Tag: Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day! Kind Leaf Celebrates Veterans Today and Every Day.

Despite our many legitimate complaints about our government, we have many reasons to be thankful, and one of the reasons are military veterans. Thanks to veterans, we have the freedom and opportunity to criticize and speak openly. This Veterans Day, Kind Leaf is honoring veterans with a 20% discount on anything in the store. Understanding that veterans should be honored every day, and not just on November 11th, Kind Leaf always offers our vets a 10% discount. Please just show military ID or valid proof of service.

In honor of today, the Willamette Week reached out to some veterans within the cannabis community. The whole piece is certainly worth a read. Here’s a snippet, an interview with Steve Danyluk, retired lieutenant colonel U.S. Marine Corps and founder of Warfighter Hemp:

WW: How has cannabis use affected your life post-service?

Danyluk: My viewpoint on cannabis did a complete 180 after leaving the Marine Corps, where it was completely forbidden. For me the most significant impact was seeing the positive effect that it was having on so many of my colleagues who were struggling with opiates and other powerful medications that they were being prescribed by the VA. A lot of veterans, particularly the combat-wounded ones who seem to prefer our stronger oils, many of these veterans are completely off of prescription medications as a result [of CBD therapy], and that is one of the things that we at Warfighter Hemp are most proud of.

How will you be spending your Veterans Day this year?

My wife is still in active duty, so the first thing I will probably do when I wake up is kiss her and thank her for her service. Then, during the day, I will probably spend a few moments thinking about Dave Greene. Dave was a guy I served with and who is the highest-ranking Marine officer to have been killed in action in Iraq. He was an exceptional person on so many levels, and his loss was a loss for all of us.

Too many veterans are going without the basic medical care that they need, including medicinal cannabis. This lack of care and concern has led to an alarming increase in the number of suicides among military veterans. Let’s all do our part to help those that have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. Please reach out to veterans that you know to check in on them and continue to lobby our elected officials to implement policies that protect the health of our vets, including access to medical cannabis, regardless of where they live.

Military Veterans Deserve Access to Cannabis

Medical cannabis has clearly gone mainstream with over 90% support across the nation and a majority of states have now passed medicinal laws. There are several problems with many of these programs, but one of the glaring issues is the fact that too many military veterans lack access to these state programs because of federal law. While some progress has been made at the federal level, unfortunately, Veterans Affairs doctors aren’t allowed to sign off on medical marijuana authorizations.

NORML describes the VA’s current medical cannabis policy:

A policy guidance update issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs encourages greater communication about cannabis between doctors and veterans, but continues to forbid physicians from explicitly recommending it as a therapeutic option in states where the substance is legal.

The updated directive urges V.A. doctors to foster discussions with veterans about their cannabis use “due to its clinical relevance to patient care.” It also affirms that “veterans must not be denied VHA [Veteran Health Administration] services solely for participating in state-approved marijuana programs.”

However, the updated directive maintains that “providers are prohibited from completing forms or registering veterans for participation in state-approved [medical marijuana] program[s].”

Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, writes in The Hill that, “Congress should lift the ban on medical cannabis access for military veterans:”

According to nationwide survey data compiled by the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 75 percent of military veterans “would be interested in using cannabis or cannabinoid products as a treatment option if it were available.”

The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, has adopted a resolution urging the “United States government to permit V.A. medical providers to be able to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medical purposes and recommend it in those states where medical marijuana laws exist.”

It is time for Congress to grant physicians affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs the same discretion as other doctors in medical cannabis states. Politicians should no longer put politics ahead of the health and well-being of America’s military veterans, some of whom may potentially benefit from medical marijuana.

Whether military veterans decide to use cannabis medically or recreationally, they certainly deserve to be free from government persecution for marijuana after serving our nation and sacrificing so much. It’s great that many political leaders are bringing this issue to the forefront, but for the sake of our veterans, let’s do all that we can to help those that have given so much to us.