A veteran of not only the U.S. military but also of battling states for his right to use medical marijuana to combat his PTSD condition, Jonathan Fruchter was denied care by the Miami VA Healthcare System for his use of medical marijuana. Mr. Fruchter is a licensed Florida medical marijuana patient, however the Miami VA Healthcare System is part of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs which is a federal Cabinet-level agency. Marijuana is illegal still federally and the Miami division is bound by federal law, not state law.
Jonathan Fruchter has already battled New Jersey to gain access to medical marijuana and is also the founder of the World Cannabis Club. When he transferred to the Miami VA Healthcare System, they informed him that they needed to refer him to drug counseling. If you are a Florida medical marijuana patient, please remember that cannabis is still illegal federally and you should understand the laws clearly so that you can medicate safely.
MIAMI, FL – After transferring to the Miami VA Healthcare System and during a medical intake, the VA was adamant about Jonathan Fruchter being referred to drug counseling regardless of the fact that he is patient #P0032257 with the Compassionate Use Registry in the state of Florida.
The constitution guarantees states’ rights, that is one of the main principles upon which this country was founded. The constitution protects the U.S. from a tyrannical government and any other enemy, foreign or domestic.
Jonathan Fruchter is going to fight the VA for his right and every other veteran’s health that currently benefits from cannabis. Veterans are able to lead normal day to day lives emotionally and mentally with cannabis. It is a safer alternative over the cocktail of drugs the VA prescribes to veterans returning from deployment. Cannabis also allows him to concentrate for long periods of time and reduces his headaches.
Section 265 of the proposed bill S.1557 in the U.S. Congress prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to:
• interfere with the ability of veterans to participate in a state-approved medicinal marijuana program, • deny services to veterans participating in a program
Additionally, Jonathan Fruchter just went through the exact same situation at a residential unit on federal property during November of last year in New Jersey. This story details his struggles and victory. This plant has geopolitical influence and the only way we can get out of this catch-22 situation where we can begin to have federal studies openly with this plant, is to re-classify cannabis and allow it to be openly grown anywhere and by anybody freely and willfully.
Previously in 2014, Jonathan made headlines when this story emerged detailing the fact that he incredibly was allowed to self-medicate with cannabis to treat his PTSD symptoms while he was employed by the federal government. At the same time, he was lobbying the state governor, Chris Christie, to add PTSD to the limited list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify a patient to obtain medical cannabis in the state of New Jersey. During a landmark NJ case that concluded in 2017, Jonathan was also surprising allowed to consume cannabis during his 3-year probationary sentence.
Jonathan is the founder of the World Cannabis Club, New York’s First Dispensary and NYC cannabis culture hub. The WCC is an international exchange of camaraderie, compassion, and information about the wellness benefits of cannabis.