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In 2001, 42-year-old Kevin Grimsinger, a Special Forces medic, stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan. He received wounds to internal organs, lost both legs, fractured his back and crushed his ribs and shoulders. His most devastating wound, however, was his post-traumatic stress disorder.
After years in hospitals and addiction to several pain medications, a mix of medical marijuana and prescriptions finally gave Grimsinger the ability to function again. While medical marijuana doesn't eliminate his PSTD, it gives adequate reprieve to sleep and eat.
The majority of the 18% of returning veterans that have PTSD are not eligible for medical-marijuana. Furthermore, the VA cuts aid to veterans who utilize marijuana in states where it's illegal. This is notwithstanding numerous medical studies showing marijuana as a more suitable treatment for trauma than most prescription drugs and with fewer side effects. Consequently, in Grimsinger's home state of Colorado, it's easier to prescribe medical marijuana for muscle spasms than for PTSD.
I'd rather guys come home and smoke a joint than take pills or drink,Grimsinger says.
We've done our fighting. Don't make us continue to fight… for sleep… for appetite… to get out of bed in the mornings.Grimsinger said in the Denver Post on 7/06/2010.
New Mexico is the only state currently allowing PTSD as a qualifier for medical marijuana, but Grimsinger lives in Colorado, where it is not. Donate now to help MPP change bad marijuana laws nationwide.