Helping veterans get medical marijuana after life-changing experience

Medical Cannabis Consulting president says the drug saved his life

Published 08/01 2015 11:47PM

Updated 08/01 2015 11:47PM

Treating PTSD, anxiety, and other health issues has been a work in progress for medical professionals for years, but now, a local group is working to spread the word about a newly-legal treatment.
Medical Cannabis Consulting is a fairly new organization with one mission- to help veterans get the treatment they need.
The group held it's first mobile clinic Saturday at Mitchell park in East Moline.
Medical Cannabis Consulting President Dave Dawson says they inform veterans about their treatment options, especially those with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The team helps veterans complete applications to become medical marijuana cardholders.
Dawson says for him, this mission is personal. 
When Dawson was sick, he was on his death bed, but medical marijuana changed that..
"It saved my life. It got me off of hospice," said Dawson. 
Dawson says he has muscular dystrophy, and medical marijuana is the only drug that properly treats his disease. 
He says after going through such a powerful experience he wanted to give back.
"I'm able to actually contribute to society, and this is my contribution," said Dawson.  
The vice president of the group says they hold events like this one because many veterans don't know how the treatment process works.
"Most veterans don't know that they actually don't need a physicians signature. They only have to be qualified through the VA already," said Knight.
Knight says that's where Medical Cannabis Consulting comes in.
"They really just need help kind of wading through the system, and getting that paperwork together, and that's what we're trying to do with these mobile clinics," said Knight.
Dawson says medical marijuana gave him his life back, and he wanted to share that experience with the nation's heroes. 
"Providing the veterans a way of dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, basically I'm being productive and I'm being a functioning, contributing member of society," said Dawson.
Medical Cannabis Consulting is holding their next mobile clinic from 5pm to close Monday at the Town and Country restaurant in Aledo, Illinois.
For more information about the Medical Cannabis Consulting call (309) 371-8975. 

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