The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, as veterans groups are pushing for the use of the drug as an alternative to opioids and anti-depressants.
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On Aug. 6, 2017, Sue Sisley, M.D., sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to request that he stop a Phoenix hospital’s obstruction of the first clinical trial to study the effects of medical cannabis in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans.
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Rep. Lou Correa sent Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin a letter asking for clarification of the Department’s policy on medical marijuana usage in states where it is legally prescribed.
During a press briefing on May 31, 2017, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin fielded a reporter’s question regarding medical marijuana for veterans.
On May 27, 2017, the Canna Community Connection brought together stakeholders for a Reno medical marijuana event to give back to veterans in Nevada by offering them access to free physician evaluations and medical marijuana cards.
In Minnesota, medicinal cannabis companies and the state’s health commissioner disagree with the state Veterans Affairs regarding the use of medical marijuana for PTSD. The controversy centers around the commissioner’s decision to include PTSD among the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana, while Veterans Affairs prohibits its use.
On Sept. 28, 2016, the United States Congress passed a stop-gap funding bill to keep the federal government operating through December; however, conspicuously absent from the bill was the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, a measure that would allow doctors with Veterans Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to veterans.
Despite strong bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate to allow military veterans to receive medical marijuana recommendations through the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.), Congressional leadership is blocking the change from becoming law.
On May 19, 2016, the United States House of Representatives voted 233-189 to approve the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients in states where it is legal.
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The U.S. House voted this morning in favor of a measure that would allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, the Senate passed the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which includes a critical provision for veterans interested in having legal access to medical marijuana treatment options.
Last week, on May 25, 2015, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve an amendment that would allow VA doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans.
“Is medical marijuana right for me?” American war veterans can ask that question, but doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs are banned by the federal government from answering.
Many veterans are increasingly turning to cannabis for help to treat their Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While studies are still being conducted on the effects that cannabis has on people with PTSD, there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence showing a positive relationship.