents sedition," the ACLU said.

Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico, told The Progressive magazine: "We were shocked to see the word 'sedition' used.  Sedition?  That's like something out of the history books."

In a press release, Simonson also said: "Is this government so jealous of its power, so fearful of dissent, that it needs to threaten people who openly oppose its policies with charges of 'sedition'?"  Find this article at: editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001995631&imw=Y



American Nurses Association Endorses Access to Medical Marijuana

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? 7/3/03 - Nine years of work by Patients Out of Time (www.medicalcannabis.com), a nonprofit organization devoted to the medical marijuana issue, paid off last week when the American Nurses Association (ANA) adopted a resolution calling for safe access to medical marijuana for patients under appropriate doctor's supervision. 

The ANA now joins dozens of other health professional organizations, including the National Society of Nurses on Addiction and the American Public Health Association, in calling for eased access to medical marijuana.

The measure overwhelmingly adopted by the nurses resolves that the ANA will:

· Support research in controlled investigational trials on the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana/cannabis, including alternative methods of administration.

· Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.

· Support the ability of health care providers to discuss and/or recommend the medicinal use of marijuana without the threat of intimidation or penalization.

· Support legislation to remove criminal penalties including arrest and imprisonment for bona fide patients and prescribers of therapeutic marijuana/cannabis.

· Support federal and state legislation to exclude marijuana/ cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.

· Support and encourage the education of registered nurses regarding current, evidence-based therapeutic use of marijuana/ cannabis.

Visit: stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/294/nursesendorse.shtml for more details.



American Nurses Association backs medical pot
by Pete Brady (07 Jan, 2004)
America's largest nursing group passes resolution supporting med-pot use and research.

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Medical marijuana scored a major public health victory in June when the American Nurses Association (ANA) adopted a resolution calling for research, education and supervised use of medical marijuana. 

The ANA is America's largest nursing association; it has hundreds of thousands of members, with chapters in 49 states.  Its support of medical marijuana is a direct challenge to drug warriors, government-funded researchers, and Supreme Court rulings that have asserted that marijuana is a harmful drug with no medical value.

Passage of the resolution can be directly attributed to the work and vision of one medical marijuana advocate - registered nurse Mary Lynn Mathre.  Visit: www.cannabisculture.com/articles/3149.html



American Nurses Association Calls for Patient Access to Medical Cannabis/Marijuana

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? July 1st, 2003 - Patients Out of Time, represented by the non-profit’s President, Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, testified on Thursday, June 26 at the American Nurses Association's 2003 House of Delegates Meeting.  Held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC from June 24-27, Nurse Mathre had come a long way when she stood and addressed the Delegates.  See more at: www.safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=727



Scottish NURSES SET TO BACK USE OF CANNABIS
Nurses are joining the fight to get cannabis products prescribed for patients

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? A motion calling for patients to be prescribed the drugs has been put forward by the Royal College of Nursing’s Pain Forum and will be debated at the RCN’s annual conference in Bournemouth this week.  The move follows concern that people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cancer are not getting adequate pain relief from traditional treatments.

Celia Manson, an RCN adviser, said nurses were concerned about the restrictions on current cannabis-derived products which could benefit so many people.  "Few doctors are able to prescribe them at the moment.  Nurses from the Pain Forum feel there is potential for much greater use and these should at the very least be investigated."

Last year at its annual conference the British Medical Association voted for cannabis derivatives to be legalised for medical purposes.  The BMA drew up a report which showed cannabinoids had potential for therapeutic use in a number of conditions including MS, spinal chord injury, stroke and spastic disorders.  Visit: www.marijuananews.com/marijuananews/cowan/scottish_nurses_to_back_medical_.htm



NURSES Support MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? It is difficult for nurses to remain silent when patients are denied access to an effective medical treatment.  That is why the Wisconsin Nurses Association supports the medical marijuana bill authored by Rep. Gregg Underheim (R-Oshkosh), known as AB 740.

