On September 11, 2011, a notice appeared in the Rossmoor News titled: Resident starts a Cannabis Discussion Club. The article, submitted by a community resident, called for other residents to join, explaining, “The purpose of the club is to help de-stigmatize cannabis use, provide information to the “cannabis curious” (there will be no sampling), and discuss where to find a doctor who will prescribe cannabis or a medical card.”
The author explained that she envisioned the club as a group of like-minded people who would “share their knowledge of and experience with cannabis in a safe, nonjudgmental setting.”
Midway through 2012 the founder moved away and the club shifted its focus from being more of a social and discussion club to an education and support club. The new name, Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Education and Support Club was announced in Rossmoor News on the August 29, 2012.
On August 8, 2013, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN, and CBS News contributing medical correspondent, and one of America’s most trusted voices on health issues, apologized for his previous opposition to medical marijuana saying, “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the US, and I apologize for my role in that.”
As the larger society began to take a more careful look at medical marijuana, and the mission changed to emphasize education and brought in expert speakers, the attendance gradually increased requiring a larger meeting room. In January 2014 the club announced it was moving to Hillside’s Vista Room as of March and moving the night from Wednesday to Tuesday (due to room availability).
The club, originally consisted of about 20 members and had been meeting in Multipurpose Room 3 at Gateway.
By mid-2016, the Club had again outgrown its meeting room. Beginning In August 2016 meetings were held in the much larger Diablo Room.