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Medical Pot and the Iraq Veteran

Can medical marijuana help returning soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan war deal with post-traumatic stress disorder? We think so. Colby Buzzell A veteran soldier (not a phony one) asks the question in this Esquire essay.

This question — that it might, that it might not, or that it might even make it worse — hadn’t even occurred to me until recently, when I was on the phone with the receptionist at a local medical-marijuana clinic trying to line up an appointment with a doctor in high hopes of obtaining a California medical-marijuana ID card so that I could purchase some cannabis as “medication.”ptsd-1070-lg.jpg

I’m what you might call a recreational drug user, as well as an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran and a card-carrying member of the VFW. To be honest, the real reason I was looking to score a coveted medical-marijuana card was because I had plans that night to go and watch Zodiac at the Los Feliz theater here in Los Angeles. I read the book years ago, thoroughly enjoyed it, and wanted to see the movie adaptation while under the influence of a narcotic, which at that moment I didn’t have.”

The idea to obtain a medical-marijuana card came after I clicked on a link that was posted on the Drudge Report that morning, “Calif. high school students ‘openly smoking medical marijuana in class’…”The article essentially said that some high school students down in San Diego armed with medical-marijuana cards were coming to class baked, thinking that these cards might help them get away with it. Hysterically brilliant yet insanely retarded way of thinking. But this got me thinking that if high school kids can easily obtain these cards, then I could, too. Right?

After skimming over the article, I went and did some research online. It seems that thanks to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Prop. 215), I, being a California resident, now had “the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana.

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