Laguna Woods, California, October, 26, 2010 - Lonnie Painter points to a nascent marijuana plant in his private garden at the community gardens at Laguna Woods Village where he has been a resident for the past eleven years. Painter is also the head of the 100-member marijuana dispensary there named Laguna Woods for Medical Cannabis. "We do this by the book, to the letter of the law. We are not potheads. We are people with legitimate medical needs." said Painter. 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. .