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On numerous occasions I’ve talked about how refusing people medicinal marijuana comes close to being a violation of human rights. I truly believe this. To refuse people medicine shows a profound lack of humanity. To refuse a patient any other type of medicine would cause absolute uproar, yet because of the classification of marijuana (and the failure to accept its medicinal qualities), people who need it are often forced to go without, or to resort to breaking the law to help with their physical and mental health. It’s abhorrent.

I recently came across a story which takes this lack of humanity to a whole new level. Every year in America thousands of veterans suffer from PTSD, with suicide rates amongst these Veterans increasing. The VA prescribes veterans opiates and psychotropics as a means of combating their illness. Both are more dangerous that allowing them to treat their conditions naturally with cannabis. 

Nine months ago, veteran Raymond Schwab tried to move to Colorado to grow medical marijuana for fellow veterans. While he and his wife were there preparing for the move, the state of Kansas took five of their children, ages 5 to 16, into custody on suspicion of child endangerment, ensnaring his family in interstate marijuana politics.

That Schwab had to resort to breaking the law to treat himself (and help others), simply reflects the lengths people are forced to go to in order to get the help they need. It is not a question of recreational marijuana or a man endangering his children, but a failure by their government to give people, in this case a man who fought for his country, the help he so badly needs. 

March 09, 2016 by D H

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