I am very grateful to the thousands of BOWL PAC members who sent urgent messages to their Representatives in support of the Veterans Equal Access amendment to allow VA doctors to fill out state-legal medical marijuana recommendations to qualifying patients.
I am very, VERY pleased to report to you that with your support, the threat of having to debate the amendment was retracted by the prohibitionists in the House Republican caucus and the amendment passed just a short while ago!
Now, we have to shift our focus to the Senate, where a few key votes will decide the fate of this critical reform, who happen to also be the key votes for broader legalization.
Together, we’re going to win it all. But if these craven prohibitionists won’t even support veterans’ healthcare, then we need to be ready to hold them accountable by beating them at the ballot box.
Just a few bucks will make sure we can reach legalization supporters in our target states – will you chip in now?
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The House of Representatives will vote today or tomorrow on an amendment known as Veterans Equal Access, which would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients if they live in one of the 38 states that currently have a program set up.
Right now, those doctors would be fired if they filled out a state-issued medical marijuana recommendation form.
If you agree with me that it is absurd to tie the hands of doctors from helping their veteran patients improve their lives if they think cannabis should be a part of their healthcare program, join me in sending a letter to your Representative RIGHT NOW!
I have been working on building support for this policy for nearly six years now and it has been incredibly frustrating that this commonsense policy that has bipartisan support has stalled in previous years. But for the first time, victory on behalf of promoting veterans healthcare access is in reach.
A few years ago, the American Legion found that 22% of veterans reported that they are currently using cannabis to mitigate symptoms of a physical or mental ailment. With 1 in 4 veterans already consuming for medical purposes, how can Congress not move forward with honoring our commitment to them?!
The simple reason is they don’t feel the pressure. That’s where you come in.
By sending your Representative a letter in support of Representative Blumenauer’s Veterans Equal Access amendment, you’re making sure they and their staff know that their constituents want this reform. It will force them to think and talk about the policy. And as one of the bravest activists I have ever met would often say: “when we’re talking, we’re winning.”
So please, send a message now. It just takes a few seconds and it could make the difference between your Representative voting to support veterans access to lawful medical marijuana or a continuation of the status-quo of discrimination in healthcare options.
Thanks for being a part of this movement.