Founder, Veterans Cannabis Coalition | Director of Veterans Affairs for the Los Angeles chapter of NORML
Eric Goepel is an Army veteran of the Iraq War, an advocate, and organizer who has dedicated his time to ending cannabis prohibition and removing barriers to people understanding and accessing the plant.
On Capitol Hill, Eric has lobbied, both independently and with VCC as a member of the National Marijuana Justice Coalition, on the first cannabis reform bill to pass Congressional committee, the VA Cannabis Reform Act, and the first cannabis descheduling and restoration bill to pass the House--the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act.
In California, with VCC and LA NORML, Eric has helped create a network of nonprofits, licensed cannabis industry operators, and patients that has distributed more than $4 million in free cannabis under the state's compassion law, the Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary Act (SB-34). Eric continues to push for national reform while trying to demonstrate, at the grassroots level, the power that cannabis has to improve both individual quality of life and overall public health.