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.