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Operation Grow4Vets Offers Free Marijuana to Veterans

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Operation Grow4Vets Offers Free Marijuana to Veterans

A Colorado group has announced plans to give away free marijuana and marijuana-infused products to qualifying veterans.

Operation Grow4Vets empowers veterans to obtain or grow their own medical marijuana and to assist veterans in finding careers in the cannabis industry, according to the group’s mission statement.

The group was founded in January and has focused its efforts on adding PTSD to the list of qualifying ailments for medical marijuana in the state. A bill that would have added the condition to the state’s list was voted down, three times, most recently last month.

Grow4Vets relies on donations from growers. Once received, the marijuana is then tested, packaged and distributed to veterans completely free of charge. The group has also obtained space to grow it’s own marijuana and is actively looking for space to expand its gardens.

According to the Grow4Vets site, the need for safe access to medical cannabis for veterans is urgent:

“It is an unfortunate fact that many of the men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our way of life suffer so much physical and emotional pain.

“The VA has made great strides in its overall care of veterans in the last few years. But there still are major hurdles for the VA to clear… approximately 10,000 more Iraq and Afghanistan veterans currently pour into VA medical facilities each month. Upward of 20 percent of these veterans suffer from PTSD. Some 40 percent of post-9/11 veterans diagnosed with PTSD are still not receiving the benefits that they are entitled to. Overall, suicides now outnumber combat fatalities by a ratio of more than 25-to-1.”

The same page cites several tragic reports of veterans being prescribed a deadly cocktail of narcotics, including a 30-year-old veteran, later interviewed by Fox News, who was sent to 13 different psychiatrists. He was prescribed 25 different drugs, with damaging side effects.

Another report by the same network interviewed the sister of a veteran who had died of a drug overdose after VA doctors prescribed Adderall, Klonopin, Seroquel and 15 other powerful psychiatric drugs.

“Last year, the Pentagon spent more on pills, injections and vaccines than it did on Black Hawk helicopters, Abrams tanks, Hercules C-130 cargo planes and Patriot missiles — combined,” the Statesman reported.

With these staggering statistics and stories in mind, Grow4Vets aims to use medical cannabis as a rational alternative to the current and potentially deadly standards of combining prescription medications.

According to VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System spokesman Dan Warvi as reported on the Westword, the VA will not disqualify veterans from benefits if they use marijuana.

Veterans looking to apply for benefits with Grow4Vets may find the application here.

Are you or someone you know a veteran suffering from PTSD who is using marijuana? Tell us in the comments below!

48 Comments

48 Comments

  1. Danny Allen

    December 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I served for 10 years and got paralyzed from being ran over by a drunk driver home on leave ,the army retired me out and lived in New Mexico for 20 plus years until I got a divorce and moved to Oklahoma cause being paralyzed from the chest down wanted to be around family but Oklahoma I haven’t been able to get my medical like New Mexico so I am on all these pain medication that leave me with no life I so much want to get my medical Marijuana so at 53 I can enjoy life again but not knowing anyone and alot of older people like my brothers and sisters frown upon smoking pot ,please help me have a life again .thank you

  2. b

    November 4, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    you guys are awesome!

  3. lee clark

    May 4, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I am a veteran that live in San diego where you can legally obtain a medical card.but dispensaries weed is so expensexpensive.is there a program set up for veteran with ptsd.

  4. Louis

    December 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I am a 100% disabled veteran living in a state that carries the most strict penalties for cannabis. 20 years to life for growing a plant!!! I need to move to Colorado because I am not willing to buy laced crap off the street and with my severe PTSD, growing at home has really fucked my head up. The MJ does help but I can not relax for 1 moment or second ever. I might sleep a total of 8 hours every week, like I pass out for 30 mins due to exhaustion. I honestly feel trapped in my own home and I really don’t know who to call or talk to about where to move and what areas I can afford. I am on a fixed income and barely squeeze by as it is. If there is anyone out there who could help me get out of this hell I have been stuck in I would really appreciate it. I have nothing against regular civilians helping but another vet who truely understands what I have been through would really help. I trust no one and it is impossible to make friends that way. Just typing this has be shaking and nervous about getting in trouble. I have nothing keeping me where I live and I am ready for a change this very moment. So please guys n gals and advice, help, or financial guidance on where to live would be amazing. I thank each and every person who works, helps, and posts on this site. I hope I have found a good place to ask for help!

