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Two Veterans Seek Medical Marijuana Assistance from the Dept of Veterans Affairs

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Body and Mind February 17, 2016

Veteran Soldier Salutes U.S. Flag Even in states where medical marijuana is legal (which includes 23 states), veterans are given no medical marijuana support from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is because at the federal level, medical marijuana is still illegal. Two veterans — among many others — are working to change this VA policy. Below in italics is the start of this WBUR Boston article. We also suggest clicking the link below for the full, compelling story, which includes their detailed interview.

U.S. Combat Veterans Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
U.S. Combat Veterans Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“Scott Murphy is from Maynard. He was in the Army for four years and served 15 months in Iraq in 2007. Kenneth MacIntosh is from Melrose. He was a combat medic in the Navy who served in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. His unit’s mission was to find improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Murphy and MacIntosh both left military service with serious medical conditions. And to help ease the symptoms, they both now use medical marijuana.

Murphy uses it for chronic pain that started with a serious motorcycle accident when he was 18. It broke his femur in half and shattered his hip.

“Because of the injuries, when I got older I would’ve gotten arthritis. But because of the strenuous work I did in the military in rock marches and heavy lifting and stuff, it just progressed the disease,” Murphy said.

MacIntosh uses it for post traumatic stress disorder.

“I was diagnosed with it when I came home from Afghanistan,” he said. “Symptoms include trouble sleeping, anxiety.”

Neither man can get treatment that involves medical marijuana from the Department of Veterans Affairs, even though they get all their other medical services there for free.”

Read More on the WBUR Boston Story on Two Veterans and Medical Marijuana

Please use medical marijuana responsibly, and follow directives from your primary doctor. Bam quality medical marijuana also highly recommends following the medical marijuana laws in your individual state. It is fortunate that the State of Nevada recognizes medical marijuana cards from any U.S. state. Several dispensaries can be found around Las Vegas, located precisely by Weedmaps. If visiting a dispensary, be sure to bring your valid ID and medical marijuana card. BaM quality medical marijuana will soon be available at several dispensaries in Las Vegas.

Body and Mind
Body and Mind February 17, 2016

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