By Ben Cooper
photo by Meg Runion
Mary Lynn Mathre is a former nurse who wants patients to have access to a controversial medicine: pot.
From an early age, the Minnesota native was interested in practicing medicine. She enrolled in the Navy to finish her undergraduate degree in nursing and after being discharged, she pursued a graduate degree.
In the 1980s, as a medical experiment, the federal government began supplying a small number of people with medical cannabis for various problems, says Mathre. She witnessed the benefits to these patients and has been outraged ever since by Uncle Sam’s refusal to acknowledge marijuana as a legitimate form of medicine.