Veteran’s Make their Choice Clear – Marijuana over Pills June 19, 2015 – Posted in: Marijuana News – Tags: #OperationOverMed, Marines, Medical Marijuana, Mike Whiter, PTSD, Veteran
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