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1,000 veterans line up for free marijuana

Extracting Innovations COO Seth Cox showed Navy veteran Hikima Nukes how to make active butter for edibles at the Grow 4 Vets cannabis giveaway Saturday in Colorado. Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette/Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS — A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

The Operation Grow 4 Vets giveaway in Colorado Springs aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications.

The veterans were given a bag of items that included cannabis oil, an edible-marijuana 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 for all adults over 21, organizers are free to give away marijuana.


Not all who received the bags were veterans. A $20-dollar donation from nonveterans was encouraged.

A similar event was held last weekend in Denver, when hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana. The event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain, and other problems.

The organization, founded by veteran Roger Martin, also gave out 400 bags of marijuana-infused products at the Denver giveaway.