Memorial Day at Berkeley Patients Group
by Veterans Cannabis Coalition
Our thanks to Berkeley Patients Group for their continuing support and generous donation of a percentage of profits from this year’s Memorial Day sale to the Veterans Cannabis Coalition and our brothers and sisters at Operation EVAC.
Excerpted from the BPG blog:
As we take a moment to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, we also look towards the future for our fellow Americans who served and returned home.
Owner and Vice President of Berkeley Patients Group, Etienne Fontan, spent time in DC this week advocating for the fair and equal treatment of all cannabis patients, consumers, and businesses with the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Since 1991, Etienne has been an advocate for veterans’ right to access cannabis, working behind the scenes in DC to craft legislation that expands research and alters the VA’s policy on medical cannabis use.
Etienne is a combat veteran of the Gulf War, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Veterans for Peace. He is a mentor and member of the Veterans Cannabis Coalition, which identifies, organizes, and trains veteran leaders in key states to effectively engage, and hold accountable, elected representatives.
“Nearly 60 percent of veterans returning from serving in the Middle East and more than 50 percent of older veterans receiving care at the VA are living with some form of chronic pain.
Research has shown that cannabis can be beneficial for treating a wide range of disorders that veterans commonly deal with, including PTSD and pain management. States that have legalized medical cannabis have a nearly 25 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose death rate compared to states that have not.” – BoulderWeekly.com
This Memorial Day Weekend, please consider joining Berkeley Patients Group in the fight for veteran access by shopping with us Friday through Monday, or making a donation to the Veterans Cannabis Coalition or Operation EVAC.