What We Are Fighting For

There are over 20 million military veterans and tens of millions of active and retired first responders. In the shadows, a countless number of these heroes are desperately struggling with addiction to deadly drugs prescribed for service related injuries and psychological disorders. HeroGrown® Foundation is the preeminent organization fighting for their right to choose cannabis as a safe alternative. 

While risky prescription drugs are often free through the VA or insurance, heavily regulated and taxed marijuana can cost over $50 per day. We aim to make cannabis a viable alternative to prescription drugs by providing it free to veterans and first responders in need. We are also working to build a discount network around the country with licensed dispensaries.

American Heroes deserve the right to use the medicine of their choice without risking their job, medical benefits, or freedom. In addition to providing direct assistance to thousands of veterans and first responders, we work to stop employers, health insurers, and the government from discriminating against cannabis users.

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Why Cannabis

Centuries of medical use, backed by modern research

Marijuana, more accurately  referred to as cannabis, has been used as medicine for thousands of years. And cutting-edge medical research seems to confirm that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment for a wide range medical conditions. These include PTSD, pain relief, nausea, spasticity, and movement disorders. Cannabis is also a proven appetite stimulant, specifically for those suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia, among other ailments.

According to NORML, more than 60 U.S. and international health organizations support granting patients immediate legal access to medicinal marijuana under a physician’s supervision and the majority of US states now regulate its retail access.

Science vs Stereotypes

Cannabis is a dangerous drug without any medical uses; An 85-year-old narrative rooted in corruption, greed, and racism. A blatant fabrication that has inflicted unimaginable suffering on millions of Americans. A lie that has separated families, taken away livelihoods, and caused unneeded suffering for the sick and dying. 

Nearly a century after cannabis and hemp were first criminalized and demonized, it’s time we let science and real-life experiences take precedence over the unjust stigma and stereotypes. 

  • Regardless of either quantity or potency, cannabis cannot cause lethal overdose in humans
  • State-based cannabis legalization has lowered crime rates
  • In states where medical cannabis is legal, opioid-related mortality has fallen significantly
  • Cannabis is more likely to be used as an “exit” from dangerous drugs than to act as a “gateway” drug* 

Even more compelling than scientific data are the first-hand Stories of Hope from Veterans. HeroGrown® fights to ‘Liberate Cannabis’ on behalf of these heroes, along with the millions other Americans suffering silently in the shadows.

IN MEMOERY OF ROGER B. MARTIN • 1952 - 2020​​