Boone Cutler wasn't initially aware that he and Snoop Dogg had a lot in common. The radio host and spokesman for the Mainstream Marijuana Association was contacted to attend a Veteran's Day event with the rap artist at Jardin Premium Cannabis Dispensary in Las Vegas, where they would advocate for medical marijuana in the veteran community and smoke together."Snoop is a big supporter of the military, a lot of people don't know that... They just think he's marijuana-oriented," he told us. "I put out these videos that were pro-medical marijuana for Veterans. Snoop was going to be at this event in Las Vegas, and the people that were doing the event said 'Hey, we'd really like to get Boone Cutler' and they said it in front of someone that knows me. And they said 'Hey, I can get him.'"The event will take place from 2 to 4 PM on Veterans Day, where both men will answer questions, take photos, sign autographs, and yes, smoke weed.The match was too good to pass up, according to Cutler: "He's a great musician, and at this point, we have a convergence. We have a place where he and I can converge and do something for the warfighter community, and bring some attention to what we need, which is medical marijuana... I'm excited about it, and I want to push it as far as it can go."
Boone knows firsthand about the benefits of marijuana, and the positive impact it could have on the Veteran community. "I was on all the "zombie" pills," he said. "And it wasn't like I was trying to use medical marijuana, I was just trying to get off all the dope, just get off all the pain killers that the VA had me on. By happenstance, out of frustration, I tried marijuana. It was offered to me by a young kid at a place where I was working, and it just worked. I don't have any more answers than that, it just worked."Cutler didn't stop with that experience. He started doing research."Once I learned the science about it, I'm even more of a proponent. I mean, it is a substance that is non-toxic to humans. Period. End of story. It's non-toxic to humans. And you can't say that about any of the other medications I was on."Legalization for medical use is just the tip of the iceberg for Boone. He also wants to provide veterans with, "Safe and affordable access without all the stigma.""We have to educate people," he said. "To me it's ridiculous. I think everybody already understands that... really, grapes are more dangerous than marijuana. That's just a fact. It's a fact. More kids die from energy drinks than they have from marijuana; in fact, no kids have ever died from marijuana. Nobody has died from marijuana."The legal barriers that keep veterans from using marijuana and exercising their Second Amendment rights are even more troubling. In many states, you cannot possess both a medical marijuana license and a Conceal Carry license, barring people from owning firearms. Many vets conceal carry to feel comfortable in their environment but forego marijuana, which could help them more than current legal medications, in the process."I don't think it's remotely sensible for a human being, let's take myself for example, who was on Ambien, Xanax... all these medications that were mind-altering, but I could walk in and purchase a firearm, I could get my CCW permit and nobody would say a word," Cutler said. "But if I want to get rid of all that stuff and use medical marijuana as an alternative, now all of a sudden my Second Amendment is in jeopardy? That's bullsh*t.""What you use for your own medical use, honestly under HIPA is nobody's d*mn business; I don't know why they should, why they can even bring that up," he stated.In order to bypass these Second Amendment issues, Cutler has also lobbied for recreational use, though it wasn't his first choice."Initially I was not a proponent for recreational," he said. "However, I did lobby for recreational in Nevada... and the reason we jumped on that bandwagon is that it de-conflicts the Second Amendment issues. Because if a guy doesn't have a card to get his medicine, then who's gonna say that he has a card and can't have a CCW?"Recreational marijuana was legalized in several states on November 8th, and medical marijuana continues to be a top issue in political discourse. But the center of this issue isn't the political debate, the semantics or the red tape, but the dignity and safety of those that have benefited and will continue to benefit from marijuana usage. As Boone puts it, "If we say it works, how can anybody else say it doesn't?"