Saturday December 7, 2013
Operation Red Dragonfly Speaks to Paul StanfordTim King Salem-News.com
Tim King spoke with the fore running expert on the use of medical cannabis by Veterans, while out standing in the field of grass.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Paul Stanford from the THCF Clinic in Portland, Oregon, is another supporter of Operation Red Dragonfly, our mission to educate Veterans and their families about the dangers of contaminated military bases, and also to gather elements for our upcoming documentary on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Paul Stanford is one person who knows about the connection between PTSD and medical cannabis. I spoke to Paul about his extraordinary effort to help people suffering from various illnesses. I asked Paul to explain...
Paul Stanford: "We help a lot of patients; in our gardens here we give away right now over 300 pounds of marijuana a year. I’m a disabled veteran myself and I just like to help people and the more we help people, the better off this world is."
Tim King: And there is a big connection that a lot of people are learning about, that is marijuana being used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Paul Stanford: "That’s right PTSD. New Mexico was the first state that pioneered PTSD as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana; Oregon’s legislature just approved PTS as a condition in our state as well. So patients will soon be able to get permits here for PTS.
"I’m not so sure I want to call it a disorder because it’s a normal reaction to a traumatic incident and so maybe the term disorder should be changed to a ‘normal reaction to a traumatic event’. I’m not so sure the D belongs there. I did not see active combat when I was in, I was in the military when Jimmy Carter was president, I wouldn’t have joined if I didn’t trust the president at that time."
Tim King: "Why did you decide to back what I am doing?"
Paul Stanford: "I’m just glad to see you’re out there educating people about how medical cannabis can help them, about alternatives for PTS. You know, the Israeli defense forces, though we’re not happy about what they’re doing to the Palestinians, they do allow their soldiers to use medical marijuana for PTS. They’ve been leading the way, in cannabinoid sciences, for decades now. It has history of helping veterans in the IDF, and it should help everybody and we could do away with a lot of medications.
"It really produces more fuel, fiber, food and medicine than any other plant. I’m motivated because I know that hemp, cannabis, marijuana is the oldest crop, the first crop that people cultivated, perhaps as long as 30,000 years ago, all archaeologists agree over 12,000 years ago, back to prehistoric times."
Those interested in learning more can contact me via my email below, I am also addressing PTSD and Veteran suicide and gathering elements for a documentary on PTSD that is under production. Anyone with questions can call 916 308-5902.
Many people are already helping, one significant person is Sheree Evans in Missouri, she is the east coast contact person for 'Operation Red Dragonfly'. You can write to Sheree at email@example.com if you are interested in seeing this event come to your city or town.
People and organizations who have contributed include Paul Stanford and The THC Clinic, Coral Theill, Charlie Smith, Vic Pittman, Mary Vogel, Joan Vogel, Kevin Saunders, Leonard Lawrence, Dennis Paterka, Karin Rougeau, Charlie Smith, Jean James, Bob and Donna Collinsworth, Robert and Grace O'Dowd, Al Hayward, James Frederickson, Michael Rawlings, Gary Bennett, Veterans United for Truth, EnyaDreamz Productions, the King family, Sacramento Motorcycle Rentals, and several other are already stepping up. It is time to think outside of the box, time to reach out in person. We believe this is a cheap and effective approach that will gain measurable ground in our fight to save lives.
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