Multistate cannabis operator, Curaleaf revealed its new Arizona initiative with the Veterans Cannabis Project (VCP) this week.

VCP is a nonprofit organization that advocates for medicinal cannabis access for veterans by means of the Division of Veterans Affairs (VA).

A new unique edition pre-roll package will be obtainable to sufferers at all 5 Curaleaf places in Arizona, with a portion of proceeds from sales going to VCP.

Every single package consists of 5 pre-rolls and will sell for $16. The solution will be obtainable from other cannabis operators later in 2019.

On Thursday, veterans and other people gathered at the Curaleaf Midtown dispensary on North Central Avenue in Phoenix for the launch of a national petition and a grassroots campaign urging Congress, the President, and the VA to let veterans to have secure and legal access to cannabis as a therapy selection.

“There are veterans suffering from chronic discomfort and PTSD just about every day in the state of Arizona,” mentioned Curaleaf Arizona President, Steve Cotrell at the Thursday occasion. “We are proud to be capable to assistance veterans and enable them reside superior lives with health-related cannabis. With this partnership with the VCP, we hope to educate and enable extra veterans who may possibly advantage from health-related cannabis.”

Arizona scientist behind the very first FDA-authorized study of PTSD in veterans, Dr. Sue Sisley, spoke to attendees about her investigation and how cannabis has permitted lots of to lead fuller lives but mentioned that there is at present a lack of in depth investigation on the topic.

According to the VCP petition, veterans are twice as probably as civilians to die from an opioid overdose, and twenty commit suicide day-to-day.

Health-related cannabis has been shown to be a secure therapy selection for lots of veterans, but for the reason that VA is a federal healthcare technique, vets danger losing challenging-earned health-related positive aspects if they use marijuana, even in states exactly where it is legal for medicinal use.

Curaleaf initially launched the VCP initiative earlier this year in Maryland and will continue to roll out the plan at their other dispensaries across the United States.