Veteran / Medical Marijuana Conference – 2016

On Oct 15, 2016 about 100 veterans and supporters gathered in Austin for the 4th Texas NORML Veteran’s Conference. Operation Trapped, the Texas Veteran’s movement to legalize medical cannabis for veterans with PTSD, Chronic Pain, TBI and other ailments was there collecting signatures for the petition to Governor Abbot, along with collecting information for the pill bottle display, a visual representation from some of the petition signees.

It was a very moving event with emotions evident for many veterans as they spoke about how cannabis has helped save them from the negative effects of pharmaceuticals and often alcohol. Using cannabis as an exit drug was a common theme.

Here are some pictures from the conference.


This was the agenda for the conference.


This is the Veteran’s panel.
Veteran's Panel

A veteran turning in her bottle to Romana Harding for Operation Trapped!
A veteran turning in her bottle to Romana Harding for Operation Trapped!

A Collage of the presenters.
A collage of the presenters.

Some of the participants at the Veteran’s Conference. There were several who were not comfortable being on camera. Hopefully, one day, that stigma will end!
Some of the participants at the Veteran’s Conference.

The event made the news! David Bass, Director of Veteran’s Outreach for Texas NORML was interviewed and it ran several times on the news that evening!
The event made the news! David Bass, Director of Veteran’s Outreach for Texas NORML was interviewed and it ran several times on the news that evening!

All in all, it was a wonderful event. About 15 new veterans signed up for Operation Trapped, and many of the attendees committed to marching with us in Austin on November 11 for Veteran’s Day.

This was the 4th Veteran’s Conference that Texas NORML has held.

This is a link to a video of the entire conference:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2OyRr6IBms

We thank everyone who came out for it and hope to see many more at the Veteran’s Day march on Nov 11, 2016!

By Romana Harding – Veterans Outreach Director

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