November 12, 2015 By Julia Wright for the Civilized-Cannabis Culture Elevated. According to estimates by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affects 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, 10 percent of Desert Storm vets, 11 percent of Afghanistan vets, and 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans. It’s hard to comprehend the scope of that suffering – and a growing movement of ex-military, doctors, and researchers has been pushing to have cannabis recognized as a legitimate, low-side-effect treatment for PTSD. This week, that fight took a promising, albeit preliminary, shift. On Nov.10, the U.S. Senate voted 18-12 to pass the FY2016 Military Construction andRead More →

A former Navy SEAL makes the case for why the federal ban on medical marijuana needs to be lifted. Medical marijuana is a political issue. It is a legal issue. But most important, it is a health issue that is playing an increasingly significant role in the quality of life for Americans, especially veterans. Let’s start with the facts. There are approximately 2.7 million American veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, upward of 20% of these veterans experience post-traumatic stress or depression. Between 2000 and 2014, over 300,000 service members were diagnosed with a traumaticRead More →

Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? BY NEWSWEEK SPECIAL EDITION 8/2/15 AT 3:35 PM sue Sue Sisley stands among her research material, a veritable forest of cannabis. Though Sisley is a self-described lifelong Republican with nothing but ambivalence toward smoking, she has become an unlikely champion for cannabis research. SUE SISLEY FILED UNDER: Culture, Weed, Marijuana, Medical marijuana, PTSD, WEED 2.0, Pot, Cannabis, Colorado, Legalization, Soldiers, Psychology By Senior Editor Johnna Rizzo Marijuana and the Veterans Affairs Hospital system’s relationship is complicated. On the one hand, 23 states plus the District of Columbia say marijuana is legal for sanctioned medical use, and veterans are clamoringRead More →

Congress again has a chance to allow our military veterans and their doctors in the Veterans Health Administration to discuss medical cannabis as a treatment option. Until 2011, the VHA would automatically deny treatment for pain to veterans who use medical cannabis; it is now at the doctor’s discretion. But current policy forbids VA physicians from issuing medical marijuana recommendations to their patients. A new biparisan bill, the “Veterans Equal Access Act,” would lift the current ban on VHA doctors recommending it to the millions of veterans who might be helped by it. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana RohrabacherRead More →

Under the gun and almost out of time, lawmakers in California approved historic regulations on the state’s medical marijuana industry late Friday night, setting the stage for the largest MMJ market in the country to finally adopt comprehensive rules on cannabis businesses. Legislators approved a package of three separate bills, all of which were contingent upon each other, just as the 2015 legislative came to a close. The bills head now to Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign them. The measures – Assembly Bills 266 and 243, and Senate Bill 643 – call for a whopping 17 types of business licenses, including 10Read More →