Arizona veterans are pushing back against a university prohibition on medical marijuana.

A petition on change.org backed by a veterans group warns that the University of Arizona Police Department will “lock up” medical marijuana users.

“People really don’t understand us. They don’t understand why we don’t want pills,” said Dan Schmink, an Army veteran of Iraq.

His business, Southwest Healing Group, helps other veterans adjust to life outside the military. He said, for a lot of people medical marijuana is a lifeline.

“Why should a university, which is supposed to be the progressive center of tomorrow, say ‘No’? It doesn’t make sense to me,” Schmink said.

Arizona voters legalized medical marijuana in 2010. But two years after, medical marijuana was banned by the State Legislature on university campuses. Possession of weed is a felony.

 

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