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Arizona NORML to Challenge Congressman on Marijuana Bill for Veterans


Arizona’s chapter of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is calling on all Arizona veterans to rally with them at Congressman Trent Franks upcoming congressional town hall in Surprise on August 22nd. The national organization has joined the Congressional Cannabis Caucus in calling for support for HR 1820, the “Veterans Equal Access Amendment,” a bill which would remove the “VA Gag Rule” and allow Veterans’ Administration doctors to discuss medical marijuana therapy options with veterans.

Currently, veterans who test positive for marijuana use can be denied VA medical services.

Congressman Franks (R-CD8), who has an “F” rating from NORML on marijuana issues, has adamantly condemned marijuana in all forms. Last year, Franks was a vocal opponent of Prop 205, which would have legalized marijuana for recreational use in Arizona. Furthermore, in February, Franks claimed domestic terrorists are acquiring nuclear weapons from marijuana suppliers.

As part of NORML’s national effort to promote pro-marijuana reform legislation, AZ-NORML is inviting Arizona veterans to attend Franks’ townhall to discuss his marijuana positions and promote the “Veterans Equal Access Amendment.” AZ-NORML will provide handouts on the bill.

At NORML’s national convention last summer, the American Legion officially endorsed the measure.

The townhall is open to the public. It will be held on Tuesday, Aug 22, at 7am at The Colonnade, 19116 N Colonnade Way, Surprise, AZ 85374.

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