In taking this position, we are squarely in the mainstream of the public health community.  The American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of HIV Medicine are just a few of the health care organizations that have acknowledged that marijuana can be a valuable treatment when used under medical supervision.  See list, below, for more.

A large body of evidence indicates that marijuana can relieve a number of debilitating symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, certain types of pain and the pressure inside the eye that robs glaucoma patients of their sight.  Moreover, it can do so with remarkable safety.

Unfortunately, the issue has become shrouded in fear and myth.  Exaggerated claims and scientific misunderstandings have tended to overshadow facts and common sense.

For example, we are sometimes warned that marijuana is "addictive."  In fact, only a very small percentage of marijuana users ever become dependent - a much smaller percentage than is seen with alcohol or tobacco.

Under proper medical supervision, drugs that are far more addictive and dangerous than marijuana are used beneficially by hundreds of thousands of patients every day.  And unlike a great many drugs used for either medical or recreational purposes, marijuana has never caused a fatal overdose.

Contrary to claims sometimes made by opponents, marijuana can provide relief in a number of instances where conventional drugs fail or have unacceptable side effects.  A great deal of research has shown that marijuana relieves pain through different mechanisms than conventional pain drugs, including opioids, and can provide relief when these drugs fail.

Particularly encouraging results have come from recent studies involving pain associated with multiple sclerosis well as peripheral neuropathy, an extremely painful condition that afflicts HIV/AIDS patients and others.

It is true that a pill is available containing THC, the component most responsible for marijuana's "high."  But research has shown that other components of the plant - called cannabinoids - play an important role in marijuana's therapeutic benefit and may even help to reduce the unwanted side effects of THC.

Just as important, the pill takes one to two hours to work and is absorbed slowly and unevenly.  That is why the journal The Lancet Neurology has called oral dosing "the least satisfactory" way to administer cannabinoids.  Patients report that the pill makes them too "stoned" to function, while with natural marijuana they can adjust the dose to provide relief without excessive intoxication.  The Institute of Medicine, in a 1999 report commissioned by the White House, made the same point.

Some fear that allowing medical use of marijuana sends the wrong message, encouraging teens to experiment with it.  But government-sponsored surveys have consistently shown that teen marijuana use has declined, not increased, in states with medical marijuana laws.

In reality, lying to children and teens about a drug's value and risks sends the wrong message.  Young people should be taught that all drugs and medicines present risks and that medicine should only be taken under a provider's supervision when the patient is sick.

There is no reason to be frightened of medical marijuana.  This is a drug with nearly 5,000 years of recorded medical use and that has been widely used therapeutically throughout the world.  It is safer than many medicines Americans take every day.

There is simply no reason to arrest and jail patients battling cancer, MS, AIDS or other terrible illnesses for using marijuana with the recommendation of their health care providers.

Our Legislature should move swiftly to pass AB 740, and Gov. Jim Doyle should sign it into law.

Author: Gina Dennik-Champion
Note: Gina Dennik-Champion is a registered nurse and executive director of the Wisconsin Nurses Association.
Pubdate: Sat, 10 Dec 2005
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)
Website: www.jsonline.com
Cited: www.legis.state.wi.us/2005/data/AB740hst.html
Bookmark: www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: www.mapinc.org/people/Gregg+Underheim
Newshawk: Is My Medicine Legal YET? www.immly.org



Nurses stand up for patients

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Regarding the two letters saluting nurses and noting that May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, "Nurses assure public health" and "Thank nurses for their care" (May 6), I would like to take a moment to offer my thanks and appreciation to the nursing profession and state nurses organizations. 

In 1999, both the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) and the Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) passed resolutions supporting giving patients legal access to medical marijuana and both urging, "the Governor of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Legislature to move expeditiously to make cannabis available as a legally prescribed medicine where shown to be safe and effective."

