As veterans and Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients, Veterans Alternative Resource Center (VARC420) can relate to the needs of those that come in for help. We offer alternative assistance through acupuncture, massage therapy, or a holistic herbal approach. This is including, but not limited to, medical marijuana which is now approved by the State of Oregon as treatment in both pain management and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Whether it be for PTSD or pain management, our focus is the mental and physical well-being of our patients.
Our military verterans and anyone who has suffered through a horrible traumatic event deserve safe access to cannabis, a non-toxic medicine that can help alleviate symptoms of PTSD. Fittingly, the Oregon Legislature voted to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) just a few days after Memorial day. While any patient diagnosed with PTSD may get qualified under the states medical law, the plight of veterans dominated hearings and discussions surrounding the bill.
PTSD has become an epidemic for members of the military and Veterans suicides outnumber combat deaths and the mental toll placed on service members is even worse than previously thought as a new study shows. Up to 22 veterans commit suicide every day, one every 65 minutes. There is ample evidence that shows that medical cannabis can help alleviate PTSD and its availability could help decrease the number of military suicides.
Our regular business hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM, and by appointment. We provide knowledgeable one on one help to each patient. We will work with all veteran organizations in providing optimal resources for our valued Veterans.
The membership forms used to enroll new members includes a signed statement in which you agree not to redistribute medicine to anyone else or use the medicine for any non-medical use.
The membership registration form lets you know that you must meet certain criteria and obey the rules to maintain membership. Be sure to know what is expected of you as far as documentation and behavior is concerned.
The rules are short and simple. Note that these rules discuss what documents and ID are required to visit. They also explicitly state what behavior is not tolerated.
You should bring your OMMP Registration Card and photo ID every time you visit, so that you can prove your legal status in case you have an encounter with the police after your visit. This will protect both you and the Resource Center. We recommend you also have the VARC Pass to speed up the process of verification for entry to the Resource Center.
There may come a time when we must revoke your membership. You should be prepared to have your membership revoked when we know with certainty that a member has diverted medication for non-medical use. We will also revoke membership for shoplifting, dangerous or violent behavior, serious disorderly conduct, causing a nuisance in the neighborhood, or repeated, willful violations of the rules.
Distribution and Sales to Non-Members Prohibited
We must take adequate steps to prevent medication from being diverted to non-medical use. Our patient-operators must only provide medicine to registered members whose legal status has been verified. We diligently enforce non-diversion policies at our facility. There is no grey area on this issue. Medical cannabis provided at the Resource Center must stay within the registered membership and be used for the member’s personal medical need.
It is the responsibility of the Resource Center to ensure that staff is trained to spot signs of diversion of medicine and respond to abuses. Signs of diversion might include, but is not limited to, frequent visits to the Resource Center, acquiring relatively large quantities of medicine, comments indicating that medicine is intended for someone else, etc. Resource Center staff must take steps to correct suspicious behavior or revoke patients or caregivers membership if they violate the Resource Center rules.