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Veterans for Weed is a website dedicated to the veterans who have been prosecuted, punished, or hurt by the simple fact that they smoke weed. Weed is not an enemy, and the constant aggression towards this "illicit" drug is mind boggling. Please support the cause to legalize marijuana and assist veterans who have been wrongfully punished for using it.
What is a Pot Pow? No he’s not a Prisoner of War he, Or she, just left a war. They fought, took bullets, some died and maybe they are the lucky ones. Just so we can stay on course with our present way of life. Now they are home and their battles have just begun. Battles that they will not be able to shoot back at.
Each and every one of them will become Pot Pow’s (Prisoners of Weed).
It’s all because our Federal Government still sees Marijuana as a class one drug offense, dangerous and deadly, and is viewed as a crime and punished by rules made up by people we elected. To the Federal Government Cannabis is a crime and that’s that. The Government, on Obama’s watch, just recently began to stop enforcing these archaic laws on the small amount personal user guy, or girl. A typical citizen that has a run in involving small amounts will get a ticket, pay a fine and be done with it. Not so for a Veteran, someone who risked their life so that we may enjoy our lives without interruption. Not so for a Veteran that relies on the VA for life support, help and for his well being. Vets get busted, and then the VA finds THC in their blood stream. From what I have witnessed, you first get a warning, the second time the warning gets a little sterner, after that they can, and most of the times do, persecute the Vet by taking away life saving medication, treatments and even benefits that they earned. They are always under scrutiny, piss tests and blood draws. As if they were on probation.
The hounding, Gestapo like, tactics have ceased in the states that have approved medical Marijuana use. That is twenty one states. In those states that haven’t yet had the brains to join the other smarter states; Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia and Texas are the worst on our Veterans. You can’t really blame the VA, they must follow Federal Laws. That is why “We the People” must step in and demand the change. So that Vets all over, this once great country, get the same respect as the Vets in these legal states. Call your law makers and tell them, you put them in office you can take them out. All they have to do is take pot off the dangerous drug list. So all Vets can be treated universally the same, and not live in fear. Us Wisconsinites must call and show their support for what, Melissa Sargent, a democratic representative out of Madison with some brains, is doing. She is pushing a bill AB810 to let the people of Wisconsin vote on the legal, or not pot issue. Isn’t this the kind of thing that our brave men and women, who fought and died for it, would have wanted?
You say you support the Troops. Well then get up off your butt and make that call.
Over twenty four Veterans a day commit suicide in this country. That is one every hour. Some say it is more like thirty an hour. Even as I write this, a Vet is taking his own life. Did you hear the bullet he just put through his head. Did you hear him take his’, or hers’ last breath. We can put a stop to it! We together have to stand for our Vets and say enough is enough. Here is the phone number you can call to send a message to your legislators 1-202-456-1111, 9AM to 5PM. Surely, you cell phone users can use up a minute, or two for the sake of the Veterans. Be prepared to give out your name and address, so they connect you to the proper Reps. so your congressmen and senators can be identified. These are the Law makers that should represent you. Call them and let them know how you feel about the plight our Veterans face, because of the federal Marijuana laws. If they do not take a stand to help our Vets, and really all of us in the long run, let them know that you will consider voting differently this time around. Sound like you mean it, because you do. We owe it to our Vets especially to those that died for us and those that are still dying by their own hand. We can't just sit and pray the problem away. We, each and every one of us, must get involved. Get the word out. We are Mad as hell, and we won't stand for anymore abuse, all because of a little pot. You don't want to end up a Pot POW (Prisoner of Weed). You have a chance to be part of history! Legalizing Marijuana across this wonderful country will be historical. You’ll be able to tell your grandchildren you helped the army of Pot Patriots, “Potriots”, change the law of the land without firing a shot. Become a Stoner Soldier, don’t end up a Pot POW, or stand by and watch as it happens to others. Stand up and Support the troops we send off to die for us. They need our help now. Do it now, right after you read this, make that phone call. Let the Federal Government know whom it is that they work for, THE PEOPLE! One last note, this was found on a hill top in Nam, 1969, scribbled on the back of an envelope after a battle, where eighteen brave boys lost their lives to protect their brother next to them and our way of life.
