Many people know Teri Robnett as the medical marijuana patient advocate Rx MaryJane. Teri is the Founder and Executive Director of Colorado-based Cannabis Patients Alliance, considered the most effective political voice for patients in the state.
A medicinal cannabis patient herself, Teri was diagnosed with fibromyalgia nearly three decades ago in 1987. In that time she tried nearly every drug and treatment available to control her pain, fatigue and other symptoms. In the spring of 2009 she was introduced to the medicinal benefits of cannabis, and her life was changed forever. In 2011, she gave up the last of her prescription medications and now uses cannabis exclusively to control her symptoms.
In 2012, Teri burst onto the political scene when her testimony and advocacy helped to defeat the 5ng THC for DUI bill in the Colorado Legislature. With marijuana legalization on the ballot, she and her husband actively campaigned to elect cannabis-friendly candidates.
In 2013, she followed the Governor's Task Force on Amendment 64, lobbied for cannabis patients rights at the State Capitol throughout the legislative session, and spent the remainder of the year working with counties and local communities in developing reasonable regulations regarding marijuana.
Teri was recognized as the Most Valuable Advocate in 2013 at the Cannabis Business Awards.
In 2014, she was appointed to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Scientific Advisory Council, which oversees the disbursement of $9 million in grants for medical marijuana research, and to the Marijuana Education Oversight Committee that developed the state's Good to Know campaign.
Teri has served on Rulemaking Groups by the Marijuana Enforcement Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue: Medical Differentiation (2013), Edible Product Production Safety (2013), and Testing, Packaging and Labeling (2015). And on the CDPHE's Working Group on Testing for Patients and Caregivers (2015-16).
Teri has recently been appointed to the City of Boulders Marijuana Advisory Council, and has joined the Colorado School of Public Health's stakeholders group overseeing a Marijuana and Child Welfare Assessment.
Teri regularly meets with legislators, policy-makers, and advocates from across the country and the world to discuss issues important to medical marijuana patients and act as a trusted advisor on policies affecting patients and cannabis consumers overall.
Teri is a Colorado native, a mother and grandmother, and one of the foremost experts on marijuana policy in Colorado.
Andrew Freedman, Colorado Director of Marijuana Coordination, referred to Teri as "THE Patient Advocate for Colorado". With her depth of knowledge and expertise, it's easy to see why.
Dunkin’ Donuts has been running a commercial recently that really bothers me. It’s a cute little spot about kids imitating their parents before they’ve had their morning coffee. Don’t get me wrong. I love my morning coffee. Meeting a friend… Read More ›
Last week the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) finally announced their plans for a random testing program. After months of pressuring the MED to implement what the legislature directed in 2015, you’d think this would be cause to celebrate. Unfortunately, this… Read More ›
I’ve been watching all the frenzy about a report that came out last week on Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) saying that they’ve discovered some new mystery disease in legal marijuana states. Oh, the humanity! What is Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome? Leafly explains… Read More ›
Medical cannabis patients across Colorado owe my brother Mike Robnett a huge thank you, and they don’t even know it. Today, December 26th, 2016, would have been my oldest brother’s 68th birthday. Growing up, I absolutely adored my big brother… Read More ›
When people think about Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), they usually think about male combat veterans (only about 17% of combat veterans are female). But PTS isn’t limited to the horrors of war. There is plenty of trauma to go around. NOTE:… Read More ›
We do live in interesting times, don’t we? After suffering through a lengthy, destructive and contentious election, we are all left reeling, wondering what’s next. The political rhetoric has divided and damaged us as a nation and as people. And… Read More ›
At the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference in Denver, Teri Robnett spoke to a group of doctors, researchers, and others about her experience using cannabis to manage her fibromyalgia. Watch and listen to her moving account and the advice she… Read More ›
On September 21, 2016, I testified before the 2016 Interim Study Committee on Cost-benefit Analysis of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado in support of a proposed bill that would add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions qualifying one for… Read More ›
Let me tell you about my friend Jack Splitt. I first met Jack in January 2015 when he and his nurse came to Cannabis Patients Day at the Capitol. His mom Stacey Linn was unable to be there, but he… Read More ›
I’m not surprised, but I’m still outraged and heartbroken by the DEA’S decision not to reschedule, much less deschedule, cannabis. Not surprised because… well… it’s the Drug Enforcement Administration. They’ve rejected all previous attempts to change the scheduling of cannabis. Sure,… Read More ›