Medical marijuana is legal in New York, but veterans’ doctors are still forbidden from recommending it.

It’s a painful irony for those like retired Cpl. Matthew Welch, whose wartime injuries 11 years ago left him with severe nerve damage and phantom pains in his left leg.

“To me, we’re the people who fought for freedom. We should not be restricted the way it seems like we’re being restricted,” said Welch, who lives in Corinth with his wife and three children.

“It seems a lot harder for a veteran to get medical marijuana than a civilian,” he said.

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Amanda May Metzger ~ The Post-Star ~

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