“To educate veterans, legislators, the media and the public about how cannabis is effective medicine for PTSD, chronic pain and other injuries that veterans suffer in service to our
In 2017 TXVMMJ created #OperationTrapped; a demonstration where over 400 Texas veterans sent in their prescription medicine bottles, along with service-related information in those bottles, to demonstrate that veterans are demanding natural medications instead of opioids and psychotropic pills. Those bottles and that information were displayed at the Texas State Capitol. The group also had over 1,400 veterans in the state sign a letter from TXVMMJ’s veteran outreach director, which was delivered to the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
#OperationTrapped has continued into the most recent legislative session in Austin. Organization officials say they now have enough pill bottles to fill a coffin. And in 2019 that bottle-filled coffin was displayed at the state capitol as part of their ongoing demonstration.
“We are not criminals,” TXVMMJ Founder David Bass tells DOPE. “We are veterans who served our country faithfully. We deserve medical freedom. We have the right to choose a natural medicine that helps our injuries instead of opioids and psychotropic medications with terrible side effects. We engage in civil disobedience in Texas because we believe that choosing cannabis instead of pills is a logical choice.”