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[fade]Meet Ryan Miller[/fade]

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Ryan Miller has always been driven by what he's referred to as his "life path". Within a week of his high school graduation, Ryan was reporting to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Ryan earned an MBA at Harvard University and MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School in 2014 and is now an entrepreneur in the Bay Area.

After West Point, Ryan was deployed to Iraq. On patrol with his unit in Southern Baghdad in October 2007, their vehicle was attacked. Ryan was severely injured in the blast. Once Ryan assessed how badly his fellow soldiers were injured, he looked over to his left leg and for the first time saw how badly mangled it was. His life would never be the same.

 
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"It sounded like someone literally yelled the word, 'boom' right into my ear."

 
 
 

After West Point, Ryan was deployed to Iraq. On patrol with his unit in Southern Baghdad in October 2007, their vehicle was attacked. Ryan was severely injured in the blast. Once Ryan assessed how badly his fellow soldiers were injured, he looked over to his left leg and for the first time saw how badly mangled it was. His life would never be the same.

What followed was an excruciating few years consumed with therapy to try and rehabilitate his injured leg. During this time, Ryan knew that if he felt any pain and wanted more opioids, all he would have to do is ask and they would be given to him. While the pills did relieve pain, they were dragging Ryan into what he now sees was a prison, and caused damaging side effects including memory loss and deep isolation.

 
 
 
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“I was completely dependent on opiates, absolutely.”

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“I want to see my brothers and sisters out there who are suffering, who picked up the burden for this country, to have access to the best available, safest treatment possible.” Ultimately, Ryan made the decision to have his injured leg amputated and with it went his dependence on opioids. One of the proudest moments of Ryan's life was when he took his final bottle of opiates back to the pharmacy and said, "I don't need this anymore. I'm done with these."

 
 
 
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After moving to California's Bay Area, Ryan became involved in the local veteran's community. The more people he met, the more he kept hearing the same refrain: "Cannabis saved my life." Although skeptical at first, Ryan began researching the medicinal properties of cannabis and, having seen firsthand the difference it made in the lives of so many veterans, he became convinced of its potential for helping with variety of issues ranging from pain management and sleep disorders to controlling the symptoms of P.T.S.D. Today, Ryan uses medical cannabis himself and is a fierce advocate for his fellow brothers and sisters in the military, believing those who served our country should have access to the best, safest treatments available, including the use of cannabis.

 
 
 
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Today, Ryan uses medical cannabis himself and is a fierce advocate for his fellow brothers and sisters in the military

 
 
 

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