  5. Chris

    December 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Im an Active duty Army Infantry Veteran. I live in Massachussetts and its legal for me due to my chronic back pain and ptsd. Im rated at 100%. The problem I am having is I can’t even buy the stuff anywhere. We need some Veteran owned and operated medical marijuana shops in Mass. God Bless and Please be kind to others.

  6. Angel

    October 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I am veteran with PTSD. CHRONIC LOWER BACK PAIN,MIGRAINE ETC. I’m tired of pills, pills and more pills. I would like to get info on Medical Marijuana. Although I live in Texas where it’s not approved yet, there are so many Vets that agree this would help us and give us back our QUALITY OF LIFE!!!!! Please if you can send me info and guidance on where can I start this process, or where can I sign up for this type of treatment I would be very appreciative and eased of mind. I don’t want spend the rest of my life using pills.

  7. Joe Gamble

    July 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I ‘m a veteran. A grounded commercial pilot living on SSDI with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.I am currently a veteran representative for veterans for compassionate care, VFCC. I wouldn’t bother living without using cannabis. Federal patent 6630507,seems as though the government knows the medicinal values of the plant.

  8. bill apgar

    May 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    My name is Bill Apgar 100% Permanente & Total Disabled Veteran due to Military sexual trauma. I suffer from PTSD and Anxiety. How can I receive free Marijuana ? Sunny Florida

    • Jim

      May 27, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      I am a Vietnam vet who suffers from ptsd cronic lower back pain and sever depression. I have found that smoking pot has done more for my depression then the pills the V A perscribes. They diagnosed me as a drug abuser because i smoke pot, yet the push pills that can only be made by chemist! Who is the drug abuser here

  9. brandon Wilkinson

    May 26, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Im a vet in washington who suffers from ptsd and chronic pain and my wife suffers from lupus im unemployed got laid off from boeing and going to college for mechanical engineering she had to quite her job because it was to stressful and upset her lupus, so help with plants or growing would help us so much more, it gets expensive buy mmj if your funds are very limited. Any info help would be great

  10. D. Caprice Hall

    May 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I am a 61year old female Navy Vet I have PTS and use daily I had it with the VA and pills Most of the time smoking is enough to keep me functioning but the occasional Zanex one or two per month from my civilian Dr. Keeps me going with out being dependant or crazier from there posion pills

  11. Barb

    May 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I am a Vet living in Eastern Or. I am disabled also and my story pretty much is the same as everyone’s that I’ve read. The VA gives you tons of drugs, then more to help the side-effects, etc. I also have had 5 failed back surgeries including a spinal fusion. I also suffer from PTSD and have been in a Mental Hospital when I had a breakdown because the VA refused to recognize it. It didn’t happen on a battlefield, it happened in my son’s father’s living room, who also was my squad leader so the VA refuses to look at it. Luckily Social Security does recognize it and I got a 10% from the VA for a foot surgery, yahoo right? Anyway, Oregon does recognize PTSD under their Marijuana Laws, it was approved this year or late last year, and the Oregon VA in Portland actually has a “Green” team so I’m told, but I have to go to the Idaho VA because it’s closer which does not really recognize MJ cuz it’s Idaho. Because I live in Or, they can’t do anything and my DR. is actually ok with it so I’m lucky there. The problem is obtaining medicine in Eastern Or. They did just pass a Dispensary law, but left it up to County/City officials and Eastern Oregon is not recognized like Portland or Eugene. We have nothing over here and large population of Veterans! Some have to drive 4 hours to obtain VA Care. Who can I get in touch with to try to get something like this going here in Eastern Oregon for the Veterans. I know a lot of them who would help and stand behind it. I’m willing to stick my neck out to do the right thing and I believe this is it. So I pray this makes it to someone who can tell me how to start this or where, because we need help bad. We are a legal state, I am a grower, I have pictures of my harvest from last year. Please, we need help in Eastern Oregon!

