Texas Monthly, Rice’s Baker Institute to host panel on Texas veterans’ use of marijuana to manage PTSD


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Texas Monthly, Rice’s Baker Institute to host panel on Texas veterans’ use of marijuana to manage PTSD

HOUSTON – (June 11, 2014) – A panel of leading experts on veterans and drug policy issues will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy June 18 to discuss Texas veterans’ growing use of marijuana to manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Texas Monthly’s “TM Talks” event is free and open to the public and is co-hosted by the Baker Institute.

The event is an extension of a feature article, “War Without End,” in Texas Monthly’s June issue by contributing editor William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy and director of the Drug Policy Program at the Baker Institute.

Who: Panelists William Martin; state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, who served as the vice chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee; Dr. Neeraj Shah, a physician at Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas; and retired Maj. David Bass, veterans liaison for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ Texas chapter.

Texas Monthly Senior Executive Editor Brian Sweany will moderate.

What: “TM Talks: Can Marijuana Help Veterans With PTSD?”

When: Wednesday, June 18, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, 6100 Main Street.

Registration by the public is required by June 13 at www.texasmonthlymarketing.com/rsvp/tmtalksptsd.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.


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Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.