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Local veteran pushes for medical marijuana treatment for PTSD


U.S. Army Veteran Larry Eissler served in Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009. He says he loved being overseas serving his country but when he got home it was a different story. After he returned from his deployment Eissler was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Everybody knows that when you have PTSD you have good days and bad days," said Eissler. "You never know when the good days are going to be and you can expect every day to be a bad day until you find out it's a good day because it's just safer that way."

He's also being treated for anxiety and depression. Eissler says he's been on several different pills to treat his illnesses.

"On average I take about 15 to 20 pills," said Eissler.

Eissler's illness has him in favor of a recent proposal that's made its way to Governor Rauner's desk. With Rauner's signature PTSD would be on the list of illnesses that can be treated with medical marijuana.

"If they were able to give medical marijuana I would probably be able to get rid of half of these pills," said Eissler. "I definitely know for a fact that the PTSD pills would be gone."

Some studies say cannabis can help with memory extinction needed to get rid of PTSD symptoms. But according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs there is no evidence marijuana is an effective treatment for PTSD.

Eissler still supports the proposal knowing his pills are only a temporary fix. With the use of marijuana, he believes he will see more "good days."

"One day is going to be a good day and you have to hope for that one day because when it comes we need to stock up on the good stuff to make up for the next three bad days," said Eissler.

The Illinois General Assembly approved PTSD's eligibility for marijuana treatment all it needs is Governor Rauner's signature to become law.

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