Doctors in the veterans’ health system say the department’s lack of research has left them without much good advice to give veterans.

Some of the local growers along the coast here see it as an act of medical compassion: Donating part of their crop of high-potency medical marijuana to ailing veterans, who line up by the dozens each month in the echoing auditorium of the city’s old veterans’ hall to get a ticket they can exchange for a free bag.

One Vietnam veteran in the line said he was using marijuana-infused oil to treat pancreatic cancer.

Another said that smoking cannabis eased the pain from a recent hip replacement better than prescription pills did. 

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Dave Philipps ~ NYTimes.com

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