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Veterans Forced To Look Beyond VA For Medical Marijuana

U.S. combat veterans Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh, have found that medical marijuana helps control their pain and symptoms of PTSD. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

U.S. combat veterans Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh, have found that medical marijuana helps control their pain and symptoms of PTSD. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Even though medical marijuana is legal in many states across the country, it’s still a federal offense, and a recently expired directive prohibited Veterans Administration doctors from recommending the treatment to veterans.

Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins talked with two veterans who find that medical marijuana helps control their pain and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These veterans, Scott Murphy and Kenneth MacIntosh, have created a nonprofit called Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care.

Guests

  • Scott Murphy, Army veteran and co-founder of Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care.
  • Kenneth MacIntosh, Naval veteran and co-founder of Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care.

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