Veterans Drop Hundreds of Empty Pill Bottles at the White House

Dozens servicemen and women marched to the White House to demand the president and other federal officials make medical marijuana accessible to veterans.
By Perry Stein, Washington Post On November 12, 2015
Veterans call for medical marijuana
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A couple dozen servicemen and women marched to the White House this Veterans Day and dumped a large box of empty pill containers, calling on the president and other federal officials to make medical marijuana accessible to veterans.

“Here’s what the over-medication of our veterans looks like,” they said as they spilled the canisters onto the floor. “We don’t want it.”

The veterans and protesters—affiliated with various veteran and marijuana advocacy organizations—argued that Veterans Affairs hospitals are over-medicating veterans, prescribing them a large number of psychoactive medications to treat PTSD. They marched from McPherson Square to the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters, then to the White House, some smoking joints along the way, which is illegal in D.C.

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See the report on the Care By Design survey on cannabis in the treatment of PTSD.


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