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Friday, October 26, 2012

Air Force veteran in latest ad for medical marijuana

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Here's another one of those "anecdotes" the drug warriors want to dismiss as fiction in the push to legalize medical use of marijuana. He's an Air Force veteran suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after a bomb dropped on him and others.

As a news release notes, the drug warrior-controlled government presents a roadblock to the scientific information some are demanding on use of marijuana — testimony of sick people who've experienced relief not being considered reliable.

Daniel expresses his desire to use medical marijuana to alleviate his suffering and allow him to wean off many more harmful pharmaceutical drugs. Under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, veterans with PTSD would qualify to use medical marijuana if they have a doctor's recommendation to do so. In New Mexico, where PTSD was added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana by that state's Department of Health, approximately 3,000 PTSD patients are obtaining relief through the program.

There is strong anecdotal evidence supporting the use of medical marijuana for PTSD. It was even the subject of a feature story in the military publication Stars and Stripes.

The FDA has approved a research protocol to study the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana for PTSD patients. But the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the federal government agency that controls the only legal supply of marijuana for research purposes, has refused to provide researchers with the marijuana needed to conduct the study.

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