September 10, 2015—Gary Dixon is a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran dealing with stage four lung cancer after his own government exposed him to Agent Orange. Now he is being neglected by his government again.
Veterans Affairs refuses to supply Dixon with any of the 10-15 pain pills he needs each and every day. Why? Because there’s marijuana in his system.
“Tuesday morning Dixon and his wife Debbie drove up to Topeka from Fort Scott like they always do for Dixon’s stroke group therapy and to pick up his pain medicine. But this time his visit went different. He had to take a urine test and sign an opiate consent form.”
Dixon will try to save up $400 to get the prescriptions outside the VA system, because he needs the marijuana for physical and emotional pain.
Should the VA allow pain medication and marijuana to be used together in certain cases?