White House Statement on Medical Marijuana: Another Step Back for Veterans
'Use marijuana and go to prison' - Gil Kerlikowske's message to Veterans on Memorial Day
Serving in the military brings little credibility when waging logical arguments with the federal government.
(WASHINGTON DC) - The group Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access [VMCA] issued the following news release after receiving word that their long hours spent presenting scientific and medical evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana, was simply rejected yet again.
Relying on the wisdom of Gil Kerlikowske, the nation's 'drug czar', veterans are reminded on Memorial Day that their sacrifices only gain them a small amount of credibility, certainly not enough to allow them to use a plant that grows naturally out of the ground that is a miracle treatment for the survivors of war and military violence for their nation, who suffer PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
(White House replies to Veterans petition: wh.gov/4xd)
Thousands of Veterans requested the Obama Administration to look into the reliable science now available showing exactly how cannabis works to alleviate suffering of Veterans pain and save the lives of Veterans with brain injuries such as PTSD and therefore make appropriate changes in policy.
According to Dr. Julie Holland, Editor of The Pot Book and a medical doctor, there have been more suicides than combat fatalities by a ratio of 25:1. This, given how effectively cannabis works to save lives, is an unacceptable loss.
Recent research has revealed two things of great importance - one is that suicide rates drop around the implementation of medical marijuana laws and the other is that new research indicates similar brain changes from athletic head injuries, military head trauma and brain changes from Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. New research available shows how a human body-wide set of control functions called the Endogenous Cannabinoid Receptor System may be activated by the ingestion of cannabis to cause both neural protection and neural regenerative properties to help relieve these difficult to treat medical conditions.
We Veterans petitioned the Obama Administration to: "Allow United States Disabled Military Veterans access to medical marijuana to treat their PTSD."
The White House response to our petition was very disappointing. 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, retired Naval Officer and co-founder of VMCA, was blunt in his assessment of the White House concern for injured Veterans:
"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."
The Department of Veterans Affairs is also now in direct conflict with the White House.
According to the Veterans Affairs, Undersecretary of Health in correspondence with our Executive Director, Michael Krawitz: "The provider (VA) will take the use of medical marijuana into account in all prescribing decisions, just as the provider would for any other medication.Â" [1.]
The president, when asked why he doesn't do something positive about medical marijuana, is quoted in Rolling Stone magazine as saying "I can't nullify congressional law. I can't ask the Justice Department to say, 'Ignore completely a federal law that's on the books." [2.]
If that is truly the president's position it is either based upon ignorance of his power or he is playing politics. The president can do many things - the DEA was created by an executive order! The president could ask NIDA to stop blocking research or he could ask HHS to finally follow the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine [IOM] or he could ask Congress to move forward on the issue or he could even properly reschedule cannabis as a medicine by executive order. The president could do so many things but instead seems to be sacrificing our nations Veterans.[3.]
One irony of the drug czar's response to our petition is that his words seem to be lifted right from the IOM report of 1999 that was actually commissioned by the drug czar of that day, General McCaffrey. The IOM report did indeed say that cannabis holds great promise in the future as a pharmaceutical but it then went on to say that we know enough about the plant material [in 1999] to give the whole plant material to those patients most in need right now [in 1999!]. Don't Veterans suffering and dying classify as patients in extreme need?
Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access thought you should know of this shameful mendacious policy of ignorance.
First President Obama's administration ejected medical marijuana patients from the workplace then he threw them out of public housing then took away their ability to buy a gun then closed down their dispensaries and now he has apparently set his sites on Veterans.
3. MARIJUANA AND MEDICINE -- Assessing the Science Base
Janet E. Joy, Stanley J. Watson, Jr., and John A. Benson, Jr., Editors
Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health
INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS Washington, D.C. www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_idc76
This is so so wrong, sad, disgusting and other words Why can't our vets get the rights that they gave their lives for. I don't understand why our soldiers are coming home, not only sick and tired, and with symptoms and malodies that only another soldier can understand, but they are coming back to the US with no homes to come back to, no jobs to come back to, no meds and consideration to them or their families. It's makes me want to
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While we take our families out to picnics, celebrate the weekend with friends and family, PLEASE let us not forget the reason for the holiday. I personally want to thank all of you who are or were in the armed services and your families for all the pain and hardships in serving our country.
If you know of someone or see someone that you know has suffered because of serving our country, please shake their hand or give them a HUG and say THANK YOU.
This is the reason for the holiday, but, ask a vet or their family and see what they have given up by being in a war. Tell them that you appreciate them.
Also, I would like you to be aware that up to 30% of vets suffer from their services with PTSD and/or depression
Some are asking for our country to allow them to treat themselves with Medical Cannabis for their disorders. Please support their efforts to get Medical Cannabis legalized for maladies, pain, depression, PTSD, insomnia, ulcers, and you know that list goes on and on.
Also, the VA's in this country, the place where they go to get their medical needs met are an embarrassment to this country.
Their promises of education, medical care, hospital stays, insurances, foreclosures etc. are far and even non- existant to this date.They have fought for our freedom and have come home to lose their homes. WHY??? This is a little outdated but, food for thought
The unemployment rate for a veteran coming home, is disgusting. Yes we live in hard times for some right now, but for vets, it's worse. What happened to the employers who were supposed to keep their jobs open for them.
How about we turn the tables and FIGHT for the RIGHTS of Vets and soldiers.
All I can say is THANK YOU!!!
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Hope this finds its way to you who have served our country and it's people to make our rights alive. Thank you.
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