Crist Scores Major Win for Medical Marijuana Patients

“Employment and effective medicines are essential to everyone's health, especially veterans who often suffer for lack of federally legal alternatives to the 'combat cocktail' of opioids, sedatives, and psychotropic drugs that are regularly prescribed,” aid Veterans Cannabis Coalition Founder & CEO, Eric Goepel.

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AdvocacyEric G
Veterans, Chronic Pain, and PTSD. How Cannabis May Help.

This past April, the Veterans Cannabis Coalition posted its Cannabis Bill of Rights to bring attention to Veteran’s demanding access to medical cannabis. Led by Founder, CEO, and U.S. Army Veteran Eric Goepel, the VCC proclaims that “The United States Government has an explicit legal, moral, and ethical obligation to provide veterans with the best care possible, and the Veterans Cannabis Coalition will work to hold our institutions responsible.”

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How Cannabis Prohibition Is Killing Veterans

“The bottom line is that cannabis prohibition is killing veterans,” Goepel said, “through the stigma that prevents veterans from exploring cannabis as an alternative, through denying the medical value of cannabis and blocking research, and through criminalizing basic self-care. We need more than empty rhetoric—we need action now.”

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Education, AdvocacyEric G
Crist Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Veterans Treatment Options

Today, in states where it is otherwise legal, veterans in federal employment find themselves caught between using a low-risk, high-benefit treatment like cannabis and losing their job, or continuing to take addictive pharmaceuticals that have debilitating side-effects and keeping their paycheck. This flies in the face of the promise the federal government has made to every veteran to provide the best care possible. The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act is a move in the right direction to promote veteran and public health and protect citizens from government overreach.

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Education, AdvocacyEric G
Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Don Young Introduce Landmark Bipartisan Marijuana Reform

There have been over 100,000 veteran suicides and overdoses in the last 15 years. Millions of veterans have been prescribed, both in the VA and private health, cocktails of addictive and toxic drugs without evidence or alternatives. In their own words, veterans will tell you how cannabis has provided relief and hope when nothing else worked. If it helps veterans, it can help all Americans. The time is long past due to end this 80 year injustice and dismantle prohibition.

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Education, AdvocacyEric G
Represent Cannabis

We created prohibition by accepting the corrupt agendas of those elected and appointed to serve the public good. Despite thousands of years of human experience with cannabis, we allowed a plant to be criminalized and to be used as tool for control and punishment against millions of our fellow citizens for decades. But we have shown we are capable of acknowledging the truth about the trivial risks and massive benefits that cannabis legalization represents.

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Why 2019 Will Be the Year of Weed

But at the same time, pot prohibition is not over. Well over half a million folks are still arrested for possession every year. Smoking weed or working for a pot company can still threaten your housing, employment, immigration status, finances and freedom. Cannabis business models, regulatory environments and market valuations shift on a daily basis.

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Most Medical Schools Don’t Cover the Endocannabinoid System, They All Should

“In 2013, Cardiologist Dr. David Allen did a preliminary survey to determine which schools teach the ECS and found that only a total of 13 percent of U.S. medical schools even mentioned it. Now, we’re not talking about cannabis here, but a neurotransmitter system that was discovered in the late 1980s, almost 30 years ago. We know that it is critical for homeostasis, yet few medical schools have seen fit to train medical students about it.”

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The Complete Veterans’ Guide to Medical Marijuana

“United States veterans serve our country with pride and bravery, constantly putting themselves in dangerous and traumatic situations. When many of these men and women return back home, they face the harsh reality of the wounds they received overseas, some physical and some mental. Many veterans turn to medical marijuana as a safe alternative to addictive opioids. This guide includes everything that veterans need to know about medical marijuana treatment.”

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Dust to Diamonds, Inc., the Veterans Cannabis Coalition, and Banana Bros Host Cannabis Ball Honoring Veterans, Advocating Medical Marijuana Accessibility

"The Veterans Cannabis Coalition put this event together to showcase different ways for people to interact with cannabis, the natural relationship between veterans and cannabis, and to help normalize the perception of the herb in the eyes of the general public,” said Eric Goepel, founder & CEO, Veterans Cannabis Coalition. “We see this as part of our overall mission to end prohibition and hope to use events like these to build political support for cannabis reform legislation." 

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