Immigrant War Veterans Deported For Smoking Pot: 5 Reasons Why Despicable Practice Might End Soon

Latino USA recently aired a story on Yvona Rodriguez, Marine combat veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan (see full story, below). Like many combat vets, Rodriguez struggles with PTSD, psychological trauma that resulted from his service. Like some of his peers, Rodriguez turned towards marijuana to help with PTSD. Unlike other veterans, though, Rodriguez is an immigrant. Born and raised in Ecuador, he has had to defend himself from deportation. The already dysfunctional VA bars prescriptions for marijuana.

"I would hear so many statistics of marines and infantry men killing themselves -- it would be like 22 a day -- I don’t want to be part of the statistics. I would never want to ... escape that way,” Rodriguez told Latino USA.

Cannabis was one thing that actually helped. Specifically, it Rodriquez told Latino USA that unlike prescribed pharmaceuticals, smoking pot...

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