Operation EVAC (Educating Veterans About Cannabis) is in its infancy, having just celebrated two years of community-building, educational services and compassionate care. But the core idea-that cannabis can play a meaningful role in healing our warriors-goes back way farther than that. Cannabis and military life have been marching together longer than the buttoned-up armed services themselves would care to admit.
As the number of veterans coming to Operation Evac meetings on the regular rushes up on 100, Ryan Miller (Co-founder of Operation EVAC) is in the process of onboarding new facilitators to help the growing number of service men and women whose needs and cannabis consumption preferences are as diverse as their service experiences. Meetings are held weekly at dispensaries across San Francisco. Miller sees his organization fitting in alongside other health services like acupuncture and yoga seminars. Miller says short-term, he's looking to establish veterans communities like Operation Evac for veterans all around the country, with active-duty access as a longer-term goal.