News that another Arizona veteran took his own life at the Phoenix VA on October 20th highlights the urgent requirement for policy changes to permit veterans unrestricted access to medical marijuana so they can have a safe and reliable option to treat PTSD without losing their VA advantages.
The Rally & March for Veterans’ Safe Access to Cannabis aims to bring nationwide attention to this ongoing problem. The occasion will be held at noon on Nov. 11 at Steele Indian School Park and development to the Phoenix VA.
. Veterans groups will be on-site to provide resources and details to fellow veterans and participants.
The rally begins on the NW corner of Indian School and 3rd St.– on the grassy location of Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix– and then a march will proceed to the VA structure on Indian School and 7th St.
The Veterans Rights Rally & & March for Safe Access to Marijuana will assist:
■ Raise awareness on the VA policy on medical cannabis
■ Object to “Conventional Treatment First” protocols (opiates and other hazardous drugs)
■ Raise awareness about the VA blocking efforts to conduct clinical research studies on marijuana and PTSD
■ Raise awareness about urgency of medical cannabis access
■ Inform the public about data: 22 suicides a day usually
■ Shine a media spotlight on cannabis as a safe, reliable treatment option
Veterans having suicidal ideas can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.