Texas Veterans Head to the Capitol to Promote Medicinal Marijuana

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On Veterans Day, a group of veterans made their way to the Capitol grounds in Austin to hold a press conference asking lawmakers to allow for medical marijuana use. Many veterans have anxiety-related issues, brain injuries, chronic pain, and cannabis can help alleviate the symptoms.

Advocating for this cause makes veterans vocalize their personal hardships after serving in the military. Even though it’s not easy to do so, they feel passionate enough about the cause and the relief that cannabis gives them to speak out.

KXAN writes that veteran Amanda Berard used marijuana to deal with PTSD from sexual trauma she endured while stationed in the U.S. “It lets me leave my house. With the medication the VA gives me, I don’t have the liberty,” she explains.

The Texans For Responsible Marijuana Policy website explains that during the meeting outside of the Capitol, they displayed old pill bottles with a toy solider trapped inside representing veterans who support medical marijuana. They also presented a letter with signatures to Governor Abbott.

Since Texas passed the Compassion Use Act that helps those with severe epilepsy to receive medical marijuana, the group is hopeful that the state will expand their allowances for the treatment.