I saw the following event on Facebook. If you are in West Virginia, you should definitely come out and support the cause:
We are uniting at the West Virginia State Capitol Building on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 to call on our state legislators to act now to allow VA medical centers in our state to recommend medical cannabis to WV veterans.
The United States Senate passed a funding bill in November, ending the prohibition of medical cannabis at VA clinics. The 2016 Appropriations Bill permits Veterans Administration doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients in states where medical cannabis is legal. The problem is, West Virginia is not one of those states. We will gather at the capitol and demand the WV Legislature grant equal access to veterans in our state.
West Virginia veterans face a wide range of ailments as a result of their service to our country. As many as 20% of veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress or Post-Traumatic Brain Injury. Another 54% experience varying degrees of insomnia. Many veterans experience chronic pain. Worst of all, an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Veterans are typically prescribed a wide range of prescription drugs to treat these illnesses, each of which carries risks and a long list of potential symptoms. Studies have shown cannabis to be an effective and less dangerous substitute to provide needed relief for all of these health problems without adverse side effects.
Veterans make up over 167,000 of the state population, or over 9%! It is time for West Virginians to stand up for our veterans.
We are taking a three-pronged approach to attack this issue. We are going to petition the WV Legislature; we are going to write letters to our state representatives and the leadership; and we are going to hand deliver both of these during a protest at the WV State Capitol Building on Tuesday, January 26th 2016 at 1000 hours while the legislature is in session. Sign up to attend the protest on this event page.
We also ask that you take a minute to send a short letter to your state representative using this easy tool: