Nurses speak at cannabis event in Pueblo

Nurses speak at cannabis event in Pueblo

PUEBLO – Every month the Southern Colorado chapter of Women Grow get together as part of a professional network of female leaders in the cannabis industry. On Thursday night at the meeting at Pueblo’s Rosemount Museum, that profession was nursing. "We’re here about education with informed sources," said Lisa LeFevre, SoCo Women Grow Chapter Chair. While medical marijuana has been around for quite some time, new issues are still arising, such as its use with children and allowing it in schools. That was one of the topics discussed at Thursday’s event with a unique perspective from registered nurses and a Southern Colorado mother. "I’ve been a nurse since 2011 and my specialty is pediatrics and neurology specifically," said Jennie Stormes, RN and Colorado Springs mom. Stormes’ son has Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy, and takes medical cannabis to treat and reduce his seizures. As a registered nurse, Stormes said she relies on her medical background when helping to treat her son. "And we do want to make this a specialty in nursing," said Juhlzie Monteiro, RN and co-creator of Cannabis Nurses Magazine. Monteiro and Stormes have both worked together to advocate for policy changes in Colorado and other states when it comes to cannabis therapy. Monteiro was another featured speaker at Thursday’s event. "At that’s what we’re trying to do at a national level, bring nurses involved in cannabis therapeutics so we can actually be there and teach at dispensaries," said Monteiro. Stormes has also worked hard to change school policies to allow parents to administer non-smokeable, medical cannabis products to their children at school as part of their prescribed medical treatment. "So it’s about educating and changing the law, and now that this has been become mandatory once the governor signs it, for the school districts, we need to help implement good policies," said Stormes. On Thursday night she talked not only as a nurse, but as a mother and advocate, telling the crowd how she and other parents helped get a state law passed that gives schools the power to permit medical marijuana on campus. "It is working, these kids are paying attention they’re getting an education now," said Stormes. Women Grow is a national network with chapters in 35 cities. They said the chapter in Southern Colorado is the fastest growing group. Women Grow meets the first Thursday of every month and focus on different topics in the marijuana industry.

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