The World is a beautiful Place Full of things called the Human Race Their life is short, but to the point. It’s Either learn to shoot straight, or roll a joint, But it’s more than shooting at flying geese It is their fellow man they KILL FOR PEACE!
We Must Free the Weed and our Veterans. We owe a great gratitude to our Vietnam Vets. They brought the only good thing that came out of Vietnam back with them. All the troops that were there, not just American troops, Canada had troops there, along with Australia, and England.
Just like me, those that had a Marijuana wake-up call, made sure to bring some home with them. There were no sniffing dogs, no TSA pat downs; no one had a clue to what a “towel”, or joint, was. To a civilian a joint was a bar. Well, we and all other Vets from the other countries brought it home and turned our friends onto it in mass, in turn they passed the joint on to their friends. The same way we shared joints in Nam. Eight to ten guys would find a nice empty bunker during a lull in the rear, where we rest and recuperate. Ten guys one joint. We passed it around, instead of everyone lighting up. That way if someone slipped through, like an officer, or someone else outside of our little group of trusted comrades, you would just ditch the one joint. Someone would most likely swallow it. And to this day that’s how everyone that smokes pot does it. They share and pass it around.
It is to these Vets, we owe all of it to. They were the Vets and pioneers that spread the seed. Many went to jail, or prison. Lives were ruined, but they didn’t stop. They kept right on defying the law and smuggling it into the country. Then came HIGHTIMES in 1974, teaching us how to grow pot. Many started to grow it, while doing so, learned because of HIGHTIMES, how to grow hybrids, with cloning and coming up with generations of weed that is far more potent today. We should salute all these pioneers. Without them, there would be no Cannabis Cup, or medical pot.
Thank you Veterans for brining it home with you from Vietnam. Turns out the only good thing that came out of Vietnam was “Marijuana”. We can all say Thank You by making that call to your representatives. Parade Rest.See ya at Denver’s cannabis cup 4/20/14! Step it up!
Today’s Pot tokers are tomorrow’s law makers. The future will see us eating Cannabis. Once it is found to have a profound health benefit, we will be adding it to our food groups. But for right now, it is still largely against the law for the average Jane, or John Doe. We won in Washington, and Colorado, but they are just tiny steps. We are going to have to start route stepping. People please contact your law makers and voice your concerns against the brutal pot laws, that only the working poor get slammed with. You say you support the troops. This would be one good way. Make your opinion mean something. Don't just talk about it. Be a Pot Patriot! As you can now say in Colorado “I smoke Pot So What", is something we should be able to say all over this great land of ours. Women and men died in battle to preserve these freedoms. It would be a pity to let them and future soldiers down.Happy Holidaze!
Congratulations to the Pot Patriots in Colorado, and also to the Stoner Soldiers in Washington state, for standing up for your rights and shouting out "I smoke pot so what!"
"This is one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind."-Neal Armstrong July 8th, 2012
Hello and Welcome once again to the VFWU as we continue to work towards the legalization of Marijuana. The site hasn't done much lately, and part of that is that one of the main updaters and writers for the site will be leaving soon to start graduate school. Yes, despite the stereotypes behind everyone who supports the legalization of weed, there are even graduate students and doctors who do so. Our opinions are not performed by knee jerk reactions, but by intelligent people who have come to rational decisions.
That being said, anyone who has an interest in the site should take the initiative now and get involved. We can use intelligent people like yourselves to throw in a helping hand, write a couple articles, or otherwise assist in making the site bigger and better than it was. If you are interested, all it will take is an email and a sample of your work and we may want to feature what you have to say on our site.
