Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN

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President, Founding Director

Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre is the President and Co-founder of Patients Out of Time and Past President and Founding Member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA). Mary Lynn graduated from the College of St. Teresa In Winona, MN in 1975 and began her nursing career in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She earned her MS degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1985 and her thesis was on Marijuana Disclosure to Health Care Professionals. Originally a medical–surgical nurse, Ms. Mathre changed specialties in 1987 and has been a certified addictions registered nurse (CARN) since 1989. She began as the charge nurse on the Addiction Treatment Unit at the University of Virginia Health System, and later as the first Clinician 5 (expert level), she was the Addictions Consult Nurse for UVA Health System until 2002. She later was Exec. Dir. of an opioid dependence treatment center in Charlottesville.

She is the editor of Cannabis in Medical Practice: A Legal, Historical and Pharmacological Overview of the Therapeutic Use of Marijuana (1997) and co-editor of Women and Cannabis: Medicine, Science and Sociology (2002).  Ms. Mathre served on the planning committee for Patients Out of Time’s national clinical cannabis conference series that began in 2000; has authored numerous papers and chapters on medical cannabis; authored several organizational resolutions supporting medical cannabis; is a co-host on two weekly radio programs on medical cannabis; testified before numerous state legislative committees; and has spoken on the topic of medical cannabis at numerous local, regional, national and international conferences.

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Michael Aldrich, PhD

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Educator, Historian

Michael Aldrich is a cannabis historian and the Secretary at Patients Out of Time. Aldrich is the author of the first Ph.D. dissertation on cannabis in the U.S., “Marijuana Myths & Folklore,” SUNY-Buffalo, 1970.

Aldrich founded the first college chapter of LEMAR at SUNY-Buffalo in 1967 and was co-founder of Amorphia from 1969-73, which sponsored the first California Marijuana Initiative in 1972. He was curator of the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Library from 1974-2002 and trained AIDS outreach workers from 1989-2001.

He was Executive Director of CHAMP 2001-2002 and co-founder of SPARC dispensary from 2010- present.

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Barbara Douglass

Barbara Douglass
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Founding Director
IND Patient, Multiple Sclerosis
Lakeside, Iowa

Barbara Douglass is a Founding Director, and an IND Patient between 1991 to 2013 to help treat Multiple Sclerosis. Douglass is out of the IND program simply because her primary care physician moved out of the area. Barbara Douglass is a spokesperson for Patients Out of Time and currently resides in Lakeside, Iowa.

(Federal IND Patients are recipients of legal medical cannabis, provided by the U.S. government through the FDA’s Investigational New Drug Program.)

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Denis Petro, M.D.

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Founding Director, Practicing Neurologist & Drug Researcher

Denis Petro, MD is a Founding Director of Patients Out of Time. Dr. Petro is a neurologist and has researched cannabis use for Multiple Sclerosis patients and has served as an expert witness for many cases concerning medical cannabis. Dr. Petro serves as a medical spokesperson and researcher for Patients Out of Time.

Dr. Petro is a board-certified neurologist with over 30 years experience in pharmaceutical research and development and medical practice. He began his post-residency career at the FDA and conducted the FDA Advisory meeting which defined the use of aspirin as primary prevention of stroke  and advised Congress in writing the Orphan Drug Act of 1983. He conducted the first study of a cannabinoid (THC) in treatment of muscle spasms in spasticity, While working with the pharmaceutical industry, he developed a number of drugs for treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, chronic pain, depression, cognitive impairment and seizure disorders. He testified in support of medicinal cannabis at the DEA Rescheduling Hearing in 1986 and consulted with the  Institute of Medicine  in preparation of the IOM report on Medical Marijuana in 1997. He has been recognized as an expert in neurology and pharmacology by both the state and federal court systems of the USA, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom.

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George McMahon

George McMahon
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Founding Director
IND Patient, Nail Patella Syndrome

George McMahon is a founding member of Patients Out of Time. McMahon has a rare congenital disorder called nail-patella syndrome for which he received approximately 9 ounces of cannabis every month from the Federal IND Patients program. McMahon is from Iowa and has recently relocated his family to Colorado in order to find a new doctor.

(Federal IND Patients are recipients of legal medical cannabis provided by the U.S. government through the FDA’s Investigational New Drug Program.)

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Elvy Musikka

Elvy Musikka
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IND Patient, Glaucoma
Oregon

Elvy Musikka is a strong advocate for medical cannabis and spokesperson for Patients Out of Time. Musikka is the longest living female IND Patient, receiving 11 ounces of cannabis every month from the federal government.

(Federal IND Patients are recipients of legal medical cannabis provided by the U.S. government through the FDA’s Investigational New Drug Program.)

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Irvin Rosenfeld

Irvin Rosenfeld
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IND Patient, Chronic Pain
Florida

Irvin Rosenfeld is the longest surviving of the final two Federal medical cannabis patients in the United States. The Federal Government has been supplying him 10 medical cannabis cigarettes per day for over 34 years for his severe bone tumor disorder. He has owned My Medicine Consulting since 2010.

In the capacity of a Federal patient, Irv has spoken in the following state capitols:
Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Montana, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He has spoken to politicians in New York, Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon, Ohio, Washington state, Washington DC, and Missouri. He also recently spoke in San Juan for Puerto Rico’s new law. Irv is well received when he speaks to state entities as well as city and county. They appreciate and respect his knowledge and experience.

He has been covered by numerous television and print media in all those areas. Some of the shows he’s been on are: NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, CBS Evening News with John Roberts, CNN News with Aaron Brown, CNN Talk Back Live (5), The Montel Williams Show, Penn & Teller’s “Bullshit Show,” numerous documentaries such as Showtime’s “In Pot We Trust,” “Waiting to Inhale,” the PBS Emmy-winning “Smoking Medicine: The Marijuana Issue,” and PBS’s “Clearing the Smoke.”

Irv has been covered by hundreds of newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, and the Sun-Sentinel.

He has spoken publicy at many venues, from five people to thousands.

Irv has been a financial consultant for the last 29 years in South Florida.

The the last six years, he has owned My Medicine Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in cannabis business, and educating the public at all levels from citizens to elected officials.

For the last 22 years, Irv has been a volunteer teaching mentally, physically, and economically challenged children and adults to sail adapted sailboats at “Shake-A-Leg” in Miami.

Irv is a board member of Patients Out of Time, a 501c3 organization. It is the first organization that is sanctioned by the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association to teach doctors and nurses about medical cannabis where they receive continuing education credits.

He is a co-founder of The Silver Tour, a 501c3 organization that teaches senior citizens about the benefits of medical cannabis.

Irv has written his life story and that of the history of the medical cannabis movement in this country in his book “My Medicine: How I Convinced the US Government to Provide My Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement,” which was published in 2010 and is available at www.mymedicinethebook.com and Kindle.

He has been able to do all this because he has the right medicine for his severe bone tumor disorder. Irv feels we need to give every patient the same privilege, while educating our cities, counties, and the state about the specific needs to grow this new, blossoming industry, guide them on how to set up and implement canna businesses in their communities, and ensure safety and prosperity for all involved.

(Federal IND Patients are recipients of legal medical cannabis, provided by the U.S. government through the FDA’s Investigational New Drug Program.)

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