AUSTIN (KXAN) — Post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and chronic pain are just a few of the service-related conditions veterans return home with.
The group gathered by the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol Wednesday to push for medical marijuana legislation. This is where the veterans launched their campaign Operation Trapped in 2015. The purpose of the operation is to gain grass-roots support for marijuana as a safe treatment option for veterans.
A new poll shows that 83 percent of Texans support medical marijuana, according to the University of Texas and Texas Tribune. The poll also found that 53 percent of Texans support legalization of marijuana for any purpose.
“Every day, veterans are prescribed dangerous and addictive pharmaceutical drugs to treat service-related injuries and illnesses,” said Kate Cochran Morgan, a veteran Navy FMF hospital corpsman. “Many of these drugs cause side effects for which another pill is prescribed. Cannabis can help treat conditions like PTSD and chronic pain, and it has a better safety profile than aspirin. It is unacceptable that veterans are being denied access to this medicine.”
The veterans will discuss Senate Bill 269 and House Bill 2107, which are both proposals to allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to veterans with serious illnesses. Another letter will also be sent to Gov. Greg Abbott asking for him to meet with veterans who have benefited from medical marijuana as treatment. Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy sent a letter to Abbott last year, but his