Join the Don’t Take Away Our Medicine campaign in support of these seriously ill patients.
Published by The Drug Policy Alliance
“We really believe science should supersede politics,” PTSD Specialist Dr. Sue Sisley said. “This illness needs to be treated in a multidisciplinary way. Drugs like Zoloft and Paxil have proven entirely inadequate. And there’s anecdotal evidence from vets that cannabis can provide systematic relief.”
Today, more than 3,000 New Mexican residents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are actively enrolled in our state’s Medical Cannabis Program.
Many of them are military veterans, patients living with disabilities, and victims of serious trauma and violent crime.
Unfortunately, their continued access medicine is being threatened by a formal petition to withdraw PTSD as a qualifying condition for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
These patients deserve access to effective medical treatments whether they have just come home from combat or are suffering debilitating symptoms from other trauma.
The right to use medical cannabis was approved in 2009, when PTSD was added to the list of conditions eligible under the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act.
Since then PTSD has become the disabling condition most frequently indicated by patients in the program, and today accounts for 40% of the diagnoses of the citizens in our state’s medical cannabis program.
Don’t Take Away Our Medicine is standing up to protect the legal rights of patients to access safe medicine.
Join the campaign and tell the New Mexico Secretary of Health and the Governor to protect the rights of seriously ill New Mexicans and to reject the request to rescind PTSD as a qualifying condition by signing on to the Campaign.
Access to safe medicine is being threatened by a petition to withdraw PTSD as a qualifying condition for the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program.
Ask New Mexico Governor Martinez and the Secretary of Health not to turn their backs on veterans, patients with disabilities, and victims of trauma and violent crime.
These patients deserve access to the medicine that works for them.
Click on the link to add your name to our petition and we’ll hand-deliver your signatures to Governor Martinez and the Secretary of Health.
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