If it wasn’t for cannabis, Danny Belcher wouldn’t sleep. He’s spent more of his life now away from Vietnam as he ever did there but the memories still cause him to have nightmares. It’s illegal in Kentucky, but Belcher doesn’t care. He’s going to use it. He just doesn’t want to be afraid of being a criminal anymore.
“I realize it’s just a nightmare,” he told a joint committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection yesterday according to the the Courrier-Journal. “I will light that pipe up. I’ll be a criminal. I’ll go back to sleep.”
Belcher’s testimony that cannabis helped him function and kick years of being an alcoholic and pill addict – often legal pills prescribed to him.
Currently, Kentucky doesn’t have medical cannabis laws. They try, but just this past session two bills didn’t pass. The only thing that the state does allow is for high-CBD cannabis tinctures for children with seizures. Still, Belcher and other cannabis are trying to drum up some support in the state legislature.
Speaking out against Belcher’s cannabis use and the use by all veterans was a Veterans Affairs staff psychologist. “A lot of veterans anecdotally will say that it does help with calming them down and with sleep,” said Mary Sweeny, who is also a substance abuse disorder clinician, “But research just isn’t there yet.”
Apparently Sweeny hasn’t read the paper this week, because several other states — most recently Arizona — allow for medical cannabis access for people suffering from PTSD.