In Utah, broken Military Vets are in a legislative tug-of-war over medical marijuana, as they look for a treatment to cure their emotional and physical disabilities.
They come back home from their tours of duty, and are denied the only medicine they seek, cannabis. The plant, a lot of the vets say, is the only relief for their pain, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts. In the 2016 Utah legislative session, activists and lawmakers like state Senator Mark Madsen, made passionate pleas for passage for medical marijuana bill SB-73. Among those veterans he was plea-ing for, are Bobby Sorensen and David Waters. Both West Valley men gave their bodies and spirit for the American military.
“I’ve been on over 25 medications,” Waters said. “Most of those made me want to commit suicide even more so than my depression.” Sorensen had his share of “combat cocktails” for pain. “The interaction between morphine and Effexor is bad. I slept 18 hours a day. It just wasn’t fun,” he said. Sorensen called getting off the mixture “hell.” His wife, Britnie, says he cannot even drive. “Here in Salt Lake, he can’t even handle traffic down 700 East,” she said. “Or when I’m driving, he sees potholes and he braces himself.” But Bobby Sorensen went to California and Colorado and tried medicinal marijuana. He said he could finally think straight. Britnie said, sobbing, that Bobby was his old self, “Just after taking a third of an edible the night before, and just see him functioning for 12 hours afterward.” Bobby Sorensen says he has tried medicinal marijuana since then. But David Waters has not. “I love being around my family,” Waters said. “I don’t want to take the chance of being caught with marijuana just once, and being thrown in prison for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, until it’s legalized, Waters will have to make due. While some well known psychologists are trying to argue too much of the herb could be addicting, which we know isn’t the case, no one can deny the difference in effect and safety when it comes to medicinal marijuana. “One little piece of candy calms their brains, relieves their anxiety, and makes it so they can function throughout the day,” Waters said. Join the movement Utah, help our Vets and their quality of life!