For years, Kentucky veterans have approached us with a question that has no good answer: “Why are my comrades in other states able to treat PTSD and pain with medical cannabis while I cannot?”
Frustrated and confused, these men and women struggle daily with the effects of post-traumatic stress triggered by the horrors of war and chronic pain from injuries suffered in combat.
One is Eric Pollack whose PTSD became so unbearable that he nearly became part of a depressing statistic. In Kentucky, the veteran suicide rate is 10 percent higher than the national average.
Eric found marijuana quelled the madness in his head when anxiety medicines failed. He started eating again. He could sleep more than just a few minutes at a time. But, today, Eric faces this impossible conundrum: be a criminal who is healthy at home or leave Kentucky for a place where medical cannabis is legal.
There are so many more Kentuckians — veterans and not — who find themselves making this hard choice.
Laura Mullins lost her daughter to suicide. Her daughter suffered from a disorder that Laura says medical cannabis could have helped. Devastated by loss, Laura was prescribed high dosages of anxiety medicines, but it made her depression worse. CBD oil, a derivative of cannabis, has helped bring her peace.
Eric Crawford was in a car accident years ago that left him with debilitating pain and paralysis. He took dozens of prescription pills for the pain and others to alleviate their side effects. The potent drug cocktail nearly blinded him. At the suggestion of a physician, Eric tried marijuana and it miraculously improved his health. His vision returned and his pain subsided.
Becca Weinhandl’s two-year-old daughter Carlee was diagnosed with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. After exhausting all options here, Becca moved her family