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Happy Holidays from the Smoke Reports Team: Thanks for Being a Part of Our Community

“Happy Holidays” from the entire team here at Smoke Reports. This past year has been so incredible for both our team and the cannabis community. At the recent Smoke Reports holiday party, David and the crew reflected on the wonderful moments we have shared since our Launch Party in April.

Love from Our Friends at Yerba Delivery. Check them out on Instagram.

Love from Our Friends at Yerba Delivery. Check them out on Instagram.

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In this article, we will be sharing some of the photos that capture all of the smiles we have shared this year.

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Smoke Reports Pre-Launch Party

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The beginning of 2015 was a very intriguing time. Even without glamorous resources, the crew would make trips out to Dolores park, and engage with people to hear their thoughts on cannabis.

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There is a joke in the start-up world that your best chance of success is starting out of a garage. Smoke Reports spent much of the early phase out of a Tenderloin apartment in San Francisco. Here is our founder David mapping out the development schedule for that particular month.

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A huge shout-out to PsPrint. They have always helped Smoke Reports when we need our promotional materials looking their best. After dozens of orders, our office is filled with examples of a wonderful print company being able to keep up with the excitement (and budget) of a small cannabis company.

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Jacob and David discuss the different channels that can be used to express the Smoke Reports creative appetite.

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David, Tim, and Nick all attended the International Cannabis Business Conference to build relationships with other members of the cannabis technology sector. The cannabis industry is evolving rapidly, and Smoke Reports always loves to grow our network alongside the other awesome organizations helping to progress the cannabis community.

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Here is David on HuffPost Live discussing the health benefits of eating lunch away from your desk. Respect for one’s personal health and well-being is a cornerstone of the Smoke Reports philosophy.

Our office (even when it was an apartment) has always had a longstanding rule that employees cannot eat at their desks. Eating away from your desk gives you the time to develop meal memory, and be able to avoid snacking throughout the day.

Launch Party at Minna Gallery, SF

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March 13th was one of the luckiest Fridays of 2015. That was the day that David and the team unveiled the Smoke Reports platform to the public at our Launch Party. Hundreds of people attended the free Launch Event throughout the day at 111 Minna Gallery, where live music blended perfectly with cannabis conversation.

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Cannabis producers, cultivators, and retailers all attended our March Launch Event. It was the first opportunity for many companies to see what we had been working on, and the minute their company’s market data became available, they seized the opportunity. Smoke Reports loves supporting our customers who are all excellent early adopters.

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Here we have Nick, Lu, and Sara greeting guests at the door and helping people get signed up for our raffle to win a free Volcano vaporizer.

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Six excellent bands came to play at Minna Gallery during our Launch Party, and the only break in the jamming was the laughter from the different bands meeting one another.

SF Office at Rocket Space

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For start-ups, it is important to measure growth by mapping company milestones. We consider moving out of an apartment and into a twelfth floor office in the SF Financial District to be one of these major milestones.

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Even with our own office, getting focused can be tough with so much going on. In this photo, you can see data, design, and development all in the zone (while content and sales revise some scripts).

420 in Golden Gate Park

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Since arriving in San Francisco, one of the favorite Smoke Reports traditions is participating in the 420 celebration in Golden Gate Park. Thousands of cannabis revelers gather every year in the field to consume cannabis as a community.

Gay Pride in SF

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2015 marked the 45th anniversary of the SF Pride Celebration and Parade. Cannabis use became a staple of the healing community when AIDS ravaged the city throughout the 1980s.

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This year’s Pride Festival was also the first to be celebrated after the recent Federal decision to legalize marriage equality.

420 Games: 4.20 Mile Fun Run

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The 420 Games are a series of athletic events that promote the responsible use of cannabis. Jim McAlpine, founder of the 420 Games, wants to foster a cannabis environment where people are encouraged to be active in order to break the lazy stoner stereotype.

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The fun run in Golden Gate Park is 4.20 miles that can be covered any way you see fit. People were jogging, sprinting, walking, and even skipping.

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Smoke Reports loves to hang out with other industry members at these events to show the community how businesses can thrive without the aggressive competition that plagues other industries.

HempCon in SF

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HempCon at the San Francisco Cow Palace this year was a blast. Here are Jay and Bruno hanging out with the folks from Hashman Infused / Waxman Concentrates.

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Thousands of patients attend HempCon to meet their favorite companies and industry pioneers. Most companies elect to give away freebies at their booths so that people can directly connect with their products and branding.

Berkeley Office at Next Space

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After six months in the FiDi, the Smoke Reports team packed up and shipped off across the Bay to beautiful Berkeley. Here is the Shelly, Jonathan, and Bruno in the NextSpace co-working lounge.

