veterans

  1. Ron Strider

    HI: Free Medical Cannabis Card Certifications For Veterans With Qualifying Conditions

    Veterans with qualifying conditions can get a free 329 Hawaii Medical Cannabis Card certification at an event in Chinatown on Sunday, Jan. 14. The "329 Veteran Stand Down" event will be held from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the Honolulu Office Center at 1110 Nuuanu Avenue. This is the first...
  2. Ron Strider

    VA In Arkansas Won't Prescribe, Pay For Medical Marijuana

    Although Arkansas voters have approved the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will not be allowed to recommend or prescribe the drug to veterans, and the V.A. will not pay for it. As state officials work on plans to provide marijuana...
  3. Ron Strider

    NY: Veterans Are Pivotal As States OK Medical Pot For PTSD

    It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in November he would sign legislation making New York the latest in...
  4. Ron Strider

    AR: Medicinal Marijuana Advice OK At VA But No Prescriptions

    Once Arkansas allows medical marijuana sales, veterans in the care of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs physicians can discuss the drug with their doctors, but that's it. In the federal government's eyes, marijuana is an illegal, Schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning the VA won't...
  5. Ron Strider

    VA Doctors Are Now Cleared To Talk About Medical Marijuana With Patients

    There's some good news for veterans in states with legal medical marijuana programs who rely on the sticky green herb and its various distillations for treatment: the Department of Veterans Affairs has officially cleared its physicians and care teams to speak openly with veteran patients about...
  6. Ron Strider

    New Policy Lets V.A. Docs Talk To Veterans About Medical Marijuana Use

    Under new Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines, doctors still cannot prescribe medical marijuana, but it looks as though they can stop pretending that it doesn't actually help patients. Veterans have been turning to marijuana as a treatment for pain and for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder...
  7. Ron Strider

    Veterans Affairs Issues New Medical Marijuana Policy For Military Veterans

    Doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs still can't recommend medical marijuana, but they are being encouraged to talk more about it with military veterans. That's what a new V.A. policy being rolled out this month says. The directive urges government doctors to "discuss with...
  8. Ron Strider

    NV: Dispensaries Trading Free Weed For Holiday Donations

    Rob Ruckus, a worker at Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary in Las Vegas, grabbed a tub of more than 50 canned food items Thursday morning to load into his pickup truck. Over the last couple weeks, donated food – items such as cereal, canned goods, macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper and Ramen...
  9. Ron Strider

    AZ: Marijuana May Hold Promise In Treating Veterans With PTSD

    His nightmares had gotten so bad, Marine Corps veteran Roberto Pickering was drinking himself to death. "When I got back from Iraq, I felt like an eggshell, and a basket case," he said. "And I was just doing all this self-destructive behavior that I could think of to not feel anything at...
  10. Ron Strider

    Veterans Are Key As Surge Of States, Including NY, OK Medical Marijuana For PTSD

    It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he'd sign legislation making New York the latest in a...
  11. Ron Strider

    New York, VA At Odds Over Medical Marijuana For Veterans With PTSD

    Even though New York has legalized medical marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs won't help them get the drug. That's because the department, which operates the nation's VA hospitals, follows federal law which still...
  12. Ron Strider

    Veterans In New York Can Now Get Medical Marijuana To Treat PTSD

    Veterans and other people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder can now obtain medical marijuana as treatment. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday signed a bill allowing people with PTSD to obtain medical marijuana with a doctor's authorization. The bill, which goes into effect...
  13. Ron Strider

    NY: On Veterans Day, Cuomo OKs Medical Marijuana For PTSD

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that he will sign legislation adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of eligible conditions in the state's medical marijuana program. "Many of our veterans are suffering from PTSD and the medical community has determined that (medical...
  14. Ron Strider

    Veterans Caught In The Crosshairs Of Medical Marijuana Laws

    The screech of a chair across the floor of a fast-food restaurant made Tom Mertz instinctively jerk his head toward the noise. He felt the pain immediately in his neck. And when he drives, his right leg throbs unless he keeps rubbing it. Everything hurts. At 68, Mertz, who served...
  15. Ron Strider

    IN: What Some Veterans Want This Veterans Day - Medical Marijuana

    It's Veterans Day. Banks are closed. People don't receive their mail. And military veterans have myriad options to eat free at restaurants as a thank you for their service. But the American Legion, a major organization of 2.4 million veterans, wants those who served to have access to something...
  16. Ron Strider

    FDA Is Open To Medical Marijuana For Vets, But Other Agencies Stand In The Way

    When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned cannabidiol producers against making medical claims about cannabis products, it seemed par for the course for any federal agency. Cannabis is simply not considered medicine in the eyes of the government. But the FDA actually appears...
  17. Ron Strider

    Veterans Tell Of Medical Marijuana Use In Defiance Of Backward Federal Policy

    Joshua James Frey is clear: "Without medical marijuana I would be dead." This Marine Corps veteran is a two-time Purple Heart awardee. He is among the former warfighters, led by the American Legion, who are on the frontlines of the fight for a sensible, federal medical marijuana policy...
  18. Ron Strider

    Veterans Groups Push For Medical Marijuana To Treat PTSD

    Among critics of the federal prohibition of marijuana – a diverse and bipartisan group that includes both criminal justice reform advocates and Big Alcohol – the American Legion and its allies stand out. For more than a year, the stalwart veterans group has been working to reframe the debate...
  19. Ron Strider

    Survey Says Veterans Strongly Back Legalizing Medical Marijuana

    Veterans tend to be an older, more conservative group, but that doesn't stop them from advocating for a radical change in direction from the nation's outdated policies on marijuana. The American Legion represents many conservative veterans, but that doesn't stop it from taking progressive...
  20. Ron Strider

    DC: Feds Should Research Medical Marijuana For Veterans, Lawmakers Say

    A group of ten U.S. House members is pushing the Trump administration to begin researching medical marijuana's potential benefits for military veterans struggling to cope with war wounds. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) "is uniquely situated to pursue research on the impact of...