Today we announced that Happy Joe was shifting fire in our mission so we could focus on cultivating mental wellness for military veterans. We’re really stoked about our changes. We believe that our first priority is changing the perceptions and outcomes for mental health among our military community. Helping veterans find peace and happiness will enable them to live healthy lives.
As a part of our refocus, we have decided to embrace medical marijuana for veterans. Before we get into the details, we understand that there will be people and supporters who do not agree with our decision. The debate around the acceptance or use of cannabis is hugely divided. At first I was personally skeptical … until I began hearing the stories of the veterans it has helped.
Despite the negative stigma that is attached to cannabis, Happy Joe supports the use of medical marijuana for military veterans. It will be a part of our mission to bring mental wellness to our veterans.
Embracing Medical Marijuana
Happy Joe is not overlooking the fact that cannabis use is against federal law. It is a Schedule 1 substance, meaning it has no “medical use” according to the government, despite the fact that over 20 states have legalized medical marijuana and it has helped thousands of people. Interestingly, opiates and other highly narcotic pills have a lesser stigma attached to them and are allowed for medical use.
There are enormous debates taking place on whether cannabis should be downgraded to lesser Schedule substance. There are large battles being fought over the right to use marijuana medically and recreationally. It has been hotly contested from the Veterans Affairs about the use of medical marijuana for veterans (though this is now changing). There is no short of controversy surrounding cannabis.
Our Viewpoint and Stance
Setting aside all of the legal ramifications and arguments, we believe that medical marijuana should be legalized at the government level. It should also be legalized and accepted in the 26 states that currently do not allow medical marijuana use. It is no longer viable from a legal or law enforcement perspective to waste money on fighting cannabis use medically or recreationally. Particularly when more people die from alcohol use or prescription pills than marijuana use.
There are pros and cons with any substance used to alter the mind chemically and the arguments have been had from all sides. And it would be foolish to not state that using cannabis doesn’t come without risk either.
What we do know is that medical marijuana has helped military veterans. Cannabis has benefited people who battle PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger, and other mental health issues detrimental to their well being. We will always look to the medical research, but also not negate the personal experiences our veterans have by using cannabis. We also know the truckload of dangerous opiates and prescription pills given to veterans from VA physicians have caused way more damage than cannabis ever will.
Medical Marijuana Education and Workshops
Our time at Happy Joe will not be spent arguing over the use of medical marijuana. Instead we will invest our efforts into education on cannabis use and supporting the industry as it relates to using it medically. Happy Joe will advocate for the veteran rights to choose cannabis as an alternative to opiates. We will do all of this in a professional and classy way.
- We will begin partnering with professionals in the medical marijuana industry to offer cannabis workshops. Our purpose is to educate veterans on cannabis use, types of strains, medical card details, and how it could improve their mental well being.
- Our first workshops will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Happy Joe is currently seeking partners and sponsors to help fund these cutting edge workshops that will benefit our veterans.
Cultivating mental well-being in military veterans is and will be a sensitive topic, especially as it relates to medical marijuana. We know that this journey will not be without risks and challenges, but it’s a journey we are willing to take.
If you are interested in our medical marijuana education and workshops, please contact us today.