Veterans Forced To Look Beyond VA For Medical Marijuana

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U.S. combat veterens Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
U.S. combat veterens Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
U.S. combat veterens Scott Murphy (left) and Kenny McIntosh. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

By Lisa Mullins and Lynn Jolicoeur

BOSTON Scott Murphy is from Maynard. He was in the Army for four years and served 15 months in Iraq in 2007. Kenneth MacIntosh is from Melrose. He was a combat medic in the Navy who served in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. His unit’s mission was to find improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Murphy and MacIntosh both left military service with serious medical conditions. And to help ease the symptoms, they both now use medical marijuana.

Murphy uses it for chronic pain that started with a serious motorcycle accident when he was 18. It broke his femur in half and shattered his hip.

“Because of the injuries, when I got older I would’ve gotten arthritis. But because of the strenuous work I did in the military in rock marches and heavy lifting and stuff, it just progressed the disease,” Murphy said.

MacIntosh uses it for post traumatic stress disorder.

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