White House Rejects Medical Marijuana For Soldiers’ PTSD Treatment

Marijuana ruled hazardous to your health, war not. Adding to the hypocrisy is the fact that our president was once a legendary stoner who during his teen years invented new methods of getting high and cruised around Hawaii in a mobile drugmobile called the Choomwagon. Higher Thinking Primate writes:

Despite evidence that medical marijuana can be beneficial to those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the White House wants to make one thing clear: You can go fight multiple tours for this country in useless wars, but if the horrors of war mess with your head, you’re not allowed to smoke weed when you get home.

Responding to a petition by former Air Force sergeant Mike Krawitz asking the White House to consider medical marijuana as a treatment for PTSD, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske said no. Saying marijuana is not a “benign drug,” Kerlikowske asserted that it does not meet standards of safe or effective medicine.

Beyond the fallacy of this so-called data The White House has is the fact that Barack Obama cares more about his campaign money from Big Pharma than the men and women who risk their lives for this country. Marijuana is too dangerous for our troops, but multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting wars Obama claimed he was going to end is par for the course.

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  • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

    But feel free to have all of the Xanax and Prozac you want, soldier, or go home and crawl inside a bottle of whiskey. That’s all fine with Uncle Sam. 

  • Nunzio X

    Here’s a fun experiment.

    Take two identical twin brothers, 18 years old.

    Let one brother stay home with his friends and smoke a lot of “non-benign” marijuana over a period of, say, three years. I dunno; let’s say five grams of primo bud a day.

    Let the other brother join the military, go to a foreign country, kill people, watch his friends get killed or horribly maimed, watch the civilian population be decimated by his country’s policies, and see nothing that looks like “progress” in the “mission.” For good measure, send him over there a couple of times in the same three year period. We’ll spare this hypothetical brother any physical injuries of the kind commonly experienced by soldiers.

    Which brother do you think would be most harmed?

    Every time I hear official demonization of marijuana by a public official, I want to slam his head into the nearest wall until his alleged brains spill out of his ears, or until he agrees to stop spouting bullshit.

    Maybe my aggressive tendencies in this regard would be attenuated if I’d smoke more weed.

    • The Baffler

      Honor the craft of death.

      We were misused. They fear us. We know what to do.

      • Calypso_1

        Ottoman techtonics.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Illegal weed is a cash bonanza. For all sides involved. 

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      mostly a cash bonanza for those against it
      who profit by that opposition to it

      the DEA related businesses
      the CIA drug smuggling business
      the court, lawyer, for-profit prison business
      the ability to harass and imprison people of color
      just another thingy to keep Joe Sixpack inline, no talking

      which why they call that place
      The Land of the Free

      • Anarchy Pony

        Yes. Exactly.

  • JoevL

    It’s been well documented, not least in the case of Britain’s former drug csar David Nutt, that if you dare speak the truth regarding drug use then at the very least you’ll be sacked from your job and demonised.

    Liking the fact that I get to post one of my favourite Hick’s quotes as well;

    “George
    Bush says ‘we are losing the war on drugs’. Well you know what that
    implies? There’s a war going on, and people on drugs are winning it!”

  • robertpinkerton

    The rigidity of that Federal attitude about cannabis, bespeaks nothing less than a mystical terror underneath. Who pushes that fear, and of what are they actually afraid?

    Once upon a time, more than thirty-five years ago, I won a bet, in consequence whereof a friend with such a mystical terror agreed to try cannabis. Naturally, I did everything I could do, to make his experience pleasant. And that, he said, was the real problem of cannabis, that in fact it was so pleasant whilst so minimally to nil dangerous physically; therefore it was a grave social danger, in that mass use, so he argued, would lead to significantly less social tension.

    Make of that argument what you will. For myself, I think relaxation of social tension in America, eould be beneficial for most Americans.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      really i think your friend hit the nail on the head. I think there is a certain value in certain kinds of tensions, and people have a genuine fear of having fundamental structures (good and bad, but most of all, familiar structures) melting away

  • Delands

    I GOT THAT FRIEND FROM JESUS

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HRRNIP4HQKGPWOZYDT5FLLQ4UE Ruby Romaine

    “Marijuana is not a benign drug” is such an unintelligent response from her.  MANY scientific studies have proven its helpfulness in anxiety and ptsd and proven that marijuana has never killed anybody.  When are the people going to DEMAND their rights!? When EVERYONE has ptsd or severe pain??  When everyone has a large suit-case they have to carry all their pharmaceuticals in?!  Stop Asking! Demand!

  • MMJ

    Show me a drug MORE BENIGN than MARIJUANA!  I DARE YOU!

  • Freak

    A website accusing the American political system of hypocrisy? Wow I never thought i would live to see that day. Everyone knows how American politics conducts itself with honour. After all American democracy is seen as a beacon to the ‘heathen’ sections of the world who’s systems are at odds with Americas and therefore need to be completely eliminated.

  • Rhymesayers123

     More like the men and women risking their lives over that stupid leech dick chaney starting a B.S. war over controlling the damn oil that runs there rather than the sanctum of our country. And those soulless snake politicians cant cut our soldiers some damn slack. Marijuana will never be commercialized in this Country because its been demonized over generations and generations of selfish hypocrits.