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Orange County Conference Markets Medical Marijuana To Seniors at Laguna Woods

Posted Jan 30 2011 12:35am

Speakers talked about micro molecular components of cannabis during the Medical Cannabis Convention.  One woman showed off her glycerite she uses for her image multiple sclerosis pain in which she puts a few drops under her tongue for pain relief.  The seniors were here to learn about medical marijuana and not to get high. 

This was a first of it’s kind meeting with the focus being on seniors and Laguna Woods is just that, a senior community for the most part in southern Orange County and a very nice area at that.  BD 

Laguna Woods – Wearing a powder-blue cardigan and orthopedic shoes, 86-year-old Dorothy Davidson learned how to make a marijuana smoothie as well as the difference between consuming baked weed and the raw plant at a Saturday conference aiming to teach seniors about medical cannabis.

"You hear so many negative things about it," said Davidson. "Now I know how it works."

Laguna Woods allows dispensaries, but does not have one. However, some groups run nonprofit collectives in the retirement community located in town.

Letitia Pepper, a 56-year-old suffering from multiple sclerosis, a disease involving the central nervous system, said she concentrates marijuana extract with vegetable glycerin to make a liquid. When in pain, she squeezes a few drops under her tongue.

"People come up to me and say 'Oh, you look great,' " said Pepper of Riverside, wearing a T-shirt that said "Pills Kill." She said friends are surprised when she credits medical marijuana for the change.

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