PRESS RELEASE: Veterans Cannabis Group Teams Up With VFW Post 720

The inaugural event produced in collaboration between the VCG and the VFW

**For Immediate Release**

The Veterans Cannabis Group Teams Up with Phoenix, Arizona’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 720 to Produce the Inaugural CannaVet Festival on Saturday, January 22, 2022

The inaugural event produced in collaboration between the VCG and the VFW will provide a safe place for Veterans to connect with one another whilst learning how to effectively and safely use medicinal cannabis to support personal healing and well-being.

PHOENIX, AZ — January 11, 2022 — The Veterans Cannabis Group (VCG), a national non-profit advocacy organization founded in 2016, announced today its partnership with Phoenix, Arizona’s chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to produce CannaVet Fest, an inaugural flagship event designed to provide a safe place for Veterans to try medicinal cannabis and become educated on how to properly use it.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with the VCG in order to welcome our nation’s heroes for a day of fellowship, learning and healing,” stated VFW Post 720 Commander, Herb Harrison. “It is imperative to their post-service success that our Veteran women and men have safe access to medicines to alleviate their service-connected physical and emotional traumas.”

Featuring fun music, food, a job fair and medicinal cannabis to sample, CannaVet Fest also offers educational panels in which attendees can learn from medical experts and doctors about the various ways they can use medicinal cannabis.

In addition to educational panels, hands-on cooking classes will guide attendees as to how to make their own cannabis-infused edibles and topicals.

Also, as part of the event’s mission to build community through medicinal cannabis education, Veteran advocates will gather to share their personal stories about how medicinal cannabis has helped improve their lives.

Adds VCG Founder and former Army Sergeant, Aaron Augustis, “Our Veterans have fought bravely in service of our nation’s guiding principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Now, it is our turn to help them by connecting them with career opportunities, with food and shelter should they need it, with medical help that’s enriching, not debilitating. And — of the utmost importance — they need community. CannaVet Fest strives to provide all this and more.”

Attendance to CannaVet Fest is FREE. Attendees must be 21-or-older and have as proof a government-issued ID. Doctors will be donating their time on the event day to assess and register attendees who require medicinal cannabis cards.


  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 11:00 AM PST / 6:00 PM PST
  • Hosted at Phoenix, Arizona’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 720, 4853 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018


  • To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Veterans Cannabis Group’s Paul Bishop by email or phone at and +1 (480) 282–2902



As a Veteran-led advocacy group supporting Veterans who use medicinal cannabis to alleviate their service-connected disabilities, the Veterans Cannabis Group is mission-driven to strengthen relationships between Veteran communities, the cannabis industry, scientists, healthcare professionals, and city, state and Federal governments. Founded in 2016 in California by former US Army Sergeant Aaron Augustis, the group provides Veterans and their families education about and safe access to medicinal cannabis alongside career opportunities and information on official US Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. By working directly with the VA in support of safe access to and continued scientific study of medicinal cannabis, the Veterans Cannabis Group advances the global cannabis medicinal movement. For more information, visit


The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war Veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in over 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at

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