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



Download our brochure  > Join our Contact List  >
VHA Policy Discussing Medical Cannabis  >

MISSION



We are an advocacy group of Veterans for Veterans who use medical cannabis. We provide education, safe access, information on VA resources and benefits, and an opportunity for veterans to work with other veterans within the cannabis industry. The VCG also helps strengthen relationships between veteran communities and their local cannabis businesses and governments.

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

"We are trying to do more than ensure our veterans have access to medical cannabis even though that is a huge priority. I ask all the veterans I come across if they are in the Veterans Affairs and Veterans Health Administration. It seems like the Veterans Cannabis Group has a way to reach the veterans, that normally want nothing to do with the VA, through discussions and use of medical cannabis. And once we are engaged in conversation together, initially about cannabis, that's when I continue to learn more about them and start asking questions like, Are you receiving the VA benefits that you need? If no, why not?"
- Aaron Augustis - Founder VCG

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.
(We are not a delivery service)

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ADVOCACY



The VCG encourages veterans to work with their local and state governments to ensure their veteran community voice is heard and their needs are taken into consideration while the new cannabis laws are being written. That means actively participating in local city council meetings, county board of supervisors meetings, and state level meetings throughout the United States.

Action Steps

Connect with your local Veteran Service Officer, VSO, for your county. It is crucial to be able to direct veterans to the VSO. They can assist with VA compensation claims and plug the veteran into any of the VA services that the veteran is entitled to.

Connect with local American Legion, VFW, Blue Star Moms and any other pro US military veteran organizations. Networking with already established veteran organizations is crucial for the Veterans Cannabis Group mission awareness in the community. Let them know that there are veterans that use medical cannabis in their area and to direct any veterans to the VCG that are interested in learning more, need help or want to help.

Have representation at local city council and county meetings when cannabis is on the agenda. If we, the veterans, do not speak and attend these meetings then our voices cannot be heard and our agendas will not make it into their plan

Veterans Cannabis Group speaks out at the Novato City Council meeting

FOUNDER





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.

Aaron enlisted in the US Army in June of 1998 from his home state of California. After the attacks on 9/11, Aaron knew it was only a matter of time before he was deployed. His unit was deployed from Ft. Bragg, NC to Mosul, Iraq in April of 2003.

Aaron did not connect with the Veterans Health Administration until eight years after he was discharged from the military. He, like many other veterans Aaron has met,wanted little or nothing to do with the VA or the Department of Defense after he got out. Luckily, Aaron met his local Veterans Service Officer and he encouraged him to get enrolled into the VHA. From there, Aaron found many VHA services to be extremely beneficial and received the health care benefits he earned through serving his country.

"I advise all veterans that they should enroll in the VHA and get the services and benefits they are entitled to and deserve. I also highly recommend counseling for any veteran who served in a combat zone. We do not advocate cannabis as a cure all, but as a medicinal tool that should be incorporated with other healthy tools and lifestyle choices. Do not feel like you have to do it on your own. You have already earned these amazing benefits, you just have to request for access to them"
- Aaron Augustis - Founder of VCG

  • 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.


  • CONFERENCE CALL INFO



    Veterans Cannabis Group Hosts Conference Call Updates

    The Veterans Cannabis Group will be hosting monthly conference calls to disseminate relevant information and updates about veterans and medical cannabis. We will be discussing issues that address all veterans on a national level and focusing in local issues depending on which region of the nation we are discussing.

    National Calls Are Scheduled for every Second and Last Tuesday, at 5pm PST of each month.

    Dial-In Number: (605) 475-4775
    Access Code: 518825

    AND/OR

    Go to Online Meeting  >
    Online Meeting Id: veteranscannabisgroup



    WATCH/LISTEN TO PAST CONFERENCE CALLS


    Tuesday 5/9/17



    Download conference call agenda  >


    Tuesday 4/25/17



    Download conference call agenda  >


    Tuesday 4/11/17



    Download conference call agenda  >




    Tuesday 3/28/17



    Download conference call agenda  >



    CONFERENCE CALL SCHEDULE AND SUBJECTS OF DISCUSSION

    National and Global Veterans Cannabis Topics
  • Recurring scheduled calls are on the last Tuesday of each month at 5pm PST.

    Organizing Veterans and Additional VCG Posts in CA and Other States
  • Recurring scheduled calls are on the second Tuesday of each month @ 5pm PST.
  • CA is home base for the Veterans Cannabis Group. Our intent is to help organize the veterans in CA and across the nation so that we may all function as one group and work together to accomplish our mutual goals. We, the veteran community, need strong leaders to create additional VCG Posts nationwide and welcome those veterans who are interested.



    1. Dial Into the Conference:

    Dial-In Number: (605) 475-4775
    Access Code: 518825
    International Dial-In Numbers >

    AND/OR

    2. Join the Online Meeting:

    Go to Online Meeting  >
    Online Meeting Id: veteranscannabisgroup

    Instructions:
    At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the online meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

    Standby and Stay Tuned.
  • PHOTOS



    RESOURCES



    Have you filed your service connected disability compensation claim?

