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fist cannabis jointVeterans for Medical Cannabis Access Reply to the Disappointing Response from the Obama Administration

Also seen at the National Cannabis Coalition:

Veterans Press Statement:

Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access [VMCA]

Monday, Memorial Day, 28 May 2012

Subject:

White House replies to Veterans petition: http://wh.gov/4xd

Thousands of Veterans requested the Obama Administration to look into the reliable science now available showing exactly how cannabis works to alleviate suffering of Veterans pain and save the lives of Veterans with brain injuries such as PTSD and therefore make appropriate changes in policy.

According to Dr. Julie Holland, Editor of The Pot Book and a medical doctor, there have been more suicides than combat fatalities by a ratio of 25:1. This, given how effectively cannabis works to save lives, is an unacceptable loss.

Recent research has revealed two things of great importance — one is that suicide rates drop around the implementation of medical marijuana laws and the other is that new research indicates similar brain changes from athletic head injuries, military head trauma and brain changes from Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. New research available shows how a human body-wide set of control functions called the Endogenous Cannabinoid Receptor System may be activated by the ingestion of cannabis to cause both neural protection and neural regenerative properties to help relieve these difficult to treat medical conditions.

We Veterans petitioned the Obama Administration to: “Allow United States Disabled Military Veterans access to medical marijuana to treat their PTSD.”

The White House response to our petition was very disappointing. We asked for a change in policy. To have our petition answered by the drug czar,an ex policeman, is most inappropriate given the drug czar is bound by law to ONLY discuss current law and has no power to discuss policy change with the public. Even the lowest ranking staffer at the White House or anyone from the Veterans Health Authority would have been more appropriate.

Al Byrne, retired Naval Officer and co-founder of VMCA, was blunt in his assessment of the White House concern for injured Veterans:

“Vets have used cannabis for PTS since the Revolutionary War. We know what we need and to be told by our President, the Commander in Chief, that he does not care about those he has sent to war by denying medicine to the wounded is unconscionable.’””

The Department of Veterans Affairs is also now in direct conflict with the White House.

According to the Veterans Affairs, Undersecretary of Health in correspondence with our Executive Director, Michael Krawitz: “The provider (VA) will take the use of medical marijuana into account in all prescribing decisions, just as the provider would for any other medication.’” [1.]

The president, when asked why he doesn’t do something positive about medical marijuana, is quoted in Rolling Stone magazine as saying “I can’t nullify congressional law. I can’t ask the Justice Department to say, ‘Ignore completely a federal law that’s on the books.” [2.]

If that is truly the president’s position it is either based upon ignorance of his power or he is playing politics. The president can do many things — the DEA was created by an executive order! The president could ask NIDA to stop blocking research or he could ask HHS to finally follow the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine [IOM] or he could ask Congress to move forward on the issue or he could even properly reschedule cannabis as a medicine by executive order. The president could do so many things but instead seems to be sacrificing our nations Veterans. [3.]

One irony of the drug czar’s response to our petition is that his words seem to be lifted right from the IOM report of 1999 that was actually commissioned by the drug czar of that day, General McCaffrey. The IOM report did indeed say that cannabis holds great promise in the future as a pharmaceutical but it then went on to say that we know enough about the plant material [in 1999]to give the whole plant material to those patients most in need right now [in 1999!]. Don’t Veterans suffering and dying classify as patients in extreme need?

Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access thought you should know of this shameful mendacious policy of ignorance.

First President Obama’s administration ejected medical marijuana patients from the workplace then he threw them out of public housing then took away their ability to buy a gun then closed down their dispensaries and now he has apparently set his sites on Veterans.

1. VHA letter of July 6, 2010, signed R. A.
Petzel, MD, Department of Veterans Affairs, Under Secretary of Health.
http://www.veteransformedicalmarijuana.org/files/Undersecretary-Jun6.pdf

2. Ready for the Fight: Rolling Stone Interview with Barack Obama
<http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ready-for-the-fight-rolling-
stone-interview-with-barack-obama-20120425#ixzz1w6QGpmIw
>

3. MARIJUANA AND MEDICINE – Assessing the Science Base
Janet E. Joy, Stanley J. Watson, Jr., and John A. Benson, Jr., Editors
Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health
INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS Washington, D.C.
http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_idc76

Contact:

Michael Krawitz Executive Director VMCA
3551 Flatwoods Road, Elliston, Virginia, USA
Telephone: 540-365-2141
email: Mkrawitz@vt.edu
http://www.Veteransforcannabisaccess.org

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  • pkr8ch

    Yeah same ‘ol run around, no surprise there. I think that the white house petition site is just a cyber wormhole straight to a trashcan. It only exists so they can say that are listening to the people. It’s clear there needs to be a billionaire or group of very rich to make a superpac to lobby the politicans to change the system. Money is the only thing that matters to politcians, not the voice of the masses. Unfortunately I’m not anywhere close to being rich.

  • HerbFellow

    Maybe, and yes, I am a dreamer, he will change after the election.  He really shows his weakness as a leader when he allows politics (money) to lead him around.

    • Thatsright

      obama must NOT be allowed have a second term, otherwise it most certainly will be the end of this once great republic.  i’m sorry HerbFellow but obama will get much much worse then.

    • keep dreaming buddy. your hypocrite king has no intention on doing anything he previously said to fool you into voting for him. yet like a beat dog, you craw back, hoping he will change.

  • dr. erniepaul Izereckt

                                         The only thing those bastards in D.C. need fear is this here MOFO:)(;

  • The federal government has the game set just the way they want it. The government gets to steal all the “drug” money and property while being paid off by the pill mills and oil companies, it is a win win for them. We need a national petition to get a question to go to the population for a vote by the entire country to make medical cannabis legal.

    • HerbFellow

      It is sad, but you are right.  So much for “government of the people.”  Ronald Reagan said, even though he didn’t follow his own advice, “I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.”  The government should protect our freedoms, not us from ourselves!  Personally, I like to being quality control over my own medication.