Federal War on Marijuana is Hurting Veterans
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Federal War on Marijuana is Hurting Veterans
Posted by CN Staff on September 08, 2016 at 05:58:16 PT
By Christopher Ingraham
Source: Washington Post
USA -- The American Legion, a group representing 2.4 million U.S. military veterans, has called on Congress to remove marijuana from Schedule 1 of the federal Controlled Substances Act and "reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value."In a resolution passed at the Legion's annual convention last week, the organization said it hopes that better research into marijuana and an official acknowledgment of its potential medical benefits will hasten the development of new treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, ailments that have plagued veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Legion's resolution, published online by, noted that the federal Drug Enforcement Administration recently approved the country's first randomized, controlled trial using whole-plant, smoked marijuana to treat PTSD symptoms. That study will be conducted by Sue Sisley, an Arizona researcher who tried for nearly a decade to get a green light for the research but struggled to find an academic institution to sponsor it. The University of Colorado ultimately agreed to fund the research.During an address at the Legion's convention in Cincinnati, Sisley told members that "veterans are exhausted and feel like guinea pigs; they’re getting desperate” and that traditional medications didn't seem to be providing adequate relief to many vets suffering from PTSD.The DEA recently reaffirmed its decades-old policy of classifying marijuana among the most dangerous drugs, citing its "high potential for abuse" and "no currently accepted medical use." That position has faced increasing criticism from federal and state lawmakers, physicians, researchers and even some law enforcement groups.Medical marijuana is extremely popular with voters: A June Quinnipiac University poll found that 89 percent supported the use of marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. A separate survey by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America found that 68 percent of responding members supported legalizing medical marijuana in their state, and 75 percent said that the Department of Veterans Affairs should allow medical marijuana as a treatment option.A DEA position paper from 2013 states that "smoked marijuana has not withstood the rigors of science — it is not medicine, and it is not safe." Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research CenterSource: Washington Post (DC)Author:   Christopher IngrahamPublished: September 8, 2016Copyright: 2016 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by Briteleaf on September 12, 2016 at 09:10:35 PT:
DEA assessment
I'm a disabled vet. I live in a state where medical cannabis is legal and recreational cannabis is legal. My vet doctor can write endless prescriptions for addictive, narcotic opiates but can't write me a prescription for legal, medical cannabis even though it works and is not addictive with all the horrible side effects. Yet, our RepubliKKKlan congress does nothing for vets. They can't even vote to support ANY military action against ISIS. It's time to vote 'em out this November. They all say "We support our vets" but don't do a damn thing. 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on September 09, 2016 at 09:38:12 PT
It so hard for me, still...
to comprehend people wanting to harm others over the use of this plant.
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Comment #4 posted by SoupHerb on September 09, 2016 at 07:50:30 PT:
Federal War is hurting EVERYONE.
As it is the only place for most of the need for medicinal cannabis comes from the black market, under the table, a speak easy!!!! The black market is alive and well and will stay that way until the FEDS start using some sense in making laws and stop corporate wants and desires dictating what people are and are not allowed to it is all about greed and the love of money that gives the power to corporate dictatorship over YOUR government...
Get out and vote out the prohibs and obstructionists to get the Feds out of our lives!!!!
Those idiot republicans are ruining everything and made it worse by having NIXON do the dirty work...that miserable moron Dirty Dick.
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Comment #3 posted by Garry Minor on September 09, 2016 at 05:09:53 PT:
Hope #2: One Word that changes the world
Imagine if a few billion people that claim to be "Christian,"!literally "Anointed One" discovered that they aren't, and that they have been deceived.
Just like the Book says will happen!Imagine if all of these people learned that in order to be called worthy of the title that they absolutely must be Anointed with Holy Oil containing Kaneh Bosm, Cannabis.It's True!Now, imagine all of these people using the Mystical Tree of Life for food, fuel, clothing, shelter, medicine, Spirituality and so much more!A different world. Not a shot fired. No violence required.Here is an essay written by Cyril of Jerusalem some 1700 years ago explaining 1John 2:18-21. Warnings against antichrist.
Read it!5. Having been counted worthy of this Holy Chrism, ye are called Christians, verifying the name also by your new birth. For before you were deemed worthy of this grace, ye had properly no right to this title, but were advancing on your way towards being Christians.6. Moreover, you should know that in the old Scripture there lies the symbol of this Chrism. For what time Moses imparted to his brother the command of God, and made him High-priest, after bathing in water, he anointed him; and Aaron was called Christ or Anointed, evidently from the typical Chrism. So also the High-priest, in advancing Solomon to the kingdom, anointed him after he had bathed in Gihon. To them however these things happened in a figure, but to you not in a figure, but in truth; because ye were truly anointed by the Holy Ghost. Christ is the beginning of your salvation; for He is truly the First-fruit, and ye the mass; but if the First-fruit be holy, it is manifest that Its holiness will pass to the mass also.7. Keep This unspotted: for it shall teach you all things, if it abide in you, as you have just heard declared by the blessed John, discoursing much concerning this Unction. For this holy thing is a spiritual safeguard of the body, and salvation of the soul. Of this the blessed Esaias prophesying of old time said,And on this mountain,—(now he calls the Church a mountain elsewhere also, as when he says, In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be manifest;)—on this mountain shall the Lord make unto all nations a feast; they shall drink wine, they shall drink gladness, they shall anoint themselves with ointment. And that he may make thee sure, hear what he says of this ointment as being mystical; Deliver all these things to the nations, for the counsel of the Lord is unto all nations. Having been anointed, therefore, with this holy ointment, keep it unspotted and unblemished in you, pressing forward by good works, and being made well-pleasing to the Captain of your salvation, Christ Jesus, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. are many, many other examples!1+1=2There is water in water, there is Fire in Chrism.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on September 08, 2016 at 19:16:35 PT
It's weird, I do always suspect a narc
or prohibitionist instigator when some one starts talking like that, Vincent.No. We do not need more violence. You may be frustrated and feel the need to harm someone, but most of us don't want that.We're not making omelettes. We're working to end something bad... not add to it.
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Comment #1 posted by Vincent on September 08, 2016 at 07:17:25 PT:
real change
While the so-called "conservatives" control the Government, especially the DEA, you will never see any change. What is needed is a true Revolution, or a "HOT WAR" against these animals. It would appear that violent action is the only thing that these Neanderthals will respect, so why not give it to them? Let's teach them what being in the majority really means. Remember, "you can't make a good omelette without breaking a few eggs".
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