“They felt that modern medicine has turned its back on them”


Editor’s note: Here are two recent responses from the Colorado community about the Colorado Board of Health’s decision this month to not add post-traumatic stress disorder to the state’s list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana…

Todd Mitchem (todd@highthere.com) is co-founder and CEO of HighThere!, a dating app for pot smokers

I recently spent a day in Oregon with vets who were being given education, advice and, yes, free cannabis. As a volunteer for this effort, I got a chance to talk to the hundreds of vets who participated. Their stories were real and their emotions powerful. They felt that modern medicine has turned its back on them and that cannabis is the best and safest alternative for their mental well-being.

When a person suffering from any form of PTSD tells you that cannabis kept them from killing themselves, that is not anecdotal evidence. When a veteran tells you that the only substance that helps him sleep peacefully for the first time in 40 years, that is not anecdotal. These are real people with real conditions, and cannabis helps them. This is fact…

I will continue to work with key organizations like Operation Grow for Vets that are actually working to help people recover from these terrible and difficult scenarios. I will continue to dedicate my company’s time, people and energy to helping this cause.

My message to you all out there suffering, reach out to me, to others, and know that you are not alone. There are some people who want to help you. That is not anecdotal; it’s fact!

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