Texas NORML launches Veteran marijuana signature petition aimed at governor
A petition for military veterans has been launched in support of marijuana law reform that is being aimed in particular at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
The petition is backed by Texas NORML, a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
“Today we are launching a signature collection initiative! Veteran signatures indicate support for Major David Bass’ (U.S. Army – Retired) request for a meeting with Governor Abbott to discuss medical marijuana access in Texas” the group states.
Recently, the non-profit organization along with a coalition of other groups including Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy began Operation Trapped, which aims to bring exposure to the number of military veterans who are choosing medical cannabis as an alternative to the many prescribed pills that have done significant harm to their bodies.
It also is being promoted to raise awareness about the many veterans who have become medical refugees in other states who do have medical marijuana programs. A number of Texans have since had to move in order to access medicine that they say is far more effective, and safer.
“Many veterans in Texas want a safer alternative to harmful prescription medicine, which can lead to addiction to narcotics and an alarming number of overdose deaths every year. Thousands of Texas veterans take cannabis to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, or other service-related injuries but are treated as criminals in Texas. That is wrong, and your voice should be heard.”
Operation Trapped involves collecting prescription medication bottles from veterans, which include the name, service, and branch along with a toy soldier, and then on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will hold a press conference and present what they expect to be thousands of bottles.
The groups are asking that Abbott speak with a group of veterans about the issue, which will include a representative from each major war all the way back to the Korean War.
In June of 2016 Governor Abbott signed into law a CBD medical marijuana bill, however while doing so he made a public statement saying that marijuana would not be further legalized either medically or recreationally during his time as governor.
According to a recent CBS poll, 86 percent of Americans are in support of using marijuana for medical purposes.
Texas is home to over 1.5 million veterans.
The petition can be found here.