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OPERATION
1620

WHAT IS
OPERATION 1620?

Operation 1620 is the cannabis initiative of the Balanced Veterans Network. We work with cannabis cultivators, dispensaries, and supporting organizations to give veterans the support they deserve by building on the inherent trust in our community.

From cannabis basics, state medical marijuana program education and consumption methods to growing and processing tips, Operation 1620 works with veterans and their family to provide a peer support network that they can lean on in their journey to natural healing and learning about cannabis and state medical marijuana programs.

  • Community
  • Education
  • Access
  • Advocacy
  • Mentorship

SIMPLE TRUTH - WHAT WE Know

Most veterans relate to a sense of security when gathering with other veterans. There is a bond formed in the military, one that anyone who has not served has a difficult time understanding. Regardless of age, gender, race, unit or branch, or sexuality, we support each other and find comfort in that support.

After leaving the military, some veterans begin feeling abandoned, left with no community or place to connect and feel a sense of belonging. Some start to deal with the repercussions of serving, whether a mental health condition or trauma that was experienced; we all start to figure out what we need at different times. While the Department of Veteran Affairs tries to support the best they can, too many veterans have been let down and left with limited options. We want to be able to catch the gap and support our community in their transition.

We believe our organization can pick up where the VA falls short and give veterans something to look forward to regularly. Statistically, 18-22 veterans commit suicide every day, and that does not include the family members, those not connected to the VA, or our beloved brothers and sisters still serving on active duty.

Community

community

Through our online safe & secure platform, veterans and family members can connect with other veterans using cannabis. There are mentors available to assist veterans in states that allow cannabis cultivation and regular conversations around best practices for all things cannabis.

EDUCATION

education

We provide relevant up to date education about cannabis and how it can help. Beginning with the breakdown of different cannabinoids, types of use, terpene education, cultivation education, and training, If there is something you need, we will make sure to find it for you.

access

access

Access to cannabis is still a major issue around the nation. With overpriced medical programs and too high demand for the supply, many veterans struggle to access cannabis because of several barriers. Financial being a big hurdle for some since health insurance plans do not cover these modalities. We currently offer financial reimbursement for state medical marijuana fees of up to $25, and in certain states, we can help veterans receive their MMJ card for free or at a low cost.

Our Medical Marijuana Reimbursement program is currently operating fully in PA and IL, but we can also help veterans in these states with some limitations: MD, NJ, DE, NY, OK, FL.

We are honored to help as many veterans as possible, but there are limitations to the number of veterans we can support. If you would like to help us financially, or you are a certifying official in any state and would like to generously donate your time to help certify veterans, please reach out to us here. (BUTTON) or type form

While we want to help all of the veterans we can, we accept service-connected disabled veterans as a priority. All veterans, please apply. We can help everyone; there just might be a delay at times.

If you are not a veteran but a family member, supporter, or looking to receive your medical marijuana card and support our organization at the same time, use these links below. We have worked out special rates for what we like to call the BVN family, and you will receive your certification at a lower rate; and at the same time, a portion of your certification fee will directly support the Balanced Veterans Network. (LEAFWELL) (CANNA CARE DOCS)

advocacy

advocacy

Leadership from our team believes in the power of having our voice heard. When we enter rooms to speak with politicians, we come with all of the stories and experiences of our community. There is so much power in numbers, and we regularly have opportunities for veterans and supporters to advocate for their rights actively. If you are interested in helping with legislation, attending rallies, marches, or other advocacy efforts, tell us a bit more about yourself and join the legal crew.

Community

From cannabis basics, state medical marijuana program education and consumption methods to growing and processing tips, Operation 1620 works with veterans to provide a peer support network that they can lean on in their journey to natural healing and learning about cannabis. We focus on Four things and provide a place for people to connect in each.

EDUCATION

We provide relevant up to date education about cannabis and how it can help. Beginning with the breakdown of different cannabinoids, types of use, terpene education, cultivation education, mentorship and training, If there is something you need, we will make sure to find it for you. Cannabis can be incredibly complex when you are first starting out, we want to help guide you in a direction that helps you find what you need.

