To the editor: After doing years of extensive research, I got the idea to grow medical marijuana under the state system. The purpose was to benefit my community, the veterans, the patients and the people less fortunate than me.

My ideals were shared by the Shingara, Guarna and Yablonski families, and we banded together to obtain the license and ultimately better the community. It is our belief that the state made the best choice given the circumstances and ultimately competition is good for everyone.

With this in mind we wish to heartily congratulate the successful candidate, Parea BioSciences and Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness, on obtaining the license. It is our hope that you realize all your goals and prosper through this project.

But with this congratulatory comment comes a challenge. We challenge you to do what is best for our community. We would ask that you take care of the less fortunate people in our area as well as our veterans, and work to make our community better. Our goals are not mutually exclusive and actually can be a win-win for everyone.

We will do all we can to assist you in realizing your goals and would hope and pray that you do the best you can to help us realize our goals.

God bless you and best of luck in your endeavor.

Very truly yours,

John Gembic

Coal Township

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