Activism

Veterans and supporters finishing up the Veterans Day Parade in Austin Texas. Image: Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy via Facebook

United States military veterans rallied at a parade in Texas on Wednesday for the right to treat their war wounds, both physical and psychological, with medical marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law and is strictly limited in Texas.

Cannabis leaf. Image: Psychonaught via Wikimedia Commons

There may be more than a dozen states looking to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, but these three may have the best chance to do so.

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. Image via DEA.gov

Last week, the acting chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration called medical marijuana "a joke" during a Q&A with reporters. Now, medical marijuana patients are calling for his head, with an online petition demanding his resignation attracting over 10,000 signatures on change.org.

Willie Nelson at Coachella, 2007, Photo: Paul Familetti via Wikimedia Commons
 
He’s been a vocal advocate of marijuana legalization for more than half a century, but the musician/songwriter/activist has watched the last few years unfold with a combination of joy and dread.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Council president Tony Reider, right, and council treasurer Ryan Kills A Hundred. Image: Barry Amundson, Forum News Service

FLANDREAU, S. D. – A recreational and medicinal marijuana resort planned for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation in southeast South Dakota has been put on hold.

Veteran Jose Martinez, who lost three limbs in Afghanistan, found relief to his pain with medical marijuana. Image: Shanna Hogan, Phoenix New Times
 
As part of its work, the group collects donations of cannabis and makes it accessible to veterans who cannot afford it. 

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