CANNAINVESTOR Magazine May / June 2017 - Page 124

WHAT DREW ME INTO THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY?

I still remember going to the hospital to visit him every few days and with each week that went by I could see him doing worse and worse and in extreme pain. Many times it was so bad that we couldn’t even have a conversation. Then one day I went to the hospital and all of a sudden, I saw my grandfather with a big smile on his face. I inquired “Did they give you a different medicine today?” He looked me in the eyes and said that he was given medical marijuana to relieve some of the pain he was in. For the first time in a month or two we were able to have a great conversation about life and all of the things that were going on in the world.

It was at this moment I learned about the benefits that marijuana could provide for sick patients who were suffering from overwhelming, chronic pain. A couple weeks later, right before he passed away, I went to the hospital knowing that he didn’t have much time left. When I arrived I could see he wasn’t doing well and when I approached him in his hospital bed he looked me in the eyes and said “Son, I don’t know how much longer I will be around, but I want to ask you, what is the biggest thing you’ve learned from me?” I looked back at him and said, “I will never forget the day you put that $10 bill into the register because you felt you owed it to your investment partners who had put their trust in you to run a profitable business.” He looked back at me with a big smile on his face and I knew that he realized that what I had learned from that event would have an enormous impact on the rest of my life. Even though the dollar amount was small, he realized I had been taught a principal that was key in running an effective company; trust and honesty. The next morning my grandfather passed away.

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