‘The International Cannabis Report’
‘The Cannabis Museum Radio Hour’
Host: Michael Krawitz
Sergeant, disabled-retired USAF
Executive Director VMCA
The past, present and future of cannabis
A disabled United States Air Force Veteran, Michael Krawitz served
from 1981 to 1986 and was injured in an accident in Guam that was
deemed “in the line of duty” although not in any way combat related.
Mr. Krawitz had 13 surgeries to put him back together including some
done in the Air Force and some done by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
His job title in the Air Force was Electronic Warfare Systems Technician.
In Guam he worked on avionics equipment onboard B-52’s. Since his disability –
separation he attended college at Virginia Tech and although attaining a 4.0
grade point average in his Junior year of Computer Engineering he had to leave
college because of his medical disability.
Since leaving college Mr. Krawitz tried to use his time well as an advocate
and in 1997 he was part of a small team of activists that protected Virginia’s
longstanding medical marijuana law from being repealed. In 1998 he was able to
be part of a United Nations drug summit. He gave testimony and presented information
inside the UN General Assembly Hall on the basic right to access required medicine.
In 1999 Mr. Krawitz presented testimony to the National Academy of Science, Institute
of Medicine and his story and that of a patient he advocated for were both chosen as reference patient stories and published in the reports written.
Since 1999 Mr Krawitz has been a leader in this international field of NGO drug policy
work and was a key player in the Beyond 2008 UN NGO drug summit and was responsible for submitting the grants and the arrangements for the bulk of the US drug policy reform leadership to attend and participate in the summit which can be viewed on this website:
Mr Krawitz was responsible for a bill being submitted to Virginia’s Legislature in 2009, and another in 2012, reforming Virginia’s long standing medical marijuana law.
In 2010 Mr Krawitz’s decade long fight inside the VA for adequate access to pain management paid off with his negotiating the first ever favorable, medical cannabis policy within the VA.
News about the Policy:
Mr. Krawitz has done many TV, radio and print media interviews in his
advocacy work including a spot on NBC network news just after the release
of the landmark Institute of Medicine [IOM] medical marijuana report
and another on FOX network news just after the the new VA medical cannabis
policy directive went into effect.
Mr. Krawitz is on the board of advisers of Patients Out of Time, a leading
medical cannabis patient advocacy organization offering continuing medical
education credits to medical professionals and has recently taken
over the job of running all aspects of Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access.
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