Military Veterans and Marijuana Policy Reform Advocates to Gather at State Capitol to Work Toward an Effective Medical Marijuana Law in Texas

2016 Texas Veterans Medical Marijuana Conference will feature medical professionals, educators, veterans, and advocates who support fixing Texas laws to provide seriously ill Texans with legal access to medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it

Keynote speaker will be Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization

Austin, TX — Military veterans and local marijuana policy reform advocates will gather at the State Capitol in Austin on Saturday for the 2016 Texas Veterans Medical Marijuana Conference. Details of the event are available at https://www.texasnorml.org/mmj-vet-conference-2016/.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and Texas NORML, will feature educators, advocates, medical professionals, and veteran activists discussing how medical marijuana can help seriously ill Texans. Panels will cover a variety of topics, including how to navigate current laws and how advocates can promote marijuana policy reform in the Texas Legislature in the coming session. Keynote speakers will include Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project.

“I have been prescribed over thirty different medications, which had side effects that were very much like my PTSD symptoms and intensified the hopelessness and suicidal thoughts I had. Without this plant, I 100% believe I would be dead, either by my own hand or from being continually over-medicated by the Veterans Administration.” – Jeremiah Looney, Iraq War veteran and mayor of Whitewright, Texas

Veteran / Medical Marijuana Conference Flyer (Texas NORML)

Veteran / Medical Marijuana Conference Flyer (Texas NORML)

“Due to injuries incurred during my service, I’m medically separated from the Army for multiple conditions, including PTSD and degeneration of the spine,” said Jeremiah Looney, Iraq War veteran and mayor of Whitewright, Texas. “I have been prescribed over thirty different medications, which had side effects that were very much like my PTSD symptoms and intensified the hopelessness and suicidal thoughts I had. Without this plant, I 100% believe I would be dead, either by my own hand or from being continually over-medicated by the Veterans Administration.”

“With the numerous pharmaceutical drugs I was prescribed, I was in a fog of pain and pills,” said Kate Cochran Morgan, an Iraq War veteran. “This led to also drinking heavily. I have found that cannabis is the only medication that helps me with all of my problems with no side effects or the feeling that my life is over.”

“We risked our lives to serve our country and now we risk our freedom to use a medication that frees us from addiction to opioids and the debilitating side effects of psychotropic drugs,” said David Bass, a retired U.S. Army officer and Iraq War veteran. “We are not criminals and we should not be treated as criminals. We want to purchase our medication legally at state licensed dispensaries.”

“For too long, Texans have faced harsh penalties for using marijuana to treat their medical conditions,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project and Austin resident. “We aim to change that in 2017 and make the Lone Star State safe for veterans and others who could be helped by medical marijuana.”

WHAT:
Texas Veterans Conference focused on medical cannabis

WHEN:
Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CT (Interview opportunity available at 12 p.m. during break.)

WHERE:
Texas State Capitol, Legislative Conference Center, Room E2.002, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin

WHO:
Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project
Representatives from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
Representatives from Texas NORML
Local volunteer advocates

About Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy

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

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