For your morning (afternoon) read:

  • Mildly interesting piece in MarCorps Times, here, about marijuana use by SoCal troops and PTSD.
  • For those with an insatiable appetite for all things related to SEAL cases, you’ll appreciate this UK SOF operator’s thoughts on fighting insurgents and mistreatment of captured insurgents, here.  This is the accused in the Welllie boot detainee assault I mentioned last month, here.
  • From Canada, worries about panel composition in the detainee killing case, see Toronto Star here,

Semrau’s panel consists of a commodore, a lieutenant-colonel, two majors and a captain — one navy, two air force, two army — all from logistic or administrative services.  From their individual and service backgrounds, none has understanding or experience with what a patrol or platoon commander requires outside the wire.

  • Today is LTC Lakin’s (Army flight surgeon and birther du jour) day of reckoning.  Does he report to Ft. Campbell for deployment processing?

3 Responses to “Court-Martial News Round-Up”

  1. Anonymous says:

    On the SOCAL Marine marijuana case: It seems his only mistake may have been not getting a valid state prescription.

    I’ve heard of several recent cases in California where active-duty members popping positive for THC have produced a valid state prescription and have not been disciplined/administratively processed (anecdotally, with PERS and OJAG Code 20 concurrence). From what I’ve heard, each case involved a member who was severely injured/traumatized as a result of his deployment and who had tried other remedies, without relief. One supposedly was referred to the medical marijuana option by a senior active duty healthcare provider.

    I’ve also heard — can anyone confirm? — that there’s a draft instruction circulating within DoD which would expressly authorize medicinal marijuana use under certain circumstances (similar to the peyote reg).

  2. Anonymous says:

    marijuana as a valid prescription produces no more or less issues than other prescribed drugs which cause a change in mood like percocet or oxycontin or the like.

    There are some long-standing prescription drugs which aren’t all that dissimiliar from cocaine or opiates.

    Until we are assured we’ve removed the stigma of seeking mental health, I question whether we should be punishing those users of drugs who the command believes has legitimate mental health issues and are self-medicating.

    Certainly, everyone can claim that and you’d have to do some…ahem…weeding, but starting with folks affirmatively diagnosed with PTSD is a good start.

  3. Anonymous says:

    According to this report, LTC Lakin was a no-show…