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Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Raul M. Grijalva, Beto O'Rourke, Mike Coffman, Earl Blumenauer, Walter B. Jones, Lindsey Graham, Dave Joyce, Carlos Curbelo, Ryan Costello, John H. Rutherford, Ruben Gallego, Tom O'Halleran, Kyrsten Sinema, Andy Biggs, Paul A. Gosar

Fight For Those Who Fought For You

A Call to Reason As Veterans of the United States Armed Forces we call on the Veterans Health Administration (V.H.A.) to fully recognize cannabis as a viable treatment option, which is a far less toxic alternative to commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Leaders are increasingly aware of the devastation to former military members (and their families) caused by inappropriate prescription of opiates, SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, and other pharmaceuticals. In 2011 the V.H.A. established internal policy officially outlining their position on cannabis, allowing physicians in “legal” states to discuss its use with their patients, at their own discretion. Multiple attempts have been made to resolve the inability of veterans to incorporate cannabis into their official treatment plans. Each and every one of these attempts have been sabotaged. The V.H.A. needs to take action on this issue. Federal leadership in the Executive and Legislative branches of our government need to understand the enormity of this pharmaceutical impact and available remedy. The fact is, veterans are self-medicating with cannabis. Most turn to cannabis after pharmaceutical options, some of which include warnings of suicidal ideation, fail. This situation is untenable. Because the V.H.A. is a federal program, operating in all fifty states, veterans are federal patients and require equal medical treatment/access to cannabis, regardless of state laws. Accordingly, an expansion of existing V.H.A. policy which would meet our needs is in order. The status quo is medically unethical. We request and require: Unobstructed ability to engage in open and honest dialogue with our V.H.A. Primary Care Teams about our use of cannabis, where we can then develop proper treatment plans, documenting our experiences. The ability to participate in research programs conducted by V.H.A., which would further assist us in our understanding of medical cannabis, and how to best introduce it into our treatment regimen. The ability to receive recommendations for cannabis from our V.H.A. Doctors, should that be the agreed upon treatment plan. Prescriptions from the V.H.A. filled at local dispensaries, or where dispensaries are not located/permitted, getting those scripts filled at the V.H.A. Pharmacy. A cannabis farm at every major V.H.A. healthcare facility designed to teach veterans about their medication, how to grow it, and to supply the hospital Pharmacy. This discussion, this reform, is long overdue. Join us.      

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Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State Legislature

New York: Legalize recreational marijuana

Marijuana needs to finally be legalized in New York state. Ten states (including Massachusetts, right next door) and Washington, D.C. have all legalized adult use of recreational marijuana. New York is lagging behind. Legalization would let the state better control licensing, ensure quality control and therefore consumer protection, and they could set age and quantity restrictions. Plus, the state would get millions in tax revenue every single year. Around 17,500 people are arrested each year on marijuana possession charges in New York City alone. Research has found that there is no good evidence that marijuana arrests in New York City are associated with reductions in crime. That means your tax dollars are being spent housing these “dangers to society.” Is that how you want your money to be spent? The Department of Health released a report in June that concluded that marijuana-related arrests disproportionately affect low income African American and other minority communities despite the fact that these communities aren’t significantly more likely to use pot. That’s not right. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced for the first time that he supports marijuana legalization in the state, and will be making it a legislative priority in 2019 — the momentum is on our side. On top of that, Democrats now control both houses of the New York state legislature for the first time since Cuomo became governor in 2011. Now is the time for New York to finally legalize recreational marijuana: tell Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature: legalize recreational marijuana now.  

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