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Al Byrne

LCdr Al Byrne, SC, USN Ret
CEO of Veterans for Compassionate Care

Al Byrne is a retired LCdr of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps who served in Vietnam among numerous other places. He is the COO and co-founder of Patients Out of Time http://www.medicalcannabis.com and a board member of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access. Mr. Byrne has served on the planning committee and as the program moderator for Patients Out of Time's biennial conference series since 2000. Mr. Byrne is an expert in post-traumatic stress among combat Veterans and served as a peer counselor for Vietnam Veterans with PTSD. He has had numerous articles published on the use of medical cannabis, and is an expert witness in the area of medical cannabis. He is the co-host of two weekly radio shows on Time4Hemp network.

Kyle Kushman talks with Al Byrne. Al tells about his personal experience with cannabis and how it helped him decide to become a leader for the cause of cannabis education and legalization. Kyle and Al also touch on cannabis and PTSS.
Mary Lynn Mathre

Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN
Director of Nursing and Education

Mary Lynn Mathre has been in the nursing profession for more than 38 years and her career began in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps upon earning her BSN in 1975. She earned her MS degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland 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 since that time. 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). She is the President and Co-founder of Patients Out of Time and the President and Founding member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. Ms. Mathre served on the planning committee for Patients Out of Time's biennial 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.

Our History

Our goal is to provide a complete business model that will be bi-partisan in nature and have support from all political classes.

We are currently in the final stages of developing a program for Disabled Veterans who are suffering from combat related stressors and injuries. This harm reduction model will utilize retired military command level officers and personel to provide an environment of compassion for the unique situations our warfighter community faces in their healing process.

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What We DO


Provide high quality medical cannabis at our State licensed clinic dispensary including: raw cannabis, extracts and infusions, edibles, teas, ice cream, hard candies, and vaporizers for patients.


Cannabis is beneficial in a variety of conditions including spastic conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Insomnia from a variety of causes and Tic and Impulse Control Disorders (including Tourette's Syndrome).


Providing behavioral health, under an MD Clinical Director, we are networking the Veterans community in Washington State into our Patients Group. This advocacy group will provide an alternative to high doses of narcotics and sleeping medications being currently used to treat PTSD and other combat related injuries by directing our members to medical practioners that are compassionate and knowledgeable about cannabis therapy.