Texas Veterans Fight For Medical Cannabis
Next Wednesday, Texas veterans plan on rallying at the Texas State Capitol to launch a campaign to legalize medical cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and similar conditions. Operation Trapped aims at persuading vets who support legalization submit an empty prescription drug bottle to be filled with a toy soldier. The bottles will be presented to the veterans at an event on Veterans Day 2016.
Five months after state lawmakers approved a bill that allowing medical marijuana access to Texans that are suffering from seizures, the Operation Trapped campaign was introduced. Supporters of medical marijuana are hoping lawmakers will take more dramatic action in their next efforts in January 2017. Kate Morgan, a U.S. Navy veteran, said, "The medical marijuana law that passed earlier this year is not going to help veterans and others who are suffering from these conditions. The Legislature needs to take action and ensure veterans have safe and legal access to whatever medical treatment works best for them."
Clif Deuvall of Waco, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, feels medical marijuana is a better alternative to prescription drugs. "It can ease the symptoms of PTSD and TBI and relieve chronic pain associated with service-related injuries."