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Friday, May 31 at 08:32 AM:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 07:04 AM:
If dogs can be service animals, why can't cannabis be the equivalent gentle, dependable, humane and compassionate service plant? When one of the young men talked about nightmares my first thought was a couple of gentle dose sweetleaf butter cookies. The love of pets and the satisfaction of a garden are powerful healing tools. And lord knows this nation has some healing to do.
If you watch Shelter Me keep the kleenex handy
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 05:53 PM:
I signed it, and included this in the comments - which I think is the loud and clear message the legislature needs to hear (even more than the scientific reasons for why PTSD should be added - I don't think THIS can be said often enough):
"The last thing a veteran with PTSD needs is an arrest or a drug raid on their home. Please grant those with PTSD the same protections from arrest and prosecution for their medical use of marijuana that over 55,000 other Oregonians have under the OMMP. Marijuana helps them and it should not be criminal for them to use it. They protected us, now it is our turn to protect them."
I also shared it to facebook.
Our veterans and other victims of trauma are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on a daily basis. Despite studies showing the effectiveness of medical marijuana in controlling traumatic memories, it is not a qualifying condition under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA). Senate Bill 281 would change this and we need to support its passage.
That's why I created a petition to The Oregon State House and The Oregon State Senate, which says:
"Please support SB 281, which will allow our veterans and others suffering from PTSD to qualify for medical marijuana under the OMMA."
Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name: http://signon.org/sign/support-senate-bill-281?source=c.fwd&r_by=6935034
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM:
Held in Hearing Room A of the State Capitol building, more than 25 people testified at the hearing. The committee is chaired by Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham), a retired public health nurse. Other senators were there, including Sen. Jeff Kruse (R- Roseburg), a ardent opponent of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), and Sen. Chip Shields (D- Portland), who indicated he supported the measure and would vote to send it on in the process. visit - http://tokesignals.com/medical-marijuana-for-ptsd-compelling-testimony-in-oregon/ "
Tuesday, March 19 at 09:58 AM:
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Sen. Chip Shields (OR-22), a target of the petition you created on SignOn.org, “Support Senate Bill 281 to add PTSD to the OMMA” (signon.org/sign/support-senate-bill-281), sent the following message to constituents who signed your petition. This message was sent through the SignOn.org system.
Senator Shields has long advocated for veterans the resources they need to succeed once they return home. During the 2007 legislative session, then Representative Shields sponsored HB 2522 which would have required the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide information about depleted uranium and to assist veterans exposed to it. During the 2011 legislative session Senator Shields voted in favor of Senate Joint Memorial 1, urging United States Department of Veterans Affairs to place greater emphasis on transitional housing for homeless veterans. He also voted in favor of House Bill 3391, which established a task force on military families tasked with reviewing legislation to support military families and proposing legislation to bridge the gap between military and civilian life. He was also happy to support funding for the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs by voting in favor of HB 5546.
On February 28th SB 281 passed out of the Senate Healthcare and Human Services Committee with a do pass recommendation. During the hearing Senator Shields successfully pushed for the bill to passed out of committee with a do pass recommendation. He noted that “I think the proponents of this bill came forward with a very narrow bill related to one particular diagnosis,” Shields said. “I think that if we want to open the can of worms of whether or not medical marijuana is a good thing or a bad thing I think the voters have told us clearly where they are.” The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary. I encourage you to track the progress of the bill by using the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS). If we can be of further assistance don’t hesitate to contact our office. Thank you again for your feedback.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 08:32 AM:
Please assist Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access. Once we have reached our goal this petition will automatically be sent to the White House for an obligatory answer and we will be using this to kick off a series of actions designed to bring negative attention to the recent federal escalation against medical marijuana. Your help is a significant piece of that puzzle. We need you to sign and get as many others to sign as possible.
As the leader of Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access [VMCA] I helped the VA create a medical marijuana policy that respects the rights of disabled Veterans using this important medicine per state laws. That policy has been made to look like a cruel joke given the latest actions of this presidential administration.
In response to the actions of the president our organization has crafted a petition that we have placed on the new White House "We The People" website: http://wh.gov/4xd
"Allow United States Disabled Military Veterans access to medical marijuana..."
The fact that a Veteran in New Mexico can use cannabis legally for PTSd but a similar Veteran in Florida will not only face arrest by state police for using the same medicine but face punishment at the VA hospital as well is wrong. It is illogical. It is not the practice of medicine it is the practice of politics on the wounded and it is shameful and it must end.
Michael Krawitz is a Disabled United States Air Force Sergeant and Executive Director of Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access.
Veterans For Medical
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 02:15 PM:
HELENA - The Senate Judiciary Committee also heard testimony for a bill that calls for revision to the Medical Marijuana Act.
Democrat Senator David Wanzenried is asking the Legislature to authorize post-traumatic stress disorder as a debilitating medical condition qualifying a person for medical marijuana.
"I don’t know how medical marijuana works, I can tell you it does work,” says Senator David Wanzenried (D- Senate District 49.)
“Many of the veterans I’ve worked with, receive medication form the Department of Veteran Affairs that severely impeded their ability to function. I can’t attest to the percentage of veterans I saw from 81’ until 2006 that were using marijuana but I can tell you, in my opinion it was at least 50% probably more and they were able to function in a classroom environment or even a work environment,” says Charlie Brown from Missoula.
Many veterans support Senate Bill 336. By the way, Montana is fourth in the nation for the most veterans per capita. "