PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
As the opioid crisis continues, some veterans say medical marijuana would be much safer for treating problems like pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some believe making it available to vets could actually save lives.
Right now, the federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, alongside many opioids. That means VA doctors can’t recommend medical marijuana to veterans, even when it’s legal in their states. Twenty-one year Army and Air Force veteran Matthew Rumple finds that ironic.
He said, “We have more of the worst drugs in our systems now than that could ever do to us.”
Rumple grew up hating drugs and ended up addicted to drugs, specifically opioids. It started when he was given morphine after an injury in Iraq.
He said, “I liked the high. I loved the invincible, destroy-everything-kill mode, not realizing that the one thing I hated the most had now become the one way I could survive.”
Clean since 2015, he now works to help other veterans. He said many are seeing ill effects from drugs prescribed by