LA Expo

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The Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in Los Angeles was another great event for our team. We sent Nick down to hang out with friends of the company, including the Cashinbis team above, and Melissa Etheridge below.

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Here is Melissa Etheridge with Nick. Melissa was the keynote speaker at the event, and even mention Smoke Reports as a technology for the greater good of cannabis. Technically, she was the first to publicly announce our name change to “Cannabis Reports.”

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Just a few more of the wonderful cannabis folks who made it to the CWCB this year in Los Angeles.

Freedom Festival

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The Freedom Festival in Golden Gate Park is a event for social change where artists of all types gather to share their wares and swap creative stories. Smoke Reports hung out with a bunch of people throughout the day, and stood out as a technology company concerned with creativity.
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David, Jacob, and Jay all take a break from operating the booth and sit down to do some yoga.

Berkeley Office at WeWork

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The team continued to grow, so we had to move to a bigger office. The Smoke Reports team now lives on the fourth floor of the Berkeley WeWork offices, and loves to entertain folks who stop by and visit.

Oregon/Washington Road Trip

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It is no secret that the Smoke Reports database is soon going to be expanding to other states. Because each state has slightly different laws, it is important for our team to understand the intricacies that go into the cannabis industry in each state.

Here is David traveling up the West Coast, talking with producers, cultivators, and retailers about the future of cannabis technology, and how it can be designed to best serve their needs.

New West Summit

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Smoke Reports has intentionally avoided the traditional avenues of outreach. Advertising in the cannabis industry is still in its infancy, and therefore the best expansion happens through personal connections. Smoke Reports was a silver level sponsor at this year’s New West Summit (and our shirts were overwhelmingly popular).

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The New West Summit was the cannabis industry’s first conference devoted entirely to business, technology, and media. Smoke Reports stood out as a major provider of both data and software technologies. We created hundreds of new business relationships and gave out more API keys than we can count.

Filming Faces of Cannabis

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Our multimedia campaign, Faces of Cannabis, is designed to capture the human side of the cannabis community and industry. Here is Jay interviewing Lynette Shaw, a cannabis collective owner who has been fighting to give patients safe access to cannabis for over two decades.

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Smoke Reports Ambassador Heads to Jamaica Cannabis Cup

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The Smoke Reports phone line gets some pretty intriguing calls. For instance, just a few weeks back, a doctor from Florida called and after a brief chat of whirlwind fun, we were taping up a care package so that this fantastic doctor could introduce Smoke Reports to the Jamaican Cannabis Cup.

Emerald Cup

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Over 20,000 patients attended the 2015 Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Hundreds of businesses were displaying their products and services in long rows of booths. The lanes were packed, but the cannabis was flowing, and everyone had a fantastic time. Above, Jay and Bruno meet up with Liesl and Jazmin of Women Grow.

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Smoke Reports Holiday Party

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The Smoke Reports team enjoyed a wonderful holiday party. Our newest team member Zeah traveled to the Bay Area from Oregon, where she has been accumulating troves of market data for businesses in the OR region.
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As we all opened our cannabis stockings, everyone had to smile upon seeing that all of our customers had sent holiday treats as an appreciation for our company. Thank you all so much, not only as customers or site users, but as the friends that we have had so many good times with over the past year.

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From the team here at Smoke Reports, “Happy Holidays!

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Another Week in the World of Cannabis: December 17th, 2015

Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Smoke Reports will be re-capping the weekly events of the cannabis community and industry, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

The 2015 Emerald Cup

Last weekend, over 20,000 people flocked to Santa Rosa for the 2015 Emerald Cup. Over 100 vendors and exhibitors displayed their products and services at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on December 12th and 13th. Despite the rain outside, the entire event was incredibly cheerful and positive.

Thousands of People Attended the 2015 Emerald Cup

Thousands of People Attended the 2015 Emerald Cup

Smoke Reports did a major review of the event earlier this week, and we encourage everyone to check out the article for the wonderful photographs taken by our creative mastermind Jacob.

The entire team here at Smoke Reports wants to give a huge shout-out to Tim Blake and the entire event staff for once again putting on one of California’s favorite cannabis events.

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NIDA Survey: Monitoring the Future

On December 16th, the National Institute of Health published the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey. The survey polls American middle and high school students on their exposure to alcohol and narcotics, as well as eventual usage patterns.

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The survey packed some surprising information, including evidence of the decreased use of cigarettes, alcohol, opioids, and synthetic cannabinoids. Cannabis use remains stable, and many 12th graders reported a decline in their perception of cannabis as harmful.

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For the first time in the MTF survey, daily cannabis use exceeded daily tobacco use. Overall, 44,892 students from 382 public and private schools participated in the 2015 MTF survey.

The survey has been conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor since 1975.

