Target: Arizona State Senator Kimberly Yee
Goal: Allow education committee to consider studying marijuana as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder
As Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) continues to plague veterans returning from the war, many new treatments are being considered to take care of those who have put their lives on the line for our country. A new study seeks to find if marijuana is one such treatment that can help to calm victims of PTSD, but state officials are trying to block the study to stop this treatment from reaching those who need it most.
Arizona Senator Kimberly Yee has recently blocked this medicinal marijuana study approved by the Federal government, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Health and Human Services. The bill passed Arizona’s House of Representatives with only five votes against it. Because of her position as head of the Senate Education Committee, Yee was able to singlehandedly block the study, which was to take place at Arizona State University.
The study was to test the efficacy of marijuana as a medication for veterans suffering from forms of post-traumatic stress disorder that do not respond to other treatments. Yee cancelled the Education Committee’s consideration hearing despite testimony from veterans that marijuana helps to ease feelings of anxiety and depression related to PSTD. Ms. Yee did not even allow the matter to be discussed.
According to Yee, she fears that the study would set further framework for the legalization of marijuana. In a statement, she said that she would rather the funding be spent on anti-drug public service announcements for children.
Substances in marijuana are being used to treat an increasing number of illnesses with very few adverse side effects. The drug, unlike many others currently being prescribed, poses no risk of physical dependence and no risk of overdose. Ms. Yee is halting progress on research that could improve the quality of life of thousands of veterans because of her own irrational fears. Demand that Ms. Yee allow the Senate Education Committee to hear the proposal and consider the study.
Dear Arizona State Senator Kimberly Yee,
Recently, you singlehandedly halted a study that would have tested medicinal marijuana on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder that do not respond to other treatments. The study had already received federal approval, as well as approval from the Department of Health and Human Services. The study also saw overwhelming approval in Arizona’s House of Representatives.
Medicinal marijuana has been found to treat several illnesses and disorders with few of the adverse side effects and health risks associated with some of the drugs prescribed today. Testimony from several veterans suggests that it reduces symptoms of anxiety related to post-traumatic stress disorder, improving their quality of life.
It is irrational to base a decision that could affect thousands of veterans on preconceived notions and misguided fears about recreational drug use. I demand that Arizona’s Senate Education Committee give serious and fair consideration to the study, which could prove to be an advancement in PSTD treatment.
[Your Name Here]
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