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Matt Kahl, veterans rights and alternative medicine advocate, has died

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Matt Kahl’s medical marijuana activism made him a regular presence on the State Capitol a decade ago.

Matt Kahl’s Facebook Page

Matt Kahl, a Colorado-based activist for military veterans as well as cannabis, psychedelic treatment and other forms of alternative healing, has died.

Kahl died on Monday September 13; he was 44 years old. According to his wife, Aimee St. Charles Kahl, her husband’s death “was a tragic accident and was not intentional”. She asked that her family be allowed to grieve in privacy and points to a statement she posted on her personal Facebook page.

“Matt was loved by so many and impacted people on a soul level,” it read. “His eyes were gateways to another dimension and his passion for everything he touched stretched far and wide.”

A US Army veteran, Kahl served in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2011 before moving to Colorado in 2013. He eventually made Divide his home with his wife and two sons.

In From shock to awe, a Documentary 2018 on the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics. Kahl details how ayahuasca, an intoxicating South American herbal infusion of Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis, improved her PTSD and overall mental health. It made him “a new man”, he said.

“I can’t even recognize the guy I was in the movie,” he said Westword in 2019.”This feeling of brokenness, loss and hopelessness. I have a goal.”

But those close to Kahl would say he already had plenty of purpose before his life-changing encounter with ayahuasca. He had founded Veterans for Natural Rights, a veteran advocacy and support organization, in 2014, eventually growing the group’s Facebook page to over 31,000 members. Kahl regularly used his social media presence to find veterans and friends, from bed to new job, and he was always ready to stir the pot in engaging conversation, whatever the topic.

Kahl’s activism regarding medical marijuana and veterans’ access to alternative health treatments made him a regular presence on the State Capitol in the mid to late 2010s. He played a vital role in pushing lawmakers to add post-traumatic stress disorder to Colorado’s list of acceptable medical marijuana conditions in 2017, and has continually lobbied for easier access to medical marijuana for veterans as well as securing rights guns for marijuana users. Kahl was also one of Colorado’s first registered hemp growers after the state legalized the practice in 2014, and he served as the state’s urban agriculture representative. agriculture departmentPesticide Advisory Committee.

“It was his passion and his mission for everyone, including himself, to be better than they were the day before,” St. Charles Kahl said in a message to Westword. “He fought for it, always.”