Donna Campbell is a licensed and training doctor who represents a suburb of San Antonio within the Texas Senate. A Republican, Campbell has additionally been concerned in Texas’s lengthy, sluggish, and infrequently onerous and arduous journey in the direction of legalizing cannabis for medical functions.
Campbell’s resume on the cannabis query is, in a phrase, various. It contains turns as each a reluctant and unreliable advocate — and now, based on latest experiences, as a disingenuous adversary who noticed match to lie about veteran suicides in an effort to block expanded entry for victims of post-traumatic stress dysfunction.
Earlier this spring, Texas lawmakers voted to broaden entry to the state’s extraordinarily restricted medical cannabis oil program. Beforehand obtainable solely to victims of intractable epilepsy — for whom entry was no small feat even then — medical cannabis with little to no THC is now additionally obtainable for victims of terminal most cancers, autism and a number of sclerosis.
PTSD, a illness widespread among the many hundreds of thousands of people that have develop into army veterans over the previous 20 years of combating terrorism, might need been included within the invoice.
At the very least that was the plan, earlier than Campbell made a really daring declare throughout a debate on the matter — that 70% of the army veterans who’ve taken their very own lives had THC of their methods.
Suicide by present and former members of the army is a really large deal. In response to one frequently cited statistic, one pulled from Veterans Administration knowledge, as many as 20 army veterans commit suicide every single day. In regular nations, this is able to an epidemic, a public well being disaster. In ours, it’s an excuse to not legalize medical cannabis.
“A examine was accomplished, a autopsy, so a retrospective examine accomplished, autopsies and drug ranges, what medication had been within the blood of veterans that dedicated suicide, and 70% had THC,” the senator and physician mentioned, based on PolitFact.com.
A daring declare — and totally baseless, as retailers together with the Austin American Statesman identified. Campbell didn’t point out the supply for her declare as a result of there’s none. She made it up, out of entire material. Sen. Donna Campbell, M.D., lied outright within the Texas Senate, on document, in an effort to restrict entry to medical cannabis in Texas.
Why did she do that? Politifact tried to contact the senator a number of instances earlier than publishing an merchandise ranking her testimony as “not correct” and making “a ridiculous declare,” its still-euphemistic terminology for an outright lie, a Texas-sized whopper, a dump-truck filled with bullsh*t. So we will’t know, however we do know that Campbell seems to have it out for army veterans.
Throughout a 2016 committee listening to on this very same matter — permitting veterans with PTSD to entry cannabis, a drug that many army veterans say is what brings them reduction — Campbell stopped a army veteran mid-sentence.
“We already legalized medical cannabis,” mentioned the senator, providing the beatific, “you’re an fool, sir” smile reserved for somebody asking instructions in a Walmart.
“Yeah… nevertheless it doesn’t assist veterans,” the veteran responded, based on the Houston Press. “It helps intractable epileptic sufferers solely. So…“
“Effectively,” Campbell interrupted once more, “that may be a topic for one more day.”
Certainly, and a topic that Campbell, a fabulist, has no compunction about compromising her popularity in an effort to thwart.
Army veterans in addition to secular humanists have descended on Campbell’s Fb web page to name her out as a result of along with being a dishonest physician, Campbell can also be apparently a very proud Christian, who ceaselessly posts this or that biblical reference. We appear to recall one thing within the Ten Commandments about this type of factor. Then once more, possibly Campbell has her personal model of the Bible, too.
TELL US, the place do you suppose the senator obtained her info?