Some Veterans Are Using Pot In Addition To, Or To Replace, Their Medications

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A marijuana plant is displayed during the 2016 Cannabis Business Summit & Expo on June 22, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

As veterans return to civilian life, many suffer from PTSD and other combat related maladies. Some turn to medical marijuana to replace or augment prescription pharmaceuticals.

For veterans who rely on the Department of Veterans Affairs for their medical care, however, it can be difficult to obtain medical marijuana even if it is legal in their state.

Reporter Alyssa Jeong Perry has the story.


Alyssa Jeong Perry, a freelance journalist who has been published in The Guardian, Jezebel, Oregon Public Broadcasting and other outlets. Her stories have also appeared on radio stations like WNYC and KALW. She tweets @alyssajperry.

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