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Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It contains various active compounds known as cannabinoids that have been shown to relieve pain, lower inflammation, decrease anxiety, and more [1]. It's been studied for patients with nausea, vomiting, other cancer therapy side effects, and cancer symptoms. Most importantly for veterans, these cannabinoids can reduce the insomnia, anger, nightmares, and anxiety that often come with post-traumatic stress disorder [2].

The possession of cannabis is currently illegal by federal law except for approved research purposes [3]. Doctors who work for the Department of Veterans Affairs are prohibited, therefore, from recommending marijuana to their patients, and the government will not allow further research to prove marijuana’s effectiveness in the treatment of PTSD [2].

During his campaign, President Trump called for a laissez-faire approach to the marijuana issue, claiming that the states would oversee its legalization and regulation if he were elected president [3].

Now the Trump administration seems to have changed its plan. White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said that he expects the government to boost the enforcement of drug laws in the near future, and attorney General Jeff Sessions later backed that statement, saying "Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws. So yes, we will enforce the law in an appropriate way nationwide" [4].

But despite the concern about the potential misuse of marijuana, a national poll found that 54 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana across the country, and a whopping 89 percent said marijuana should at least be legal for medicinal purposes. 87 percent said Department of Veterans Affairs doctors should be allowed to prescribe marijuana for PTSD in veterans [6].

Sign the petition to tell President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the potential benefits presented by marijuana far outweigh the risks and that the ability to legalize marijuana should belong to the states so that more people can have access to this effective tool for the treatment of PTSD and other health issues.

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Dear President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions,

Despite the countless studies showing the safety and effectiveness of marijuana as a medicinal product, you have called for enforcement of the federal law against it. Despite the overwhelming number of people who agree cannabis should be allowed for medical purposes at the very least, you have decided to forego further research and outlaw this useful drug.

Your opinion does not matter more than the American people’s. You do not have the right to tell those with PTSD and other health conditions that your concerns about the risks matter more than their health.

We will not stand for an administration that claims to agree with the majority of the nation and then enforces a law only a small minority supports. We will fight for the right to choose to legalize marijuana at the state level.

Marijuana has been proven as an effective tool for managing the symptoms of many diseases, and further research could prove it an effective treatment for PTSD as well. We demand that the ability to legalize it be given to the states so that more Americans can have safe and legal access to this life-changing drug.


Petition Signatures

Feb 20, 2018 Dina Moretti
Feb 20, 2018 James Brown
Feb 18, 2018 Marge Ferrance
Feb 18, 2018 Stacy Harris
Feb 18, 2018 Beverly Luce
Feb 18, 2018 tina browne
Feb 17, 2018 Ruth Gollobin
Feb 17, 2018 Kristen Giarino
Feb 17, 2018 Lynn Hansen
Feb 17, 2018 anne maclellan
Feb 17, 2018 Anita Hoos
Feb 16, 2018 Caring Soul
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 Davor Maznik
Feb 16, 2018 Leah Helmer
Feb 15, 2018 Brenda Dumont
Feb 15, 2018 Melissa West
Feb 15, 2018 Elaine Baron
Feb 15, 2018 Jonathan A. ONLY thing that helps my P.T.S.D. too bad I live on Texas get w. Program!
Feb 15, 2018 Melissa A. Seed bearing herbs are from GOD & are GOOD! Amen
Feb 15, 2018 Jonathan Allen Genesis 1:11 Read it.
Feb 14, 2018 zulma clark
Feb 14, 2018 James Carr
Feb 14, 2018 Kathleen Querner demonstrate your commitment to states rights, as you claim to be...right?
Feb 14, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Feb 14, 2018 Alisha Allen
Feb 14, 2018 Paula P
Feb 14, 2018 Elizabeth Bailey
Feb 14, 2018 Justin LeGrow
Feb 14, 2018 Zoltan Nagy
Feb 14, 2018 Teresa Tarin
Feb 13, 2018 Canan Tzelil
Feb 13, 2018 MaryLynn Michaelis
Feb 13, 2018 JENNIFER CASE
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Candris Madison
Feb 13, 2018 Victoria Collins
Feb 13, 2018 barbara gale
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Misha George
Feb 13, 2018 Fabio Bogdanic
Feb 13, 2018 Mike Martin
Feb 13, 2018 Rhonda Sigman
Feb 13, 2018 Sylvia Riehs Keep Your word leave it up to the states not trying to always better than pharmaceuticals which are man-made poisons
Feb 13, 2018 Tania Glazer
Feb 12, 2018 Janet Signore
Feb 12, 2018 rebecca Ubiles
Feb 12, 2018 Dominick Falzone
Feb 12, 2018 Carolyn Jordon Please legalize marijuana for the benefit of patients across our nation. Statistics show no reported deaths from marijuana use in comparison to street drugs, opioids, prescription drugs and alcohol. Thank you for your time.

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