Patients Out Of Time (POT)
Definition - What does Patients Out Of Time (POT) mean?
Patients Out of Time (POT) is a Virginia-based non-profit organization started in 1995 to educate and advocate to health care professionals and the general public about the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. They espouse the evidence-based science behind the use of marijuana and about the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Hydrolife explains Patients Out Of Time (POT)
POT was preceded by the non-profit lobbying group, the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics formed by husband and wife team Robert C. Randall and Alice O’Leary Randall. When the couple retired in 1995 for health issues, their friends Al Byrne and Mary Lynn Mathre, a nurse, founded Patients Out of Time.
The history of Patients out of Time began in 1976 when Robert Randall become the first person to be prescribed marijuana for it’s healing properties.
In Randall’s case, it was for his Glaucoma. He was dubbed “The Father of the Medical Marijuana Movement” and remained active in its cause until his death in 2001, making numerous appearances at public events, and giving interviews for print publications, television, and radio.
Patients Out of Time, together with other marijuana advocacy groups, have challenged the DEA on the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance. In December of 2016, POT petitioned the White House, urging the de-scheduling of cannabis.