Meet Cathy Jordan. Cathy was diagnosed in 1986 with ALS or Lou Gerhig's Disease. This always fatal disease ravishes the body. An ALS diagnosis often means choking to death on food, drowning in your own saliva, feeding tubes, loss of control of limbs, loss of your ability to speak and even worse. 

In 1989, Cathy flew to Florida from her home in Delaware. She intended to winter in Florida so she could save enough muscle relaxants to go home and die with dignity. While in Florida she was offered a joint of Myakka Gold - a local south west Florida strain grown in the Myakka River valley. If you ask her, she will tell you, she felt her disease stop. 

The proof is in the life she has led since her diagnosis.


A Day in the Life

Team Florida CAN helped create this guide to living with ALS. Thoughts from Cathy Jordan "ALS and Cannabis" helps readers understand how cannabis works for Cathy. Many people do not understand the value of cannabis medicine for patients.

In this brochure, you read about the strains Cathy uses and why she uses them. It talks about depression, pain, muscle spasms and the way smoked cannabis helps Cathy manage her disease. 

The Federal Government operating as the Department of Health and Human Services applied for and received patent #6630507. The patent lists the use of certain cannabinoids found within the cannabis sativa plant in certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkingson's and HIV dementia.

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Cathy is a powerful player in Florida politics. Why? She always shows up, year after year.

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Cathy's husband Bob has fought side-by-side with Cathy for over 25 years to keep his wife alive.

Right to Life

April 28, 2012, Tucson, AZ - Seventh National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics - ALS patient Catherine Jordan says medical cannabis keeps her alive. Cathy is President of the Florida Cannabis Action Network. Follow her pursuit of the Right to Life at:,

Cannabis Therapeutics conference hosted by Patients Out of time:

Surviving ALS #2

Cathy was diagnosed with ALS in 1986. The progression of the disease is rapid. ALS patients typically survive 3-5 years after diagnosis. Hear Cathy, her family and friends talk about the transformation cannabis had in her life.

Journey for Justice Day 5

March 28, 2000 - Arriving in Madison, Florida, Cathy Jordan, with husband Bob and a caravan of medical marijuana patients and caregivers, educates the public on the issue of access to a God-given medicine. Cathy has been living with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) for 14 years at that time - 22 years at present. Later that evening, Cathy and Bob recount some of the Journey and why they are going to see the Governor.


The Doctor Knows Best

Meet Dr. Dennis Petro. Dr. Petro is a world-class expert on cannabis as it related to neuro-muscular disorders. In this short video, Dr. Petro and Cathy look at the various ways cannabis helps Cathy cope with ALS and prevent further deterioration.

Leading a Journey for Justice

Cathy didn't wake up one day and decide to become an activist. Doctors told her that although cannabis had extended her life for 10 years, she would be ineligible for a cure because of her "illegal drug use."  In the spring of 2000, she and Bob took a Journey for Justice from Starke Prison to the Florida Capitol.

Get Your Motor Running

Share the adventure with Cathy Jordan and her husband Bob as they traverse life with Lou Gerhig's Disease.