VAC Council Member Eryck Stamper
Eryck Stamper, a resident of Baltimore Maryland, graduated from Southern High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1990. After completing various deployments in support of Dessert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom (OEF/OIF), relief efforts, overseas tours of duty and Department of the Navy agendas he retired in October 2013 after 23 years of faithful and zealous Naval Service.
After completion of his military career, while suffering from various medical conditions; he sought a more holistic and alternative approach to personal medical care, Cannabis. This sparked his desire to engage in a new battle. Fighting for safe and affordable access, rights and employment opportunities for Veterans, Family and First Responder to critical life saving medicine. Eryck is also the Owner of the Maryland Hemp Exchange, reshaping Maryland landscape as Industrial Hemp takes shape in our Agriculture space.
This was accomplished by partnering with multiple lobbying, educational, not for profit and the cannabis industry such as; National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Maryland chapter, Americans for Safe Access, Cannabis Patient Advocacy Association, Anne Arundel Community College, as an example. Concurrently, VI22’s small Team of volunteers has partnered with over 55 organizations in Maryland and abroad to include U.S Pain Foundation, Veterans Administration (PTSD and Suicide Prevention Team). Those efforts are ongoing.
Veterans Initiative 22 continues to leverage multiple partnerships to better support cannabis under our Leaderships Call to Action under the new Executive Order; The Presidents Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy by Suicide – the PREVENTS Initiative.