According to News Center Maine, some veterans are avoiding opioids and self medicating with marijuana for chronic pain. Though pot is legal in Maine, it is still illegal federally. Some vets are concerned about admitting their pot use to their doctors out of fear of losing their VA benefits. However, the VA will not take away veteran benefits for using marijuana.

Doctors are urging vets to be honest about everything that they are taking because of potential interactions. Doctors can prescribe medical marijuana legally in Maine, but VA doctors aren't allowed to even suggest it as a treatment.