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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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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Press Release: Schumer Introduces Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act - New Legislation Would Decriminalize Marijuana At Federal Level

Specifically, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing it at the federal level. The legislation allows states to continue to function as laboratories of democracy and ultimately decide how they will treat marijuana possession.

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Oklahoma Voters Legalize Marijuana For Medical Use

The campaign didn't appear to have significant funding from major national drug policy reform groups that have helped to pass measures in other states over several past election cycles. It also faced an opposition that poured roughly half a million dollars into television ads seeking to undermine support for medical marijuana.

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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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