There has been a lot in the news lately about military veterans and pot, primarily because the Arizona Department of Health Services is considering adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions. This would allow veterans and non-veterans with PTSD to qualify for a marijuana card in Arizona.
As far as we are concerned it would be great if PTSD was added. Our military vets put their life on the line day after day for us. In addition to our eternal gratitude, the least they deserve is relief from any pain or other symptom caused by injuries they received while fighting for our way of life.
But unfortunately, even if PTSD is added to the list of qualifying conditions, many vets will still choose not to get a marijuana card because they fear they may lose their veteran benefits.
In 2010 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs formally began to allow patients treated at its medical facilities to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal (not only for PTSD.) But because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, VA doctors themselves cannot recommend it, leading many vets to believe their benefits could be cancelled if they use marijuana. And until the federal government clarifies their position on vets using pot, this will continue.
This is ridiculous. When it comes to the health of our vets, ambiguity like this is unacceptable. Our veterans deserve relief from their symptoms, without having to worry that their treatment could jeopardize their livelihood. Let’s not forget, they were injured while risking their lives for us. They shouldn’t have to risk their livelihood too.