Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer endorses legalized medical cannabis

WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2011) President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Marine...
WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2011) President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. (White House photo by Pete Souza/Released)(WKYT)
Published: Mar. 2, 2018 at 3:09 PM EST
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The Kentucky Secretary of State's Office says Sgt. Dakota Meyer is joining Alison Lundergan Grimes' efforts to help legalize medical cannabis in the Commonwealth.

Meyer, a native of Columbia, received the Medal of Honor – the highest military decoration awarded by the United States Government -- in 2011. At the time, he was only the third living recipient of the award since Vietnam, and the first living U.S. Marine in 41 years to be so honored.

Below is the statement Meyer released.

Medical cannabis works. I've seen firsthand lives it has positively impacted. I've seen how quality of life is vastly improved when a veteran struggling with PTSD can use medical cannabis to quiet their mind and sleep. It's time we move away from the old-school mentalities that are holding our Commonwealth back and preventing Kentuckians from getting relief. I see legalization of medical cannabis as a huge step in fighting the opioid crisis. Frankfort has to act. There are too many people – especially men and women who have served our country – who need help. I'm counting on legislators and the Governor to make medical cannabis legal in 2018.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on

Mar. 5.