On July 20th, 2014, we attended Governor Quinn's signing of Senate Bill 2636 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. This amendment to Illinois' Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act enables children who suffer from seizures to be treated with medical cannabis. It was an amazing day meeting the kids and their families, and many of the remarkable people who helped change Illinois law in the name of compassionate care.
After New Age Care was acquired in January of 2019, we left the dispensary that we founded and loved to continue pursuing our deep passion for the science behind cannabis therapy and compassionate care. Our heartfelt thanks and profound gratitude to our patients, staff, friends and family who helped us build nac. The experience was cathartic for us and we are forever grateful for everyone's support. nac was created in loving memory of both of our mothers, with a goal to provide compassionate, collaborative care to Illinois medical cannabis patients. In 2018 alone, we are proud that nac’s patient financial assistance program exceeded $150,000.
As we move on to the next chapter of our lives to pursue the latest technologies and patient based studies, we've traveled to Israel - the epicenter of cannabis research. From a science standpoint, it's been incredibly exciting. We had meetings in Tel Aviv where innovations in lab testing technology are taking place, we also traveled to Jerusalem to visit Hebrew University’s Multidisciplinary Center For Cannabinoid Research. There we met with top doctors and researchers who are studying the potential benefits of specific cultivars on patients in a hospital setting. We are in awe of the research that’s taking place there - some of which is partially funded, and fully supported, by the government of Israel. We were also fortunate to visit the laboratories where it all takes place - from witnessing the latest technology in cannabinoid testing to the plant’s medicinal benefits in patients being treated for various cancers, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions. This is truly a new era in patient care. Thank you again to everyone who supported us during our time at nac, we hope our paths cross again. Dispensary photography by James Caulfield
Our lives today would not have been possible without the talents of smart, compassionate and empathetic people from every walk of life, including immigrants of virtually every race, ethnicity, and faith. By any measure, we have been exceedingly lucky. We’re so grateful for that and take very seriously our responsibility to give back. Below are some of the organizations whose work we find incredibly inspiring and who we support.
The Hebrew University Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research
UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative
The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences
Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation
Oral Cancer Foundation
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Chicago Abused Women Coalition
Gilda’s Club Chicago
Harlem Children's Zone
Chicago Botanic Garden
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Save A Pet
American Heart Association
The Anti-Cruelty Society
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children
The Salvation Army
The source of funds used to support these organizations was not derived from activities that are illegal under United States law, including the cultivation, sale, or distribution of cannabis or cannabis-related products.