Laguna Woods, California, October, 26, 2010 - Jars of marijuana are kept in a safe in the home of Lonnie Painter, a resident at the 18,000 plus person Laguna Woods Village and the chairman of the marijuana dispensary there, Laguna Woods for Medical Cannabis. He says he keeps the jars in there just to be on the safe side. As the head of the organization it is his responsibility to make sure that the group follows the laws. "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. The group has about one hundred members, many suffering from difficult conditions such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. Painter added, "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. " We do this by the book, to the letter of the law. We are not potheads. We are people with legitimate medical needs." California's Compassionate Use Act, passed in 1996, allows people with a prescription to use and cultivate medicinal marijuana. .