Kentucky veterans push for legalized medicinal marijuana

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Veterans officials say PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder, affects one in five coming home from recent wars. Danny Belcher says when he returned from Vietnam it plagued him.

"Well, the VA started loading me up on more drugs. Every two months, a new anti-depressant," he told the legislative interim subcommittee on Thursday.

He says legal medication messed him up.

"And then I started smoking a little bit of pot, and realized I needed to get off these drugs, they were killing me," he said.

Belcher and other vets are appealing to lawmakers to approve medicinal marijuana saying, for them, it was almost a magic cure for a disorder nothing else seemed to help.

"If that nightmare gets so bad, I can't wake up. I will light that pipe up, I'll be a criminal. Go back to sleep," he said.

The committee also heard from several with the Louisville VA center who say current treatments for PTSD involve various drugs, therapies and forms of mental health care.

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