SAFE Banking Act Passes House

This bill has come to represent the #1 cannabis industry priority, as the current situation forces them into conducting business in cash and being unable to use basic financial services like deposits and business loans.

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EducationEric G
U.S. Surgeon General Launches Propaganda Campaign

Reverting to this Reefer Madness ‘what about the children?!” framing shows how little respect for the scientific community or the millions of patients who benefit from cannabis this administration has. It is part and parcel of our big picture fight for affordable, accessible, and effective healthcare for #veterans and every American.

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EducationEric G
Labor Day 2019

We have largely forgotten that the 40-hour work-week, weekends, the minimum wage, and basic safety protections were all purchased with the sweat and blood of individuals who organized to have their rights recognized. Working to end cannabis prohibition is just one more iteration in our human struggle to be more compassionate, just, and wise.

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EducationEric G
More and More Veterans Are Making the Case for Cannabis Legalization

“Through the use of cannabis, I found better control of my anger, and it allowed me more comfort in social situations,” he said. “Cannabis has helped me look at the world through different eyes and begin the process of healing. It became my daily medicine. If I had continued down that traditional route, I highly doubt I would be here today.”

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Eric G
New Documentary Featuring Veterans and the Impact of Cannabis on PTSD

“In this powerful new documentary, Green Flower Media explores how cannabis has become a game-changing, life-saving solution for patients, especially veterans, who are often denied legal access through the VA. "Cannabis: The PTSD Solution" follows the lives of veterans suffering from PTSD, chronic pain and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and chronicles their respective journeys to and with cannabis as a treatment, giving them relief, hope and possibility for the future.”

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EducationEric G
VCC Statement for the Record: House Veterans Affairs Committee Full Legislative Hearing, June 20, 2019

The sheer number of bills introduced in the 116th Congress dealing with veterans and cannabis demonstrates both an immediate need for reform and a critical lack of progress at the VA’s current self-directed pace. Congress and the VA both have a historic responsibility to veterans that has devolved into endless rounds of delays, denials, and unfulfilled promises while veterans die at a staggering pace, day after day, year after year.

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AdvocacyEric G
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