NORML Thanks America’s Military Veterans!

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director November 11, 2010

    A recent phone call from a returning serviceman from Afghanistan pained by the recent suicide of a fellow Marine who was given a dishonorable discharge after failing a drug test for cannabis, along with his own harassment from Veteran Administration officials and medical personnel who ‘didn’t get the memo’ for his lawful, physician-recommended use of medical cannabis to help cope with his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was a harsh and bitter reminder of the tribulations facing military personnel who’re still falling victim – both while serving and post service – to America’s longest war—the federal government’s 73-year-old war against adult cannabis consumers.

    For the support of Vietnam vets in the early 1970s embracing NORML’s important advocacy work…

    U.S.S. Inchon Sailors In 1978 Showing NORML's Colors and Logo!

    To today’s Iraq and Afghanistan military personnel…

    NORML thanks the men and women of America’s all-volunteer armed forces for their commitment and sacrifices made for the country’s safety, prosperity and freedom…

    Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard…Thank You ALL!

    37 responses to “NORML Thanks America’s Military Veterans!”

    1. Bradson says:

      I was drafted into the Army late in 1969 and, even though luck kept me stateside while many of my peers shipped off to Nam, I can’t imagine getting through the experience without pot. One of the observations about military life then was how utterly dependent the regular army personnel were on alcohol and tobacco. Just about everyone drank to excess, and tobacco was often given to us free by the makers. A common exercise for new troops was to scour the grounds for butts. We were taught to “field strip” them to little bits and toss the shredded filters and tobacco to the wind. I still do that to this day.

      Marijuana helped keep me from slipping into alcoholism and gave me a certain perspective that keep me sane during those crazy times. My heart goes out to our troops today. It sounds like military culture is much the same.

    2. Don says:

      It is a complete and utter disgrace that our Govt would treat a soldier this way. The very people that fight for the American way! Being a Marine myself, I am disgusted. When I joined up, I didn’t realize that I’d be taking orders from a Govt that would do something like this to me after having served them to the best of my ability.

      I salute the military men and women who serve our country and I can only hope that our Govt starts acting in a way that would make me want to salute them!

    3. Micah says:

      I am one of those who was cast out by a single drug test in my 2nd year of duty!!!IYAOYAS!!!STUPID GOVERNMENT

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    5. Igor says:

      I salute our nation’s veterans and current members of the armed services. I do agree that it is unfair to discharge cannabis users, as cannabis is milder than alcohol. I think that we need to reform our military code of conduct to protect the men and women serving from unfair rules.

    6. Justin says:

      O.K. to all the military people and these idiot people who don’t know anything and do not understand cannabis.

      Anyone who does anything most likely could enjoy cannabis without hurting themselves even if they tried.

      Cannabis helps with stress better and healthier than any way I know. Better than alcohol, better than crying (both are much more stressful as well).
      People with PTSD should get their MMJ no doubt because it will help them cope, its not a cure like all the addictive pills that are made but they should be allowed this substance just for the fact they put their life to be able to allow us to vote!!!!!!!!!!!!! come on they should be able to use cannabis on their own if they choose! Talk about equality and fairness and democracy, what I was tought in grade school to beleive how life would be.

      I am 22 years old so I am sure I will see it legalized in my life time but I have to say that I am upset that people die in a terribly lonely or sad place because they can’t get something that acturally doesn’t screw up their systems functions other than wanting a sandwhich or something good to eat.

      I wish you could find plants on the street just because they looks nice and give a nice smell! but sadly its taboo and socially unacceptable. Which really makes it hard for a person like me with constant anxiety and stress problems alone with mild insomnia. I have to work minimum wage until I get outta college here in a year which I hope pays off because right now I feel like a tool of america.

    7. sure says:


      Watch what happens to every war-disturbed veteran who decides that cannabis helps, and see how many people care about those veterans that risked their lives. This is flat out crazy quasi victorian era bullshit. I thought we were in the 21st century, not still living in an era of witch hunts and crusades.

    8. William says:

      You got that right Norml,Big thanks for your time and sacrifices. Your fight for freedom is mine, and my heart goes out to all of you.

    9. zach says:

      wow I was given a bad conduct discharge( I got lucky because my overall performance was honorable before I got piss tested) from the Marine Corps for cannabis. Luckly too it was a special court martial, not a general court martial, so techniquely I still get some benefits. It sucks ass because if it wasn’t for this god damned wars ( oh yeah and I am a eyewitness to the 9/11 attack/aftermath at the Pentagon, I was active duty Marine stationed at Marine Barracks 8th & I.) Cannabis needs to be legalized for at least the Marine Corps, Marines need cannabis. We are stressed the fuck out, I’ve seen Marines do some CRAZY shit, and even lost some friends in the Marines from drunk driving. Besides this country was founded by dudes who used and grew cannabis. George Washington is my #1 man. I feel like I am stuck in this stress mode like when I was in the Marines, I have a medical cannabis card for Anxiety and Depression, and for back pain. My main duty in the Marines was funeral duty, and also various ceremonial duty around Washington. I’m 29 years old and I feel like an old man, and I can’t really relate to anyone in my hometown. I feel like a stranger here. Peace, and Semper Fi. Happy Veterans day.