In November, the United States Senate passed laws that allow the Veterans
Administration to recommend medicinal marijuana to veterans if they are
in need and reside in states where it is legal.
These new provisions do not alter current laws that prevent individuals
from possessing or dispensing marijuana while on the property of the Veterans
Administration. Instead, veterans can only discuss the available options
with VA doctors.
For years, veteran groups have tried to persuade Congress to allow post-traumatic
stress disorder victims to use marijuana for treatment. According to the
Veterans Equal Access Amendment, veterans
should be permitted to do so. However, those living in states where marijuana
is still prohibited must rely on other forms of treatment.
Some Veterans and Their Families Are Making Their Own Pathways to Change
Many veterans and their family members are fed up with these policies that
seem to leave those who served constantly searching for new sources of
treatment. One wife of a retired army member spoke out on behalf of her husband.
After 26 years of service in the Army, the woman’s husband was medically
retired due to physical and mental injuries he sustained during his military career.
When she and her husband visited doctors, the former Army service member
was prescribed with the following forms of medications and treatments.
- For the former service member’s tremors, he was prescribed Propranolol
- For his inability to sleep properly, he was prescribed Ambien
- To treat his migraines, he was administered Botox injections, Treximet,
- To treat his damaged endocrine system, he was treated with testosterone
The two worried the combination of so many drugs and treatments would lead
the former Army member to bigger and more severe problems. Sadly, this
is what happened.
Her husband suffered serious kidney problems, gastrointestinal tract erosion,
and a fatty liver. Of course, following his medical complications, doctors
ordered him to stop taking any medications immediately. From there, they
suggested the two move to a state that would allow him to receive marijuana
for medicinal use.
After moving to North Carolina, the couple was still denied access to marijuana.
The two decided to create their own access to the drug, and the results
were positive. Since witnessing her husband recover using marijuana for
medicinal purposes, the man’s wife devoted her life to fighting
for the legality of medical marijuana use for veterans in need.
Has One of Your Loved Ones Suffered Pains or Injuries? We May Be Able to Help
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receive disability benefits, our team Las Vegas Veterans Disability lawyers
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