Medical Marijuana: the vet Can grow their own?



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Veterans to Farmers, farming non-profit is helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life, connect with fellow vets and to recover from PTSD, by training them to work in agriculture.

DENVER – For former public servants that the hydroponics course at Veterans to Farmers (VTF), it is normal to think about the marijuana crop that led to more than $247 million in revenue for the state of Colorado, where the sale and use of pot is legal.

Rich Murphy, in charge of the program learned about cannabis after working part-time at a Denver head shop in 2003. The shop owner wanted someone who would not be uncomfortable during the enforcement of the controls, and the five-year air force veteran fits the bill.

He began to grow marijuana on his own, and along the way, meet others who did the same thing and were arguing for the legalization. Colorado voters legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2012, and had already voted for the medical use in 2000.

Eight states and the District of Columbia now have legalized recreational pot, while a total of 29 more allow it for medical purposes.

Murphy’s exposure to the business side of the pot that was fueled by his stint as a registered carer for a family friend, who was suffering from multiple sclerosis.

“She was not able to afford the costs, so I grew it out for her,” Murphy, who was a caregiver for nine years, explained. “In the end, it was my favorite thing about the plant. You could grow something for someone who is suffering, and you could see the comfort on their face when that was lit.”

But also for medical marijuana was part of the regular policy discussions, says Murphy veterans were aware a big difference is in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

Rich Murphy, left, discusses the Veterans to Farmers at the Rebel Farm in Denver, Colorado. Right, a plague in honor of AMERICAN military veterans in Chatfield Farms, Denver Botanic Gardens.

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“As a result of the legalization of medical around the beginning of the war, many veterans I think the sense that they could consider it as an option and began to experiment,” says Murphy. “For the most part, the results are in—and it is promising that the manner in which [medical marijuana] can affect their lives.”


Although there hasn’t been any large scale studies on the subject, the Drug Enforcement Agency did it approve of a randomised study of the efficacy of marijuana for PTSD, funded by a nearly $2.2 million grant from the Colorado Department of public Health and the Environment.

And yes, veterans, that the course in life—a common growing method used by cannabis farmers ‘ questions about the industry.

“You could grow something for someone who is suffering, and you could see the comfort on their face when that was lit.”

– Rich Murphy, Director of Veterans to Farmers

But since Veterans to Farmers is a non-profit, Murphy said that he was not comfortable teaching a course on the cultivation of marijuana. In fact, veterinarians are told in the beginning that the purpose of the program is to learn how to grow food, and not a pot.

The former air force senior airman is happy to share his knowledge outside the classroom, however, and told Fox News a number of veterinarians who have taken the hydroponics of course have gone to work at cannabis dispensaries, lobby for the legalization back to house or simply grow their own—along with the vegetables, of course.

Murphy recalled a veteran he met who came to Colorado a few years ago and had never considered cannabis for some of his medical problems, but eventually leave with a number of cannabidiol and a few edibles.

“To this day, he tells me that he can’t wait for his condition to give [legalization] laws, and that it was his purpose not in need of any recipes, he took on a daily basis,” Murphy said. “I’ve just been witness to a lot of veterans positive benefit from it.”

Christopher Carbone is a reporter covering global affairs, technology and national news for He can be reached at or on Twitter @christocarbone.

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