So in the end, this site is all about the people who come to it, any feedback, assistance, and ideas that you bring to the table will only help in our fight to legalize Marijuana. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want any more information about how you can help us in the fight to legalize marijuana. I look forward to hearing from you!April 8th, 2012
Things seem to have returned to normal for the VFWU as we continue to work and fight for the legalization of marijuana. We will be sending out a newsletter soon to everyone who has joined our email list. Although we intended to start sending the email last month, technical difficulties prevented us from doing as much. Those technical difficulties have been resolved and we will be getting in contact with people soon.
One of the things we are looking for is more members who want to help create content and work within the group. So keep that in mind for the near future, and when we send out out newsletter, make sure to respond and let us know what your interested in helping with, and we will see how we can include you.
The last couple of months have been crazy for us, and hopefully we can get back on track with regular updates and moving forward with our plans. The VFWU forum is currently down, and we are looking at repairing it in a way that prevents spambots. Please be patient as we discuss the best solutions to developing a functional forum.
Other than that, keep up the good fight and Semper High.
Update - January 30th, 2012
We've received several emails recently as you all know, and some of the emails made very good points. As a result, in the next few weeks we would like to make a few changes to the site. The first change, you may notice, is that we are bringing down the store. We are NOT a profit organization, and have never been one. The store did not make any profit, but was merely a device to help publicize the site and offset some of the costs of hosting. However, in the spirit of good faith, we decided that the store isn’t needed.
The second issue regards to the use of the VFW symbols. We have chosen to remove all current artwork using the VFW sign. Furthermore, we have decided to change our abbreviation to VFWU, The Veterans for Weed United. We respect the Veterans of Foreign Wars and apologize for any inconvenience this caused them with the similar abbreviation.
Of course, the thing most people have argued about is the continued use of the POT POW logo. The POW logo is not copyrighted, and is an art piece for all people. This may offend some of you. We apologize that you take offense, but we will not be changing our symbol. The impact it has had on everyone who has come to our site only proves that this was the right symbol to choose to make our point. Marijuana should be legalized. The day that Marijuana is legalized, we will pull this logo down ourselves and delete it from our servers. Until that time comes, our fight continues to raise awareness of veteran prosecution for the possession of marijuana.A Response to our Emailers - January 29th, 2012
Over the next few days, we would like to look at and provide each of you the appropriate response you deserve, but in the meantime I felt the desire to post a response for anyone and everyone who visits the site. We’ve recently received an influx of emails. Many people responded with polite inquiries and support for the legalization of weed while others responded with scorn and animosity.
The source of uproar? The Prisoner of Weed Flag, which depicts the PoW Flag with a weed smoking twist. For those of you who have no interest in this site and made no effort to even read what we’re about, and I suspect that is many, I will start off by saying we have no plans to remove this logo. The fact that you are here, angry by the message it displays, is the very reason we created this flag in the first place. The PoW flag is not copyrighted and is open property. It is a gift for all Americans, to do with as they see fit.
We love Veterans. And the PoW flag has just as much meaning to us as anyone else. Hemp Solo himself fought in Vietnam in two tours, and only knows too well what it was like to lose comrades in battle. It is because of our love of Veterans, and the flags that represent them, that lead us to making this site. What you declare a desecration, we declare exercising the very freedoms that Veterans fought for.
If you’re here, and you’re angry, then perhaps you could understand the anger we feel when men, good men, who fought in wars, end up in prison for possession of a drug that for all intents and purposes should be legal.
We did not alter the PoW flag lightly, or because we were high. We take it very seriously. As far as fighting the good fight, we fight for the legalization of marijuana, and we use the tools available to us. As long as you’re here, take the opportunity to stay a while. Read about weed and learn. I have heard much prejudice and discrimination from some of these emails, so I suspect that you may be surprised by what you find. If you’re too angry at our site, then try another. The information is literally everywhere. It is more important that you open your eyes and find the information, than that you simply look at our site.
