This Company Is Offering Cannabis For U.S. Military Veterans At A 30% To 50% Discount
During an exclusive conversation, wholesale cannabis delivery company Flower Co. said it is now offering a complimentary membership to all U.S. Military veterans through FlowerVets.com. The membership, usually priced at $119 per year, provides access to the company’s catalogue of cannabis products, priced at a 30 to 50 percent discount versus traditional dispensaries.
The California-based cannabis company, founded on the idea that high-quality cannabis should be accessible to those who need it, offers a unique subscription-based model that gives members access to the convenient pricing.
“We built Flower Co. on the premise that every person deserves safe, fair and affordable access to cannabis,” said Ted Lichtenberger, co-founder and CEO of Flower Co. “Our military veterans, who risk their life for our country, are no exception to this, which is why we are offering them a complimentary membership to our services.”
A Strong Partnership
Flower Co. partnered with the Veterans Cannabis Group on this initiative, seeking to support the organization’s mission to advocate for the use of medicinal cannabis to treat the symptoms of PTSD among U.S. Military veterans.
Cannabis and CBD can help veterans with pain, anxiety and PTSD, several studies have shown. Many of these studies have also suggested cannabis provides a safe alternative to pills currently being prescribed to veterans to treat their ailments – many of which have strong side effects and high addictive potential.
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“[Cannabis] took a little bit for it to grow on me, but within a month those [pharma] drugs [I was taking previously] were in the trash. It’s a simple solution for a majority of what’s going on.”
U.S. Military Veteran
“I can attest to the multitude of health issues that veterans face after their service ends,” said Aaron Augustis, U.S. Army Veteran and Founder of Veterans Cannabis Group. “In my experience, the medicinal effects of cannabis have had a positive impact when dealing with traumatic events, and it’s important that our veterans have cannabis as an option.”
As part of the program, Flower Co. interviewed veterans about their experience with cannabis and will be releasing a series of videos that shine a light on some of the issues that surround cannabis today. See the trailer below.
The veteran on the trailer introduces himself and brings up his four tours to Afghanistan and a couple other countries. “That one thing that I found replaced everything they gave me,” he voices, clearly talking about cannabis.
His entire experience with the U.S. Military was hectic, he reveals. “As you can imagine, for 18, 19, 20-year-old kids it is pretty crazy.
“The first time he went to see his VA medical provider, sharing “everything that was going on, everything that happened… broken back, TBI, severe hearing loss, all kinds of injuries… I left that day, the first day I met this guy, with eight prescription drugs: painkillers, sleeping medicines, anxiety medicine, you name it… That’s kind of what was causing things, wheels not to turn right in my head, and I wasn’t really who I was anymore so my girlfriend was like, ‘hey you need to try CBD or THC.’ So I tried it.
“It took a little bit for it to grow on me, but within a month those [pharma] drugs [I was taking previously] were in the trash. It’s a simple solution for a majority of what’s going on,” he ends.
Veterans Cannabis Project
The Veterans Cannabis Project is the leading organization that advocates for unrestricted access of medical cannabis for veterans. In 2019, Curaleaf launched a nationwide initiative with the VCP to help bring additional visibility to this important issue and help the millions of veterans dealing with chronic pain and other conditions have better access to quality medical cannabis.
Curaleaf created a new pre-roll box with the VCP logo and 5 small pre-rolls inside, and rolled it out at our dispensaries and through retail partners across the country. For every box sold, $1 is donated to the Veterans Cannabis Project. Other cannabis operators are welcome to contact the VCP for more information on participating in this special program.
For millions of veterans facing debilitating conditions
. federal law makes it illegal for Veteran Health Administration physicians to recommend cannabis as a treatment option, and that’s something we urgently need to change.”
Veteran Cannabis Project
Watch our discussion with The Outpost creators on veterans, mental health, cannabis, and their film
Catch the hour-long virtual panel with the filmmakers of The Outpost (now streaming on Netflix), director Rod Lurie and Oscar-nominated screenwriters Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; joined by Veterans Cannabis Project’s Doug Distaso, Mass Fallen Heroes’ Dan Magoon, and Curaleaf’s Joe Lusardi.
From Sharing Stories to Saving Lives
Our message is a simple one: Medical cannabis saves lives, and veterans deserve full, legal access.
Help us change the conversation about medical cannabis by applying to become a local advocate – or VCP Force Commander – in the fight for veterans’ cannabis access. Only through stories like yours will policymakers and the public understand the transformative, life-saving health treatment value of cannabis for veterans.
Improving the Lives of Those Who Protected Ours
America’s prolonged military conflicts over the past 17 years have exposed an aging and ineffective health care system, ill-prepared for the type and severity of the latest round of war-related injuries. Upwards of 20 percent of the 2.7 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will experience post-traumatic stress or depression, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is not equipped to effectively or comprehensively treat the complexity of every veteran’s mental and physical wounds, leaving former service members to cope with limited and inadequate treatment options. Veterans are often placated with “cocktails” of prescription drugs, including powerful and addictive opiates. The current arrangement is not meeting veterans’ healthcare needs.
Medical cannabis is a proven, safe and common-sense personal health management option, free of the devastating side effects of opiate-based drugs. It is now legal in 36 states plus D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands and is recognized by experts such as the American College of Physicians, the American Public Health Association and the American Nurses Association as a safer alternative to many federally legal treatments. Medicinal cannabis is an incredibly effective tool for veterans challenged with managing the symptoms of their wounds.