In the first installment of his “#SMOKEDOWNPHILLY” video series earlier this week, marijuana activist Nikki Allen Poe enjoyed a joint in front of Geno’s Steaks to call attention to racial disparities in pot arrests.
Now, it appears the Phillies home opener got a similar treatment.
Joined this time by veteran and fellow marijuana activist Mike Whiter, Poe smoked out the Phils to call out the need for vets to have access to marijuana for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD — a mental health issue with which Whiter is intimately familiar.
“As a combat veteran with PTSD without access to marijuana as a medicine, making a public spectacle at an event of this magnitude was both important and effective,” Whiter says of the protest.
Or, as Poe says in the video, “We’re going to smoke some reefer for a good cause.”
Marijuana has been touted as a treatment for PTSD for some time now, with Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access saying that it can effectively “treat anxiety and aversive memories such as those formed in PTSD.” Whiter, who has been prescribed everything from Klonopin to Xanax, seems to agree in the video.
And, what’s more, home opener attendees didn’t seem the least bit bothered by the demonstration. In fact, Whiter says they were even supportive of the cause as the pair demonstrated just outside Citizens Bank Park.
“The support we received from the fans was overwhelmingly positive,” he says. “We even shared our joints with a few.”
But even without PTSD, Whiter says he probably would still benefit from legal access to marijuana — much like Phillies fans in general this year.
“A nice side effect of being high is being able to tolerate the Phillies this season,” he says.
And after the Phils' 8-0 loss in Monday's home-run horror show against the Red Sox, it's pretty hard to argue with the guy.