White House Says No To Veterans To Use Medical Pot For PTSD
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/29/2012 in Medical Marijuana Conditions
While many people have taken this past weekend to honor the fallen soldiers who scarified their lives for the safety of this country, the Drug Czar was busy lecturing surviving veterans about why they are not permitted to allow medical marijuana to treat those who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder amongst other ailments. The veteran’s group had requested the White House specifically allow United States disabled military veterans to be provided access to medical marijuana.
After putting together a petition to ask the Obama administration to allow the use of medical marijuana to ease those sufferers of PTSD, the group put out a press release today detailing their disappointment with the White House’s response to their petition. “The White House response to our petition was very disappointing,,” it said. “We asked for a change in policy. To have our petition answered by the Drug Czar, an ex-policeman, is most inappropriate given the Drug Czar is bound by law to ONLY discuss current law and has no power to discuss policy change with the public. Even the lowest ranking staffer at the White House or anyone from the Veterans Health Authority would have been more appropriate.”
Al Byrne, a retired Naval Officer and co-founder of VMCA, was very blunt with his assessment of the White House’s concern for it’s injured veterans. Byrne said, “Vets have used cannabis for PTS since the Revolutionary War. We know what we need and to be told by our President, the Commander in Chief, that he does not care about those he has sent to war by denying medicine to the wounded is unconscionable.”
VMCA, or better known as Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, is a group committed to protecting the rights of veteran patients and health care professionals by advocating for safe and legal access to cannabis, or marijuana, for all appropriate therapeutic uses and to encourage research on cannabis as a treatment alternative. The goals of the VMCA are to serve veterans as an educational and patient advocacy resource on medical cannabis related veteran’s issues, to work with the Veterans’ Health Administration on crafting medical cannabis policies and ensure that veterans affairs medical staff are well informed of the latest medical cannabis research findings, to encourage the federal government to reschedule cannabis to an appropriate drug control schedule given the scientific facts that are now well known, and to ensure that the state laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana recognize medical conditions common to veterans such as chronic pain and PTSD.
If the federal government can go around and treat as many sick people as they’d like with disregard, it’s no surprise that they would have no compassion for the veterans who have taken their time out of their lives to serve their country as well.
Without a major overhaul in federal policy changes, medical marijuana will never be fully accessible. Only with a long line of political changes within the White House and Congress can the necessary steps be taken and accomplished. For veterans, there is a still a long road to travel, one that shouldn’t need to be traveled considering all that they have done for us.