Writer and Producer Sharon Letts began her life's work at age of 24 as a flower gardener in Southern California under the shingle The Secret Garden.
When a local television programming director asked Sharon to produce and host a gardening show, her company name became Secret Garden Productions, producing a visiting gardening series titled, In and Out of the Garden, which aired for three years in four counties in Southern California. Locations included public and private gardens and preserves throughout Southern California; including Catalina Island and the California Desert.
Sharon went on to Executive Produce and host, Off the Beaten Path, a California travelogue for PBS with a focus on art, food, wine, and conservation. The series included a three-part visit to Sonoma County's wine country; and a one-week stay at the historic Dorland Mountain Ranch, a remote, off-the-grid, artist colony in the hills of Riverside County in Southern California.
After working as a field and segment producer for documentary and magazine shows in Los Angeles, Sharon was brought up to Humboldt County to produce a news show. While working in media in Humboldt she presented with breast cancer, Lobular carcinoma.
Because she was working in the cannabis capitol of the world, Sharon was given a strong cannabis oil, successfully putting the cancer into remission; while helping her do away with up to 10 prescription medications, changing her life and career forever.
“I’m from the 70s," Sharon explained. "Cannabis has been my medicine for a very long time, I just didn’t know it until I had cancer. I support both recreational and medicinal use, but honestly feel, they are one in the same.
Cannabis has become my only medicine - along with a few other herbs in the mix. Since ingesting cannabis I've felt better than I had in years on the prescription medications. As of this writing, in the more than five years I've used cannabis and other herbs as my only medicine, I've not had a headache, with a cold or flu not lasting more than two or three days. I don't think that's a coincidence."
Today Sharon writes internationally for many publications, profiling patients, medicine makers, and everything surrounding the burgeoning cannabis industry. Her essays have been translated into Spanish for publications in Mexico. She’s also coming back to television full circle, developing intelligent documentary, magazine and reality shows for TV on what she calls her “good medicine.”
Her books, Cannaopolis and Humboldt Stories (winner 2016 Tokey Awards), with magazine series Toke Stories, have been written into a screenplay for a television series, under the title, Cannaopolis.
"Even the most ardent stoner is getting medicinal benefits from merely smoking; and that medible in a recreational state becomes a medible very quickly, when the partaker is dealing with real ailments. My passion is to educate the masses on the many benefits."
Sharon has also collaborated with other Stock Pot Image photographers for her cover features for magazines, including Melissa Etheridge, Tommy Chong, and Kyle Turley.
My cover feature on former NFL player and cannabis advocate, Kyle Turley.
Shot by Josh Vogel for Stock Pot Images