“We strongly urge the Department of Veteran Affairs and Kentucky Assembly to actively support passage of a strong comprehensive medical cannabis bill as soon as possible…”

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On this Veterans Day

I would like to strongly urge the both the Veterans Administration and the Kentucky State Assembly, that with an estimated 750,000 cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, among the Veteran population, they should seriously consider Veteran access to cannabis.

Veteran’s organizations are recognizing the effectiveness of cannabis in treating this condition. The American Legion has two resolutions favoring Veteran access to medical cannabis.

A worrisome component of Veteran Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with chronic pain is the constant, ever hovering specter of addiction and suicide among the Veteran population. The suicide rate sometimes reported to be as much as 22 a day, may seem a high estimate but a suicide day is 30 a month and one a day too much.

When considering the high rates of drug addiction and suicide among the Veteran population one must also consider the following reports. A recent Journal of the American Medical Association report of a 25% drop in opioid overdose deaths in states with medical marijuana laws and a Cato Institute report from January of 2015 citing a 5% drop in suicides in states having medical marijuana laws. We would expect to see a similar drop in Veteran addiction overdose deaths and suicides should Congress or the Kentucky Assembly pass a Medical cannabis law. Veterans have long recognized the beneficial effects of medical cannabis and Veterans in medical cannabis states report great success when using medical cannabis for PTSD, chronic pain and a number of other conditions for which cannabis is effective.

We strongly urge the Department of Veteran Affairs and Kentucky Assembly to actively support passage of a strong comprehensive medical cannabis bill as soon as possible. The welfare of our Veterans, indeed, their lives are depending on it!

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