Could Medical Marijuana Be the Answer for Combat PTSD? Congress Says No.
On April 30th, 2015, Congress once again rejected a proposal that would allow Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss medical marijuana with their patients. The margin? Three votes.
To compare, the 2014 rejection of the same amendment to the same bill was decided by a twenty-seven vote difference, meaning: half of Congress seems to be warming up to the idea that, one day, medical marijuana could be a treatment option for the combat PTSD 30% of our veterans are currently suffering from.
What’s the half FOR medical marijuana saying? Says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California): “It is criminal that we send our men and women off to war where their minds and bodies are broken and then deny them the ability to obtain a recommendation from a legitimate VA doctor upon their return home.”
Says Rep. John Fleming (R-Lousiana): “Why in the world would we give a drug that is addictive, that is prohibited under Schedule I, that is not accepted for any specific mental disease or disorder and enhances psychosis and schizophrenia, why are we going to give that to our veterans, especially those with PTSD? That is just absolutely insane.”