Linking up with my friend Tom, we got a chance to talk with Combat Vet Mike Whiter about the rallies in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday August 3st. The two rallies that took place at where the home of our Liberty Bell is at Independence Mall,. The No War With Syria and the Smoke Down Prohibition VIII.
First, he talked about his time in the military as a Staff Sergeant of the US Marines and how the war in Iraq effected him. After being prescribed over 40 types of pills (many being opiates for depression) for 5 years and suffering from PSTD, he started looking to proven alternative medication. He decided to try Cannabis and by the second time of using it for a medicinal reason he went cold turkey on all the prescriptions that were making things worse.
Along with kicking the pills to the curb he also started to see life and situations through the eyes of an “awakened” citizen. He started to see the connection between the war that he participated in and the possible war with Syria.
Mike was also there for the Smoke Down Prohibition VIII as a representative of being an Executive Director of Philly NORML, Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana and The Panic Hour. He started to go over how he and Chris Goldstein (another Executive Director of Philly NORML) will be helping to make that organization more active. They will be working on more appearances to spread awareness, creating a podcast (I will post once it is up and running), etc.