This former cop is now a weed activist.
Tom McCain spent 20 years in the United States Air Force, then spent 15 years as a police officer in rural Georgia — he even ran for sheriff at one point. Now, at 67 years of age, he’s a prominent activist, fighting for updated cannabis laws and criminal justice reform.
“Maybe you can sway a couple people because of that past law enforcement association, that it’s just stupid to keep locking people up for marijuana,” he stated.
McCain’s never had a problem with cannabis — he even used it for the first 13 years of his Air Force career. But he didn’t see its medical use until he got a little older. He started using cannabis again when he retired in Nebraska where he moved to be closer to his daughter and grandkids — that was the moment he realized its healing properties.
“First thing I noticed was that I liked it — I still liked it,” he explained. “Second thing I noticed was that — [my son-in-law] and I sat there and got to talk and this was about 8:00 in the morning, 8:30, something like that, and all of the sudden, I realized it’s right at noon and I haven’t gone to my medicine cabinet. My back’s not hurting, I don’t have that normal morning stiffness.”
Now McCain is the executive director of Peachtree NORML and fights for cannabis law reform, specifically decriminalization.