• Local charity 'Buds for Vets' helping veterans through medical marijuana process

    By: Kevin Clark , Action News Jax


    A new local charity is helping military veterans get access to medical marijuana.

    Heather Preysz of St. Augustine started “Buds for Vets” back in July, and has already helped more than 60 veterans.

    The charity helps connect veterans with medical marijuana doctors, even getting them free or inexpensive appointments if they qualify.

    “To have to pay $200 or $300 to go to the doctor to pay to get your card I think is ridiculous,” Preysz said.

    The name of the organization has a double meaning. It helps network patients with other veterans around the state … a “bud” who can provide emotional support.

    Buds for Vets even helps navigate veterans through the often confusing process of getting a medical marijuana card.

    Last month, we told you patients have dealt with months-long delays in getting approved by the state.

    Brett Puffenbarger served six years of active duty in the Marine Corps. He now uses medical marijuana for his post-traumatic stress disorder.

    “It’s been nothing but bureaucratic backup for us,” he said, “so it’s really nice to have a helping hand that can help us with the financial aspects or just the figuring out how to do it.”

    Those who think they can benefit from Buds for Vets can send an email to bud@budsforvets.org

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