Seeking veterans with PTSD who have used marijuana for relief


We need your help.

Herald-Tribune reporter Billy Cox and I are starting a long term investigative series that will examine the benefits of marijuana as a possible treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as the political and legal ramifications therein.

Billy will report the series. I’m the editor. Billy’s my teammate who’s covered veterans’ issues for decades.

Part of the series will examine the quandary facing the Veterans Administration; Marijuana has proven beneficial for some veterans, yet it is still illegal — a Schedule I narcotic — so VA doctors cannot prescribe it to their patients.

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD and have tried marijuana for relief of the symptoms — whether it was effective or not — we would like to interview you for the series.

If you do not want your name used, we simply won’t use it. Anonymity is guaranteed. You have my word on this.

Please contact either me or Billy.

Lee Williams: Cell: (941) 284-8553 or email:

Billy Cox: (941) 400-5925 or

Thanks in advance for your consideration of this matter.



About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. John Lloyd Scharf on

    This claim is either naive or a lie: “If you do not want your name used, we simply won’t use it. Anonymity is guaranteed. You have my word on this.” 18 U.S. Code § 1510 – Obstruction of criminal investigations
    (a) Whoever willfully endeavors by means of bribery to obstruct, delay, or prevent the communication of information relating to a violation of any criminal statute of the United States by any person to a criminal investigator shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

    While I do not use this substance or alcohol, its prohibition is a form of terrorism. While I do want to see the sanctions against its use to continue, to claim a condition of anonymity is irresponsible. You are not going to risk losing your right to carry a firearm when faced with imprisonment. Police officers can lie to suspects legally, but the morality of that in this case has no legitimacy.

    Let me state my bias here. As a retired correctional officer, anyone who lies for you will lie to you. I have seen cases where men spent years in prison because officers of the court lied, but the inmate was later released.

    My last knowledge of the former inmate is he works as a legal assistant in Eugene, Oregon. He gained his skills by spending years of research to get himself out in a law library. He was a Marine sergeant when he was convicted of murder of his wife in Oregon. His records were tampered with or they would have known he was training in the Philippines at the time.

    If you do this, forget being on the range or having any certification as a trainer, particularly in Florida. If you do this, forget ever having a private life, much less a spouse. If you do this and fail to keep your word, forget ever having a clean conscience again.

      • John Lloyd Scharf on

        Journalists have no qualified immunity like police. If you think you can do this, then get an attorney’s opinion with a signature and post it online.

        I have posted what I had to. I am a Vietnam Vet and will warn anyone against this. We have been thrown under the bus for decades mostly by people who insisted they were helping us. And I do not just mean Fonda and Kerry. They made out every vet is a crazed maniac with guns every time one vet committed a crime.

        We have an Attorney General appointed by Trump who thinks this substance is worse than heroin. You offer me the same kind of excuse criminals go by. They regularly committed a crime, so they think it is legal.

        If you regularly use the US mail to send this substance across state lines, you are committing a felony. IF you brought this across a state line from Oregon, where it is legal, to Washington, where it is legal, you are committing a felony no matter how many times you have done it.

        A Republican long ago said, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscious stupidity.” You may have thought you were on the side of right all your life and never committed a felony and still end up in a prison in the South. He did.

        Do not claim there are no people in Florida just looking for a way to disarm everyone in general and vets in particular. Do not claim there are no people in Florida who are willing to crush any use of this substance. Most of all, do not claim Florida is not going to be the next State to start confiscating arms using this substance as a justification, like the Pennsylvania State Police.

        The more useful any information becomes as it goes public, the more likely the DOJ will start looking hard at you. I hate to go after anyone who wants to preserve our rights, but your claims of immunity show you do not understand the danger of this. Do not get yourself into this and certainly do not expose others to this danger.

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