Colorado veteran faces jail after using marijuana to treat PTSD

2a85soldier jail marijuana ptsd Colorado veteran faces jail after using marijuana to treat PTSD

Jeremy Usher uses marijuana medicinally to deal with insomnia,anxiety, depression, flashbacks and a speech impediment developedas a result of the disorder, the Greeley Tribune of Greeley,Colorado reports.Colorado is one of two US states where residents can legallypossess marijuana, the other being Washington.But as Usher, 31, has been convicted three times of drivingdrunk, his use of marijuana is a probation violation, which meanshe could end up in jail as a result.Usher served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, returning home in2003, after being shot in the head while working as a medic. Thatinjury caused brain damage that led to many of the symptoms heexhibits.He developed an alcohol problem as a result of the stress ofdealing with his symptoms, which landed him in trouble once inCalifornia and twice in Colorado after getting behind the wheelwhile intoxicated, the Greeley Tribune reports.As a result, Usher was confined to a two-county radius inColorado, with a judge denying his request to continue usingmarijuana medicinally while on probation.“The court systems are very black and white, and PTSD is thedefinition of gray area,” Usher said, as quoted by the Tribune.“They’re not acknowledging the gray area.”Usher has now been prescribed Marinol, a synthetic version ofTHC, the active chemical in marijuana. However, the drug is notcheap, at $18 per pill. He is also helped by a service dog thatwakes him up from PTSD-induced nightmares and helps him to calmdown during flashbacks.Still, he faces up to 29 days in jail – and without treatment -due to multiple failed drug tests as a result of the marijuana use,while on probation.Doctors and others who know Usher personally have undertaken aletter-writing campaign on his behalf, the paper reports, urgingthe court to recognize how much marijuana and Marinol have helpedhim.

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