Fifth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

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The Fifth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics will be held on April 4 & 5, 2008 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. (Organized by Patients Out of Time, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and the public about the therapeutic use of cannabis)

This conference is designed to help educate the nurse and/or nurse practitioner.

Content will include: the indications for the medical use of cannabis/marijuana, the recommended method of administration, the safe and proper dosage of this medicine, the potential side effects and how to teach patients about safe and responsible use of this medicine?

In 2003 the ANA passed a resolution in support of cannabis and recommended that RNs get educated on the evidence-based research regarding the efficacy of cannabis/marijuana. (You must login to view the ANA position statement.) This conference is designed to meet those educational needs. The faculty includes researchers and clinicians from the US, Canada, Israel, Spain, and The Netherlands. The theme of this conference is Cannabis – Re-Entering Mainstream Medicine. This theme was chosen to highlight the various cannabis pharmaceutical products being researched and developed around the world and to remind the audience that cannabis was a valuable medication in the US Pharmacopoeia prior to the unjust prohibition of it beginning with The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

Laurie Badzek, the Director of ANA’s Center on Ethics and Human Rights, will be speaking at the conference on Nursing, Ethics and Cannabis. Jon Gettman, PhD, will be updating the audience on the status of a petition to reschedule cannabis to allow its prescription that is currently under review by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Please visit the website of Patients Out of Time ( to register for the conference and/or to learn more about the organization and the therapeutic use of cannabis.