May 23 2012

May 29th: Rally To Add PTSD As Accepted MMJ Condition

SensibleColoradovia Sensible Colorado: Join Sensible Colorado and supporters as we rally in support of veterans and file a petition to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions which qualify for medical marijuana in Colorado.

Nearly 20% of returning soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD and many of these brave soldiers use medical marijuana to cope.  This use is currently illegal under Colorado law. Join us at the rally where we will file an official petition to change this policy… Tuesday, May 29 (noon) at The CDPHE Office, 4300 Cherry Creek South Dr. Denver, CO 80246

UPDATE: Vets from three branches of Armed forces to speak at press event at State Health Department: Sensible Colorado is filing this petition on behalf of Joseph Hatcher, a combat veteran of the Iraq war, who suffers from PTSD related to his service. Mr Hatcher will be a featured speaker along with retired members of the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

“Eighteen veterans commit suicide everyday, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and if medical marijuana can help just one of these soldiers, we have a duty to push for legal access to this medicine now,” said Brian Vicente, Executive Director of Sensible Colorado.

“Those who have served our country and been injured in the line of duty deserve access to any medicine they find effective. Its time for the Health Department to do the compassionate thing, and stop criminalizing these brave men and women. The time to amend our state law to reflect emerging science about the role of marijuana in treating PTSD is now.”

PTSD is the second most cited condition by medical marijuana patients in New Mexico and Arizona is considering a similar petition to add PTSD under its medical marijuana law this week. A rally will accompany the official submission of the PTSD petition on May 29 at noon at the Colorado Health Department office.

Speakers to include:

  • Joseph Hatcher, Army Veteran and form Calvary Scout, retired
  • Wanda James, US Navy Lt. 86-91, retired
  • Robert Wiley, Major USAF, retired
  • Brian Vicente, Sensible Colorado

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