When Wisconsin lawmakers introduced a medical marijuana bill in late 2001, the WNA issued a press release stating "It is the position of the WNA that advocacy for this issue needs to occur, and that it is difficult for RN's to remain silent while seriously ill patients are denied access to an effective medical treatment."  Visit: www.mpp.org/WI/news_4147.html, www.wisinfo.com/dailytribune/wrdtopinion/278411088499467.shtml and: www.mpp.org/WI/news_4208.html



Nursing Association Journal Backs Access to Medical Marijuana

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? May 2, 2001 - New York, NY, USA.  Marijuana is a safe and effective medication and nurses should support legal access to it, asserts a commentary in the April issue of the American Journal of Nursing, the official journal of the American Nursing Association (ANA). 

"Patients need professional guidance about the safe administration of cannabis, and they need access to a legal and unadulterated supply," concludes the article, entitled "Therapeutic Cannabis: A patient advocacy issue."  An estimated 2.5 million nurses nationwide receive the publication.  Visit: www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=4292



National Nurses Society on Addictions

POSITION PAPER

Access to Therapeutic Cannabis

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Seriously ill individuals are suffering because of the prohibitory federal policies which list cannabis (marijuana) as a Schedule I drug of the Controlled Substances, which means it cannot be used by patients or prescribed by physicians. 

Therapeutic Value

Cannabis has been used medicinally throughout the world for centuries.  Cannabis contains more than 60 cannabinoids which are unique to the cannabis plant, one of which is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabinoid.  However it appears to be the combination of various cannabinoids which seem to have the greater therapeutic value.

Support for Therapeutic Cannabis

Thirty five states, have recognized marijuana's therapeutic potential and have passed legislation supporting its value.  Therapeutic use of cannabis/marijuana is also supported by several organizations including the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics, the American Medical Student Association, the California Medical Association, Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA), the National Lymphoma Foundation, the National Association of Attorneys General, Patients Out of Time, Physicians for AIDS care, and the Virginia Nurses Association.  Visit: www.druglibrary.org/olsen/MEDICAL/POT/nnsaposi.html



New Jersey Nurses For Medical Cannabis

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? In 2003 NJSNA passed a resolution on Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis, which encourages the education of registered nurses regarding current, evidence-based therapeutic use of marijuana/cannabis. 

Also, the hard copy of "New Jersey Nurse" (Jan./Feb. 2006 edition) which just came out today, had a nice article on the Fourth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics entitled, "Patients 4 for 4; Federal Government Zero."  The article had my by-line, but basically I just copied and pasted info from Patients Out of Time, inc. this quote: "The accreditation of our educational work by the University of California San Francisco's Office of Continuing Medical Education, the hosting of the forum by the Santa Barbara City College, coupled with the co-sponsorship of the California Nurses Association has ensured that the federal government's claim that cannabis has no medicinal value will again be completely rebutted."

Actually, our resolution passed in 2002 and it did more than encourage education.  The resolution recognized the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana and it urged the governor and state legislators to expeditiously pass a medical marijuana bill into law.

Ken Wolski, RN, MPA
Executive Director
Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey
844 Spruce St.
Trenton, NJ 08648
609.394.2137
www.cmmnj.org



Illinois Nursing Association Unanimously Backs Patient Access To Medicinal Cannabis

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Chicago, IL: The Illinois Nursing Association (INA) supports the use of medical marijuana by qualified patients, and is calling upon Congress to reclassify cannabis so that doctors may prescribe it, according to a resolution passed unanimously by the organization earlier this month. 

"It is the position of the Illinois Nurses Association to: Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision; ... [to] support legislation to remove criminal penalties including arrest and imprisonment for bonafide patients and prescribers of therapeutic cannabis; [and to] support federal and state legislation to include cannabis classification as a Schedule III [non-prohibited] drug," the INA resolution states.”  Visit: www.cannabisculture.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=wwwmedical&Number=1012163&Main=1011017



Illinois Nurses Back Medical Marijuana Bill
INA Joins Legislator Living with AIDS in Drive to Protect Patients

