There are two simple questions for those who are considering using psychedelic drugs, including marijuana: First, do you feel good after using the drug? And second, does your sense of well-being really depend on psychoactive drugs that change your thought process?
The second question, of course, is important, given that there is evidence to suggest psychedelic drugs may change a person’s sense of well-being and that’s why one military veteran turned himself into a featured guest on C-SPAN to speak out against legalizing marijuana on national television.
Other veterans are becoming increasingly prominent voices in the fight against legal pot, including Tony Posnanski, who wrote an article for National Review Online condemning “marijuana legalization hysteria.”
Another vet, Scott Feldstra, who wears the name “Combat Al Hubbard” around his neck for public appearances, owns and operates Al Hubbard’s Mushrooms, a supplier of magic mushrooms.
“I have no ideological opposition to marijuana,” Feldstra told Army Times. “However, I am concerned about the extent of recreational legalization that seems to happen every other week.”
Sometimes the veterans who do speak out are physically attacked for their belief. A few years ago, veteran Pete George became the focus of death threats after publishing a blog piece criticizing the science behind marijuana.
“You should be ashamed of yourselves,” he recalled one of the threats read.
But the science backing medical marijuana is almost all in favor of its efficacy, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) don’t seem willing to back down on this issue. The VFW group, “Law Enforcement for Safe Access,” has a high profile presence in D.C. advocating for the decriminalization of medical marijuana.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars even released a press release condemning Maryland state senators’ bill to legalize marijuana use: