Pubdate: Fri, 03 Dec 2010
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Robert Galia
Author: Robert Galia


Regarding the letter, "Tell the truth about marijuana": I totally
resent the author's claim that I am nothing more than a drug dealer,
only interested in money. The truth is my collective provides
pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis to a wide variety of patients
for a wide variety of ailments. We are a nonprofit corporation. I
rarely get a paycheck. We are here for the patients, and I'm very
proud of what we do.

When I first became involved with medical cannabis I too had my doubts
about the fantastic claims being made as to this herb's ability to
mitigate certain types of pain and suffering. Now, after talking to
more than a thousand patients I have been educated properly. I would
advise the writer to do the same. Even a cursory investigation would
have schooled her to the fact that there are many, many people whose
bodies simply cannot tolerate synthetic narcotics, or who simply
prefer to be able to control what medicines they put in their bodies.

The author's other claim that six plants is in excess of what anyone
could possibly need is just bad math, especially when you consider
losses due to insects, molds, bad weather and thieves.

Once again I have to say please people drop the "cannabis is evil"
myth and get educated, and to that end I invite anyone to come to our
establishment so they can observe first hand how we help qualified
patients with serious medical needs.

- - Robert Galia, Chico  
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