Honoring Vets By Allowing The Cure

It is a wonderful thing as a Veteran to see all the praise and thanks coming from everyone on this Veterans Day. The parades and well wishes go a long way in healing a wounded heart or soul, damaged parts that medicine cannot repair, and on behalf of my fellow Vets I thank you sincerely.
In a more practical sense, there is something the Assembly can do for Kentucky’s Veterans in the very next session that will, if done, have a profound effect on the welfare of our brothers and sisters who suffer the sometimes invisible wound of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Passage of the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act will enable our Veterans to safely and legally procure and use the only medicine that has shown success in treating this insidious condition. Veterans report the traditional remedies used in mental health do little if nothing to relieve or control their symptoms but those who defy convention and have begun to use medical marijuana for their PTSD report success. First thing they say is it gave them the first good night’s sleep since the trauma that caused the condition. Later they find they aren’t hitting the floor if a car backfires, or being paranoid in a crowd. The results of medical marijuana use for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are literally astounding!
Additionally, Passing the bill will also protect these Vets from having their medical treatment at the VA withheld because of testing positive for Medical Marijuana if you are a patient of the Pain Clinic. The VA policy on Medical Marijuana stopped this practice but only for Vets who live in states that have medical marijuana laws. In order to protect our Vets we must pass the bill here in Kentucky!
I urge the members of the Assembly to support and pass the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act. Not only will passage help our Veterans but it will create economic activity that will benefit all our citizens. The emergence of the industrial, medical and recreational market nationwide will prove to be a billion dollar industry and passage of this bill will go a long way toward Kentucky capturing as much of that market as possible.

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