Sneak Preview May 17, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton at Berkeley Marina
A preview of the film plus a panel discussion with Cathy and Bob Jordan, Gregory Gerdeman, PhD and filmmaker Ervin Dargan
At the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 Cathy Jordan was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and told to put her affairs in order as ALS is terminal within a few short years.
On a Florida beach in 1989 she was offered cannabis and thought, “What’s it going to do, kill me?” smoked some and “felt my disease stop”.
In 1996 at an ALS support group, a doctor threatened to “make sure if a cure for ALS is ever found that I’ll make sure you don’t get it” if Cathy told any other patients that cannabis was keeping her alive. Looking back, Cathy said “She doesn’t know it but she made me an activist!”
I met Cathy Jordan in March of 2000 on a “Journey for Justice” to Florida’s capital with other patients and caregivers demanding legal access to medicinal cannabis.
Over the next seventeen years I’ve witnessed unconditional love and compassion; confirmation through science; confrontation with law enforcement; and obstruction from politicians, even as the people of Florida voted overwhelmingly for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing medical cannabis for all.
I’m honored to help tell Cathy’s compelling story, along with her family, fellow activists, researchers and even politicians … because the journey continues.
Ervin Dargan, Natural Right Media –
“Catching Up to Cathy” documentary