Many veterans in Texas want a safer alternative to harmful prescription medicine, which can lead to addiction to narcotics and an alarming number of overdose deaths every year. If you are like the thousands of Texas veterans who take cannabis to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, or other service-related injuries, you are treated like a criminal in Texas. That is wrong, and your voice should be heard.
Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy wants to send a message to state lawmakers that it’s time for a better option, and you can help. We have launched a one-year project to collect a single used prescription bottle from every state veteran who wants a safer alternative.
If you are a veteran or care for someone who is, here is how you can help:
- Locate an empty bottle (one per veteran).
- Remove the label and clean the bottle.
- Add the following to a piece of paper:
a. Veteran’s name (or “anonymous” if you prefer)
b. Military branch and dates of service
c. Combat operation(s), if any
d. Disability (PTSD, TBI, severe pain, etc.).
- Place it in the bottle!
Texas NORML will collect your bottle at their monthly meeting in your area, which is open to the public. Or you can mail your bottle to:
ATTN: Operation Trapped
3571 Far West Blvd., #205
Austin, TX 78731
Texas NORML will add a toy soldier to each pill bottle received.
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will hold a press conference and present your bottle along with the thousands of others we will collect over the next year.
Texas veterans should not be treated like criminals simply for treating a disability they received for defending this country. They are entitled to educate legislators about cannabis and encourage our state to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana program. Texas shouldn’t wait any longer to offer a workable, compassionate program that benefits all in our state.