A Vet from Indiana writes a letter to the editor:
I’m a Vietnam war vet. I suffer from chronic pain from a condition connected to my military service. Two fellow soldiers with whom I served side by side in Vietnam suffer from the same condition. They live in one of the 33 states where medical marijuana is legal, and they are very safely and successfully treated for the pain with prescription marijuana.
Because I reside in Indiana, my only choice for pain relief is expensive prescription opiates, which are addictive, harm my liver, cause constipation and burn my stomach. I wrote to Governor Holcomb seeking relief for Hoosier war vets on this issue. The Governor responded that his hands are tied, because of federal law, despite the fact that thirty three other states have already legalized medical marijuana.
So then I called Senator Young’s office on the same issue of medical marijuana for war vets, and I was told that medical marijuana is a state issue that is up to each individual state.
This is a great Catch 22 for the politicians to dodge blame for a bad situation, but it is harming those of us who stepped up to the plate and fought America’s wars. I just signed a petition asking the Governor and the state legislature to legalize medical marijuana for war vets. If you want to join me it is here: http://bit.ly/2Goi5UA
– Ron Nesler
Is this the way medical care should be dispensed? Surely we can do better, at least for our vets.