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Obama to Bush's right on Pot? 
VA Docs suddenly can't mentioning medical marijuana


The U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) recently adopted a policy prohibiting VA physicians from 
recommending medical marijuana to their patients, even if marijuana is the safest and most effective medicine 
to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other service-related conditions.

In other words, "Fuck those vets."

No doubt the policy stems, in part, from the VA's efforts to address the serious problem of drug abuse among returning 
veterans. Veterans' advocates and organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) certainly share this concern; last fall, 
DPA issued a report calling for immediate policy changes to improve veterans' substance abuse and mental health treatment.

The only problem you could have with pot is psychological.
You can't get addicted to pot and you can't be harmed by its effects - unless you don't care for the high..

Yet seen from the larger perspective of helping veterans adjust to civilian life, the VA's stance on medical marijuana is 
counterproductive and harmful. The ban means that--despite their service to our country--veterans who reside in the 
14 states that have legalized medical marijuana are denied the same rights as every other resident of these states.

At minimum, the VA should be actively studying whether cannabis and its unique chemical ingredients 
can be used to reduce post-combat trauma without contributing to drug dependency. 


You can't become addicted to pot unless you count, say, being addicted to playing pool or watching "Lost."
Why are we lying to ourselves when it comes to treating wounded soldiers?

Ample research and anecdote strongly suggest this is the case..

Yes, medical science agrees with me and disagrees with Obama.
Why is Obama going anti-science on this?

When Obama says he wants to do everything he can to help the wounded soldier - is he lying?

It seems Obama would rather placate the fucking Republicans (again) than help our soldiers.
What other reason would Obama have to deny soldiers the medicine their doctors prescribe?

Why can't Obama act more like a Democrat?
Why couldn't he leave the Bush policy intact?
Why does he have to go out of his way to turn off a spigot of help for wounded vets?

If I was giving Obama advice, I'd tell him to let the soldiers have their pot.
And I pity the fool who'd try to use that against him in 2012.

"I followed the advice of the doctors and the soldiers gained from their doctor's wisdom.
  My opponent would deny the soldiers the medicine their doctors say is helping them."

It's so easy to win at politics - you just have to want to win.

"I find it egregiously offensive that we can send our children off to die for our freedom, and then 
  so callously turn our backs on their freedom when they return home. Research has proven the 
  efficacy of medicinal marijuana in the treatment of PTSD. How dare we turn our backs on those 
  who did not hesitate to put themselves in harms way to support and defend our Constitution?"
   -- Montel Williams, veteran whose awards include the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
       two Navy Expeditionary Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, 
       two Navy Commendation Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals

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