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Houston, TX – November 11, 2015 – Veterans will gather in Houston this Saturday for an educational seminar discussing medical marijuana as a treatment for PTSD, chronic pain and other service-related conditions. The conference is being organized by the Houston chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and will feature a distinguished lineup of special guest speakers.
Sue Sisley, MD.
Dr. Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist and former clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine will give a presentation about her clinical research into the use of marijuana as a treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Other speakers include: William Martin, PhD, the Drug Policy Program Director at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Kim Ogg, former Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston and the City of Houston’s Anti-Gang Task Force.
The event’s primary organizer, Christopher Sum, a U.S. Army veteran and marijuana reform advocate says the conference is aimed to educate veterans and others about the potential benefits of medical cannabis and the current political climate for legislative reform in Texas. The event will also discuss criminal justice policies and the impact marijuana prohibition has on Texas’ military veterans and their families.
“Veterans are sick and tired of being over-medicated with dangerous prescription drugs by the VA. We want safe and legal access to cannabis as a treatment.” Sum says, “We’re talking about people who have made great sacrifices by serving our country. We deserve better than to be criminalized for marijuana.”
The conference will take place this Saturday, November 14 from 9:30am to 2:30pm at Trini Mendenhall Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Rd. in Houston. The event is free and open to the public. The full lineup of speakers and other details about the event can be found here.
Houston NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently through open and honest conversation to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to educate and inform the public about the benefits of cannabis and the dangers of prohibition.