Steamboat Springs Editor's note: The following letter is in response to Joanne Palmer's column "A growing opportunity" in the Aug. 26 Steamboat Today:
(An excerpt from a conversation between Kevin and Ryan Fisher, proprietors of Steamboat's first medical marijuana dispensary)
Hey Ryan, did you get a chance to read that piece by Ms. Palmer in the paper today?
Sure did. Boy, I think maybe we should have spoken with her before we got involved in this whole "dispensary thing."
Yeah, I had no idea there were only 34 registered medical marijuana patients in Routt County. That's not much of a client base.
You're telling me.
I would have thought my degree in mathematics would have come in handy when we were crunching these numbers ... a whole semester wasted in data structures and algorithm analysis
Fret not, Kevin. Since we're both successful business owners in fields abroad, we can afford the five figures we've invested to get this thing up and running.
But Ryan, I think we blew it there, too. Ms. Palmer wrote that all we needed were some heat lamps and pots filled with dirt. How could we have spent so carelessly?
We're just flighty, I guess. Due diligence is certainly not our strongest suit.
Well, Kevin, at least we won't be too crowded and we'll have a nice place to help those 34 patients. Have you talked to your parents about this yet? You have a bunch of family in health care, don't you? I'm sure they'll be happy to hear your inner philanthropist is blossoming.
No, I haven't actually. I must not have mentioned to you that my mom died of cancer when I was 23. She fought it for 13 years before it finally won. Too bad her grandfather was the chief of police in our city and she dared not break any law. Back then, cannabis was illegal for medicinal purposes, and she would never have considered using it to treat her debilitating nausea or the accompanying loss of appetite that eventually drove her to a bedridden existence.
Wow, I'm sorry to hear that. At least we know that our endeavor may be able to help someone avert the same fate.
Cheers to that.
Oh ... before I forget. When speaking to Steve Jobs and Henry Ford earlier during our weekly conference call, they both agreed that the biggest regret they had in life were being early adopters in their fields.
Yeah - Bill Gates told me the other day there were only 34 computer users in his county when he was growing up.
Man, what a bunch of screw-ups.
I bet they could have really picked up some helpful pointers from Ms. Palmer's intelligent, thought-provoking piece.
Kevin Fisher and Ryan Fisher