Veteran’s Make their Choice Clear – Marijuana over Pills June 19, 2015 – Posted in: Marijuana News – Tags: , , , , ,

Veteran's Choice is Easy

I was in the Marine Corps for 11 years and did two combat tours before being medically discharged. After coming back home, I was put on 40 different medications over the course of five years. In 2012, after watching a documentary, I decided to try cannabis. I felt more relaxed after one joint than I had after tons of combinations of pharmaceuticals. I threw away my pills and my quality of life is better than it has been in years.

I think it is very important to note that cannabis is not a cure for PTSD, but in combination with therapy, it can open a whole new world for you.

These photos were a part of Mike Whiter’s #OperationOverMed campaign. His images depict veterans – himself included in the set – who have been discharged from the military, and since been prescribed a variety of pharmaceuticals. All of Whiters subjects share their personal stories of overmedication alongside their portrait. Mr. Whiter’s campaign aims to raise awareness among veterans that alternative treatments are available – including pairing therapy and marijuana.

#OperationOverMed ends Veterans Day, when Mike Whiter will begin curating his photos and stories into an #OperationOverMed photo journal. The book will hopefully be available for sale in stores.

About the Photographer

I’m a full time student, photographer, veteran and political activist.  From candid street photography to studio portraits, I love it all.  I am a second year photography major at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. I was in the Marine Corps for eleven years and discharged for seven before attending the Art Institute, and it is my experience in the Marines along with the issues I faced post discharge that drive my passion for documenting life from behind a lens.

-Mike Whiter, About Me

See more on Mike’s Facebook page and website.