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Texas Veterans To Launch Medical Marijuana Campaign On Veterans Day

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisTexas veterans and their supporters will gather in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol at 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Veterans Day, to announce the launch of Operation Trapped. The monument is located on the northeast side of the Capitol grounds near the corner of 14th Street and Brazos Street.

Operation Trapped, backed by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is a veteran-based campaign intended 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.

Speakers at the event will include David Bass of Killeen, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II; Clif Deuvall of Waco, a U.S. Air Force veteran who participated in Operation Frequent Wind and the historic Saigon Airlift in Vietnam; and Christopher Sum of Houston, a retired U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who served four deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The campaign will display some of the empty prescription pill bottles it has begun to collect from supportive Texas veterans to represent those who are suffering from serious medical conditions that could be relieved by medical marijuana.

“As veterans, we have made many sacrifices to protect and serve our country,” said Bass. “Far too many soldiers come home to endure the debilitating conditions caused by war. These veterans, along with many other patients, are being left out in the cold.

“Veterans deserve safe and legal access to this medicine,” Bass said. “The Texas State Legislature needs to act now to create a medical marijuana program that works. Until they do, we will continue to stand with veterans and medical marijuana advocates to demand swift action from our state leaders.”

WHAT: News conference to launch Operation Trapped, a veteran-based campaign intended 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

WHEN: Wednesday, November 11, 1 p.m. CT

WHERE: Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument, northeast side of Texas State Capitol grounds (near the corner of 14th Street and Brazos Street), Austin

WHO: David Bass, Killeen-based U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq

Clif Deuvall, Waco-based U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam

Christopher Sum, Houston-based U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan

Other Texas veterans

Representatives from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy

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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

  • saynotohypocrisy

    “Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy”

    That might be the first time I’ve seen the word responsible in an anti-prohibition group’s name, I’d like to see more of that throwing charges of irresponsible behavior back in the prohibs’ stupid ass faces. The irresponsibility of opposing medicinal marijuana is especially hard to fathom, and indeed there’s not many folks who are that irresponsible. But the people in power in many states are willing to dictate to everyone one on this, and continue to sabotage programs in many states where it has been somewhat legalized..

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Oops, I forgot about those RO folks in Ohio, didn’t I. Even with their mixed agenda, and painful results, you’d think I would have remembered. Oh well.

  • Irene Lane

    I SURE HOPE THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO GET THIS PASS THRU WITH SO MANY OF OUR VETERANS THAT HAVE PTSD OR BEEN INJURED AN ARE BATTLING DEPRESSION ANXIETY AN ARE ATTEMPTING SUICIDE I WOULD HOPE THAT OUR COUNTRY REALIZES THAT CANNABIS HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH DEPRESSION AN PTSD ANXIETY AN EVEN HELPS PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THRU TREATMENT FROM CANCER AN OUR CHILDREN WHO HAS EPILEPSY AN ALL THESE OTHER DEISEASES IT’S TIME THAT OUR COUNTRY STOP LETTING US USE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US TO USE FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES.