Speech to Text for Vigil for victims of cannabis prohibition
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later this month ? activists from across minnesota will be at the capitol for a rally in support of ending cannabis prohibition. however ? a local organization with the same goals is taking a different approach they hope will send a powerful message to lawmakers. the cannabis advocacy organization “sensible minnesota” is planning a silent vigil for victims of cannabis prohibition. kimt news three’s deedee stiepan has more. “to my knowledge this is the first time a project like this has happened in minnesota.” maren shroeder with sensible minnesota has been helping collect stories of minnesotans who have been negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition. from patients who have died or suffered setbacks due to restricted access to medical marijuana ? to people who have been incarcerated for crimes related to cannabis prohibition. “this is a human issue. this isn’t a legal issue, this isn’t a drug issue, this is a human issue and it’s having a direct negative, sometimes significantly negative impacts on minnesotans.” people like stefan. “stefan’s story is really rough, i’ve known him for a few years so this is the first time, to my knowledge, he’s actually gone and told his story and the impact that this has had on his life.” in 2014 stefan ? a u?s army veteran with post traumatic stress disorder ? attempted suicide by overdosing on opioids. a year later ? he began using medical cannabis to treat his symptoms and is now on the road to getting his life together. but not all the stories sensible minnesota has collected have happy endings like stefan’s. 26?year old casey tried