U.S.: Alzheimer's Association Conference To Recognize Legitimacy of Medical Marijuana


Wellness Connection of Maine will be the first-ever medical marijuana dispensary invited to present at this year’s national conference

In light of a recent study that shows low levels of a compound found in marijuana may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Washington, D.C. will -- for the first time ever -- recognize the plant’s potential use in the treatment of the brain disease.

Representing the nation’s medical marijuana industry will be Becky DeKeuster, cofounder and director of Community & Education at Wellness Connection of Maine, the largest provider of medical marijuana in the Northeast.

DeKeuster has worked as a trailblazer in the medical cannabis industry for 15 years, operating in all facets, including direct patient care and legislative efforts. Her poster – #4275 – titled, “Therapeutic Cannabis in Dementia Care: Policy and Practice,” will be the first presentation of marijuana’s potential role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Twenty-three states plus the District of Columbia allow medical cannabis – nearly half of these having legalized medicinal use of the plant within the last five years.

The AAIC will host international investigators, clinicians and care providers to share the latest studies, theories and discoveries in dementia science. The conference will include more than 85 sessions and 1,800 poster and oral presentations featuring the latest dementia research around the world.

WHEN: Monday, July 20, 2015
Three poster sessions: 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; and 3:30-4:15 p.m.

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

WHO: Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed., director of Community & Education at Wellness Connection of Maine, helped lead one of the country’s largest, most well-respected California dispensaries and has been integral in shaping Maine’s medical cannabis program, which was recently ranked #1 in the country. DeKeuster shares a personal connection to medical marijuana, as she watched her father suffer through a losing battle with cancer. She has 10 years experience in the field and is among the most respected advocates in the country.

Wellness Connection of Maine (WCM) operates four of the state’s eight nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, with locations in Portland, Thomaston, Gardiner and Brewer.