    EBenefits  >

    The VCG strongly advises that you, the veteran, use the VA services and file for the benefits you are rightfully entitled to receive.

    "If you are a veteran who is struggling, let the VA help you.I know what it's like to try and do it all on your own. Sometimes that only takes you so far and you need some help. Connecting with the VA is one of the best decisions you can do for yourself to help you transition and be successful from the military world to the civilian world."
    Aaron Augustis - Founder VCG



    Cannabis Therapy
    Getting Healthy, Not High


    That we have an Endo-Cannabinoid System (ECS) was only imagined in the early 1990's. We now know that it is our foundational internal homeostatic regulatory system, involved in almost every physiological process. Its presence is everywhere.

    Using EndoCannabinoids, short lived signaling molecules named after the Cannabis plant but produced in our bodies, the ECS initiates changes starting at the cellular level. Working through a multitude of strategies, it calls our body to action in regaining and then maintaining internal physiological balance, a healthy state of life.....

    READ FULL ARTICLE  >



    OPEVAC

    Our mission is to support the growth and healing of veterans through mutual assistance, personal development, and community service.

    OPEVAC Website  >



    Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access

    Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access or VMCA, advocates for veterans' rights to access medical cannabis for therapeutic purposes. VMCA encourages all legislative bodies to endorse veterans' rights to use medical cannabis therapeutically and responsibly, and is working to end all prohibitions associated with such use

    VMCA website >



    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  >





    Amazing Surf Adventures

    Amazing Surf Adventures (ASA) develops community programs which utilize surfing, along with other activities, to help individuals change their perspective and overcome their personal challenges.

    We value the right of the individual to lead a happy, productive life. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for veterans and those struggling with physical and mental disabilities to reach their full potential, accept their past, and overcome their perceived limitations through our programs.

    Amazing Surf Adventures Website  >

    "Let's talk about Operation Surf and the absolute amazing time I had with them! This trip was one for the record books, a trip you don't want to miss..! The veteran appreciation felt from the volunteers and the community of Santa Cruz, CA was awesome! Thank you to all the veteran organizations that are involved.

    My experience with Operation Surf was very connecting in a personal way. Van Curaza, the President & Founder, achieved a stellar vision of comradery, spiritual connections, healing and cleansing of the spirit while having a blast surfing the waves of beautiful Santa Cruz County.

    I'd like to tell a little story of learning to surf the hard way. My attitude at the time was a bit reckless and ignorant to the real dangers of surfing in the North Pacific Ocean because I had recently returned home after being in the hostile city of Mosul, Iraq for seven months during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    After returning home from this life changing experience, I moved to Marin County, CA and began my readjustment into civilian life… Shortly after enrolling in the local community college for only three weeks, I dropped all my classes, bought a surfboard and self medicated with cannabis for months. This was my first real surfing experience and I definitely felt the power of the ocean as I fell again and again into the unforgiving waves.

    I just had the attitude that of, “Hey, I just got back from the war in Iraq, what's the worst that can happen. I'll just fall into the water, right?” Hahahaha… Well, as I know now, a lot can happen out there. The ocean is to be respected and not a place to be complacent or have a reckless attitude.

    Operation Surf brought me full circle to my surf experience at Fort Cronkite. Only this time around, I was definitely not alone! I was surrounded by other veterans, surf instructors, water safeties, and the entire Santa Cruz community! Noah, my surf instructor, is a super awesome instructor, thankful and grateful person and a proud father. Overall he is just a great guy to be around. The water safety volunteers kept me going as well and out of harm's way as much as possible… Thank you Noah and to all the surf instructors and water safety volunteers!

    How I wish I could have found Operation Surf back then as the amazing surf instructors and water safety volunteers would have prevented me from getting pounded by the Pacific waves at Fort Cronkite, Rodeo Beach….

    Thank you very much for your dedication and time spent with me and all the other veterans who come through Operation Surf!

    Being around the other veterans who were seriously injured while deployed was an absolute eye opener, source of inspiration and strength, and overall appreciation for being home and alive! I have searched for the commodore that all veterans can relate to while serving, and I found it for sure at Operation Surf, shack aaaa !!!! This trip also confirmed my mission with the Veterans Cannabis Group as I met several disabled service connected veterans that use cannabis medicinally. Some of whom have lost limbs during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It doesn't take a doctor to see that cannabis helps when you meet a veteran who was taking ten prescription medications from the VA and is now down to zero in a matter of just weeks by using medical cannabis. Or other veterans who become addicted to the opiate prescribed pills who now use the healthier alternative of medical cannabis to help with their issues. Or testimony from a veteran I met that uses cbd strains of cannabis that help reduce his seizures he suffers from after being hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while deployed. Why is the VA not prescribing medical cannabis to our veterans? You would think after serving your country, and like some, losing your limbs in the process, or being mentally stressed out and returning with PTSD, that you have maybe earned the right to decompress and relax in a healthy non-toxic way with medical cannabis…?

