Serving mankind was the one and only reason for life, at least to those in the Order of Saint John; also known as the Hospitalers and The Knights of Malta. The lot was to care for pilgrims traveling between Europe and the Holy Lands.
So, we also go forward each day to serve mankind as Christ, Himself, served mankind. We are committed to the sacrifice of the self in order that others might be served.
To that end, we have begun to develop our main project, an assisted living facility specifically for homeless veterans with six months, or less, in which to live. Obtaining sufficient funding for the project is more than a little difficult in this day and age; no, it is exceedingly difficult.
To that end we have gone through a period of discernment in order to seek His will, His directing us toward how we might fund this badly needed service. To that end, He has answered our prayers. We have decided on the course of action in order to have a steady stream of income for our veterans, so as not to depend solely on donations. To that end, we will be making application to serve as a medical marijuana dispensary, licensed by the State of New Mexico, Department of Health. The patients are all under the care of a physician. In most instances two physicians must recommend the patient be admitted to the medical marijuana program. Any dispensary in New Mexico is required to operate as a nonprofit. As we already have our nonprofit status it is easy enough to operate the dispensary under the Order of Saint Patrick with what would under normal circumstances be the profit directed to Emmaus House, the assisted living facility for homeless veterans. We are fairly certain that we will experience a profit to the bottom line in short order. And, we are equally certain to have a steady stream of customers. It is important to note as this is a product used for medical purposes the Health Care Portability Act comes into play as it would at Walgreen's, a doctor's office, dentist office, or other location where medical records are maintained.
The Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA, just this week released an article which shows the incident of suicide amongst chronic pain patients dropped by nearly fifty per cent in those states and locals which have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. If it save but one life, it is then a wonderful thing.
This is not something we enter into lightly. We have given much prayer and consideration to this idea. Our decision, indeed the decision of the entire community, was to move forward and make application for licensing as a dispensary and grower.
We do ask for your constant prayers and thoughts as you go throughout your day. Prayers are always needed. For this project to care for our homeless veterans it is more especially so needed.
Peace and Blessings be upon you and yours.