  12. mimi

    May 21, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I am a veteran. …diagnosed with PTSD..ANXIETY….BI-POLAR…..70% PTSD 100% LOWER BACK……I AM NOT RATINGS THERE PSYCH DRUGS…ONLY MJ….TIRED OF FEELING the way the meds make me feel…STRICTLY MARIJUANA

  13. Hope

    May 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Overall, suicides now outnumber combat fatalities by a ratio of more than 25-to-1.”
    This is by far the most disturbing thing I have ever read! Mostly it is a very horrifying comment on our society in general. I am totally appalled and saddened by this.

  14. david

    May 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I am a vet andwant to help others to with there pain and problems iI am very interested in growing I currently live in case

  15. Steve Z

    May 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I am a veteran who was prescribed 12 different prescriptions, then prescriptions to treat side effects of the others. I suffer PTSD and a herniated disc. Fortunately I’m in California and got a MM card. Cannabis has allowed me to ditch all the others, but I come out of my own pocket for meds. If you’re a veteran with similar symptoms-TRY CANNABIS. I was even able to quit drinking with it. Also-thank you for posting this article.

    • Hope

      May 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Just What the Doctor Ordered
      By: Hope

      “We’ll put you on medication” They said,
      “It’ll make you feel much better!”
      The medication screwed up my head.
      I couldn’t even write a letter.

      Then they said “That’s not enough.
      We’ll just add another.”
      Actually I think that all that stuff
      Just counteracts each other.

      “Oh ,NO” they said “We’ll try a third
      And that will help much more!”
      I’ve never heard anything so absurd!
      I’m worse off than before.

      They said “A fourth medication is what you need”
      And that’s just what I got.
      So unnecessary if they’d just concede
      ALL I NEED IS POT!

      • Wild Bill

        May 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm

        New Meaning To Grass Roots Start up… ;-}> W/B

  16. William Dyet

    May 20, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I’m a disabled Vet that not only suffers from pain…but I also have PTSD…the VA treated me like shit to begin with when I told them I was check’n out Medical Mary-J…. I’ve been certified in my state to obtain and grow my own…. I’ve had some problems grow’n cause I’ve never done it before…any help would be highly needed… and Thanx on the highest level…. my wife is also certified.

  17. josh

    May 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I am a army vet. Part of OEF 2012-2013 deployed 1 yr. Currently i live in WA where i am stationed but soon to be out and moving home to NC. I take 8 dif meds as of right now. Im almost complete with my med board process for ptsd its my failing condition and what is the greatest part of my percentages for the VA and its the only thing the army gave me percentages on which was 70%. Can you give me some help

  18. CM Garner

    May 20, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Glad to hear this. My husband and myself are hoping to open a center in MI, and all active or retired military or LEO’s will get a discount.

  19. JD Cranford

    May 20, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I am a veteran and suffer from PTSD…however it is not due to a war time incident…I witnessed my son’s death…would I still quality???

  20. Jim

    May 20, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I am a vet which spent about a year in a vets hospital for P.T.S.D.,, I have found that smoking weed does more to help me then any of the meds they gave me ever did !! It is a shame that if you live in one place it is just taking your meds but yet live in another and you are a low life law breaker !!

    • Hope

      May 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Drugs
      By: Hope

      All they wanted was a little fun
      Those bootleggers of old.
      So what, if they carried a gun
      And got a little bold.
      Eventually they won their war
      And liquor was legalized.
      Then thugs like Al Capone and more
      Were practically canonized!

