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Killeen veteran hopeful as study on marijuana for PTSD gets green light

The Federal government has finally given the green light to a study on the effects of marijuana in veterans suffering from PTSD — bringing them one step closer to actually learning more about the positive effects of marijuana.

The University of Arizona has been working on getting this study together for four years. First they needed approval from the FDA and they got it.

Next, they needed the Department of Health and Human Services. Last week, years later…they finally got their stamp of approval.

Dave Bass from Killeen is a retired Army veteran with 21 years of service.

He served in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

When he came back in 2006, he experienced what many veterans go through — symptoms like sleeplessness, nightmares, paranoia, anger and intrusive thoughts.

“I had these when I came back from Iraq and I checked myself into the mental health clinic at Fort Hood before I retired and that’s when I was diagnosed with PTSD,” Bass said.

Since then Bass has been the Director of Veterans Outreach for “Texas NORML”– a group that lobbies for the legalization of marijuana. Read more

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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