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? FEBRUARY 3, 2005 - SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS -- The 6,000-member Illinois Nurses Association (INA) has lent its support to legislation introduced by Rep. Larry McKeon (D-Chicago) to permit seriously ill patients to use and possess medical marijuana with their doctor's recommendation, without fear of arrest or jail under Illinois state law.  The bill, HB 0407, has been referred to the Human Services Committee.  Visit: www.mpp.org/releases/nr20050203.html



Illinois Nurses Join Growing List of Nursing Groups Supporting Medical Marijuana

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? 12/24/04 - The Illinois Nurses Association (INA) has joined at least a dozen state nursing associations and the American Nursing Association in endorsing the use of marijuana as a medicine.  In a position paper submitted by the INA's Assembly on Health Policy on November 23, adopted unanimously by Board of Directors, and now prominently displayed on the group's web site (www.illinoisnurses.org), the INA declared that it is the position of the Illinois Nurses Association to:

· Support continued research in controlled investigational trials on the therapeutic efficacy of cannabis, including methods of administration.

· Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.

· Support and encourage the education of registered nurses regarding current, evidence based use of therapeutic cannabis.

· Support the ability of health care providers to discuss and/or recommend the therapeutic use of cannabis without the threat of intimidation or penalization.

· Support legislation to remove criminal penalties including arrest and imprisonment for bona fide patients and prescribers of therapeutic cannabis.

· Support federal and state legislation to include cannabis classification as a Schedule III drug.

Visit: stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/368/ina.shtml for more.



New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) Position Statement on Medical Marijuana

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? The intent of this position is to acknowledge the role of nurses to advocate for patient access to marijuana for medical purposes and support legislation that would legalize medical marijuana for symptom relief uncontrolled by conventional therapies.  Position The New York State Nurses Association:

· Endorses the American Nurses Association Resolution (ANA, 2003) and Virginia State Nurses Association Resolution Regarding Safe Access to Therapeutic Marijuana and Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Purposes (VNA, 1995).

· Supports legislative efforts in New York State that would amend Article 33 of Public Health Law and allow the use of marijuana for certified patients.

· Endorses the use of marijuana for serious and life-threatening medical conditions as defined by proposed New York state legislation.

Visit: www.nysna.org/programs/nai/practice/positions/position30.htm for details.



Medical Marijuana: Virginia Nurses Association Reiterates Its Support

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? 9/9/05 - The Virginia Nurses Association the first in the country to come out in favor of medical marijuana, has reconfirmed its support for therapeutic cannabis and called for immediate legislation to legalize its medicinal use.  Representing some 80,000 Virginia nurses, the association declared last week that it "will continue" to seek the regularization of medical marijuana as a therapeutic substance.

"The Virginia Nurses Association will continue to support legislation that would legalize the medically prescribed use of cannabis/marijuana for the purpose of relieving pain and distressful symptoms of acute, chronic, or incurable illness," the group proclaimed.  Visit: stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/402/vna.shtml

Virginia Nurses Again Demand Medical Cannabis

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? (PRWEB) September 3, 2005 -- The Virginia Nurses Association, representing some 80,000 nurses, have recently reconfirmed their support for Medical Cannabis and are continuing their support for immediate legislation legalizing its medical use. 

The Virginia Nurses Association (VNA), at their October 2004 VNA Delegate Assembly, resolved that: "The Virginia Nurses Association will continue to support legislation that would legalize the medically prescribed use of cannabis/Marijuana for the purpose of relieving pain and distressful symptoms of acute, chronic, or incurable illness."  Visit: ccguide.org.uk/news/shownewsarticle.php?articleid=10274 and www.emediawire.com/releases/2005/9/emw279873.htm and www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread21083.shtml and www.medicalcannabis.com/press/pr_Aug_2005.htm and www.prweb.com/releases/2005/9/prweb279873.htm and www.hempevolution.org/media/prweb/prw050904.htm and on various forum and chat rooms like - boards.marihemp.com/boards/msg22x141588.shtml



