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  1. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Dispensary Selling Infused Chocolates To Support Veterans In New England

    A medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy known for its unique pot platters is serving up a charitable dessert over the next two months. Ermont, Inc., a not-for-profit dispensary at 216 Ricciuti Drive in Quincy that focuses on medical marijuana edibles, announced it will be selling a...
  2. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana For Vets

    Thomas James Brennan makes a powerful case that military veterans deserve access to medical marijuana, which can help alleviate physical and mental war wounds ("Why Pot, Not Pills, Works for My T.B.I.," Op-Ed, Sept. 1). Mr. Brennan is correct that federal law prevents doctors in the...
  3. Ron Strider

    IN: Local Medical Marijuana Advocate Taking His Message To D.C.

    Jeff Staker, founder of the non-profit Hoosier Veterans for Medical Cannabis, is taking his message to Washington, D.C., next week through a high-profile forum featuring some of the nation's leading researchers on the benefits of medical marijuana. Staker, a Peru native and former Marine who...
  4. Ron Strider

    Make Pot Legal For Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury

    The explosion that wounded me during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2010 left me with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. In 2012 I was medically retired from the Marine Corps because of debilitating migraines, vertigo and crippling depression. After a nine-year career, I...
  5. Ron Strider

    NV: American Legion Adopts Resolution Supporting Medical Marijuana

    The American Legion adopted a resolution Thursday urging the federal government to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana in states where it's legal, adding to the group's efforts to get cannabis in the hands of veterans it could help. The...
  6. Ron Strider

    NV: Titus Pledges Fight To Get Marijuana Approved For Veterans

    A push to give military veterans access to medical marijuana was shot down this month by Congress, but U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., vowed the fight is far from over. Titus, a staunch supporter of medicinal cannabis, said she believes the move last week was a concession to Attorney General...
  7. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana For Veterans Blocked As Republicans Shoot Down Bill

    Republican lawmakers have blocked an amendment to a bill that would have allowed veterans to access medical marijuana through federal doctors in states where the medicinal use of the drug is legal. The House Rules Committee removed the so-called "Veterans Equal Access" amendment from the...
  8. Ron Strider

    DC: House Committee Blocks Attempt To Let VA Docs Recommend Marijuana

    A House committee has struck down a measure allowing Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where the drug is legal, blocking it from debate Wednesday on the House floor. The "Veterans Equal Access" measure has been debated and...
  9. Ron Strider

    Advancing Veterans' Access To Medical Marijuana Hinges On Monday Vote

    A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. A vote Monday could be the end of the line this year in another attempt to pass it. The House Rules Committee will decide Monday whether to allow Rep. Earl...
  10. Ron Strider

    As Trump Wages War On Legal Marijuana, Military Veterans Side With Pot

    The Trump administration's attack on legal marijuana, already stymied by large states determined not to roll back the clock, is increasingly confronting an even more politically potent adversary: military veterans. Frustrated by federal laws restricting their access to a drug many already...
  11. Ron Strider

    Law Would Force Feds To Let Veterans Get Medical Marijuana

    New legislation would force the federal government to allow veterans to obtain medical marijuana in states, like California, where it's legal. The amendment to force the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to make cannabis available to veterans who need it was recently approved by the...
  12. Ron Strider

    Veterans To Cuomo: Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD

    Veterans groups are pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow those with post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana, urging him to sign a bill that will soon head to his desk. The state Senate voted late last month to add PTSD to the list of illnesses and ailments eligible for the...
  13. Ron Strider

    Another Obstacle Hits Arizona Study On Whether Marijuana Helps Veterans With PTSD

    Two major research universities have cut ties with a Valley doctor's efforts to answer this question: Does smoking marijuana help veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder? Dr. Sue Sisley, who was fired by the University of Arizona in 2013 after her study was underway, learned in...
  14. Ron Strider

    NY: Veterans Push State Senate On Medical Marijuana Treatment For PTSD Sufferers

    Veterans groups are pushing the state Senate to pass legislation allowing medical marijuana to be used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. "I think it is time that we start taking care of the people that have PTSD," said Bob Becker, legislative chairman of the State Council of...
  15. Ron Strider

    The Front Line Of Medical Marijuana

    The Florida Department of Health has just over a month to decide on new laws that will govern the medical marijuana industry in the state. Regardless of what ends up being implemented, one group will continue to have an uphill battle to get the medicine they prefer. Earlier this month...
  16. Ron Strider

    American Legion To Trump: Allow Marijuana Research For Vets

    One of the nation's most conservative veterans' groups is appealing to President Donald Trump to reclassify marijuana to allow large-scale research into whether cannabis can help troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The change sought by The American Legion would conflict with...
  17. Ron Strider

    NY: Marijuana May Soon Be A Legal Treatment For Sufferers Of PTSD

    The state assembly, controlled by a Democratic majority, overwhelmingly voted to approve a bill Tuesday, adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for treatment through the New York medical marijuana program. The legislation will move to the state Senate where it will face a Republican...
  18. Ron Strider

    Veteran Says Medical Marijuana Controls His PTSD Symptoms: Wants Cannabis For All

    Marijuana allows vets to lead normal, productive lives in civil society. Some of the latest statistics show that somewhere around 20 percent of the military veterans that served in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a vicious malady that can cause severe...
  19. K

    Federal Ban Is Barring Access To Medical Marijuana For Veterans

    Medical marijuana laws are expanding in states across the U.S., but veterans are still struggling to access programs due to the continued federal ban on weed. A growing chorus of veteran groups are petitioning the government to ease restrictions on federal marijuana policy. The continued...
  20. K

    Abbot Ducks Medical Marijuana Talk With Texas Veterans

    Gov. Greg Abbott is the latest politician to go missing when constituents with views that conflict with his try to meet with him. In a month marked by Congress members ducking requests to have recess town hall meetings, Wednesday brought a group of veterans to Austin hoping to discuss medical...
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