More than 10,000 people in over 40 states have joined a popular campaign on Change.org launched by a former U.S. Marine calling on multiple government agencies to stop blocking research of medical marijuana’s potential treatment of PTSD for veterans.
Sergeant Ryan Begin, a retired member of the United States Marine Corps, is leading the campaign on Change.org following news that the Department of Health and Human Services denied a study protocol submitted by researchers requesting to purchase marijuana to study the plant’s potential use in treating post-traumatic-stress disorder.
“I served two tours in Iraq and was hit by an improvised explosive device, losing my right elbow and then enduring over 30 surgeries,” said Sergeant Ryan Begin, who launched the campaign on Change.org. “Now that I’m home, I suffer from PTSD, and not only does the federal government consider me a criminal for using medical marijuana to treat my symptoms, they even refuse to allow researchers to see how marijuana might help our troops. It’s shameful.”
“I know there are many other veterans like me who would rather use marijuana than the plethora of dangerous and addictive pharmaceutical drugs that are being pushed on us,” continued Begin. “Really, I just think it’s foolish and cruel that our government is blocking research. It’s clearly a political game, but it’s our lives they’re playing with.”
News of the online campaign’s success is likely to increase pressure on Health and Human Services’ Kathleen Sebelius, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Michele Leonhart, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Nora Volkow who have denied researchers at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) the marijuana to use in MAPS’s FDA approved study. Within hours of the campaign’s launch, Sergeant Begin had recruited hundreds of supporters on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing platform for social change.
“What Ryan Begin has accomplished in just a few days is remarkable,” said Change.org Senior Organizer for Criminal Justice Jon Perri. “With literally no budget and armed only with a passionate plea for support, Ryan has managed to recruit more than 10,000 supporters from over 40 states and has inspired other soldiers to join his campaign.
Live signature totals from Sargant Ryan Begin’s campaign:
Jon Perri, Senior Organizer, Change.org , (202) 684-2CONTACTS
Sergeant Ryan Begin, United States Marine Corps (Ret), (207)-431-2782, [email protected]
– Article originally from Behavioral Healthcare.