California Nurses Association

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? CNA leaders writing as representatives of 30,000 registered nurses and members of the medical community in support of the Oakland Cannabis Buyer’s Cooperative’s efforts to alleviate the unnecessary suffering and needless pain of patients who meet the medical necessity standard to receive medical cannabis.  The recent decision to allow distribution of cannabis to patients who fit the medical necessity standard, as outlined by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, is appropriate.  Many, many studies support the use of medical cannabis to control the side effects of chemotherapy as well as for specific illnesses such as glaucoma.  To deny a patient’s use of any drug that allows them relief from the ravages of illness would be immoral.  Visit: www.marijuana.org/CNA10-21-99.htm

California Nurses Association
Shaping Tomorrow's Health Care

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? September 21, 1995 - The California Nurses Association supports AB 1529 (Vasconcellos) which would eliminate California's prohibition against possessing marijuana or growing marijuana for individuals using marijuana for medical purposes.  Many patients suffering from and receiving treatment for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis receive relief from using marijuana.  Marijuana helps patients with nausea, vomiting and muscle spasms where other medications are not effective.  Currently, these patients must break the law to use marijuana to relieve their symptoms.  This measure is a compassionate alternative for patients suffering from these diseases to obtain relief.  Visit: www.freehomepages.com/oregonmedpot/nurse4.htm



We've been contacted by a nurse in Arkansas who is trying to help implement an alternative approach when nurses are having problems with substance abuse. Currently AR is one of the few states which pursues a strictly punitive approach. The state board of nursing says they are interested but that they don't have any money to develop an alternative program. In our efforts to assist this project, we have learned that other states have a small fee paid by nurses which supports such programs, but we haven't learned where grant funds might be available for the initial development of such a program.

 

Does anyone know of a potential source of such grant funding?

 

Denele Campbell, Executive Director

Alliance for Reform of Drug Policy in Arkansas, Inc. - ARDPArk, Inc.

1155 West Sixth Street PMB A17   Fayetteville, AR 72701

479-839-2475 * arkdruglawreform@mindspring.com  *  www.ardpark.org

Sponsor of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Campaign




Legal Medical Marijuana Patients, Proponents Speak Before American Nurses Association

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? June 17, 1996 - Washington, DC, USA. 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.  Visit: www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3604



Supreme Court Rules Feds Can Arrest State-Recognized Medical Cannabis Patients

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? State Laws Authorizing Physician-Supervised Use Of Marijuana Unaffected By Ruling.  Washington, DC: The US Supreme Court today (6/6/05) reversed a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision which found that the federal prosecution of patients who cultivate and possess marijuana for their own medicinal use is an unconstitutional exercise of Congress' Commerce Clause authority.  As a result, the court struck down an injunction barring the Justice Department from arresting the respondents -- California medical cannabis patients Angel McClary Raich and Diane Monson -- for violating the federal Controlled Substances Act.  Ms. Raich and Ms. Monson had filed suit in federal court in 2002 seeking to bar the US Justice Department from taking legal action against them for their state-sanctioned use of medicinal cannabis.  visit: norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6550



Beatty Fires Up Nurses
Carla Marinucci, Political Writer - San Francisco Chronicle, September 23, 2005.
visit: www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/09/23/BAGCVESMKG1.DTL&hw=nurses&sn=001&sc=1000

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Actor Warren Beatty, met with thunderous applause and chants of "run, Warren, run" by a crowd of California nurses,  vowed Thursday he'll continue to criticize Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for the Republican governor's "insulting and bullying" attacks against the state's nurses, teachers and firefighters.

"Government is not show business," said Beatty, who was repeatedly interrupted by standing ovations as the keynote speaker of the California Nurses Association convention, which concludes today in Oakland."  Government by show, by spin, by cosmetics, by photo ops, by fake events, by fake crowds, that's a mistake.

"Not facing facts is a mistake. ... And I'll tell you another mistake -- going after the nurses.  Nurses save our lives.  They take care of us," Beatty said.

