The sponsors of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, Rep. Mark Pocan and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, showed support for veterans by including post-traumatic stress disorder in the bill. While PTSD affects people from all walks of life, multiple deployments and two major wars have meant millions of vets have this affliction in varying degrees.
I visited the Capitol with a 26-year-old ex-Marine who served three tours in Iraq and now feels like he’s gone from “hero to zero.” The medications the VA provides treat his symptoms but leave him feeling empty and sedated. Worse, users risk side effects including organ damage, cancer and tremors.
We owe our veterans medical cannabis as a legal option alongside their conventional medicines. We cannot tell a generation of young vets that medications that will harm them are their only option, and that a life on toxic medications is a quality one.
The medical marijuana act is good for Wisconsin. Special interests that profit from keeping it from vets, seniors, the sick, disabled and dying cannot be allowed to kill it for the ninth consecutive legislative session. Please call your legislators at 1-800-362-9472.
— Gary Storck, Madison, director of communications, Is My Medicine Legal YET?