Veterans Still Denied Medical Marijuana, But Law Could Change

A recent study by the Veterans Administration shows that over 200,000 soldiers and personnel suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, yet many of them are not afforded legal access to the one avenue that could perhaps help them most in relieving its symptoms — medicinal marijuana.

That number — 239,174 according to the latest figures available from December 2012 (meaning that number has in all probability increased) — represents approximately 30 percent of all the veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Though distribution of medicinal marijuana is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, federal regulations make possession illegal, so veterans oftentimes are cut off from its availability. VA doctors, for example, are not allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis. As a result, veterans battling PTSD are instead relegated to ingesting any number of anti-depressants, such as Prozac, Zoloft, or Praxil.

Help, while still far on the horizon, appears to

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