Cannabis wasn't something we spent a lot of time talking about while I was growing up. It wasn't a topic we avoided, and I was of course aware of its illegality at the time, but I remained relatively unaware of the intricacies of cannabis and it's uses until my first experience with it. I had been exposed to the demonization of cannabis and the generalizations about its users through local and national media, school programs, and the opinions of others, but being able to form my own opinion based on my own experience is something I've always valued. I did just that and I can say, after ten years of cannabis use, my opinion has only gotten better.
When I was two years old, I was diagnosed with A-Typical Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a form of Muscular Dystrophy, that causes continual muscle degeneration as well as constant pain. There is no treatment, outside of physical and occupational therapies to try and slow the progression and make life a little more comfortable. As far as my diagnosis goes, I am very lucky. I'm still walking, which was not expected, and I live, for the most part, independently. I credit a huge part of my ability to do this to cannabis, as it’s the only form of medication that I consistently use to manage the pain (and sometimes anxiety) associated with my SMA.
For years I was a cannabis user without being aware of the benefits, and I honestly believe that finding it when I did saved me a world of pain and trouble.
As the medical marijuana movement gained momentum, Laura, my beautiful and brilliant mother, asked me to join the party. I was hired on at the MMJ cooperative she was a part of and began assisting patients with everything from applying for their patient card to picking out the best strain of medication for their condition. Before long, we were essentially running our own office and assisting upwards of 350 patients. Through that entire, unreal, amazing experience, we learned. We learned all about cannabis, of course, but we also learned about people. We met some incredible people whose lives were changed for the better by cannabis, and that, I believe, is what drives us to continue this work. We’re driven to provide safe place for people who have never experienced cannabis, or never experienced it in a medicinal context. We’re driven to provide a safe place for questions that you may have never needed or thought to ask before you considered cannabis. We’re driven to providing a safe place for you to decide if cannabis is something that may be able to change your life for the better too, and we’re so happy you’re here.