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U.S. combat veterans Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh, have found that medical marijuana helps control their pain and symptoms of PTSD. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)closemore
U.S. combat veterans Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh, have found that medical marijuana helps control their pain and symptoms of PTSD. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Even though medical marijuana is legal in many states across the country, it’s still a federal offense, and a recently expired directive prohibited Veterans Administration doctors from recommending the treatment to veterans.

Here & Now's Lisa Mullins talked with two veterans who find that medical marijuana helps control their pain and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These veterans, Scott Murphy and Kenneth MacIntosh, have created a nonprofit called Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care.

Guests

  • Scott Murphy, Army veteran and co-founder of Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care.
  • Kenneth MacIntosh, Naval veteran and co-founder of Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care.
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