KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
A former Army medic saved lives on the battlefield. Now, he’s trying to save lives in a different way. We had a chance to talk with him about his new mission, and why he hopes fellow Veterans will join him.
“They’re going to come back with something, and it’s going to bother them,” said former Army medic Chris Wolfenbarger, referring to service members returning home from overseas combat deployments.
Chronic pain bothers Wolfenbarger, who shared with us video shot by insurgents of his Army truck being blown up by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. The blast took him out of the fight, but he’s now in a new one; getting a medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot in Missouri, and amending the state constitution.
“Missouri patients are dying every day because they don’t have access to medical cannabis,” said Wolfenbarger. Chris joined New Approach Missouri, a group dedicated to legalizing and regulating medical marijuana in Missouri. His long struggle getting off pain medication keeps him motivated. “I believe that if I would’ve had access to medical cannabis, it probably would’ve taken weeks, and it would’ve been a lot easier on my wife, and a lot easier on my children,” said Wolfenbarger.
Chris helped gather 370,000 signatures, twice the amount required, to