Thank you for this Sunday's editorial ("Make rules to fit reality."). Finally.
There is so much misinformation and prejudice circulating and influencing our local politicians and health care professionals in Napa County that I am in awe of the ignorance. In a county where we openly pride ourselves on the growth and manufacturing of a product that is notably deadly and addictive, we turn away from an alternative that has never proven to kill anyone, and is found most effective in the treatment of many medical conditions.
In my work with older adults, I see a lot of physical pain, depression, chronic illness and suffering. People often ask me about whether marijuana might help. I tell them the truth: It might. And, then they ask me whether they can ask their doctor for some.
From what I know, there is no doctor in Napa who is writing letters of recommendation. There is no dispensary where they can purchase it. And, when I tell them that they have to go online to get a letter (most still don't use computers), or drive to Vallejo or Santa Rosa. Well, that option is just not a possibility. So, they continue with their Norco, Oxycontin and other opiates that have been legally prescribed by their law-abiding physicians.
When I visit other Bay Area counties, this is not the case. There are ore more options available, and people have choices in finding the care that is best for them. I am an advocate of pain relief and improved quality of life. I have seen marijuana impact people's health in very positive ways.
Because of this, I have interviewed doctors, visited dispensaries, and made it a mission to find out all I can about this drug. And, what I have discovered is that there are scientific facts and realities that fly in the face of what is we've been told for the past 50 years.
I hope the city of Napa moves forward in allowing what we have voted in to be the law, to be actualized in our community.