Our mission is to help Veterans heal through Cannabis, Fellowship and Community Projects in an effort to put an END to the 22+ Veteran suicides that happen each and every day.
This petition was launched after the University of Arizona fired a prominent Medical Doctor. Their action further delayed a badly needed cannabis research study for vets. Dr. Suzanne (Doc Sue) Sisley, a former faculty member and researcher at The University of Arizona, was informed that her positions would not be renewed last year, likely a result of her proposed federally approved research into the treatment of post traumatic stress with medical grade marijuana. On July 28th, 2014 they denied her appeal for reinstatement.
As Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and other service connected injuries who have proudly served our country, we are outraged that the state of Arizona and our country have continuously placed politics before the care of their Veterans. This page came about as a result of that frustration, as a way to express our concerns and discontent with a system that has been abusing us for far too long.
Many men and women returning from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from severe post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other major medical issues resulting from their service to our country. Unfortunately, the majority of these patriots are being prescribed a cocktail of prescription narcotics by VA physicians who have no idea what they're doing, or what affect the drugs will have (on their own, or when combined with others). In many cases they are only serving to exacerbate the problem. Many Veterans are reporting feelings of insomnia, rage, chronic depression, agoraphobia, severe anxiety and panic attacks to name but a few concerns.
We believe cannabis serves to alleviate much of the injuries suffered by our veterans, many report it helped them live a more full and productive life. The testimonials of men and women who have benefited greatly from this plant are readily available in large and ever growing numbers. We and we want to investigate, scientifically, exactly how the herb works with our bodies to accomplish this.
People all over the world were ecstatic when they heard the University of Arizona was going to house MAPS and Doc Sisley's study. They were equally perplexed when they learned that Doc, the only person in the United States of America who was federally approved to work with veterans and medical marijuana sourced from the federal government, was shown the door.
With no explanation for her termination given, it appears the University of Arizona fired Doc for attempting to conduct research that caused a considerably harsh backlash from hyper-conservative state lawmakers. The university let politics trump science, education and veterans suffering in each of the 50 states. Our nation's veterans are committing suicide at astonishing rates, more than 22 times every dingle day, and the "leadership" in the state of Arizona, and by proxy, the United States of america, have done everything within their power to block this potentially life saving research intended to help them.
We pleaded with the state leadership to reinstate Doc at one of the other public universities, requesting they provide her with the necessary space and resources she ended to conduct her research. They refused. We explained to state and federal leadership that Doc's study could mean the difference between life and death for countless veterans. They've ignored us. "Bigger Questions, Better Answers" is the motto The University of Arizona failed to live up to -- sadly, it appears to be too much to ask of Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University as well.
To everyone who has taken a stand with us to help spread the word and raise awareness, thank you. Your support has been tremendous and as a result we have been successful in garnering substantial attention surrounding this particular issue.
Regardless of whether Arizona's "leadership" decides to support this research or not, we are committed to seeing this study completed in the Grand Canyon State.
With or without their support.
"Once more into the breach…"
To that end, Veterans from across the country are joining forces and accepting leadership positions within the Weed For Warriors Project. The WFWP was founded in the fall of 2014. With the sole purpose of advocating to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and local VA facilities on behalf of all Veterans. We feel strongly that Veterans should be afforded the freedom to use medical marijuana within the VA system as a recognized medical alternative to psychiatric drugs without any discrimination or unjust actions against them.
W4WP was started in the San Francisco Bay Area for Veterans who are seeking relief from their service connected disabilities through cannabis and the fellowship of other like minded Veterans within the cannabis community. With the help of organizations like SANTA CRUZ VETERANS ALLIANCE, WFWP was able to provide local Veterans with medical marijuana information, a safe place to fellowship with other Veterans and safe access to free medicine with proof of service/ current medical recommendation.
Seeing the need for Veterans for cannabis based groups nationwide, W4WP started to establish chapters throughout California, Colorado and Arizona. These groups would not be possible without the passionate leadership of the chapter presidents, the compassionate donations from vendors and the support of the cannabis community.
Veterans are nationally the smallest minority group taking up only 7 percent of the nation's population, but they account for more than an estimated 20 percent of the national suicide rate. The Veteran Suicide data is currently only being collected from 21 states and only accounts for the Veterans who are currently being seen by the Veterans Affairs Administration.
Veterans are being prescribed harsh pharmaceutical drugs that are extremely addictive and have been linked to thousands of Veteran Suicides. Cannabis has been proven to help with PTSD, cancer, chronic pain, sleep disorders, crohn’s disease, migraines, addiction withdrawal and has statistically lowered the suicide rate in states where it is legal.
Please join us in the fight to give Veterans the right to have safe access to medical cannabis and allow them the freedom to discuss medical cannabis with their VA Doctors. Together we can make a difference and do more for Veterans.
If you would like more information regarding our organization please feel free to contact us through our CONTACT PAGE at wfwproject.org, W4WP Hotline (408) 681-W4WP, E-MAIL, Instagram, Facebook or check us out on our GOOGLE+ page for current news/information.
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