- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2014

A marijuana giveaway at a Colorado Springs hotel on Saturday attracted about 1,000 veterans seeking an alternative to pain medications.

Roger Martin, the executive director and co-founder of Operation Grow4Vets, which organized the event, said the group’s goal is to bring cannabis to veterans with service-related medical conditions, The Gazette reported.

“It isn’t going to hurt them as much as the prescription drugs,” he told the paper.



Veterans were given a bag of items that included cannabis oil, an edible chocolate bar and seeds to grow plants.

Marijuana activists have tried unsuccessfully to have post-traumatic stress disorder added to the Colorado list of medical conditions that qualify for joining the medical marijuana registry. Now that pot is legal in Colorado for all adults over 21, organizers are free to give away marijuana, the Associated Press reported.

Operation Grow4Vets plans to have at least three more events this year, including another in Colorado Springs. The group held a similar event last weekend in Denver.

Adults 21 and older were allowed to attend, and a $20 dollar donation for nonveterans was encouraged, The Gazette reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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