Jul 172015
 July 17, 2015

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaThe testimony below was submitted by a U.S. veteran in support of medical cannabis.

I am a veteran of the U.S. military, where I served as an 11B (Infantryman) and was discharged under honorable conditions. I, like many veterans, suffer from many medical conditions since returning from combat, such as insomnia, pain, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I joined the military at the young age of 19. Within two months of joining my unit, I earned the coveted Expert Infantry Badge (EIB). This early success paved the way for me to join the ranks of our battalion’s scout sniper section. At 22-years-old I was deployed to Afghanistan and attached to an ODA (operational detachment alpha) team in the Logar province.

We suffered a mass-casualty incident within the first month of being in Logar. It was a horrible experience to live through, and I am very thankful I made it out without injury. Our V.S.P. (village stability platform) kept us in very close contact with the Afghan population, which put us in near constant danger. Mortar rounds landed in and around our small base on a daily basis, causing casualties among both our troops and the Afghanis. On one occasion, an insurgent drove a 600-plus pound vehicle born I.E.D. through our front gate. Luckily, the insurgent’s initiation system failed.

I do not know how the general population imagines a deployment, but we fought for our lives, day-in and day-out. If we weren’t actively engaged in fighting, we were treating wounds, building defenses, and dreaming of the day we would make it home. We went from fighting for our lives to being home in 72 hours. That was a very difficult transition, as it left no period to process all of the experiences that we encountered.

Falling asleep is very difficult for me now. I cannot relax, and the feeling of fear and anxiety overtake me frequently. Carrying 100-plus pounds of gear, heavy weaponry, and ammo through the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan left my knees, back, and shoulders in frequent pain. Although the Army provided me with a surgery to fix my clavicle, it still hurts every single day. I do not have many young individuals like myself to share my feelings and experiences with because only a very small percentage of my age-group served, and an even smaller percentage served in combat.

The treatment for these conditions consists of multiple pills with multiple side-effects and a serious possibility of death. I was never a cannabis user until I was discharged. Cannabis helps me cope with life now. It makes sleeping easier and provides me with moments of comfort and relaxation, and there is no possibility of overdose. There are no adverse side-effects — except my life being ruined because of a draconian law that doesn’t allow veterans to get the help they need.

Multiple veterans take their lives every day. Multiple veterans live in horror and fear. Multiple veterans needyou, now more than ever. Cannabis can change our lives, but that change starts with you. I beg you to make a difference. I beg you…not for my life, but for the lives of my brothers and sisters in arms to TAKE A STAND and support medical cannabis for veterans.

– Isidor Hawthorne

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  13 Responses to “Testimony Of A Veteran In Support Of Medical Marijuana”

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    Dear Isidor — Thank you for your service to America, and your testimony about the relief you receive from Medical Marijuana. I hope that your words reach the right people’s ears, and more importantly, their hearts, and move them to take action. Please email your testimony to the President and to Congress, and get interviewed on TV. The forms of media you and your fellow Veterans use and the more media exposure you, they and your need, and right, to use Medical Marijuana get, the faster federal policy on it will change. The VA should have a policy of prescribing Medical Marijuana to any Veteran who it can benefit. God bless you for your service to America! We all owe you our thanks and the best medical care we can provide as a country.

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    Kudos to the people who publish this blog, but change is coming way too slowly — especially for Americans who need it most, like
    America’s Cancer patients, American kids dying of Seizure disorders, and American Veterans with PTSD. Every day more and more of them die — needlessly — after going through horrible pain.

    We need the President and Congress to take action. Moving Marijuana off of Schedule 1 can be done by the stroke of a pen by any number of people.

    The President can make it happen with a single phone call to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Congress can pass the CARERS act. People in the DEA can do it by all by themselves , or the FDA can formally request that they do so.

    If the Senators who asked for “more research” had simply said — please remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 — so it can be treated like any other medication — that would have been enough to get things changed and American lives saved.

    We need less stalling and more decisive action.

    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.

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      Here in Florida, a state in dire need of Viagra (just look at a map of
      the U S, Florida appears very limp).
      The
      legislators have passed “The Right to try” meaning any medication under study, even if it may or may not help with
      their condition when all else has failed. Signed by the Governor and
      enacted. You just need to go through the FDA for a sign off.
      But
      as you read the Florida bill in
      it’s entirety, you get to the very last sentence. Which states “Except Marijuana or
      it’s Derivatives”. Now with meds like Sativex for cancer pain in phase 3+ trials
      and showing promise in areas of pain, cancer pain and M S. You would think this falls into
      the right to try scenario. Yet it does not , why, a big why. This is nuts.
      It’s
      already legal in 28 countries, even some with very harsh cannabis laws.
      This is crazy, or is it big Pharma at work and play. But heaven
      forbid your taking some heavy pain meds and you show up positive for THC. Your
      tossed aside and reported to the Florida Dept. of Mental Health (by law). Even those in non-cancer pain management, if you show up positive. The Doctor is required to
      report it to mental health. Most look the other way, but they too are taking a chance if your
      chart is reviewed by the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement which is done regularly. In NYC there is a whole underground railroad of M S patients, getting Sativex from Canada. Thats where i tried it. And It works well for me, just can’t get it in Florida. I would in a NY Second.