As regards to the PoW flag, it stays. Because speaking against a politician, burning a flag, or using it to make a message is one of the most American things you can do, and we believe it is the best way to honor our veterans, who have made so many sacrifices for us.
Thank you for visiting and Semper High.
P.S. Many of you mentioned problems with the contact us page. Our IP made changes to their site that broke it. Thanks for letting us know, I have removed the form until it can be redesigned. You can still contact us via email as you have been.
January 5th, 2012
Happy New Year and thank you for joining us again on the continued fight for the legalization of marijuana. Were still here and we are still fighting for our right to smoke weed. For those of you who are new to the sight, take a look around. We have the occational blog that might get you thinking, memorabilia in our store to help you start spreading the word, and stories if you'd like to hear them. We do this not for ourselves, but for veterans from every war who have suffered, fought, and died for our country, but when the veterans come home they get victimized by the government for smoking weed, one of the best treatments for post traumatic stress disorder.
Those of you who are familiar with us are probably wondering what we plan on doing this year to help fight the good fight. The first thing we plan on doing is making a harder push to get the word out there. We are going to start putting out fliers and panthlets and nearby businesses who are willing to display them to start getting the message. We plan to have an official mail your congressman day on March 25th, where everyone is welcome to join us in mailing your congressman about your passion for the legalization of weed. Hundred letters over the course of a year can easily be forgotten and overlooked, but a hundred letters in a single day will strongly get the message across. I previously posted prewritten letters for people that couldn't quite come up with the best way to word it, which I will be posting an updated copy of.
Either way, if you have been putting off mailing your congressman for some time, or even if you just mailed your congressmen last week, let's all get together and start pushing for the legalization of Marijuana. March 25th, mark your calenders.October 11th, 2011
Nice to see you all again. Thank you for joining me in the battle for the legalization of weed. In recent months, the fight hasn't made any particular progress. The Obama administration has been stamping down hard on the already legalized marijuana and it's distribution. This may sound like a bad piece of news, but you need to consider the ramifications of the legalization of weed. Weed is a drug, just like aspirin or alcohol, and subsequently SHOULD be regulated.
So for those of you out there that are worried that the fight against Marijuana is going stagnant, you need to realize we are reaching a stage in which we need to create a proper regulated distribution for weed. I know, I know, doesn't exactly sound exciting, but if we want weed to become legalized, we need to have a strong support system so that it can be distributed safely and properly. That being said, keep up the good fight. Just because marijuana needs to be regulated doesn't mean it should be overly regulated. Some people would have it so medical marijuana becomes so hard to acquire that it might as well not be distributable. We need to keep pushing for it's regulations, and help our government in playing an active part in developing a distribution system that makes sense.
So, I've written a new blog on marijuana and children, so feel free to check that out. Keep up the fight but remember to keep mellow. Semper High!July 30th, 2011
There is always news on the battle for the legalization of weed. Although some battles have been won, weed carriers are still being prosecuted and punished for possessing weed. In recent times, even Willie Nelson and Antoine Dodson (Youtube star) have recently been fined for possession, proving that even celebrities are not immune from the governments misplaced policies. Furthermore, President Barrack Obama has stated his opinion on Weed, which is that he does not support it's legalization.
All isn't lost however, as several politicians are planning on proposing a bill that allows each individual state to set their own marijuana policies. If this bill can get through, more progressive states may allow for the legalization of weed. Once these states prove that the legalization of weed doesn't lead to increases of crime, drug use, and degredation of society, weed's acceptance in society will eventually grow. The fight isn't over yet, and now is really the perfect time to start pushing for the legalization of weed. We need politicians in the office that understand what freedom is, and push to fight for it. If things fall in our favor, we could very well see the legalization of marijuana over the next ten or so years.
We aren't a news site, but if you are interested in learning more about weed the progress this nation has grown on the fight for legalization, check out Cannabis News which you can access here.
Also, check out my newest blog on stereotypes. Semper High!