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Debate Over Medical Marijuana Helping Veterans With PTSD

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has proposed a "Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act".

It would allow VA doctors to prescribe cannabis to veterans in states where medical marijuana is legal, which includes Florida.

People along the Suncoast have different opinions on this proposal.

"If there's a plant that you can grow in your backyard that can help you then why can't you," Vietnam Veteran, Robert Jordan said.

Jordan said he has been a medical marijuana activist for over 20 years. In the past he received drugs from the VA to help with his PTSD, but he found himself addicted.

"I overdosed I think three times and had to go to the hospital and  one time I died and they had to bring me back now that was the stuff that they gave me. Now I took it, I'll take responsibility, but I got hooked and if anybody knows anything about addiction you never get enough," Jordan said.

After being 10 years sober of those drugs, he chooses to use medical marijuana, which he said helps.

"At night time I can take a few puffs and  I sleep like a baby no more nightmares, no more waking up in a sweat and all this stuff so there's something to it and when I wake up in the morning I don't need it," said Jordan.

But people like Sarasota County Commissioner, Michael Moran, don't believe medical marijuana should be used, "While I would do everything in my power to support our veterans, I cannot support the smoking of marijuana as a mental health solution for helping our soldiers.  "

But Jordan said not providing options like medical marijuana to veterans is a disservice,"They love us when we're fighting and they love us when they put us in the ground , when they bury us, oh he was a veteran he was a good man and all of that stuff, but in between very little has been changing for veterans in the United States."

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say there is no evidence of medical marijuana helping veterans with PTSD, but they say there are studies that show it being harmful instead.

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