Judy Mendoza – Moms to Moms – Lecturer
M-Squared…Moms to Moms
Helping Mother’s of Special Needs Children To Connect….
Msquared is an organization focused on helping mothers of special needs children to connect. Having a child with special needs can disintegrate even the most connected families. Reducing anxiety for the children and the parents is crucial. One component of MSquared’s mission is to tell my story about what has helped my family. One thing has been to turn to an alternative form of treatment for my son, medical marijuana. It is my desire to share my story with other parents in similar situations and to share resources so that with a Dr.’s recommendation these parents have access to medical cannabis that is safe, especially when using edibles with children with severe food allergies.
A little bit about me and my family…
Before I had children I worked in Human Resources for 13 years at two fortune 500 companies. It was very rewarding, but I always knew that I wanted to be a mother. www.msquaredsite.org
About Dr. Robert J. Melamede, PhD., Lecturer
World-renowned Medical Cannabis Research expert Dr. Robert Melamede has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the City University of New York. Dr. Melamede is a retired Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2005, where he continues to teach and research cannabinoids, cancer, and DNA repair. Dr. Melamede is recognized as a leading authority on the therapeutic uses of cannabis, and has authored or co-authored dozens of papers on a wide variety of scientific subjects. Dr. Melamede’s current focus is on integrating far from equilibrium thermodynamic physics with the biology of life and health and the unique evolutionary role played by the endocannabinoid system in these processes. Dr. Melamede also serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, the Scientific Advisory Board of Americans for Safe Access, Sensible Colorado, Scientific Advisor for Cannabis Therapeutics as well as a variety other of state dispensaries and marijuana patient advocacy groups. Dr. Melamede frequently serves as an expert witness in cannabis-related trials. Dr. Melamede’s testimony was critical in the recent trial of growers for the Vancouver Island Compassion Society that resulted Canadian Court’s ruling that their current medical marijuana laws were unconstitutional. Please visit www.phytiva.com and www.youtube.com to view speeches by Dr. Robert Melamede speaking on the effectiveness of Medical Cannabinoids on for a number of different medical applications.
Dr. Melamede, is currently the President & CEO of Cannabis Science Inc., (OTCBB:CBIS), a pioneering U.S. biotech company that is focused on developing pharmaceutical cannabis products.
Doctor Alfonso Jimenez D.O., F.A.A.F.P – Lecturer
Dr. Jimenez is a pioneer doctor in area of Medical Marijuana. Dr. Jimenez is also the founder of Medical Marijuana of San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Hawaii. He is a board certified family practitioner with the American Board of Family Practice, and a Fellow with the American Academy of Family Practice. He has an extensive background in the business of medicine. He was Vice President of St. Francis West for two years. He served as the chief of credentialing and was the former chief of medicine at St. Francis West. He attended medical school at Michigan State, interned at UCLA, and did his residency at University of Hawaii. He ran for Hawaii State Representative in District 42 in a recent election. Additionally, he has been the family practice liaison on several boards for HMSA, and qualified expert witness. He has a solo practice in Leeward Oahu where he employs a family practice nurse practitioner full time, and contracts board certified family practice physicians.
Dr Jimenez is a member of the Board Certified Family Practice Physician Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians. His website is http://www.drjimenez.org/
Robert Platshorn, a.k.a. Bobby Tuna – Author – Lecturer
Robert Platshorn, author of Black Tuna Diaries and America’s longest (30 yrs) imprisoned nonviolent marijuana offender. Raised on South St. in downtown Philadelphia, acting ambitions earned him a supporting role in a successful off Broadway play while still in high school. The same skill led to Robert becoming one of America’s most famous pitchmen. The late Billy Mays called him “A legend in the pitch business”. Seen for years on TV, at fairs, and shows selling Vita Mix, frozen food knives, and gadgets. Robert studied communications at University of Miami.
At twenty-four he moved to London to found Dynamic Reading Institutes. Starting with a rented classroom, within three years there were fourteen schools in three countries and his teachers giving classes at Oxford, Cambridge, London University and the House of Lords. On his return to the U.S he started the Ice Cream Factory. Using a unique pushcart he invented, he became the second largest distributor of Breyers ice cream.
He moved back to Miami in 1975 to attend Law School. Miami in the 70’s was the center of the Colombian pot trade. Robert turned his business acumen to the mission of smuggling Colombian pot. Attorney general Griffin Bell named Robert’s organization the Black Tuna Gang and alleged they were responsible for most of the marijuana crossing the Florida coast. In 1979, a year after quiting the smuggling business, he was indicted, convicted and sentenced to 64 years in federal prison. He was released in late 2008 after serving almost 30 years in eleven different prisons.
Robert lives in Florida with his wife Lynne. He works for Medical Marijuana, collecting signatures for a Florida ballot initiative sponsored by PUFMM and NORML. He has appeared at Universities, Concerts, benefits, Expos and in the media to promote the cause, tell his story, and sign copies of his
autobiography, Black Tuna Diaries (www.blacktunadiaries.com). His story was featured in three different editions of High Times, The New York Times, The Wall St Journal, Time, and most other national media outlets. His writing has been seen in The New York Times, High Times and various publications.
Dennis Perone, Co-author of California Proposition 215 – Lecturer
Dennis Perone (born April 8, 1945, Bronx, New York) is an openly gay American medical marijuana and LGBT activist and businessman who was the figurehead for the legality of cannabis throughout the 1990s influencing many in California and thus changing the political debate of marijuana in the United States. He grew up on Long Island, served in the Air Force in Vietnam and moved to The Castro, San Francisco, where he sold marijuana, cofounded the Cannabis Buyers Club, and coauthored California Proposition 215. His marijuana business was busted by authorities in 1978 and 1990. In 1996, Dan Lungren, state attorney general, ordered another bust of Peron’s club. Proposition 215 was passed soon thereafter, which allowed the club to reopen. Later in 1996 The Grassroots Party of Minnesota fielded Dennis Peron, as their first Presidential nominee, in the U.S. presidential election. Peron received 5,400 votes. In 1998, Peron ran in the Republican primary for California governor against his rival Lungren (who won the primary and lost the election to Gray Davis).
Perone has voiced support for decriminalization of all marijuana use as he believes the herb is medicinal just as food is and thus should be available to those who want to benefit from it.