So, Senate has passed the ratification/compromise between 2 programs and immediate implementation of FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill; this means that anyone in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington can consult with Their VA provider/clinician about alternative medicines/treatments. Well over a million Veterans are about to have a potentially positively life-changing choice in the next few months; the option to try a plant, a medicine, that may help with proper coping techniques and therapy to overcome the obstacles of living in the Civilian world with that “understanding divide” omnipresent with PTSD and other qualms. The choice that a plant can provide the same, and much more powerful more often medicinal suppression qualities the likes of Zofran (Ondansetron), Compozine (Prochlorperidol), Clonazepam, Amitryptiline, Seroquil Quitiepine, and so on without crazy side-effects (or potential of death) is literally amazing, and scientifically validated.
This is not obviously for everyone, but the fact that the option is there and that it is finally being recognized as a Federal standard to increase options and quality of care is astounding, and in my eyes a big step in the right direction for all generations of Veterans, and those to come. From my education background and field experience, I can say that taking the option of this (and associative) plant out of criminal hands (not that it should have been an option for them to exploit in the first place) is the secondarily most-wise thing State governments could do on their own powers granted by the Constitution/Bill of Rights. I wholly hope that my brothers and sisters in eligible places will heal better and faster with this new quantity of options. It will be interesting to see the partnership (if any) that develops between independent care centers and the VA.