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
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
counterproductive and harmful. The ban
means that--despite their service to our country--veterans who reside in
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.
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
"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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