A local group is attempting to help some of Arizona’s homeless veterans with free access to medical marijuana cards. The homeless veterans stay at a camp, known as “Bravo Base,” on private property in Tucson.
Jon McLane started a medical marijuana certification clinic in Tucson, known as Dr420, according to KVOA 4 Tucson News, to help homeless veterans get their recommendations and state fees paid for.
Logan Bean, a former Army sergeant, said, “I didn’t use marijuana at all. I was using the pills the VA was giving me. I was on a whole bunch of things. I had a whole cocktail. It ended up being increasing and increasing and increasing as my body adapted to it. And it got to the point where the side effects were getting worse as well.” In regards to medical marijuana, Bean said, “Once I tried it I was like, ‘This is working’. And so I kept doing it. I noticed a huge difference, and I’m completely off all those pills.”
McLane said, “For a lot of homeless vets, it’s nearly impossible. Even if they do get some type of pension from the government or some type of disability, it’s still a high expense to fit into one’s budget. Our goal is to try to tackle the recidivism rate and the suicide rate amongst veterans. And being able to medicate appropriately is a big part of that, and particularly, when you get your card you’re not a criminal anymore”
McLane wants to expand his program to help more veterans. Those wanting to help the group can contact Veteran Rescue Mission or Bravo Base. They just focus on getting veterans MMJ certifications, they also connect people to the services they need from the VA and other agencies.
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