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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by shagg View Post

    The article is critical of the VA for being so timid on the issue, for shifting blame to national laws and claiming they can't legally prescribe or research medical cannabis due to the Controlled Substance Act. The article claims this is not actually true , but rather an excuse. Personally, I don't blame the VA so much. They have to consider where they get their funding from and how many are relying on them. It really shouldn't be up to them to push the issue, especially with Jeff Sessions still being a factor. This is probably as good as they can do, and the fact they released the memo in the first place tells me they're trying to make as much of a statement on the issue as they safely can. While it doesn't change anything, I believe its another sign that the times are a changing and a meaningful change on the national level is possible, and possibly not too far in the future.
    ---My wife, a 100% service connected disabled veteran, was discussing the problem she had using prescription muscle relaxers with her VA doctor many years ago.
    She wound up sleeping twenty hours a day or even straight through on the latest prescription, and she wasn't developing much of a tolerance to it either. So her muscles were nice and relaxed alright, because she was completely out of it most of the day.
    She'd reached the end of her rope.

    Her VA doctor said, "Of course there ARE OTHER medications that you can try, but the VA does not have them and I cannot actually tell you what they are, do you understand?"
    And the whole time he was saying this, he was winking at her really hard.

    Of course, my wife, the little goody two shoes, was clueless.
    So I finally leaned over and told her, "He says you should try smoking POT."

    "Like I just said, (wink wink) I can't TELL YOU what they are, but those medications are out there."

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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by Skeptic Bob View Post
    Yes, I enjoy using weed recreationally. But more importantly I am convinced it saved my life. I have some serious PTSD related to an incident from my military career. While I was in the service I tried all manner of prescription drugs to help me cope with it. But every month I felt closer and closer to suicide. If not for having a family I would have done it. But it was getting to the point that wasn’t enough to stay my hand. People who haven’t experienced it don’t realize how it ****s up your rationality.

    The weekend after I retired from the Army, and was no longer subject to drug tests, I got my hands on some weed for the first time in my life. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, helps me cope with PTSD the way vaping weed does. It doesn’t eliminate the symptoms, but it levels them out and prevents it from becoming so severe that suicide feels like a reasonable option.

    I am not saying everyone with PTSD would benefit from marijuana use, but a lot of them would. And **** the government from trying to prevent people from doing what they need to do to be healthy. Especially when it was government service that got them the condition in the first place.
    You should try the drinks. I cannot handle the smokable buds, certainly not anymore and I never really was much of a consumer in the first place; even in my youth I was a lightweight.

    But the G-farma Half-and-Half Ice Tea+Lemonade is wonderful, especially before bedtime.
    You will sleep like a baby, something that has eluded me for a long time.
    For me, all it took was one gulp and twenty minutes later I was in dreamland, and my wife said I looked more relaxed and happy than she'd seen in years.
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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by yankintx View Post
    I work for the VA in out patient mental health. Many PTSD sufferers are dumping the VA bag of pills for cannabis. The horse left the stable a few years ago on that front. I also live in Mass were its legal for all over 21. Our dispensarys
    open in July, Mass is preparing for the green rush. Boston may out sell Denver on Cannabis here very soon. To you out of Staters who come to enjoy our legal weed, thanks for the tax $.
    Wait a minute, you're "Yankintx" so do you actually live IN Texas or Massachusetts...or both?
    BTW, thanks for being a valuable VA employee.
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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Here's a few articles from the American Legion:

    https://www.marijuanamoment.net/amer...juana-hearing/
    Shulkin is an absolute ASS. Not only that, he's also the first NON-vet to ever head up the agency, so what does he recommend?
    PRIVATIZATION, of course!!
    I can just see it now, if Trump and the GOP are allowed to stay in power, in the near future every disabled vet, no matter how bad off they are, will just get a voucher for two thousand bucks, a kick in the teeth and a great big "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!".
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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkerboard Strangler View Post
    You should try the drinks. I cannot handle the smokable buds, certainly not anymore and I never really was much of a consumer in the first place; even in my youth I was a lightweight.

    But the G-farma Half-and-Half Ice Tea+Lemonade is wonderful, especially before bedtime.
    You will sleep like a baby, something that has eluded me for a long time.
    For me, all it took was one gulp and twenty minutes later I was in dreamland, and my wife said I looked more relaxed and happy than she'd seen in years.
    I've been told the 'cubes' of rock candy laced with whatever strain has many advantages.
    If folks are going to any sort of event, a party with friends, smoking is not an option.
    Folks say that the feeling is less intense, smoother, longer-lasting, without the peak and valley;
    The lessening stigma of those who medically need THC, the children that take laced-food for seizures; we're heading in the right direction;

    I'm happy the American Legion is with us, and I'll be reporting on these matters to our Sons of the AL next month.
    What feds and states haven't come to grips with yet is an acceptable THC level in the blood for driving.
    Nor whether ANY THC level in the blood should be a disqualifier for any sort of job.

