The Nevada City Council will soon be voting to approve its first medical cannabis dispensary.
Council members have the opportunity to select a dispensary with a mission to serve patients, protect the environment, and give 100 percent of its net proceeds to local nonprofits that serve the community. That mission is why I joined the board of directors of “Growing Community,” a new, not-for-profit organization that is entirely locally owned and controlled.
I know that medical cannabis is a controversial issue in our community. While I am not trying to change peoples’ minds on this topic, I have seen firsthand how people have come to support medical cannabis once it has helped someone they love.
When my husband was diagnosed in April 2012 with Stage 4 liver cancer and sent home with hospice, our lives changed drastically. He did not respond to opiates and we were thankful when a neighbor brought us the oil concentrate of the cannabis plant. His nausea and pain diminished in several weeks and he stopped losing weight. We did not know till several months later that his tumors were also disappearing. While originally given only a few months more to live, my husband and I enjoyed more than four more quality years together thanks to medical cannabis.
During those years, I started a website about the cannabis plant, collecting research and lab tests results from as far away as Israel and Spain. Many of us know how cannabis has helped epileptic children like Silas Hurd. My research found that people are also successfully using cannabis to treat Parkinson’s, MS, depression, opiate addiction and even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s. I shared my husband’s story and treatment online, too. As a result, people contacted me from all over the world and I was saddened that I