Texas veterans hold press conference at capitol for medical marijuana
Veterans from around Texas arrived at the capitol in Austin today to lobby state lawmakers for medical marijuana and hold a press conference afterwards.
“We are veterans, not criminals” was a rallying point today as those veterans discussed the need for medical cannabis to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Many veterans have sworn by the effectiveness of cannabis, saying that it helps calm them down, and enables them to reduce the number of organ damaging pills they have to take. In some cases, it has allowed veterans to become functioning members of society again after getting away from the cocktails of drugs which left them in a perpetual state of fog, unable to do little but sit or lie around the house all day.
At their annual convention in 2016, members of the American Legion called on Congress to remove cannabis from its schedule I classification and to promote federal research into the plant’s use as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. With nearly 2.5 million members, the American Legion is the largest veterans advocacy organization in the United States.
A second military veterans group, American Veterans (AMVETS), resolved at its mid-August annual meeting to “support a veteran’s right to use medical cannabis therapeutically and responsibly, in states where it is legal, if prescribed by a board certified medical professional.” The group has some 250,000 members.
There are currently three medical cannabis bills filed with the Texas legislature, and 18 cannabis-related bills in total.
During the press conference, they urged everyone to call their state representative and senator, saying “you just might save a life.”