Do like the Canadians; Legalize pot.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 2:00 PM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Adriaan Buma
Adriaan Hopperus Buma is a public health physician who served in the Netherlands Navy for 38 years in various Fleet, Marine Corps and Joint Command and Staff functions. Among others he served as Medical Plans Officer at NATO HQ in Northwood (UK), Dep. AFOR Medical Advisor (Albania) and Senior Medical Officer on St. Martin after Hurricane Luis. As Senior Fleet Surgeon he was in charge of the national medical planning for UN missions to Eritrea (UNMEE) and Liberia (UNMIL). He was Commanding Officer of the joint deployable surgical teams which brought him to Iraq and Afghanistan. His final position was Inspector-General Military Health Care. Admiral Buma is a graduate of Utrecht University and received his public health training in Leiden. His Ph.D.-studies during the UNTAC-mission (Cambodia) comprised studies on health surveillance, malaria and hepatitis. He is a founding examiner of the Diploma in Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine for the Society of Apothecaries of London, preparing military and civilian doctors for disaster and humanitarian relief operations. He is editor of the textbook on Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine. He is the recipient of the 25th Michael E. DeBakey International Military Surgeons Award (USUHS, Bethesda MD) and has been knighted to Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau. He has fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (UK) and the New Westminster College, Vancouver B.C. Since his retirement from the Navy (2012) he works as senior consultant in the Harbour Hospital Rotterdam (Dept. Tropical & Travel Medicine) and lectures at the Netherlands.
Andrew Hano
Dr. Hano is a hematologist/medical oncologist having practiced in Pinellas County, Florida for 32 years and retiring in 2015. He has served as an associate medical director with Hospice of the Florida Suncoast for 10 years and was on the board of the American Cancer Society, Pinellas chapter. He served on the staff of several local hospitals, including being Chief of Medicine and Chief of Staff at Largo Medical Center Hospital. He belongs to the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and, more recently, the American Association of Cannabis Medicine. Dr. Hano has witnessed the relief cannabis has provided for patients in legally prescribed forms, dating back to his fellowship in Detroit in the early 80s, when cannabis cigarettes were being used for a brief period of time for chemotherapy induced nausea. He has long felt that cannabis has valid medical uses, with numerous medical papers done over the years confirming this. The side effect profile is superior to numerous currently prescribed medications, especially the opioids/narcotics. His wife is included in this group, as she is a cancer patient on continued chemotherapy.
Amy Ronshausen
Amy Ronshausen is the new Executive Director of both Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), national nonprofit organizations that work to defeat drug legalization attempts, promote sound drug policies, and prevent drug use, abuse and addiction. Mrs. Ronshausen has dedicated most of her adult life to the work of reducing illegal drug use and drug prevention. In her ten years with Drug Free America Foundation and S.O.S, she has assisted in coordinating successful grassroots advocacy campaigns to defeat marijuana legalization efforts, coordinated statewide prevention summits, analyzed and tracked state and federal drug policy legislation, and trained prevention professionals at local and national conferences. Prior to coming to DFAF, Mrs. Ronshausen spent three years as a program specialist with the Pinellas County Adult Drug Court, working under four judges. While in drug court, Mrs. Ronshausen linked defendants with treatment providers and monitored their progress through the criminal justice system. In 2007, Mrs. Ronshausen was awarded Best Team Practices for her work in Adult Drug Court. Mrs. Ronshausen started her work in drug prevention with Operation PAR, the largest treatment provider in Pinellas County, where she started off as a call specialist in their access center and then worked as a juvenile certified GAIN assessor. She also worked as a juvenile counselor for PAR's Adolescent Recovery Intervention Services and the Juvenile Enhancement Treatment Services and is trained in Motivational Enhancement and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Mrs. Ronshausen volunteers as the Executive Director for the Florida Coalition Alliance, representing over 30 community anti-drug coalitions. She is a LiveFree! Key Leader Council member, chairs the Marijuana Task Force as part of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, and serves on the Pinellas County Opioid Task Force. Mrs. Ronshausen serves on the board of Informed Families and represents North America on the World Federation Against Drugs board. Mrs. Ronshausen received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from University of South Florida.