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This is an interesting time for our city of Emeryville. Indeed an interesting time for our whole country. Every state, county and city is seeing its public services slashed in an attempt to balance the budget. It is in these times we must look to ourselves to find a way to make a difference and solve some of these problems at a local level.
As an Emeryville resident, homeowner and mother I wanted to find a way that I could help my own community. This lead me to take a real look at the money being made in the medical marijuana industry. Why were dispensaries popping up everywhere and why were cities not taking better advantage of the money being generated? This is why I became involved in The Health Exchange (THE) Co-op. I saw it as a way to generate real money for our community and its residents.
The reality is medical marijuana has been around for over 15 years and it isn’t going anywhere. Millions of dollars are being made yet no one is truly benefiting from this but a handful of dispensary owners and in some cases the members who receive free alternative health services. Dispensaries by definition must be non-profit entities but the truth is they make millions for their owners.
In our model all of the profits go directly to the community and are distributed within the community by THE Board, an independent governing body comprised of Emeryville residents, City Council members, School Board members and doctors.
It is in these times we must think ‘outside the box’. We must work on a grass roots level, so to speak, to help ourselves and our own communities.