Pubdate: Thu, 24 Apr 2014
Source: Times Argus (Barre, VT)
Copyright: 2014 Times Argus
Author: Joe Hanson


I'm writing a letter in response to the article "Lawmakers balk at
medical marijuana for PTSD." It is astounding to me that the committee
which was set to vote in favor of adding PTSD to the medical marijuana
laws 7-4 until one man, Keith Flynn, stepped in to personally deny our
most vulnerable and brave citizens a medication which is easily
attainable in other states that allow medical marijuana.

One has to wonder what Flynn's agenda is. As a person who owns the
title of public safety commissioner he doesn't seem to be working in
the public's interest, and he most certainly doesn't seem to be
working in the interests of democracy.

One man should not have the capacity to deny medicine to soldiers who
fight a daily battle with depression, anger, hypervigilance and all
the other crippling symptoms of PTSD. Let's guess who is going to be
in charge of the "further study." Cha-ching.

The actions by Flynn and the committee members who are so easily
swayed by his "take his ball and go home" politics should be ashamed.
These folks need to live one day in the life of a soldier who suffers
from PTSD and then they'd probably realize how cruel and capricious
their actions are.

Ann Pugh wants to take "baby steps" while soldiers who fought for our
country live with PTSD? Shameful.

Joe Hanson

South Burlington
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