I attended the last meeting of the Orchard City Town Council at which cannabis was discussed. I mentioned the medical benefits of cannabis and recommended that all interested parties watch a 15-minute CNN report on the internet by Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Search for "CNN Charlotte's Web Documentary." It tells the story of a young girl named Charlotte, her battle with seizures, and the amazing results of a strain of cannabis developed for her called Charlotte's Web.
I believe that cannabis could become the next wonder drug for treating or curing many of the serious ailments plaguing society today. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry does not want their profits to be affected. Other countries have taken the lead. In fact, Israel has been conducting research on cannabis for several years with excellent results. Orchard City is smart to look at this new revenue source for things like roads and maintenance. It is much better than raising water rates or proposing new taxes. Cannabis is legal. People who support its use, either medically or recreationally, should attend these meetings and tell the council to continue exploring this revenue source. It could also produce well-paying jobs for our community.
At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.