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Veterans Cannabis Group
We are a safe educational resource and family support group for Veterans who use medical cannabis.

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We are a safe educational resource and family support group for Veterans who use medical cannabis.

Q & A: Aaron Augustis of the Veteran's Cannabis Group  >

The use of medical marijuana is known to address profound symptoms that are difficult to treat otherwise. There is currently an epidemic of veteran suicide in America that we hope to prevent by easing pain and anguish with cannabis use.

Veterans Cannabis Group is a California based not-for-profit collective.

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Aaron Augustis

Aaron Augustis served in the US Army and was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He can attest to the medicinal effects of cannabis when dealing with a traumatic life event such as the war in Iraq.

  • SGT Augustis played a vital role in the initial inventories of the Iraqi V Corps ASP.
  • SGT Augustis and his team were responsible for destroying over 30 tons of threat ordinance in Mosul.
  • During the hasty evacuation of the Iraqi V Corps ASP, SGT Augustis was able to move his team to safety without losing his accountability of any personnel or sensitive items.
  • SGT Augustis' knowledge and expertise in the areas of patrolling were a tremendous asset to his team and his squad.

  • Lynnette Shaw

    Lynnette Shaw is a world renowned medical marijuana expert. She invented the first licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Fairfax, CA in 1997. Lynnette will be available to educate and assist the members of the group as part of her life long work aiding veterans.

    After nearly two decades of litigation, Lynnette Shaw declared victory over the U.S. Department of Justice after an apparent surrender by federal prosecutors.

    Read the court decision  >

    HelloMD Event

    August 25th, 2016
    5:30 - 7:30pm

    The Veterans Cannabis Group, VCG, is excited to announce our next event. HelloMD's Chief Medical Officer, Perry Solomon MD, will be educating our veterans at the American Legion in San Rafael. Topics will revolve around the medical applications of cannabis, for example how cannabis helps with PTSD. This event is for Veterans, Caregivers and their families.

    Download the event brochure >

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    American Legion Post 37
    1312 Mission Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

    The American Legion is located behind the San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108 on Mission Ave.

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all there. Please help spread the word to our fellow veterans.

    We will discuss:
  • Medical applications of cannabis
  • Current and past experiences with cannabis and how it helps with military related service
  • Cannabis applications for all other medical conditions
  • Military experience, trauma, PTSD, etc. and how it has affected Veteran and how cannabis helps

  • Sonoma County Signature Networking Event

    Thursday, Sept 8th 2016
    6pm - 9pm

    Veterans Cannabis Group on PTSD, Cannabis & The Fight for Safe Veteran Access with Co-Founders: SGT Aaron Augustis & Lynnette Shaw

    Women Grow Networking Events connect aspiring and current professionals in the cannabis industry. Through our monthly events, our members develop authentic relationships via personal contact and networking. While our events are women focused, our networking series attracts both men and women to connect.

    Snacks, Beverages & Giveaways always included
    Thank you to our Meeting Sponsor: Whiskey Tip

    In need of financial assistance? Email sonomacounty@womengrow.com to inquire.

    Purchase advanced tickets  >


    Whiskey Tip
    1910 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

    Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all there. Please help spread the word to our fellow veterans.

    South Novato Library Veterans Resource Center

    Meet with a Volunteer Benefits coach.
    For an appointment, sign up at the Library information Desk or email/call for appoitment below. The Resource Center provides laptops, printer, and phone for use by Veterans and their families.


    (865) 210-4047


    By appointment only:
    Tuesday - Saturday
    12noon - 5pm

    Drop in:
    2pm - 5pm


    South Novato Library
    931 C Street Novato Library,
    Novato, CA 94960

    Veterans Housing & Services

    Veterans Housing & Services (VHS) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Marin County, California, just north of San Francisco. Our purpose is to identify, pursue and provide housing options for veterans.

    Veterans Housing  >

    RESET > GO Veterans Program

    It’s easier to get to your destination if you take the time to make a plan first. Making a plan can be overwhelming when you do it alone. This program gives you the steps to making an effective plan, and the time in which to do it.

    This program is only for those who have served in the military (veterans), and their dependents

    RESET GO Website  >

    Veterans Service Office

    The Marin County Veterans Service Office helps veterans, their spouses and children obtain all types of veterans benefits.

    Veterans Service Office Website  >

    Veterans Crisis Line

    If you are a Veteran in crisis or know a Veteran who is, confidential support is only a phone call, click, or text away — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    1-800-273-8255 press 1

    Veterans Crisis Line Website  >


    Marin activists form veterans’ medical marijuana group

    A veteran of the Iraq war who lives in Novato, and the self-styled godmother of medical marijuana dispensaries in California, have teamed up to create the Veterans Cannabis Group...

    Read the article  >

    Medical-marijuana study soon will seek Arizona veterans with PTSD

    Within a month or two, Arizona researchers will accept applications for a small number of veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder to participate in a study in north Phoenix on medical marijuana's effects on the disorder.

    Read the article  >

    DEA approves PTSD marijuana study

    The Drug Enforcement Administration has given its blessing to a study on the effect of medical marijuana on post-traumatic stress disorder...

    Read the article  >

    Medical Cannabis and PTSD: Techniques To Remedy Invisible Wounds

    Generally, when people think of a seriously sick and suffering medical cannabis patient, they imagine a person that is bound to a wheelchair, fighting through cancer treatment, or another condition that is visually validated...

    Read the article  >

    Marin medical pot pioneer celebrates apparent surrender by feds

    After nearly two decades of litigation, Marin’s medical pot pioneer declared victory over the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday after an apparent surrender by federal prosecutors...

    Read the article  >

    Derby Bakery

    Derby Bakery donates her delicious cannabis edible cookies to the veterans of the Veterans Cannabis Group collective. Annie, from Derby Bakery, is proud to support our veterans...Thank you Derby Bakery!

    Read the S.F. Gate article on Derby Bakery >

    Aaron Augustis
    (415) 225-0655

    Lynnette Shaw
    (415) 419-9394

    Mariko Sakoda
    Marketing & Administration
    (415) 713-2693

    Morgan Bates
    Seniors Outreach
    (415) 405-5350

    Edward Guerrero
    Operations/Veterans Outreach
    (415) 933-3058