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Texas Veterans Gather At Capitol To Launch ‘Operation Trapped’ A Campaign For Medical Marijuana Program

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Texas veterans and their supporters gathered in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday, Veterans Day, to announce the launch of a campaign advocating for comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

Operation Trapped, backed by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is a veteran-based campaign to build support for legislation allowing access to medical marijuana — a safer alternative to prescription drugs — for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, and other service-related conditions. More information about Operation Trapped is available at http://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/operation-trapped.

“Veterans have sacrificed greatly to serve and protect our nation,” said David Bass of Killeen, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. “It’s time to serve and protect the many soldiers who have returned home with debilitating conditions that would benefit greatly from medical marijuana. The goal of this campaign is to give those veterans a voice and get Texas legislators to listen.”

At the event, the campaign displayed several empty prescription pill bottles it has collected from supportive Texas veterans to represent those who are suffering from serious medical conditions that could be relieved by medical marijuana.

“Medical marijuana is oftentimes more effective and typically much safer than most prescription drugs,” said Clif Deuvall of Waco, a U.S. Air Force veteran who participated in Operation Frequent Wind and the historic Saigon Airlift in Vietnam. “It can ease the symptoms of PTSD and TBI and relieve chronic pain associated with service-related injuries.”

The Texas Legislature approved a flawed medical marijuana bill in May, and Gov. Greg Abbott signed it into law in June. SB 339 was intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC, but it is extremely unlikely to provide those patients with relief because it only allows doctors to “prescribe” marijuana to patients, which is prohibited under federal law. By contrast, the 23 states with comprehensive medical marijuana laws (and the District of Columbia) allow doctors to “recommend” medical marijuana or “certify” patients to use it. Unlike “prescriptions,” recommendations and certifications are federally legal and protected under the First Amendment.

The bill also only allows for extracts with very little THC, and some seizure patients say a greater ratio of THC to CBD is necessary for it to be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures. The bill also fails to allow access to any medical marijuana products for people suffering from other debilitating conditions, such as PTSD, cancer, and multiple sclerosis, for which medical marijuana has been found to have significant medical benefits.

“The medical marijuana law that passed earlier this year is not going to help veterans and others who are suffering from these conditions,” said Kate Morgan of Lake Dallas, a U.S. Navy veteran. “The legislature needs to take action and ensure veterans have safe and legal access to whatever medical treatment works best for them.”

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Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is a broad coalition of organizations, activists, and community leaders dedicated to realizing effective, efficient, and evidence-based marijuana policies in Texas. For more information, visit http://www.TexasMarijuanaPolicy.org.

  • jason

    yeah too bad here in Texas we don’t have a ballot initiative system..instead we have to rely on our “elected” official who don’t give a shit about our veterans….they speak out of both sides of their mouths…so veterans..those of you who live in Texas..and who need cannabis sooner rather than later…you should look into moving…your Texas government doesn’t give a shit about you or your medical issues…and for this I am ashamed for our state goverment..

    • exbioman

      Here in southeast, Pa. the VA built a new annex facility. Top of the line equipment they tout. Moved it west of town. Less public transportation access. Probably the same ”I don’t hear you” selective hearing doctor. I don’t care to find out.
      When I couldn’t find work and had no insurance the annex in town was better than nothing. Now the annex is 7 miles farther. Off one of the crazy ”improved” highways.
      The nearest hospital is 45 miles away. Traveling on a 45mph highway. Nice old facility. Golden Corral buffet is very close to it. In the past I heard there was a private? shuttle running from the downtown annex to the hospital. True?

      Cannabis and hemp should be flat out legalized and regulated. I’ll jump on that band wagon as long as citizens can grow their own properly. Pa.’s governor has a bill to increase the sale tax 1.25% in front of him now. ”To lighten Property tax.” But this state has barely considered legalizing medical Cannabis.
      Government and Prohibitionist’s stance- Let’s continue keeping the sale of Cannabis to the gangs and cartels, who provide access of drugs to ”our babies”. And the DEA and law enforcement supplied with a continued source of income and justification for increasing arms expense.

  • HellNo

    We had several bills before the legislature, from medical to full legalization. And our State Reps. Passed a completely useless CBD extract law. The bills just can’t get any support. From emails I received in reply to my inquiries, I believe many of our Representatives agree with at least medical marijuana. But they just don’t have the balls to go on record by voting for change.

    • Lawrence Goodwin

      Apparently, Texas lawmakers will be happy to toe the federal fraud on “marihuana” policy for many more years, cannabis facts and science be damned. Maybe “Fallen Star State” is the more appropriate motto for Texas.

  • Sinclair

    I recently heard that 22 vetrans commit suicide every daughter in the U.S. Our government, our politicians should be ashamed of themselves. You have to question whst caused this? Was it the uncaring laws that denies there benefits if they use Marijuana, then you wonder how many of them drowned themselves in alcohol abuse before giving up? Government is supposed to do the bidding of the people so it is time for all people to stand up and demand that all Veterans be allowed medical Marijuana if they so chose. No matter what you feel about Marijuana personally this is not about you this is about human lives. In fact medical Marijuana is about our children with illnesses that have shown and documented to show major improvement with Marijuana than conventional medicine.