By Bob Konig Desert Organic solutions is viewed by many as one of the most compassionate Medical Marijuana Collective's in the Inland Empire. After talking with the President and CEO of Desert Organic Solutions, it's clear to see why. Desert Organic is one of only 3 Licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in the Inland Empire. Although there are many unlicensed dispensaries in Riverside County, Desert Organics member base has expanded since opening with only 8 members in June of 2010. The collective has over 5000 patients and signs up anywhere from 15-25 new patients daily. Gary Cherlin says "it's all about Compassion and giving back to the community". Desert Organic currently has many Compassionate programs in place such as free medicine for the indigent. Discounts to Senior Citizens, Military personal, Delivery services to home bound patients and a host of others. Desert Organic recently started a Support group for AIDS patients, the groups meet biweekly and all patients that attend get free medication. They recently set up a program for the Homeless and donate clothing and other supplies to Homeless shelters in and around the Desert. Mr. Cherlin is always looking for new and innovative ways to give back. "Recently we noticed that the patients from The Desert Aids Project had problems getting verified at all the collectives because the DAP is not open on the weekends and they are busy, and do not always have the opportunity to answer the phone and verify patients. "When I realized this was a problem I went to the DAP and donated a Web-Site with 24 hour verification services so that AIDS patients can get their medication without waiting" said Mr. Cherlin. This is a free Web-site that any Dispensary can use. Desert Organic is currently setting up a social services division for their clients, with a registered Social Worker on site 5 days a week by appointment. Desert Organic's Social work division will provide concrete services such as help in applying for or re-certifying for Food Stamps, Medicaid and other services. They will also help arrange transportation to and from medical appointments and help clients apply for and obtain meals on wheels as well as other services. In terms of Medical Marijuana, Desert Organic has a wide range of Medical Marijuana to choose from. They set the standard of lowering prices in the Valley. Before Desert Organic Solutions opened you could not find a Donation as low as $30 for an 1/8 of high grade Medicinal Marijuana. Desert Organic is well known for the Quality of medication they provide and they are also very well known for their edibles. From their hash Oil infused Lollipops to Chocolate Truffles "Most patients call us an adult Candy Store" Mr. Cherlin says. Desert Organic has one of the most extensive edibles menu you can find. "All of our edibles are made in professional kitchens by real Chiefs with Food Handlers Permits" There has been some controversy as to the safety of edibles found at Dispensaries all over the country. "our answer to that has been to make sure all edibles we carry are tested and are made professionally" The facility’s patient demographic runs the gamut. On an average day, Cherlin says the dispensary could see anyone from a 90-year-old glaucoma patient to a 23-year-old suffering from breast cancer. The collective’s website includes testimonials from patients like Tom M. of Palm Springs: “You truly are one of the few good guys. May you continue the excellent services you provide and I am most honored to call you my dispensary of record.” Desert Organic was recently chosen as " The Best Collective in the Inland Empire" Gary Cherlin is well known in the Medical Marijuana Community and is seen as an expert in the field. Mr Cherlin was chosen to be a Judge in this year's Cannabis Bowl held at Oaksertdam University on 4/20/11 in Oakland Ca. Mr. Cherlin was recently interviewed by High Times Magazine and appears on several Radio and Television Talk Shows in the Inland Empire. For more about Desert Organic Solutions, call 760-288-4000 or visit www.desertorganicsolutions.com.