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Starting July 24, Washington state’s medical-marijuana system will add post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury to the conditions a medical provider — outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs — can cite to authorize the drug. With this, Washington will be the 11th state to include post-traumatic stress as a qualifying condition, reports the News Tribune.
“We served this country proudly,” said Army veteran Dante Cammarata, “and we don’t want to be seen as criminals for trying to help ourselves.”
Washington state law now allows any adult over the age of 21 to buy marijuana in licensed stores, and though the dispensaries that sell medical marijuana are not tightly regulated, they will be due to the legal changes taking effect Friday. For veterans like Cammarata, marijuana is a medicine, and this new change means that the drug, and those who use it, can stop feeling vilified.
“Cannabis by itself can be abused, just like anything,” he said. “It needs to be recognized as the medicine it is.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.
Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.
In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.