Patriot Ledger

 Veterans want to expand marijuana access to help curb opioid crisis

As MA’s opioid epidemic claims the lives of veterans at three times the rate of other Massachusetts residents, some former members of the armed services are turning to marijuana as an alternative to addictive painkillers.

But because the drug remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs does not offer it as a treatment.

This has not deterred  Stephen Mandile, an Iraq War veteran and chairman of Alternative Treatment for Veterans, who has helped create a program at nine medical-marijuana dispensaries where fully disabled veterans get a 40 percent discount.

Garden Remedies is proud to be part of this program, with both of our dispensaries—Newton and Melrose—participating.