Jersey City – Patients Out of Time, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1995, brings our 12th national conference for medical professionals to New Jersey next week. “Cannabis: Relieves Pain, Treats Addiction” will be at Loew’s Movie Palace, 54 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, N.J. May 10 – 12, 2018. Members of the public are welcome.
The conference is the first and longest-running training program for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals to earn CME and CEU continuing education requirements, all focused on the science supporting effective uses of cannabis therapy. 20 total credits are offered for the three days, and attorneys can also earn CLEs for the Policy Workshop “Cannabis in the States of Confusion” May 10th.
Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN the President and Co-Founder of Patients Out of Time says, “As the current opioid crisis rages, this conference will present the evidence supporting medical cannabis as a safe and viable remedy.” Governor Murphy is correct in saying that expanding NJs medical program will “ensure that [patients] are less likely to turn to potentially more harmful and less medically appropriate drugs such as opioids.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, in an April 24th open letter to Attorney Gen. Sessions, noted cannabis’ role in alleviating the opioid epidemic as cannabis is both an alternative to pain pills and actually helps disrupt addiction. Dr. Gupta suggests to Sessions that to discover how cannabis really helps patients, he might trail Dr. Sue Sisley, Dr. Julie Holland, Dr. Staci Gruber, or Dr. Dustin Sulak.
Those four that Dr. Gupta mentions are among the world-class faculty presenting in Jersey City May 10-12, joining other such luminaries as Melanie Dreher PhD RN, Dedi Meiri PhD, and Ethan Russo MD. Patients Out of Time is America’s oldest educational nonprofit devoted to teaching about medical cannabis. Our programs bring together the highest-level professionals in the medical and scientific research world, as well as those focused on law and business.
Patients, activists, and policymakers are key partners in our conferences. Thursday’s policy workshop will discuss how the current prohibition affects various types of patients: Ken Wolski and Lynn Paltrow on children & families; Dale Gieringer on drug testing; Malik Burnett and Shaleen Title on compliance in business and medical licensing; a panel led by Raymond Brown and Deborah Peterson Small on racial disparity as a consequence of prohibition, and a discussion led by Alan Silber on how the discovery of the endocannabinoid system changed everything and why De-scheduling cannabis is our only option.
New Jersey is the perfect place to discuss the future of cannabis. Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order #6, directing a review of the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) in order to expand it and ease access for patients. As such, all healthcare professionals in the Garden State now need to be prepared to properly guide their patients about cannabis. With a greater understanding of the expected effects, side effects, dosages and drug interactions associated with cannabis, the therapy can be more easily integrated into overall care.
Attendees can register for the entire May 10-12 conference, or separately: for Friday and Saturday one-day passes, the Thursday Policy Workshop, or the Friday night benefit dinner, May 11 at Liberty State Park. Most of the faculty will attend the dinner, joining guests Riley Cote (NHL) and Mike James (NFL)