GOP rep fears weed (rather than the horrors of war) makes military veterans psychotic

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U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) is very concerned that smoking marijuana will cause  America's military veterans to go all psycho, just like they tell us in educational documentaries such as Reefer Madness.

In a recent House floor debate regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs' medical marijuana guidelines, Fleming "warned colleagues that allowing veterans to smoke pot could turn them psychotic or schizophrenic," Raw Story reports.

Fleming knows this because he is a practicing physician and veteran who read somewhere that "smoking pot increases psychotic episodes by a factor of two to four times normal," as he told fellow House members on April 29.

From Raw Story:

“The conversion to schizophrenia, a permanent mental disorder, is enhanced by pot by a factor of two — double. Why in the world would we give a drug that is addictive, that is prohibited under Schedule I, that is not accepted for any specific mental disease or disorder and enhances psychosis and schizophrenia, why are we going to give that to our veterans, especially those with PTSD? That is just absolutely insane.”

We don't know. Maybe because:

1. It's not addictive

2. The Schedule 1 classification -- lumping marijuana in with heroin and morphine -- long has been viewed as absurd to anyone not channeling Harry Anslinger's ghost.

3. Some veterans might want to use weed because they've found that it helps them.

4. It's a decision best left to the doctor and patient. Otherwise, aren't we going all Nanny State here?

(Related article: It's like Tinder for tokers!)

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