California: Marine Pushes To Be First Active Duty Medical Marijuana Patient
By Steve Elliott
U.S. Marine Sgt. Sean Major is pushing hard to become the first active duty service member allowed to use medical marijuana.
Major, 25, has had a physician's recommendation for medicinal cannabis use since last October, reports Robert Burns at Fox 5 San Diego. He currently is prescribed more than 20 different pharmaceutical pills.
The wounded warrior suffered four traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during his seven years of military service.
"I sustained my first traumatic brain injury in 2010 on the Pacific Rim," he said. "I've had one coming back from my deployment."
Major said using cannabis medicinally would help with his sleeping, and alleviate anxiety from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
"If I was missing an arm or a leg, you could see that I was injured, but with traumatic brain injury it's almost like your computer is damaged," Major said.
The Marine sergeant said he started researching cannabis after seeing its effect on his father, also a veteran. But he said supports only medical use, not recreational, but military personnel.
"You don't need guys high running around defending this beautiful country; I get that," he said.
Major said he has drafted a non-profit business plan to help other veterans with similar symptoms to be more self-sufficient.
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