Giving Tree dispensaries focus on health, hope

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As Dr. Gina Berman’s three children see it, their mom used to go to a hospital to treat patients and now she does it in a different setting. The emergency-room physician said she still deliberates over how she may explain her entrepreneurial path to the medical-marijuana industry as her kids, ages 9, 8 and 6, get older and public perception of medical cannabis evolves along with legislation. But what is certain is her plan to educate them — and everyone she can reach — about the alternative treatment’s benefits and dispelling myths that cloud its use and users.

“We’re not here to judge our patients. If a patient chooses to pursue any kind of treatment with their physician, who is it for neighbors to judge? It’s a double standard … I used to prescribe Percocet for pain every day. They need to know that’s the same,’”  said Berman, co-owner of the Giving Tree Wellness Center, a licensed medical-marijuana dispensary founded in 2013.