Alice O’Leary-Randall, LPN

ACNA Director

Alice O’Leary-Randall is a senior spokesperson for the medical marijuana movement. In 1976 her late husband, Robert C. Randall, became the first person in the U.S. to legally receive medical marijuana. The couple co-founded the medical marijuana movement in America, assisting patients and educating the American public about the therapeutic potential of cannabis. 

In 1980 they co-founded Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics, the nation’s first non-profit organization devoted to medical cannabis issues. They worked side-by-side on the issue until Robert’s death in 2001. At that point Alice embarked on a nursing career to fulfill her desire to work in hospice. She was a hospice nurse for six years, retiring in 2012. 

Following her retirement from hospice nursing Alice returned to the medical cannabis movement.  She serves on the Boards of Directors for American Association of Cannabis Nurses and Mary’s Foundation of Caring. In the fall of 2014 she campaigned for Amendment 2 in her home state of Florida. She is a frequent contributor to Huffington PostCannabis Now Magazine and has spoken at numerous conferences. She is also the medical cannabis ambassador for Mary’s Medicinals, a Denver-based nutraceutical company. She continues to educate and celebrate the contributions of many brave individuals who courageously fought for medical access to cannabis. She is the author of Medical Marijuana in America: Memoir of a Pioneer.

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