Poll: Relocate Your Veteran for Pot Access?

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While so many of our veterans are relying on medication to manage their PTSD and combat related injuries, some veteran families are turning to a more natural, yet often illegal remedy — marijuana.

I’m on the fence about this one. On the one hand, drug abuse is a bad thing. Drugs should be regulated and prescribed by doctors so that they are used properly. On the other hand, all drugs — even regulated ones — are abused. Why are we supporting veterans and others using some drugs but not others, just because we have a cultural problem with accepting that something often used recreationally could have medical benefits?

Marijuana — medical and otherwise — is still illegal in many places. A few states have legalized it for both recreational and medical use. And still more have legalized it for medical purposes.

But not all. And, according to this story, some veteran families are relocating just to have access.

Currently serving troops, regardless of where they live and whether or not marijuana is legal there, may not use marijuana. If they do they are subject to UCMJ, just as they would be for using any other illegal substance. But those rules don’t apply to military spouses or veterans.

Treating PTSD is a very challenging thing. And if you find a drug that works, you’re probably going to want to keep using it — even if it’s marijuana. But would you turn your life upside down and relocate like the families in this story just so that you had legal access?

Take our poll and let us know.


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Chuck Grimmett via the Creative Commons license. 

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  • Sam

    AS for myself I’ve tried the Cannabis years back and although it worked for a few hours it didn’t seem the appropriate route for me. Since I’m against smoking anyway. That said I’d be open to a therapy of Cannabis oils or other product that doesn’t need to be inhaled, my reason is simple I see it as a way of me starting to smoke all over again and I do not want any part of that. I’m a Viet Nam Veteran that has been told I have PTSD although I’ve turned it down because that label in itself carries a whole lot of other problems like the Fly List, and not owning firearms ect. I did suffer from many health problems for years and still do but I do the best I can and keep pushing forward everyday just like the rest of these fellow brothers that have been through hell and back. One of the main reasons now would be loss of all the meds I get from the VA, Iv’e been told also that if I was to get caught doing Marijuana I’d lose the privilege of these Meds and I’m not ready for that yet. I do wonder at times why when people get back from war that they have so many health problems. I can only pray that each and everyone of you finds the peace within yourselves to tolerate and carry on for your families, such as I have. God Bless

  • gwr

    All I can say about pot why don’t all you pot smokers want all drugs legal , like lsd, opium just to name a few they say that it also makes you feel good too.

    • Kris

      Opium is legal in the form of morphine, and it’s synthetic forms oxycodone and hydrocodone. LSD is legal in similar form by way of MDMA, which is being used for cognitive therapy. LSD was originally created as a therapeutic resource, but was exploited by instructors and doctors. Peyote, Psilocybin mushrooms, and Ayahuasca are also all being used for medicinal and theraputic purposes or religious reasons. The willow tree allowed us to create aspirin. Ginger helps nausea. And even Jesus was blessed with essential oils of frankincense and myrrh.

      THC and CBD properties, which are being extracted from the marijuana plant, have been proven through many tests, in many countries, to improve the health of chronically ill patients. From children with seizures to cancer patients.

      Please do not assume responsible users want all drugs to be legalized. Many people from a vast array of social economic backgrounds, education, and lifestyles, are only trying to improve their homes and the health of their family members, by any means necessary, and if that takes challenging laws, that is how progress is made.

  • Thatperson

    “If it is what works for your vet”. Define: works. Sedated. Lethargic. “Calm”. “Laid back”. I have yet to meet a single productive, adjusted person using marijuana as their psychiatric stabilizer. It is used to manage pain for a reason. It helps to shut your body down and numb you out. I don’t personally consider numb=works. But that’s just me.

    • Heather

      When we talk about using marijuana for medical reasons it, 1. it typically comes in a patch or pill form, not a joint you smoke. and 2. it would take 100 patches to equal the amount of THC in a single joint. This isn’t about sitting around smoking pot and becoming high and sedated. This is a therapy that DOES help many different ailments and conditions. Example, Our 10 year old son is on the Autism Spectrum and from the age of 5 until just before he turned 10 was on a medication to control impulse, and anger. It became a nightmare in our home when we had to take him off of it (side effects warranted us removing him from the medication) with him becoming extremely violent. We wished we had access to this therapy for him. Unfortunately, he has now been put on another chemical medication to help, which it has, but a natural medication would be preferred, which has a lower risk of permanent side effects. We are conditioned in our society to believe all drugs are bad, but if you do your research on the medicinal use of many illegal drugs, to include marijuana, you will find many have a valued medicinal purpose.

  • smittyjl

    I knew alot of pot users growing up in the 70’s. They were some of the nicest people. Marijuana users do not tend to be prone to violence like people who get drunk on alcohol.