ACCESS

Access to cannabis is still a major issue around the nation. With overpriced medical programs and too high demand for the supply, many veterans struggle to access cannabis because of several barriers. Financial being a big hurdle for some since health insurance plans do not cover these modalities. We currently offer financial reimbursement for state medical marijuana fees of up to $25, and in certain states, we can help veterans receive their MMJ card for free or at a low cost.

Our Medical Marijuana Reimbursement program is currently operating fully in PA and IL, but we can also help veterans in these states with some limitations: MD, NJ, DE, NY, OK, FL.

We are honored to help as many veterans as possible, but there are limitations to the number of veterans we can support. If you would like to help us financially, or you are a certifying official in any state and would like to generously donate your time to help certify veterans, please reach out to us here. (BUTTON) or type form

While we want to help all of the veterans we can, we accept service-connected disabled veterans as a priority. All veterans, please apply. We can help everyone; there just might be a delay at times.

If you are not a veteran but a family member, supporter, or looking to receive your medical marijuana card and support our organization at the same time, use these links below. We have worked out special rates for what we like to call the BVN family, and you will receive your certification at a lower rate; and at the same time, a portion of your certification fee will directly support the Balanced Veterans Network. (LEAFWELL) (CANNA CARE DOCS)

ADVOCACY

Leadership from our team believes in the power of having our voice heard. When we enter rooms to speak with politicians, we come with all of the stories and experiences of our community. There is so much power in numbers, and we regularly have opportunities for veterans and supporters to advocate for their rights actively. If you are interested in helping with legislation, attending rallies, marches, or other advocacy efforts, tell us a bit more about yourself and join the legal crew.

COMMunity building events

The cannabis veterans veterans for healing
The Cannabis Veterans Veterans for healing

Expanding on our mission of supporting veterans to increase camaraderie in our community, we started monthly programs in early 2019 called “Breakfast with Buds®,” branded as “Breakfast Buds®,” and “BBQ Buds” that usually takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month with just a few rare exceptions. The goal of Breakfast with Buds and BBQ Buds is to bring veterans together to have a meal, a trip to the dispensary, peer education, and discuss any issues, struggles, and successes with other veterans. We understand that a solid support system is crucial to healing, so these programs are designed for current and prospective members and allow for a spouse or significant other to join in learning about how and why cannabis helps their veteran. With the pandemic we had to pause our in person programs but they will be starting up very soon. Subscribe to our email to stay up to date on all upcoming events.

Our team also attends various festivals throughout the year and will keep our calendar updated with those upcoming events.



VETERAN MEDICAL CANNABIS CARD
REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

Along with our medical marijuana card certifications, we also have the Medical Cannabis Card state fee reimbursement program to help veterans get their medical cannabis card. This program is currently only available in PA, IL, NY, NJ, OK, DE. There is a cap of $50 for state fees, and proper documentation is required.

We have recently expanded this program to include renewals after the veteran shows proof of military service if they have not already established veteran status previously. Additionally, the veteran must provide a receipt that shows a paid state medical card application with a date that is within 31 days of form submission (no exceptions).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

All requests will be reviewed and verified; names must match IDs on all entries, and reimbursements are only available as long as there is sufficient funding. Precedence is given to service-disabled veterans first, and non-service-disabled reimbursements are first come, first served; We have removed the one reimbursement per veteran limitation. It is now one reimbursement per year per veteran. Historical application submissions will be paid before new entries. If funding runs out, then older applications will be paid before more recent applications – as long as the date is within 31 days of the date an application was submitted.

Additional state fees, such as processing and transaction up-charges, are not covered under this program. Spousal and caretaker reimbursements are also not eligible under this program. Maximum reimbursement is $50 regardless of which state medical program the veteran is participating in. If a veteran chooses an option, such as a 3-year discounted license, over $50, they will only be reimbursed for $50 maximum per year. Reimbursements are generally processed once a month and may take up to two (2) months after submission for a veteran to receive it.

What does Operation 1620
and the CannArifle(TM) mean?

1620 is 4:20 in military time- military time is used because it avoids the confusion between A.M. (morning hours) and P.M. (evening hours) The Cannarilfle shows a transition from the black rifle we all touched and qualified on when we served to a cannabis leaf. A veteran finding cannabis as an alternative medicine to help with common issues many veterans face.

"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it."

- Marianne Williamson