Laguna Woods, California, October, 26, 2010 - A view of a private garden at Laguna Woods Community Gardens. Laguna Woods Village, which is home to some 18,000 seniors, has an operating dispensary in the form of a collective, Laguna Woods for Medical Cannabis. Up until this month, the members were allowed to grow marijuana within their own gardens. The group's chairman, Lonnie Painter says, "We do this by the book, to the letter of the law. We are not potheads. We are people with legitimate medical needs." Despite their best efforts, the group has faced some challenges recently. The board that oversees the community recently banned the growing of marijuana in the community gardens, despite the fact that each person has their own fenced and locked garden and the entire compound is surrounded by a chain-linked fence with barbed-wire. "It's just an excuse to shut this down by a few misguided people," says Painter. "We are all volunteers on the board here. We do this to try to help people in need." Indeed, many of the purported health benefits of marijuana target problems that typically plague older people, such as chronic shingles, arthritis pain, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis and cancer, such as loss of appetite, chronic pain and nausea. California's Compassionate Use Act, passed in 1996, allows people with a prescription to use and cultivate medicinal marijuana. .