      Now after eighty years or more
      Another war’s declared.
      The procedure’s repeated just as before
      But this time no one’s spared.
      Their determination to win this time is a flaw
      Of the human condition.
      But all it proves to those in awe
      Is: WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM PROHIBITION!

    • Wild Bill

      May 21, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Former Staff Sargent, {From 68 through 72 I Volunteered my life for You}… Agree & also spent time in Fort Lewis Washington State. Madigan Hosp for PTSD, tied down, theorize & all the rest till it killed me for a while… pitched all my meds n dealt with scream dreams n all, hated pills.. just smoking weed out west, now there its legal , but in Ohio now.. we all know that been there.. America in general treated us All like shit & VA Hdrugged out on cotts in big room so tight orderly barly fit between tho better, why can stand in Texas border N get life sentence when neighbor bob hands u pot brownie, legal 5 feet away across state line hes fine n can flip off Texie Cop???

    • Wild Bill

      May 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Wild Bill Risky, as a Former Staff Sargent, {From 68 through 72 I Volunteered my life for You}… Agree & also spent time in Fort Lewis Washington State. Madigan Hosp for PTSD, tied down, thorizne & all the rest till it killed me for a while, during recovery, one of two guards dislocated my shoulder taking me to bathroom.
      {mad cause i kinda took four of them for wild time getting me in a jacket with long tied selves, didn’t recognize anyone as friendlies}…
      So pitched all my meds n dealt with scream dreams n all, hated pills.. just smoking weed out west, now there its legal , but in Ohio now not yet..
      We all know that been there & lived/ survived it,.. America in general treated us All like shit. back home few hours & wouldn’t serve me in uniform.. a burger N shake after 3 years overseas…
      & VA just drugged us out on cots in one big room so tight orderly barley fit between to shine light in eyes to see who was alive…
      So, VA Seems better, still all politics for $$$ numbers would be my guess..
      Now Totally Agree we fought for One Nation Under God For Freedom why can stand in Texas border N get life sentence when neighbor bob hands u pot brownie,Freedom legal 2 feet away across state line hes fine n can flip off Texas Cop.. How do you divide Freedom of choice by a line in the road.. i don’t receive any disability.. never went back to that horrid friggin place & now gotta pay for meds promised by Nixon for Life.. Screw It Gimme a Good Cheech N Chong Flick N a blunt of cush.. keep the druggs.. Thank You ALL & God Bless .. W/B

  21. William Adams

    May 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I am a veteran that was injured on a parachute malfunction. I was on 13-15 meds a month for 8 years. I have MS, PTSD, broken foot after 3 attempts,2 back surgeries,2 knee and a shoulder. I found that marijuana actually slowed the progression of the MS and kept me eating to stay alive. All the VA wanted to do was keep me drugged up and quite. Why don’t we get the medicine that works and helps not hurts? We gave our time and now they take our life each day with drugs.

  22. William Howard

    May 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I’m a disabled vet and the V.A Hospital has had me on Oxycodone 5 for 13 years for my chronic pain. I suffer from PTSD and severe pain after I was in an explosion that shattered my vertebrae in my neck and lower back. I’ll never have the operation to my spine because those nuts will kill me or paralyze. I smoked weed and it helped with the pain and subsided all anxiety that was the best I felt in years. They know marriquanna will help us and refused to even let the U.S. Capital even let this be an option for us. So hell yes I say lets medicate our selves and make us heal. “OBAMALICKEM”.

  23. kris

    May 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I am 10 year vet. The mil and va hand me on so many drugs 15 at one point that my labs/live/kidneys was off the carts that they started to draw blood every month. I was on narcs for pain binzos for anxiety and antidepressants. I got out ant started smoking weed. I was able to kick the narcs that I had been on for more than 3 years and the rest of the drugs. A year latter went to va for check up and all my labs were normal.. So my ? Is how can drugs from the maj drug co. Be OK to take but have to draw blood to make sure they are not killing you. But pot is illegal. The sad part is I live in missouri so in there eyes I am a criminal. Please stop the prohibition of marijuana and let us have the meds that works without killing us

  24. Sherral

    May 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I am a veteran who suffers from fibromyalgia. I use marijuana so that I don’t need narcotics. I live in Missouri for now but I am from Western Colorado. I have already had my specialist say if I lived in a state where it was legal then he would provide me with a script. It is not legal in Missouri yet. I am waiting to see if it comes out in November 2014 or November 2016 for then we can vote to legalize it.

