Nurse Regains License After Moral Turpitude Charge, Supports Medical Marijuana


PIERCE CITY, Mo — After growing marijuana for her glaucoma-stricken husband, she was raided, and she lost almost everything.

Plenty of choices will face you on the November 6 election. 

Even if you know your stance on medical marijuana in Missouri, there are three ballot measures to choose from.

Dolores Halbin is a registered nurse.

Charged with moral turpitude, her medical license was revoked, because she was growing marijuana to help her husband deal with his glaucoma. 

Halbin had her license stripped over a year ago, but after losing her husband of 40 years, and her career of 30 years.

She has fought to get her medical license back.

“My husband had acute angle glaucoma, which is the most serious kind and it is absolutely untreatable,” Halbin says.  

After he lost an eye to the disease, Dolores Halbin and her husband Gene found that the best thing to ease some of the his pain was marijuana. 

The couple was growing it in their basement for his use, when their world was turned upside down. 

“On March 18th, 2014 our home in Bates County was raided. We did spend one full week in jail. During that time my husband wasn’t given any medications for anything. He had very bad diabetes. He had a silent heart attack in jail and consequently died,” Halbin says.  

In a short time, she lost her husband and her career. 

“I got a special delivery letter almost three years to the date when we were busted,” says Halbin.

The board of nursing had accused her of moral turpitude stripping her of her nursing license, putting her in the same class as someone who may steal medication, or commit even worse crimes.  

After fighting the charge for months, she received better news last week. 

“Well, I just got this in an email. If you can see the green check there, it says ‘unencumbered,'” says Halbin as she displays the message. 

Now that she has her license back, Halbin doesn’t know what is next for her. 

“Well, unfortunately, not going out and getting a nursing job. I still have misdemeanor charges against me. What people don’t understand with that is that a healthcare facility has to carry a special insurance policy on anyone with any kind of a drug conviction,” Halbin says.  

What she does know is this: she wants to help. 

“I hope to work as a cannabis nurse educator, and offer what knowledge I do have to patients, to families, and to healthcare providers.”

Halbin says she is a supporter for Amendment two, one reason being the home grow aspect. It is the only one of the three measures to allow that stipulation.  

Brad Bradshaw with Amendment three has said in his ads, that allowing home grow is “cover for drug dealers”. 

Click here to get a detailed breakdown of each of the three measures for Missouri Medical marijuana to be informed and make your own decision on November 6. 

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