Federal Spending Bill Prohibits Persecution

For the second straight year, members of Congress have included pro-cannabis measures within the federal spending bill. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment intends to keep the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis use and procurement in locations where it is legal.

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With no funding for persecuting cannabis in states where it is legal, the DOJ and the DEA have significantly reduced the resources they have wasted on arresting and prosecuting compliant cannabis patients.
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The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment has been a contentious point in legal battles this past year. The Department of Justice at one point argued that the Amendment only prohibited federal action against the states themselves, and that individual citizens were still prosecutable.

Federal judges (and members of the Legislative branch) were furious to see the DOJ interpret laws to serve their own priorities.

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Melinda Haag resigned from her position as the US Attorney for the Northern District of California under immense pressure from everyone, including the folks who appointed her.

Deleware Decriminalization Today

Early this morning, Delaware House Bill 39 (HB 39) went into effect, making Delaware the 19th state to decriminalize cannabis. Penalties for cannabis possession, consumption, and personal use have all been severely reduced.

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Personal cannabis use in Delaware is now a $100 civil penalty, and subsequent violations only result in an unclassified misdemeanor. Aggressive trafficking and distribution will still be taken extremely seriously, with all of the heavy-handed penalties originally attached to cannabis.

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The quantity designated for personal use in Delaware is one ounce or less of usable cannabis flowers.

ICCI/ASA Press Release

In a press release earlier this week, Americans for Safe Access announced the establishment of the world’s first research center dedicated exclusively to cannabis.

The International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI) will assemble the finest modern equipment for studying applied cannabinoid science in the Czech Republic.

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The ICCI is the beginning of a worldwide cannabis community founded on confident cannabis science.

The ICCI has already begun developing partnerships with other research institutions around the globe to coordinate cross-disciplinary studies that provide clinical evidence about cannabinoid interactions within the human body.

Volcano Raffle Winner

Smoke Reports had such a fantastic time at the New West Summit in San Francisco. Our team got the chance to meet so many cool cannabis folks, and it was inspiring to see the excitement everyone has for the future of this industry.

Raffle Winner Ben Accepts His New Volcano!

Raffle Winner Ben Accepts His New Volcano!

At the New West Summit, Smoke Reports raffled off a full Volcano vaporizer set-up, and this week, the winner came to the Smoke Reports office in Berkeley to claim his prize and hang out with the team again. Congratulations to Ben on his new Volcano!

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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Puff, Pass, and Paint – (Portland, OR: Dec. 18)

Join Denver-based painter Heidi Keyes and her crew for a casual and creative 2-hour smoking session, while you follow along with her step-by-step instructions to create your own mind-altered masterpiece (or get inspired and completely follow your own whims – up to you!). Classes only hold up to 20 students to allow for individual attention, an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, and joint-passing ease.

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DOPE Industry Awards – (Seattle, WA: Dec. 19)

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the best industry in the world and all the amazing people and companies that are a part of it. The DOPE Industry Awards will once again be a night to remember, honoring the finest in the Cannabis Industry. Last year’s event hosted over 700 people and was considered by many to be the event of the year.

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Chronica – (Dallas, TX: Dec. 26)

DFW NORML’s 4th annual holiday celebration “Chronica” is confirmed for Saturday 12/26 from 8pm – midnight at Club Dada in Dallas. Activities include live music from local talent, vendor booths, an ugly holiday sweater contest, raffle drawings and more.

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Reflecting on a Healthy Nation: Happy Veterans Day from the Cannabis Community

The team here at Smoke Reports wants to thank all of the men and women who have fought to protect America. This Veterans Day, we encourage everyone to take a focused look at the social treatment of our soldiers once they return from service.

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The United States is incredibly proud of our Armed Forces, and those serving are honored for their courage and their sacrifice. Unfortunately, the human toll of combat is not always visible on the outside.

Veterans Suffering from PTSD and Depression

As part of the RAND Corporation’s monograph series, editors Terri Tanielian and Lisa Jaycox found that nearly 20% of all troops returning from the Afghanistan/Iraq conflict display distinct signs of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and over 25% of deployed troops show symptoms of depression.

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The problem is that once our troops return to their home soil, there is a lack of support from their government and the community. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has long been criticized for its poor record with providing suitable health benefits for former military personnel.

Veterans and Cannabis

Access to medical cannabis is becoming increasingly easier and safer. Twenty-three states have functioning medical programs, and an additional seventeen states have recently enacted cannabis laws approving only the non-psychoactive compounds (most notably cannabidiol, or CBD).

Federal laws still prohibit cannabis use despite voter-approved legislation, and the Department of Veteran Affairs threatens to retract any healthcare coverage for veterans engaging in their state’s medical cannabis program.

