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Hanover: Curaleaf Launches Campaign for Veteran Cannabis Access

From left: Hanover Veterans' Service Officer Ben Quelle, Curaleaf Mass. President Patrick Johnson, and Mass. Fallen Heroes Executive Director Dan Magoon. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

From left: Hanover Veterans’ Service Officer Ben Quelle, Curaleaf Mass. President Patrick Johnson, and Mass. Fallen Heroes Executive Director Dan Magoon. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

 

In Hanover, Curaleaf launched a campaign to increase medical cannabis access for veterans.

Pre-rolled products will be sold with proceeds that will benefit the Veterans Cannabis Project. Each box is $35 dollars, and contains five pre-rolls each. The VCP advocates for legal cannabis access through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Patrick Johnson, the Massachusetts President for Curaleaf, says this initiative is something they want to do on a national level. A portion of the proceeds will also go to Massachusetts Fallen Heroes.

“We want to create awareness for the issue of veterans not having safe and legal access to medical cannabis. Right now, if they try to get cannabis, it’s something that they could lose their VA benefits,” said Johnson. “We are working with a lot of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. to try to propose bills that will alleviate that issue. Through the Veterans Cannabis Project, we’re partnered with them to do that on a more focused level.”

Johnson said the benefits of cannabis use are up to the individual, based on their ailment. Whether it’s pain from a combat injury or PTSD, they have products to tailor to each person.

“To us — medical marijuana and marijuana in general — it’s a natural plant. It’s a much safer and better alternative,” said Johnson.  “We’ve heard from veterans again and again that they use it to stop their dependence on opioids.”

With the launch, Johnson announced an increase to the regular veteran discount from 10% to 22%. The discount for 100% disabled veterans was increased from 22% to 40%.

Dan Magoon, the Executive Director for Mass. Fallen Heroes, said they’re excited for the partnership.

“This is a big conversation. This is a huge issue for veterans, particularly because of the barriers that are naturally in place, what is currently there on the books and laws. To have an advocacy pipeline to work on behalf of veterans is truly amazing,” said Magoon. “Hopefully over time we’ll see some impact.”

Curaleaf has two medical dispensaries in Massachusetts – one in Hanover and the other in Oxford.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.