  25. Chris

    May 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I have been out since 2/2007.(2 tours of Iraq–injured on my second) They gave me all those ridiculous drugs to try and curve my ptsd…I moved to phoenix, ran into an old buddy he suggested i smoke…well,it worked I felt relief immediately….But I live in AZ and they don’t have ptsd as a qualifying ailment…HELP!….

    • Hope

      May 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Move to Oregon, It’s on our list. Or move to Co. or WA. THEN YOU DON’T NEED ANYONE’S APPROVAL.

  26. Ted

    May 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I’m a vet diagnosed and on probation, court won’t let me use mmj what do I do?

    • Ted

      May 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      P.s. I live in Colorado

  27. Tammy

    May 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    God bless the vets.

  28. Justin Barkewich

    May 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I’m 100%, I had to move to colorado from NJ to seek relief because of the chance of breaking laws and regulations, since I have moved here I have been welcomed with open arms and understanding from everyone I come across. Wish Govenor Chris Christie would give his states veterans relief so I can go back home were I have lived all my life and served with my states National Guard threw war. But I can’t, He has made me a relief Victim to the state of colorado. At least this states people knows how to treat us. I think NJ has lost a few good tax paying citizens because of it.

  29. bryan wright

    May 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    If this was in effect a year ago i would still be in the army aint dat sumthin.

  30. Derek

    May 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I’m a disabled veteran with server PTSD depression arthritis and crohns disease. The best thing I did was stop taking the meds the VA proscribed me. I now only smoke pot and my quality of life is a 100% better.

  31. Steven Labossiere

    May 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I wish it was in Georgia also

  32. Chris

    May 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I am a vet with PTSD. I was diagnosed by the VA. Would like to try the MMJ.

  33. Billy

    May 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I’m on permanent disability & with PTSD. I’m not a military vet, I am a disabled police, injured in the line of duty. I take hydrocodone daily for pain & mobility.
    Unfortunately, there is nowhere to turn, only hope & prayers that Texas has legalization in the future..

    • Steve Z

      May 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Good to see police/former police approach this alternative with an open mind. Thank you Billy

  34. karl otto

    May 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    i am a vet and im taking anti-depreesion medication,unable to work and can not afford weed,medical weed i need.Any help sent my way is appreaciated,seed to grow can help,or some fine medijuana,thank you.Karl otto

  35. jeremy

    May 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I am a 10 year army vet

  36. Raymond Herring

    May 19, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I’m a veteran who is receiving 100% d issability for PTSD and other things. I get 14 medications a day and the pain management and anxiety medications have been taken away because of using marijuana. I’m at a loss because now my oxycodone has been replaced with tylonal and my zanex has been replaced with Buspar. No help for these things as long as I use.

  37. Allen

    May 19, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Help me sacramento ca

  38. matt

    May 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I am 70% ptsd and 30% unable to work . I have been on atleast 15 different kinds of meds from the VA. The meds i take now i have to get a blood test done every 6 months i think to make sure that the meds they give me are not killing my liver. Im like really? WTF! And its to the point if i dont take em i get sick and my body shuts down. It sucks. So ive been smoking weed to help with my sleep and my ptsd. And i thank God for it. Weed does help. And i dont care what people think. All these pills have hurt instead of heal. And can kill you. I dont get it. They say pills are better then weed. I say there full of shit.

    • maebelle

      May 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      i agree with you matt. pills do kill but no one has ever died from weed or overdosed.

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