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The United States military veteran suicide epidemic is a very real thing. The US government is trying very hard to downplay the root cause of this tragic phenomenon, and they claim they will do everything in their power to solve this problem. Everything, except approving cannabis for the treatment of post-combat PTSD.

The cannabis community has emerged as one of the main proponents behind improved healthcare opportunities for US military veterans. In an era where the Department of Veterans Affairs is tangled in several controversies and corruption cases, it is left to the public to support our troops.

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Let’s take an in-depth look at the people and organizations supporting veterans suffering from PTSD and depression. If we examine the existing research, and continue to support our troops, this is a fight that could be the tipping point for progressive cannabis laws in the United States.

Organizations Helping Veterans with Cannabis

There are several incredible organizations fighting to give hassle-free cannabis access to veterans suffering from deployment-related illnesses. Smoke Reports is proud to support the individuals and organizations that deserve recognition for their efforts.

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One such group is the Weed for Warriors Project. Along with additional support from other associations like the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance, the public is now more aware of the obstacles that veterans are having to push through to find some relief.

Nationwide events, like the Cannaball Run, highlight the need for PTSD victims to have safe and reliable access to cannabis medicine. The Cannaball Run is a cross-country awareness journey that has been going on for nearly a month.

The convoy has arrived in Washington, D.C., and plans to meet at the VA Headquarters early on Veterans Day for a march down Pennsylvania Ave, ending in a pill bottle display at the White House gates.

The Cannaball Run Convoy

The Cannaball Run Convoy

The pill bottle event protests the Department of Veterans Affairs’ willingness to force a cocktail of pharmaceuticals down the throats of veterans, while stubbornly denying the potentially lifesaving benefits of cannabinoid therapy.

Researching the Effectiveness of Cannabis on PTSD

Researching cannabis is an arduous process. Completing the initial approval process for cannabis studies can take years (as opposed to pharmaceutical studies which are approved before the ink dries). Yet despite the friction imposed by governing forces, cannabis advocates continue to push for better science and understanding.

Unfortunately, it is the lack of scientific evidence that is keeping cannabis out of the hands of deserving veterans. The VA is unwillingly to approve cannabis as a medicine for veterans without substantial research. Federal policymakers are unwilling to approve any clinical studies designed to examine the medical benefit of cannabis.

This leaves veterans with a choice: take only the pharmaceutical cocktail, or try cannabis and risk losing your hard-earned healthcare benefits.

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Dr. Sue Sisley (source)

There are people that are fighting hard to research cannabis. Dr. Sue Sisley is one of the most prominent advocates for cannabis research for PTSD. Dr. Sisley has spent the last few years trying to secure funding and approval for a clinical cannabis study, which will potentially be the first of its kind.

Dr. Sisley was publicly fired from the University of Arizona in what seems to be a political controversy surrounding cannabis research at public institutes. At the time, Dr. Sisley and her study sponsor MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) seemed to be out of options, until the Colorado Board of Health gave her study new life with a grant from the Colorado Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program.

The study requires $2 million and will explore cannabis use for reducing PTSD symptoms. For the duration of the clinical examinations, 76 U.S. veterans will participate in a “placebo-controlled, triple-blind, randomized crossover pilot study of the safety and efficacy of five different potencies of smoke or vaporized marijuana.”

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On September 22nd, 2015, the IRB at Johns Hopkins University provisional approved the study pending the final green light from the DEA. In June of 2015, the U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services eliminated the Public Health Service review of proposed cannabis research, reducing the number of redundant obstacles keeping cannabis science from prevailing.

The Future of a Compassionate Country

Cannabis has a future in America. Social attitudes are shifting to a more lenient and tolerant view on cannabis as both a medicine and a recreational consumable. States are exceeding estimated tax revenues, the industry is booming, and there is no evidence of increased crime or youth exposure.

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Even politicians are addressing the cannabis issue, which pits states’ rights against conservative social values. Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic all featured cover stories on cannabis. This is becoming a household conversation.

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Chuck Rosenberg, A Mouth in Need of a Foot

The future of cannabis in America should be based off of the medicinal qualities. According to DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg (who has no scientific background), there is no evidence that cannabis is medicinal. This intentional ignorance is devastating the cannabis community, including the soldiers who risk their lives for our country.

Public Support for Healthy Veterans

Supporting veterans is something that should be first on America’s to-do list, so why are our political leaders, who so willingly deploy our Armed Forces, be the main roadblock for PTSD and cannabis? The Federal government is willing to take a day off in the name of the men and women who protect the United States.

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It is left up to us to take that day and spread it into a lifetime of supporting safe access to medicine, for veterans with PTSD all the way to children suffering from seizures. This Veterans Day, take a moment to reflect on what you can do to help your community.

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We should not be voting for policymakers who sacrifice the livelihoods of U.S. citizens and then deny them comfort and health when they return home.

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