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Texas: Veterans Gather At State Capitol To Launch 'Operation Trapped' Supporting Medical Marijuana


At Veterans Day event, Air Force, Army, and Navy veterans urge state officials to pass legislation allowing access to medical marijuana — a safer alternative to many prescription drugs — for PTSD, TBI, and other service-related conditions

Texas veterans and their supporters on Wednesday -- Veterans Day -- gathered in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol to announce the launch of a campaign advocating for comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

Operation Trapped, backed by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is a veteran-based campaign to build support for legislation allowing access to medical marijuana — a safer alternative to prescription drugs — for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, and other service-related conditions.

“Veterans have sacrificed greatly to serve and protect our nation,” said David Bass of Killeen, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. “It’s time to serve and protect the many soldiers who have returned home with debilitating conditions that would benefit greatly from medical marijuana. The goal of this campaign is to give those veterans a voice and get Texas legislators to listen.”

At the event, the campaign displayed several empty prescription pill bottles it has collected from supportive Texas veterans to represent those who are suffering from serious medical conditions that could be relieved by medical marijuana.

New Jersey: Princeton University Employee Put On Leave For Legal Medical Marijuana


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Princeton University employee and cannabis legalization activist who said he was told to choose between his job and using medical marijuana is now on paid leave as university officials decide what to do next.

Don DeZarn, 48, of East Windsor, New Jersey, said on Tuesday that Princeton officials told him he couldn't continue working in his job as senior operations manager of campus dining if he used medicinal cannabis, reports the Associated Press. DeZarn said he doesn't use medical marijuana on the job, but had let the university know about it in case he ever needed to use it for an "emergency situation."

Princeton officials claimed DeZarn wasn't being forced to choose between his health and jis job. University spokesman Martin Mbugua said DeZarn was placed on paid leave and invited to discuss "reasonable accommodations" for his disability; the university met with him on Tuesday to begin that process.

After being placed on leave, DeZarn said he was directed to leave the campus.

"It's the best job I've ever had," DeZarn said, reports Mike Davis at the Times of Trenton. "It's a great place to work. I'm just hopeful that this whole thing has just been an oversight on someone's part."

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