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        We are in the midst of a major humanitarian crisis, right here in America. Americans are suffering and dying — needlessly. We need the President and Congress to take action, immediately.

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          FYI,, Sativex just got super fast tracked by the FDA as an exceptional IND, for seizures , cancer pain, M S and Non-cancer pain (me). They are also allowing them to expand upon their current trial patient load in these areas a lot more then the norm load..
          Oddly enough ,, They also have signed on with ,,
          “Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.” (already)
          for distribution here in the USA. Someone knows more than the other guy.
          I foresee approval before the years end. ,, Your thoughts, ? ?.
          IMO, This would stem the tide of any MMJ movement for 2015 and 2016.
          Their stock, G.W Pharma. has gone up over 75% in the past 6 months. Somethings up. Also Merinol is a C-3 (pure THC), how do you think Sativex would land in the CSA. Sativex for cancer pain in trials was not panning out very well, but yet the criteria for participation has changed with the FDA’s blessing under the IND.
          Again ,, your thoughts ??

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            The challenge here is that Medical Marijuana is unique, especially when used by Cancer patients, because of its extremely wide therapeutic index, its most common mechanism of application, and the safety and efficacy of self titration by the patient because of that.
            Sativex is an extract of Marijuana, 1:1 THC:CBD.
            My expectation is that, along with the fact that it was most likely used in fixed dosages in the original phase 3 Cancer pain trial, is part or all of the reason that Cancer patients didn’t receive the same quality of pain relief that Cancer patients using Medical Marijuana report that they do.
            I’m deeply concerned with the time all of this is taking.
            If Medical Marijuana had a narrow therapeutic index or horrific side effects, and/or there wasn’t any history of people already there might be reasons for “going slow”
            But none of those things apply to Medical Marijuana — there’s a long history of people using it, with great results, and it has an unmatched safety profile.
            It is a true moral imperative that it be completely legalized immediately, and that nobody be penalized for using it.
            its not just “good medicine” its a real “wonder drug” that’s incredibly safe, effective, and well tolerated.
            We need the government to listen to patients’ testimony about their real-life experiences, believe them, and take what they say to heart.
            Its unethical, immoral, and in-humane to withhold the right to safely and legally use Medical Marijuana from Americans who need it and are suffering, and in some cases, dying, because they are being denied it.

            As far as what DEA schedule Sativex will wind up on, I assume it will Schedule 3, but 4 or 5 would be a better choice — if its on any schedule at all.
            My personal belief is that one can make a strong argument that Medical Marijuana, or at least CBD, should be “over the counter”, given its therapeutic index with compared to Tylenol, for example.

            It breaks my heart to think of all the Americans who are suffering and in the case of kids with Dravet’s Syndrome and other seizure disorders, dying, because of current policies, and i personally believe that every American with Cancer who wants to try adding High Dose Medical Marijuana Oil Therapy (HDMMOT) to their treatment regimen should have the right to safely and legally do so.

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        “Except Marijuana or it’s Derivatives”.

        Just to shove it in people’s face what bigot scum sadists they are. Hope the creeps need MMJ real soon.

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    America’s Cancer patients, American kids dying of Seizure disorders, and American Veterans with PTSD. Every day more and more of them die — needlessly — after going through horrible pain.

    We need the President and Congress to take action. Moving Marijuana off of Schedule 1 can be done by the stroke of a pen by any number of people.

    The President can make it happen with a single phone call to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Congress can pass the CARERS act. People in the DEA can do it by all by themselves , or the FDA can formally request that they do so.

    If the Senators who asked for “more research” had simply said — please remove Marijuana from Schedule 1 — so it can be treated like any other medication — that would have been enough to get things changed and American lives saved.

    We need less stalling and more decisive action.

  4.  

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  5.  

    Do I understand it right…the governmanet is making our Vets take piss tests for MM to continue their benefits? If they test positibe they lose?

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    The people refusing to allow vets to use MMJ don’t have the guts to look them in the eye and tell them they can’t use it.

  7.  

    We have a PTSD epidemic in this country and no one is looking into it. About 20% of the population is susceptible and half of those have it. The cause? Child abuse. Mainly.

    Because veterans got their PTSD “honorably” we may look deeper into the question.

    When that happens not only will child abuse be indicted. Prohibition will be as well.

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