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Hundreds of United States military veterans received free marijuana on Saturday in Denver. The event was rather unusual and included medical marijuana as well as edible treats.
Hundreds of vets lined up to get into the largest event ever hosted by a group called Operation Grow4Vets. The group organized the event and set it up especially for veterans, but members of the public were also invited.
Many Denver area businesses participated in the event, reports CBS Denver.
When asked why the group organizes events like these, the Executive Director and veteran, Roger Martin, says that alternative medicine, like marijuana, can really change lives.
The group’s main goal is to “try to save some of the veterans who commit suicide and die from drug overdose every day in the United States,” says Martin. Operation Grow4Vets believes that veterans are in need of marijuana products. Many veterans will agree.
“I’ve got PTSD, and yeah, I take marijuana that helps me to sleep at night,” stated Stephanie Burton, a veteran Army nurse.
The mission of the group is to offer vets a safe alternative medicine, Martin says. Many veterans suffer from chronic pain as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
As a state, Colorado rejected marijuana as a treatment for PTSD, according to The Associated Press. However, it is legal to give pot away for free and it is also legal for anyone over the age of 21 to purchase the drug in stores.
The group hopes to give veterans medical marijuana to treat their ailments because the state will not.
“I’m allergic to morphine opiates, I can’t take them,” said Mark Pitt, Vietnam-era veteran. “So I don’t have much choice other than do that.”
Some experts say that providing marijuana for free can be dangerous. Bob Doyle, with the Colorado Smart Approaches to Marijuana Coalition, says that there needs to be more testing and more protocol before a group can simply give away marijuana.
“These people are getting marijuana with varying degrees of potency and THC. That could cause things like paranoia,” Doyle said. “Obviously things that we wouldn’t want somebody with PTSD to be experiencing.”
Operation Grow4Vets is currently embarking on their newest mission: Save 1,000 Vets. They hope to provide 1,000 veterans with free marijuana products for the rest of their lives.
Around 400 bags of marijuana-infused products were handed out at Saturday’s event.
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