Ok, the results from this weekend are in- and the sample residents of Upper Mattawimakeg, ME have spoken.
Of those bothering to read, and then actually respond to our completely scientific survey, over 70% are both disinclined to allow, nor want our fighting men and women to be able to smoke weed, should their areas decriminalize it. It goes for both the AD and the NG/Reservists.
What makes the survey interesting (other than involving some really out of the way area) is that by nearly the same margin, people want VETERANS to have access to medical marijuana as a treatment option.
This last bit was surprising, as I would have thought that, based on the sample, it would have been much closer to a split than that; I hypothesized that it would have been turned down, by much smaller margins than disallowing current military to use it.
I'm not advocating or pushing for a total ban here. Being in Colorado, I'm used to seeing/smelling the stuff everywhere. I wanted to see what the general populace was considering. And they seem to want the VA to open it up. Seeing as how the VA follows FEDERAL rules, that's not likely to be an option anytime soon. But, if the VA is sending some people far from facilities to local docs, could they possibly open it up? Likely only if the vet pays for that medication themselves.
I believe it's only a matter of months before a major battle ensues over Reservists/Guardsmen testing hot from areas where MMJ has been allowed. And I'm also convinced that it will be both a civilian AND military court battle.
- Do you think Soldiers in states that have passed legalized marijuana (medical or personal use) should be able to use it?
- Do you think Veterans, no longer having a service requirement, should have medical marijuana as a treatment option (covered by the VA)?