For Wounded Veteran, MMJ’s been a Godsend

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Veterans returning from war zones are finding MMJ helps them deal with PTSD. However, what works for veterans, and what is accepted by the VA are at odds.
“VHA policy does not administratively prohibit Veterans who participate in State marijuana programs from also participating in VHA substance abuse programs, pain control programs, or other clinical programs where the use of marijuana may be considered inconsistent with treatment goals. While patients participating in State marijuana programs must not be denied VHA services, the decisions to modify treatment plans in those situations need to be made by individual providers in partnership with their patients. VHA endorses a step-care model for the treatment of patients with chronic pain: any prescription(s) for chronic pain needs be managed under the auspices of such programs described in current VHA policy regarding Pain Management.
It is VHA policy to prohibit VA providers from completing forms seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a Veteran’s participation in a State marijuana program.” Link to VA Policy.

[message type=”custom” width=”100%” color=”#CCCCCC” border=”#C9C9C9″ color=”#333333″] Ryan Begin was checking a report of an improvised explosive device in Iskandariya, Iraq, on Aug. 1, 2004. Then the U.S. Marine Corps corporal saw one. It detonated, blowing apart his right arm. More than 30 surgeries later, Begin said he has regained some use of his arm. But the psychological damage has taken a harsher toll, including drug addiction and violence.

Begin in March got a state license to use medical marijuana… for chronic pain in his right arm, not for PTSD. That’s because PTSD isn’t on Maine’s list of qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program. “I knew (marijuana) would work for PTSD because it worked for me in the past,” Begin said. When he finally told VA doctors he had registered as a medical marijuana user, Begin said they gave him a choice.”‘If you’re pot-positive, we’re not writing you any prescriptions for anything,'” he said they told him.
“They told me, ‘Prescription pills or medical marijuana.'” Read this entire Morning Sentinel article. [/message]

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