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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
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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AdvocacyEric G
Veterans Continue Their Long March for Access to Marijuana

“This year alone,” Martin said, “we will lose more American heroes to drug overdose and suicide than those who died as the result of hostile action in every war combined since the end of the Vietnam War. The fact that the DEA is standing in the way of the medical use of cannabis to treat veterans and people in general is, in my opinion, tantamount to murder.”

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AdvocacyEric G
GrassScoops: An Interview Series — Eric Goepel

Depressed, anxious, in chronic pain, disconnected from themselves and others, suicidal—this is the reality for some. But for those who discovered cannabis, there was relief. They could sleep, they could relax, they did not feel on constant guard or plagued by memories of war. Most of those veterans now medicate with nothing else but cannabis; they’ve kicked a host of powerful pharmaceuticals and end up having a much better quality of life in the process.

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AdvocacyEric G
The Good War - Veterans, Cannabis, and the Fight for Legalization

“During my time in Washington, D.C. working on veterans affairs policy, I became convinced that ending the prohibition of cannabis was the ‘good war’ I had been searching for. I had seen first-hand the immense benefit that many veterans had experienced medicating with cannabis, often after going through years of conventional pharmaceutical treatments…that destroyed their quality of life.”

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AdvocacyEric G
Lawmakers Advance Bill Pushing VA to Research Marijuana

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs voted unanimously to advance the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act to the House floor -- a bipartisan attempt to encourage the VA to study the drug as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and other ailments that disproportionately affect veterans. The bill stops short of mandating the VA research marijuana but makes clear that the VA can study it. It also requires the agency to report back to Congress about its progress.

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AdvocacyEric G