To coincide with Veterans and Military Families Month, KushyPunch will be donating a portion of its profits to charities Team Rubicon, Semper Fi Fund, and Force Blue, and adding the Veterans Crisis Line phone number to its packaging. All charities were selected based on their missions, effectiveness and financial transparency.
This campaign is spearheaded by KushyPunch’s compliance manager Andrew Dorsett—himself a 12-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
“This initiative is really about veteran empowerment,” explains Dorsett. “We’re not trying to pander to anyone, or deliver a quick fix by way of a handout. This is about investing in organizations that give our servicemen and women an opportunity to develop new skills and to harness their existing skills in ways that further benefit their communities and the wider world.”
“Being a combat veteran,” he continues, “I understand just how challenging it is to integrate back into society. We think it’s incredibly important to build and strengthen bridges between the veteran community and the civilian world, and to help foster open, honest communication about the problems our veterans face.”
Why Our Veterans Need Medical Cannabis Reform at the Federal Level
As scientific research into the medical application of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids deepens, we are seeing substantial evidence that the plant can bring relief to former servicemen and women, many of whom are struggling with physical disabilities, chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It is estimated that of the 2.7 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 20% suffer from PTSD. Some studies have shown cannabis to be a particularly effective treatment for PTSD. While 27 states currently recognize PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis, and 82% of troops support medical cannabis access, it remains a schedule 1 drug in the eyes of the federal government, and is therefore inaccessible through the Veterans Affairs (VA) medical benefits.
The end result is over-prescription of addictive and lethal opiates and antidepressants, which can severely hamper a veteran’s attempt to reintegrate into civilian life. According to the VA Secretary Robert McDonald, veterans are 10 times more likely to become addicted to opiates than the average American, and that the VA currently treats more than 68,000 veterans for opiate addiction.
“It strikes me as being particularly unfair that a lot of veterans coming home from active combat are prescribed these lethal pharmaceuticals, and yet are forbidden from accessing a safe, non-addictive plant that is available medically in 31 states, and recreationally in nine,” said Dorsett.
California alone is home to more than 2 million veterans, and as a longstanding, market-leading cannabis brand serving patients and patrons up and down the Golden State, KushyPunch is honored to empower and support our troops as they begin the next chapter of their lives.
Since founding in 2014, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy have been key tenets of KushyPunch. The company has donated to the LA Food Bank, Wildlife Waystation, and GiveDirectly, a charity which directs funds safely and securely to families in the developing world.
“We want to give back to the heroic servicemen and women that have fought and died for the freedoms that many of us enjoy in this country,” said Ruben Cross, KushyPunch’s founder and CEO. “One of those freedoms is the right to cultivate and consume cannabis recreationally and medically. But unfortunately that right isn’t extended to everyone, and our veterans are amongst those most in need of an alternative to the treatment they currently receive.”
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About the Charities KushyPunch Supports
Semper Fi Fund
Semper Fi Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides a variety of programs to assist wounded veterans in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. The organization describes its mission as “providing urgently needed resources and support for post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.”
Team Rubicon is 501(c)(3) nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon has deployed across the United States and around the world to provide immediate relief to those impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises.
To learn more about Team Rubicon, or to make a donation, please visit their website.
Force Blue is a nonprofit uniting the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of coral reef conservation for the betterment of both.
Force Blue gives former military-trained combat divers and veterans of Special Operations Forces an important new mission: to experience and explore one of the most critically endangered ecosystems on the planet–and to adapt their training and teamwork to rebuild the fragile ecosystem and aid in its protection.
Veterans Crisis Line
Established in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.
Since its formation, VCL has received more than 3.5 million calls and dispatched emergency services nearly 100,000 times.