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later backed that statement, saying "Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws.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

Sep 19, 2017 Lisa Maddux
Sep 19, 2017 Heidi Buckles My deceased husband was a vietnam vet and had PTSD and other health issues and smoked marijuana dispite it being illegal and it helped him immensely with his health issues.
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2017 Jerry Bresnahan
Sep 17, 2017 Lacey Velvet
Sep 17, 2017 Helen Folkes
Sep 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 brenda cox
Sep 13, 2017 Debra Michalski
Sep 13, 2017 Jessica Mattox
Sep 11, 2017 Nathalie Cikin
Sep 9, 2017 Pam Schmitt
Sep 8, 2017 Charles Daly
Sep 5, 2017 Zaneta Garratt
Sep 1, 2017 Barbara Benane 100% SUPPORT!!!
Sep 1, 2017 (Name not displayed) My son has PTSD. He doesn't like to take pills so I know medical marijuana would help him so much.
Aug 30, 2017 Donna Jay
Aug 29, 2017 Barbara MacDougall Nature's bounty beats synthetic drugs any day.
Aug 28, 2017 Cynthia Lee
Aug 27, 2017 sofia tsiamouri
Aug 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 George Anderson
Aug 24, 2017 suzette snodderley
Aug 24, 2017 Anne Romanow
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2017 Lynn Thornton
Aug 23, 2017 Larissa -
Aug 23, 2017 vanessa mangiarano
Aug 22, 2017 Karen MIller
Aug 22, 2017 Helen Marotta
Aug 22, 2017 Jill Dorsey
Aug 21, 2017 Melissa Buckholtz
Aug 20, 2017 Esther Brazell
Aug 20, 2017 Patti Mickelsen Good grief!!! Would you deny PTSD sufferers a life-changing medication? Why don't you actually READ the science and come out of the Dark Ages??? Shame on you!
Aug 20, 2017 Simon Davies
Aug 20, 2017 Lynne Smithson
Aug 19, 2017 Vickie Stellato
Aug 19, 2017 Paula Hornibrook
Aug 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Teresa McNew
Aug 18, 2017 Jean Diamond
Aug 18, 2017 Rachel Rakaczky
Aug 17, 2017 Linda Lemke
Aug 17, 2017 Anita Van Den Berge
Aug 16, 2017 Marie Boyle
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Ralph Quinomes
Aug 16, 2017 gemma serra

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