    Since THC has a known half-life of 30 minutes, it takes about an hour at least to come down for safe driving, imho.
    Even then, momentary spacing out could lead to a car accident.
    People have to learn their limits, and always drive safely ...
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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkerboard Strangler View Post
    Shulkin is an absolute ASS. Not only that, he's also the first NON-vet to ever head up the agency, so what does he recommend? PRIVATIZATION, of course!!
    Makes you wonder what Obama saw in Shulkin, but I'll cut him slack for another year.
    Commander Rohan has little patience with the VA stonewalling THC for PTSD.
    The American Legion first pushed the trump admin for Legalizing Medical Marijuana last August. (Legalize Freedom)
    She did appear recently with Paul Ryan in Wisconsin at a legit event, though the implied politicization was obvious.

    I can just see it now, if Trump and the GOP are allowed to stay in power, in the near future every disabled vet, no matter how bad off they are, will just get a voucher for two thousand bucks, a kick in the teeth and a great big "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!".
    At least you live in a state with access.
    We've already seen GOP corporates like Gary Johnson, yes he's a GOP, take over the THC business.
    GOPs must benefit personally or they will not move ...
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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    I've been told the 'cubes' of rock candy laced with whatever strain has many advantages.
    If folks are going to any sort of event, a party with friends, smoking is not an option.
    Folks say that the feeling is less intense, smoother, longer-lasting, without the peak and valley;
    The lessening stigma of those who medically need THC, the children that take laced-food for seizures; we're heading in the right direction;

    I'm happy the American Legion is with us, and I'll be reporting on these matters to our Sons of the AL next month.
    What feds and states haven't come to grips with yet is an acceptable THC level in the blood for driving.
    Nor whether ANY THC level in the blood should be a disqualifier for any sort of job.

    Since THC has a known half-life of 30 minutes, it takes about an hour at least to come down for safe driving, imho.
    Even then, momentary spacing out could lead to a car accident.
    People have to learn their limits, and always drive safely ...
    NO THC is acceptable for driving, in my way of thinking.
    The problem is, it doesn't disappear the way alcohol does, so levels must be measured as "active", not trace remnants from past use.
    I've always made it a policy to NEVER drive impaired at any level whatsoever, and I don't drink anyway.
    Believe me, pot keeps ME impaired MUCH longer than 30 minutes, much longer than an hour!
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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkerboard Strangler View Post
    NO THC is acceptable for driving, in my way of thinking.
    The problem is, it doesn't disappear the way alcohol does, so levels must be measured as "active", not trace remnants from past use.
    I've always made it a policy to NEVER drive impaired at any level whatsoever, and I don't drink anyway.
    Believe me, pot keeps ME impaired MUCH longer than 30 minutes, much longer than an hour!
    THC level for driving was a big discussion under the radar in Colorado before they legalized.
    That's where my info is coming from, as they did extensive testing for a couple of decades.
    GOPs wanted 5 nanograms per deciliter of blood, DEMs wanted ten; what a surprise.

    Problem is, as you alluded to, folks wake up with a certain level in their blood, up to 10 ng/dL for heavier users.
    Even that can be a medical concern while people are 'straight' the next day and in public, a different type of hangover for sure.
    And yes, I agree with you on driving. The paranoia alone ought to be enough to make folks stop and think ...
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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkerboard Strangler View Post
    Wait a minute, you're "Yankintx" so do you actually live IN Texas or Massachusetts...or both?
    BTW, thanks for being a valuable VA employee.
    The wife and I think the world of you guys. Everyone at the Long Beach VA treats Karen like a rock star.
    I lived in TX several years. I moved to Mass shortly before election day 2016. I sure wish TX would get there act together for a decent medical cannabis program. What's in place now does not allow our Vets to use cannabis for PTSD. Why does Austin want our Vets to suffer?
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    Re: VA Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mircea View Post
    I'm a combat veteran with PTSD, and cannabis does nothing for me.



    The cost of not having prohibition would be double or triple that.

    Dr Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King's College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain's 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, delusions and hallucinations.

    'The increase of high-potency cannabis on the streets poses a significant hazard to users' mental health, and reduces their ability to choose more benign types,' she said.


    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog...#ixzz58vigERyq
    How do you figure the cost of "not having" prohibition would double or triple that?

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