According to Donna Campbell, 70% of military veterans dead by suicide had THC in their systems, who appears to have made this fact up.
A Republican, Donna Campbell is a licensed and practicing physician who represents a suburb of San Antonio in the Texas Senate. She has also been involved in Texas’s long and hard journey towards legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.
PTSD, a malady common among the millions of people who have become military veterans over the past 20 years of combating terrorism, might have been included in the bill.
During a 2016 committee hearing on this exact same matter — allowing veterans with PTSD to access cannabis, a drug that many military veterans say is what brings them relief — Campbell stopped a military veteran mid-sentence.
There are no signs of aleged study
Campbell’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment. We searched far and wide but could not find a study with results matching those described by Campbell.
Several experts and advocates contacted for this piece said they were unaware of a study that reflected the findings Campbell described.
Several studies examine the relationship between cannabis use and suicidal thoughts. Others have cross-referenced registry data on deaths attributed to suicide with the timing of the legalization of medical marijuana in the states where the suicides took place.
Here is a list of few studies that clearly show cannabis helps PTSD:
- PTSD, insomnia and cannabis
- Australin medical cannabis trials for PTSD
- First PTSD clinical trials for veterans complited
- CBD mighter be the most affective way for treating PTSD
Campbell 2016 Hearing statement
“We already legalized medical cannabis,” said the senator, offering the beatific, “you are an idiot, sir” smile reserved for someone asking directions in a Walmart.
“Yeah… but it doesn’t help veterans,” the veteran responded, according to the Houston Press. “It helps intractable epileptic patients only. So…“
“Well,” Campbell interrupted again, “that is a subject for another day.”