The nurses union has been among Schwarzenegger's most vocal critics for much of the year since he tried to overturn lower patient-staffing ratios at hospitals that had been put in place by former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis.

They have been joined by other public employee unions opposing the governor's three Nov. 8 special election measures, which would toughen teacher tenure rules, change the state's budget process and give retired judges the power to draw election districts.

Nurses and their supporters cheered and waved a sea of "Stop Arnold" signs to greet Beatty at the speech, which -- after it was suggested he may announce a run for governor -- drew a crowd of national political and entertainment reporters.

Beatty told reporters, as he has in the past, that this was "not the time for this conversation" but didn't rule out the possibility of running for governor.

Beatty headlined a program including a "who's who" of the governor's biggest critics -- including Rose Ann DeMoro, the head of the California Nurses Association; Lou Paulson, president of the California Professional Firefighters; and Barbara Kerr, president of the California Teachers' Association.

Many nurses in the audience said they were grateful that they had a defender such as Beatty.

"We're honored that a lot of people in the public eye are taking a strong stand, because a year ago, it wouldn't have been popular to criticize the governor," said Jan Rodolfo of Oakland, an oncology nurse at Summit Medical Center.  "Arnold didn't understand that the public sees this profession as a public service."
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Beatty Speach Text: www.calnurse.org/?Action=Content&id=1170



  ORGs 

Health Organization's Endorsements

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Opponents of medical marijuana law reform often argue that few or no health authorities recognize cannabis as a legitimate therapeutic agent.  Most recently, this notion was repeated by DEA Director Asa Hutchinson, who stated, "We all have sympathy for folks that need medication, but we have to listen to the scientific and medical community, and they're saying that marijuana has no legitimate medical purpose."  This contention, however, is altogether untrue.  In reality, numerous health and medical organizations from both the United States and abroad support the use of marijuana as a medicine.  The following list is a sampling of the various health and scientific organizations that back patient access to medical marijuana.  It is intended to provide a cross-section of the medical community's broad support for medical cannabis, and present a referenced, fact-based response to those who claim otherwise.  As the medical cannabis issue continues to stimulate political debate, reformers and legislators need to consider the positions of the medical community to better make informed policy decisions regarding the medical use of marijuana.

See Health Organizations Supporting Immediate Legal Access to Medical Marijuana on MERCYs List at >> “a Nurse Guide to Medical Cannabis” << for all the details.



Medical Use of Marihuana

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Health Canada  grants access to marihuana for medical use to those who are suffering from grave and debilitating illnesses.  It is important to note that the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations deal exclusively with the medical use of marihuana.  They do not address the issue of legalizing marihuana for general consumption.  To learn more about the Regulations and any recent changes, please view the page devoted exclusively to Acts and Regulations.  This information is pertinent to applicants and stakeholders, such as health professionals and law enforcement agencies.  Visit: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/index_e.html

  INFO - Articles 

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? INF (Art) “Medical Establishment Abandons Patients and Ethics: Is there a doctor (or nurse) in the house?”;  Author: Ed Glick, RN; Pubdate: Fri, 1 Mar 2002; Source: Alternatives for Cultural Creativity (Salem, OR) - visit: www.alternativesmagazine.com

MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT ABANDONS PATIENTS AND ETHICS: IS THERE A DOCTOR (OR NURSE) IN THE HOUSE?

Nursing is Caring

”Twenty years ago I began to learn what real suffering looks and feels like.  I watched helplessly while beautiful young men would, in three months time, age 50 years, dying from a disease no one knew anything about at the time.

I have watched tobacco-cancer eat the lungs, livers and hearts out of people.  They had no idea, when they began using this legal herb, the consequences in store for them.

I've cared for all of these people because they were suffering, and because I am a nurse.

Today I sadly witness another widespread - and preventable - tragedy of human suffering.  It is the pain of ill and dying people, legally persecuted for using an illegal herb, and simultaneously denied their appropriate medicine by the medical establishment.  This is the everyday experience of cannabis patients, the "untouchables" of American medicine.

