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A new Illinois state law legalized sales, possession and use of up to 30 grams, or about 1 ounce, of marijuana effective Jan. 1, 2020.
A new Illinois state law legalized sales, possession and use of up to 30 grams, or about 1 ounce, of marijuana effective Jan. 1, 2020. (Erin Hooley, Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Welcome to Military Matters, the podcast that explores issues important to service members, veterans, contractors, and the communities that support them.

In this debut episode, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris focus on cannabis, which recently has become a hot topic across the country. They talk to medical doctors to shed light on what cannabis is, what it isn’t, and what it could mean for the DOD and for veterans.

The experts — Dr. David Nathan, a psychiatrist and the founder and board president of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, and Dr. Kamal Kalsi, a U.S. Army emergency room physician — discuss humans’ long association with cannabis, its use for ritualistic and medicinal purposes, its early economic importance in the United States, and the ultimately successful efforts to ban it in the U.S. during the 20th century.

The prohibition of cannabis has had a significant impact in the U.S., and the plant’s potential use as a medicinal option to help treat a variety of ailments, including post-traumatic stress disorder, has gotten a lot of attention. Find out what our experts think about it in this episode of Military Matters.

A full transcript of this episode is available here.

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