Veterans John Tescione, Bruce Frampton and Shamus O’ Reilly, say that medical marijuana has saved their lives.
“A Life without cannabis,” says John, an 18-year Canadian veteran, “I would be an alcoholic and I would be dead eventually.” It’s a fate that finds many returning vets with nearly half of service members in the US reporting binge drinking according to National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The official treatment they get from the Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics seems to be no better with rate of opioid addiction among vets over two times that of the civilian population according to statistics from the US Department of Defense.
The cocktail of opioids that are currently prescribed by doctors have come to be known among veterans as, “zombie drugs” for their dizzying effects. But most veterans who return from deployment just want a chance to live a normal life, not a sedated one.
Unfortunately, as these vets point out, the generational stigma around cannabis has misinformed their friends and family and resulted in some broken relationships – all over their choice of medicine.
“How people think about the high that you get from cannabis has really been distorted.” Shamus insists, and the rest agree that it’s helped them live a normal and fully functional life.
“Those decisions are being made by someone in Washington,” He says, “who has never served in the military, never seen battle, never had PTSD, has never smoked weed in their life and are only against it out of some misguided policy their party has established – maybe we shouldn’t be letting them decide what kind of medicine we need.”
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