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    New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Arguing that medical marijuana may help wounded warriors with anxiety and stress disorders to “survive and thrive,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would allow Department of Veterans Affairs’ doctors to recommend the drug for some patients.
    The Veterans Equal Access Act and would challenge the Va’s policy that forbids doctors from consulting about medical pot use. Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported about the issue.

    “We should be allowing these wounded warriors access to the medicine that will help them survive and thrive, including medical marijuana, not treating them like criminals and forcing them into the shadows,” said Blumenauer in a statement.

    Over 20 percent of the 2.8 million American veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD and depression, according to the Blumenauer statement. In addition, a recent study found that of the nearly one million veterans who receive opioids to treat painful conditions, more than half continue to consume chronically or beyond 90 days, their statement said.


    Another study found that the death rate from opiate overdoses among VA patients is nearly double the national average.
    “In states where patients can legally access medical marijuana for painful conditions, often as a less-addictive alternative, the hands of VA physicians should not be tied,” the statement said.
    Researchers in the United States and several other countries have found evidence that cannabis can help treat post-traumatic stress disorder and pain, although studies — such as those looking into the best strains and proper dosages — remain in the early stages.


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    Seems like common sense to me of why this bill should be passed. The evidence is there that medical marijuana is helping/has helped treat PTSD.


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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Seems like common sense to me of why this bill should be passed. The evidence is there that medical marijuana is helping/has helped treat PTSD. [/FONT][/COLOR]
    I predict this bill will fail to pass. It is contrary to the wishes of big pharma, after all.
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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    I predict this bill will fail to pass. It is contrary to the wishes of big pharma, after all.
    Unfortunately this is true.


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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Unfortunately this is true.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    I predict this bill will fail to pass. It is contrary to the wishes of big pharma, after all.
    Can Marijuana be addictive? I worry about that especially when dealing with vets with such severe issues.

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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    Can Marijuana be addictive? I worry about that especially when dealing with vets with such severe issues.
    Pot is not generally known to be addictive, but some of the meds that are used to treat depression and anxiety are definitely addictive.
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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Pot is not generally known to be addictive, but some of the meds that are used to treat depression and anxiety are definitely addictive.
    The thing you can sort of get addicted to is the feeling of being high.

    When I was younger, all I wanted to do was to be high, all the time, because the world just wasn't as fun without it.

    Cannabis itself does not have any addictive qualities to it.

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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster Buddha View Post
    Can Marijuana be addictive? I worry about that especially when dealing with vets with such severe issues.
    Anything can be addictive depending on the person.

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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Pot is not generally known to be addictive, but some of the meds that are used to treat depression and anxiety are definitely addictive.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Anything can be addictive depending on the person.
    Let me restate the question; is Medical Marijuana any more addictive than medicines that Veterans would already be taking?

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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Anything can be addictive depending on the person.
    Being dependent on government or special privileges or protections as with a protected group is extremely addictive. It's comparable to heroine and having a monkey on your back.

    God damn the pusher man aka progressive liberals.

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    Re: New bill would allow the VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    Seems like common sense to me of why this bill should be passed. The evidence is there that medical marijuana is helping/has helped treat PTSD. [/FONT][/COLOR]

    Wouldn't passage also require the VA to actually see the vets in order to prescribe the pot? Seems that is a bigger issue than whether pot becomes a prescribed medication available to veterans.

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