Veterans, Patients, Physicians, Farmers, Industry Leaders + Families that lost loved ones to The Opioid Epidemic all sat down with LAMMJ and LVMC to give us their take on how HOMEGROW could save Louisiana Medical Marijuana patients!
Job performance has nothing to do with it…but an outdated and disproven stigma does.
If the state approved MMJ as a medication, regulates the industry, requires doctors and pharmacists to dispense, and our own legislators own the cultivation companies that produce thousands of pounds of marijuana a year…why are firefighters losing their jobs over it?
It sounds bad and it is bad. Wallace was a 10-year veteran firefighter who was terminated despite having a valid recommendation from a physician.
Tony Landry is not only the founder of Louisiana Veterans for Medical Cannabis (LVMC) but he also founded the rally in an effort to expand awareness of and support for veterans choosing to use less harmful plant medicine alternatives.
After serving in the US Air Force, Wallace has been a firefighter for more than a decade. He sees the effects of synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl every day and has been a loud advocate for firefighters’ and others in the First Responder community to have employment protections for medicating with MMJ.
Ryan Bales served in The US Army 82nd Airborne Division, completing tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Bales has been a vocal advocate for the service men and women he has served alongside, hoping to reduce the stigma associated with medicating with MMJ.
Leleux is active in several harm reduction advocacy groups and hopes to expand Narcan access across Louisiana. Leleux lost her daughter to fentanyl poisoning and hope Narcan and safe alternatives like MMJ will prevent more lives from being lost to The Opioid Epidemic.
Dr. James Moises has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. He treats patients ranging in ages from five to 95 and has seen MMJ transform many individuals‘ lives. He advocates for program expansion on behalf of his many patients who suffer when their medications run out or if the price is so hight they must ration their Quality of Life.