I’ve been battling Stage 4B lung cancer for the past couple of years (I was not a smoker but, we believe, was afflicted by inhaling an ultimately lethal dose of Malathion when spraying my fruit trees a few years ago).
Two problems associated with my fight is insomnia and loss of appetite.
Steroids is a component of my chemotherapy, as well as a prescription taken in pill form at other times. Steroids are a great problem for me because of its side effect of afflicting me with extreme insomnia. Lack of sleep is devastating for a body. Prescribed sleep aids have not worked for me.
My only relief in that area has come from small dosages of cannabis (I use gummies because I cannot, and will not, inhale any smoke of any kind because of my condition).
The other problem associated with chemotherapy that I experience is the negative effect on my ability to eat, and that’s how I see it now… an ability. Being prescribed anti-nausea medications has gotten me only so far. Once again, cannabis has helped me keep up my strength by allowing me to eat.
The point of my letter is that I have to go to Redding to purchase cannabis products. My money is going out of our county. The taxes I pay are not benefitting Trinity County as they should and the money I spend on those products are not benefitting local growers.
Why is this? We have so many responsible cannabis producers in our county, why don’t we have a dispensary where they can sell their products to us locally? I understand that it takes time to set up these businesses so that they are run in a responsible way, but there must be a place which would be suitable for such a business.
I urge the Board of Supervisors to find a way of getting this done in a timely fashion so we can buy locally to help both our county and responsible cannabis businesses.