    I will forever promote, volunteer and hold a place in my heart for everyone involved with and support of Operation Surf!

    The San Francisco VA veterans and Dr. Straz, along with some of the awesome surf instructors and local veterans plan on continuing the momentum created on this amazing trip. We are planning to carry on the mission of Operation Surf by recruiting more veterans to come join us while surfing the waves out in Bolinas, CA. shack aaaa!!!

    Thank you for supporting the active service men and women and veterans of the armed forces of the United States and our allies!"

    Aaron



    Americans For Safe Access - State by State Report 2017

    For the past 15 years, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) has been working nationally to overcome political, social, and legal barriers to medical cannabis (marijuana) by creating policies that improve access for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, research, grassroots empowerment, advocacy and services for patients, government, medical professionals, and medical cannabis providers.

    Download report PDF  >



    NORLM - chapters

    Legalization has been adopted (either in part or in full) by voter initiatives in a number of US jurisdictions: Colorado (2012), Washington (2012), Alaska (2014), Oregon (2014), Washington, DC (2014), California (2016), Maine (2016), Massachusetts (2016), and Nevada (2016).

    NORML website  >



    Veterans Airlift Command

    The VAC provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

    VAC website  >



    Veterans Remembered Flag

    As we all know, there is our great American Flag and one celebrating each of the five branches of our great military - the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force - and even one that pays homage to our missing in action and prisoners of war. But where is the emblem or Flag to honor the largest contingency of military people, our Veterans, both living and deceased? We, the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park Association, are trying very hard to rectify this omission. We have created a beautiful Flag to do just that. Please help us accomplish our goal by sharing this message with your relatives and friends as well as your state and national legislators.

    Veterans Remembered Flag website  >
    JOBS







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    NEWS





    Medical Cannabis Researcher Addresses Legionnaires

    Dr. Sue Sisley, medical researcher from the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona, addressed The American Legion Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation (VA&R) Commission about the importance of treating military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with medical cannabis....

    Read the article  >





    The American Legion wants the federal government to change course on marijuana

    The American Legion, a group representing 2.4 million U.S. military veterans, has called on Congress to remove marijuana from Schedule 1 of the federal Controlled Substances Act and "reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value."...

    Read the article  >





    Veterans Cannabis Group Advocating for Change

    Aaron Augustis joined the Army in 1998, and was already a 22 year old sergeant in the when he went to Iraq in 2003, just six weeks after the initial invasion....

    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  >
    SPONSORS



    "Thank you for your support!"

    The VCG cannot complete its mission without the support from our sponsor. Together we can make a difference in our communities.

    Part of our mission is to create a synergistic partnership relationship between our veteran communities and cannabis businesses. The goals of our sponsors are aligned with the VCG when it comes to providing the best quality medicine to the veterans of our great nation.



    Triple J's
    The Original Mini Joints



    We are all about keeping you happy. Choose your lifestyle a little bit at a time. The Original Mini Joints, the most consistent and reliable pre-roll in the Universe.

    Website >



    Gold Seal SF
    San Francisco Cultivators



    The mission of Gold Seal SF is to provide a variety of boutique, exotic strains of flower for the cannabis connoisseur. We are efficient, consistent, and believe that exceptional flowers come from the healthiest plants.

    Visit us on Instagram >



    California Wellness
    San Francisco and Marin County delivery service



    ​Patients receive the best tasting medicine and most potent strains to help with your medical needs. Top quality sun-grown flowers arrive directly from our farm in Trinity County, located in one of the best outdoor cannabis growing climates in the world, known as the Emerald Triangle.

    Visit our website >



    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 >



    Triple J/s, Gold Seal, and California Wellness have all partnered together to create and help distribute the Veterans Cannabis Group pre-rolled mini joints (Graphics sponsored by Purpleline Media, www.purplelinemedia.com)

    California Wellness Menu >

    A portion of the proceeds goes to the Veterans Cannabis Group to help serve their mission. Thank you sponsors for coming together to support our veterans!
    CONTACT US



    General Inqueries
    contact@vcgpost1.com



    Aaron Augustis
    US Army Veteran - Marin County, CA
    (415) 225-0655
    aaronaugustis@veteranscannabisgroup.com

    Morgan Bates
    Blue Star Mom, Seniors Outreach
    (415) 405-5350
    morganbates@veteranscannabisgroup.com

    Edward Guerrero
    US Army Veteran
    (415) 933-3058
    edwardguerrero@veteranscannabisgroup.com

    David Michael
    US Navy Veteran, Outreach
    (949) 331-0444
    david@veteranscannabisgroup.com

    Mike Loveless
    US Army Veteran, Humboldt County
    mikeless@veteranscannabisgroup.com

    Koop Ferwerda
    US Coast Guard Veteran, Outreach | Sonoma County, CA
    (707) 494-6614
    Koop@veteranscannabisgroup.com



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