– As part of a national effort to raise awareness about the medical benefits of cannabis in treating illnesses related to war trauma, a cross-country education and awareness campaign is coming to the District of Columbia’s McPherson Square park on
Tuesday, November, 10, 2015 at 9:00am, and lasting until the organized rally on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2015 at 12:30pm. This event is open to all veterans around the country, with a special invitation to local veterans to come and join the open mic to share the stories.
The educational awareness campaign is sponsored by MagicalButter.comand the Weed For Warriors Project (WFWP) in the 2015 Cannaball Run for Vets. Veteran’s Day was chosen as an appropriate final stop for the WFWP’s eight city educational and awareness tour. Starting at midnight on Tuesday, November 10, WFWP’s and The People’s Champ, city hosts for the DC Leg of the run, will collaborate with local District artists and activists to setup an interactive art-based “military bivouac” and “Liberty Pole” at McPherson Square Park, outside of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The art installation will allow veterans, families, & community supporters to post pictures, artwork or inscribe words of encouragement to veterans who suffer from trauma and in support of cannabis research. The installation will serve as the “home base” for the final leg of run. On the same day, WFWP and The People’s Champ will lead an on-site petition rally outside of the Department of Veteran Affairs headquarters to disseminate information highlighting the impendency of the situation and highlight how citizens can enact lasting change in veteran’s healthcare. The joint teams will return to the home base and remain on vigil throughout the night educating, fellowshipping &
sharing experiences with service members, veterans and supporters alike.
On Veterans’ Day, veterans and other participants will leave from McPherson Square and walk up to the gates of the White House. Upon arrival, participants will dump trash bags full of empty pill bottles collected from veterans along the seven-city tour onto Pennsylvania Avenue, in memory of their brothers and sisters whose sacrifices did not end on the battlefield. The veterans hope the powerful, indelible visual image this display creates will help raise awareness of their concerns about over medication with poisonous pharmaceuticals and about
being unjustly deprived of their gentle, effective natural medicine of choice. The final reception will once again host guest speakers, members of the press, and most important, veterans
revealing how cannabis therapy has assisted with their war trauma and improved the quality of Founded in 2014, the sole purpose of the Weed for Warriors (WFW) Project is to advocate to the VA about the freedom to use medical cannabis as a recognized medical alternative to harmful psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against the individual.
This awareness campaign intends to build public awareness about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’s refusal to allow cannabis therapy as a treatment option for WAR
TRAUMA and TBI (traumatic brain injury.) The campaign is seeking an alternative treatment path away from the harmful pharmaceutical narcotics now commonly being prescribed to
afflicted vets that lead to addiction and suicidal tendencies.
An estimated 22 veterans a day, or 8,000 annually, commit suicide as a result of war trauma, up from a low of 18 per year in 2007, according to a 2012 VA Suicide Data Report.
According to the Weed for Warriors web site, “Veterans are being prescribed harsh pharmaceutical drugs that are extremely addictive and have been linked to thousands of Veteran Suicides. Cannabis has been proven to help with WAR TRAUMA, cancer, chronic pain, sleep disorders, Crohn’s disease, migraines, addiction withdrawal and has statistically lowered the suicide rate in states where it is legal. Please join us in the fight to give Veterans the right to have safe access to medical cannabis and allow them the freedom to discuss medical cannabis with their VA doctors. Together we can make a difference and do more for Veterans.”
About The Weed for Warriors Project:
Weed for Warriors Project’s sole purpose is to advocate to the Veteran Affairs Administration on behalf of all Veterans. Founded in 2014, the Weed For Warriors Project (WFWP) aims to allow Veterans the freedom to use cannabis as a recognized medical alternative to harmful psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against the individual. W4WP was started in the San Francisco Bay Area by an OEF United States Marine Corps Veteran who found relief
from his service connected disabilities through cannabis and the fellowship of other like-minded Veterans within the cannabis community. For more information, please visit www.wfwproject.com or visit us on Facebook and IG: WFW_project. MagicalButter is a company that is working hard to bring top-quality, consistent edibles and infusions to cannabis patients everywhere. MagicalButter has developed an appliance anyone can easily use in their home kitchen to make cannabis-infused butter, oil, and tincture.
The People’s Champ, is a collective hosting cannabis-associated events in the Washington D.C. area via the D.O.P.E. (Don’t Oppress People Ever) brand. The D.O.P.E. brand houses different entities: D.O.P.E. Fest serves as the entertainment division, focusing on the arts, neighborhood events, and community initiatives. D.O.P.E.-OL-OGY is the educational division that has zealously advocated & equipped D.C. residents with knowledge of cannabis legislation, regulations and rights regarding horticulture, extraction, & general use. Lastly, D.O.P.E. Facts are interactive city games and seed/clone shares targeting the promotion of social responsibility
We are encouraging veterans from around the country to send us their empty pill bottles for the rally on Veteran’s Day November 11, 2015. Please send all pill bottles to the following address:
Attention: Cannaball Run – Takoma Wellness Center 6925 Blair Road NW, Washington DC
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/394072597468523/