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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later backed that statement, saying "Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws.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

Jan 18, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 16, 2018 John W. Rumery jr
Jan 14, 2018 Sue Ellen Lupien
Jan 7, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 6, 2018 Docken Polk
Jan 6, 2018 Misti Lee
Dec 27, 2017 Donna Rich
Dec 8, 2017 Patricia Reid
Dec 8, 2017 Marge Schwartz
Dec 7, 2017 Judith Pelletier
Dec 7, 2017 Ken Stein
Dec 2, 2017 Melissa Owens
Nov 29, 2017 Aggelina Ornstein
Nov 28, 2017 Joanne Ferguson
Nov 26, 2017 William Beasley
Nov 26, 2017 Micki Courtoreille
Nov 23, 2017 Les Wilson sr
Nov 23, 2017 Floyd Perry
Nov 22, 2017 Molly Watkins
Nov 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2017 Jennifer Stedman
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 Iryna Andreychuk
Nov 18, 2017 Laura Miller
Nov 18, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Bratchkova
Nov 17, 2017 Chris Bregy Yes it should legal for medical care
Nov 17, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Nov 17, 2017 Timothy Mericle Better than prescription drugs I take now that have negative side effects!
Nov 17, 2017 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
Nov 17, 2017 Rose Saunders
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Laurie Rowan
Nov 16, 2017 Roland Thomas
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Elizabeth Brzek
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Paulette MacMillan
Nov 16, 2017 Gordana Milic
Nov 15, 2017 Stan Janczuk
Nov 15, 2017 Russ Atkinson
Nov 15, 2017 Amanda Vermillion
Nov 15, 2017 Anki Flores
Nov 15, 2017 Marsha King
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Judith Hazelton
Nov 15, 2017 James Sparks
Nov 15, 2017 Mary Anne Manner

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