We lose 22 veterans every single day to suicide. "NORML's Project 4-22" was created to educate Missouri veterans about the health benefits of cannabis during a five-day visit to the 1st Annual Institute of Cannabis Research Conference in Colorado, April 28th to April 30th 2017. The event’s keynote speaker was pioneering researcher Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who first identified the THC molecule and endocannabinoid system. The objective was to educate Missouri’s veterans on the medical benefits of cannabis through hands-on education and engagement with other veterans, patients, doctors, and researchers.
The campaign is called "NORML's Project 4-22", to highlight the 22 reported U.S. military veterans that complete suicide every single day. The actual number by all accounts is much higher, but instances such as overdoses are not included in those statistics. "Many veterans have told us that they find relief through cannabis, and have become healthy, happy, functioning, and productive members of society because of it. Our goal was to educate all veterans that there are safe, non-toxic options for them," said Blake Bell, executive director of Greater St. Louis NORML.
Board of Directors
NORML's Project 4-22 has a dedicated and experienced group of directors. Everyone on our Board of Directors is united in the goal to educate veterans, patients, doctors, and researchers about the medical benefits of cannabis to fight combat-related mental illness.