I've listened countless times as patients beg me to give them something I can't - permission to use, grow, smoke, eat, and possess one simple herb.  They ask me to tell a narcotics "task-force" that they couldn't find their registry card, or explain to a doctor that the drug keeps them from vomiting up their protease inhibitors.”  Visit: www.letfreedomgrow.com/articles/or020501.htm for more.



Federal Foolishness and Marijuana
Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D., Editor, New England Journal of Medicine; 30 Jan 1997, published by the Massachusetts Medical Society

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? The advanced stages of many illnesses and their treatments are often accompanied by intractable nausea, vomiting, or pain.  Thousands of patients with cancer, AIDS, and other diseases report they have obtained striking relief from these devastating symptoms by smoking marijuana.  The alleviation of distress can be so striking that some patients and their families have been willing to risk a jail term to obtain or grow the marijuana.

Despite the desperation of these patients, within weeks after voters in Arizona and California approved propositions allowing physicians in their states to prescribe marijuana for medical indications, federal officials, including the President, the secretary of Health and Human Services, and the attorney general sprang into action.  At a news conference, Secretary Donna E. Shalala gave an organ recital of the parts of the body that she asserted could be harmed by marijuana and warned of the evils of its spreading use.  Attorney General Janet Reno announced that physicians in any state who prescribed the drug could lose the privilege of writing prescriptions, be excluded from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and even be prosecuted for a federal crime.  Visit: www.sodaksafeaccess.org/endorsements.htm



Cannabis in Medical Practice; A Legal, Historical, and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana
Edited by Mary Lynn Mathre

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? This book is the collaborative effort of 17 experts from the countries of Brazil, Jamaica, The Netherlands and the United States who tell the story of medical marijuana in layman's language based on facts, scientific inquiry, common sense and compassion.  Included are hundreds of references for those who wish to explore the subject of therapeutic Cannabis to a greater depth.

The legal dilemmas of the Cannabis prohibition are examined; patients, their pain, and their search for legally provided medicine through the court system are presented; legal procedures and issues related to medical use of marijuana are identified and explained.  Attorneys and patients alike will find the information invaluable.  Visit: www.druglibrary.org/olsen/medical/pot/book.html



See more Links at >> “a Nurse Guide to Medical Cannabis”

  NEWs - Sources 

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? MAP: Cannabis - Medicinal   news from MAP. Such as ... PUB LTE: National Nurses Group Backs Medical Marijuan. Thu, 09 ... Marijuana Party Cannabis Cannabis - California Cannabis - Canada Cannabis - Medicinal Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada ..... visit: www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? The MarijuanaNews.Com - Original Marijuana Blog  - with Richard Cowan, "Freedom has nothing to fear from the truth" ... No US Jails Allow Medical Cannabis. No Appeals Left ... California Nurses Association -- Representing 30,000 Registered Nurses -- Urges Judge Breyer Not to Wait For Appeals ... visit: www.marijuananews.com/marijuananews/cowan/medical_cannabis.htm

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Ohio Patient Network (OPN)  - is a non-profit coalition of patients, caregivers, activists and medical professionals who support the compassionate use of cannabis for various medicinal purposes.  Their mission is to coordinate information between patients, medical professionals, and attorneys, as well as to educate the public.  They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of patients, caregivers, activists and medical professionals who support the compassionate use of cannabis for various medical purposes.  Contact: Ohio Patient Network, P.O. Box 26353 - Columbus, Ohio 43226-0353 * 1-888-OH-Patient (1-888-647-2843) or visit: www.ohiopatient.net/newsletter/

Nurses - The Reality, what do we need to know? Cannabis Buyers Clubs: Articles & Info;  This page is more of historical value considering the events of the past two years.  But this is a glimpse at a moment in time in California ... they'll just be pulling CBC stuff into this page then they organize it all a bit more as time permits ... Visit: www.marijuana.org/CBCNews&InfoPage.htm


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