Protestors want marijuana in VA health coverage [VIDEO]


By Joe Dana, 12 News

Demanding that the VA include medical marijuana in its range of healthcare options, about 30 protesters gathered outside the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday.

“We just want to start the conversation. They won’t even do that,” said Mason Stiell, a medically retired Army veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2011.

Stiell says he went through a private doctor to receive a prescription for medicinal marijuana, which costs him about $150 a week. The VA’s insurance plan does not cover cannabis as a legitimate form of health treatment.

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