This November, Missouri is voting on three different medical marijuana measures and is one of four states that will be voting on marijuana.
In a recent win for the campaign, the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars have endorsed the grassroots campaign for Amendment 2 to bring medical marijuana to Missouri, according to Campaign Consultant Jack Cardetti at New Approach Missouri.
“Veterans know that Amendment 2 is the right choice for Missouri because it says that doctors and patients should be in charge of medical decisions – not politicians and government bureaucrats,” said Jack Cardetti via e-mail.
With a veteran population of 479,828 as of 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, that’s nearly as many people as the entire population of Wyoming. Beyond that, over 50% of them are over the age of 55.
One potential patient, Specialist Alice Mangan, who served in the Army on active duty from 1991 to 1996 has since been diagnosed with service-connected multiple sclerosis, along with major depressive disorder, narcolepsy, hypothyroidism, and degenerative disc disease. Amendment 2 will mean that veterans like Alice Mangan, and other Missourians who are in dire need of medical marijuana therapy.
“For the past 21 years, I have worked with the Veterans Administration to receive accurate diagnoses and medication schedules that actually relieve my symptoms. I have tried six different pain meds, valium, and antidepressants with no real success in controlling the conditions I suffer from. The side effects from the pharmaceutical cocktails left me in worse condition most of the time.”
Mangan continued, “I have always wondered if the government would outlaw something that was beneficial to Americans, but I never experienced it firsthand until I went to a legal state and saw how cannabis therapy could improve my life.”
In addition to the potential medicinal benefits for the veterans in need of medical marijuana, Amendment 2 could provide new business opportunities for veterans like Alice Mangan and her fellow Missourians. In fact, Missouri has a high rate of entrepreneurship among veterans, with over one veteran-owned business for every ten veterans.
“New Approach Missouri’s Amendment 2 campaign believes veterans and patients should come first. That doctors should be in charge of medical decisions – not politicians, government bureaucrats, or self-serving millionaires,” concluded Jack Cardetti.
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