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U.S. Senate Votes to Allow Veterans Access to MMJ

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U.S. Senate Votes to Allow Veterans Access to MMJ

An important piece of legislation was passed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, which will make medical marijuana more accessible to veterans in states that have made it legal.

As it stands, the Department of Veterans Affairs strictly prohibits doctors employed with the federal government from so much as even discussing the subject of cannabis medicine with their patients. However, with the Senate putting their stamp of approval on the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, they have essentially imposed a ban that will prevent the department from using funds to penalize those veterans who take advantage of the medical marijuana programs in their state.

For thousands of veterans across the United States, suffering from conditions ranging from chronic pain to PTSD, this vote will make today one of the most memorable Veteran’s Days in decades.

“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor,” Michael Collins, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement. “It makes no sense that a veteran can’t use medical marijuana if it helps them and it is legal in their state.”

The brass tacks of the bill suggests that no money given to the Department of Veterans Affairs will “interfere with the ability of a veteran to participate in a State-approved medicinal marijuana program” or “deny any services from the Department to a veteran who is participating in such a program.” It would also not “limit or interfere with the ability of a health care provider of the Department to make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms, or take steps to comply with such a program.”

Unfortunately, while this bill managed to attract support in the Senate, drug policy reform advocates believe more needs to be done to bring a more comprehensive measure, like the CARERS Act, to the table for those who have served our country.

“The politics around marijuana have shifted in recent years, yet Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley hasn’t held a hearing on the bill,” Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in statement. “We will move the CARERS Act piece by piece if we have to but now is the time for the Senate to hold a hearing on the bill as a whole.”

Should veterans have access to medical marijuana? Tell us what you think in the comments.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Johnathon

    January 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Air Force SrA Retired Alaska, Iraqi 6 month’s, Alaska 24 hours Car of Accident (Arm right, foot right, speech 4/28/2008) Head pounding

  2. cherry connolly

    December 31, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Yes.

  3. cherry connolly

    December 31, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Yes. Many, especially Viet Nam vets where they had access to as my first used to say, “bucoo” marijuana would love it. Helps them with PTSD etc. The Fed govt shouldn’t interfere and allow doctors and providers to be such.

  4. Damon

    November 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Iraq vet with PTSD and depression. I have been on a lot of medication prescribed by the VA with no real relief. I started with medical marijuana about 6 months ago and I have had drastic improvement and even have reduced my pharmaceuticals dramatically. It should definitely be made available by VA doctors.

  5. Janet

    November 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I’m a female Vietnam Veteran. If it was legal I would smoke it!I protect my family first. No choice. I have PTSD. THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T CARE. THEY COVER MY MOLESTATION UP! I’ve been diagnosed by 8 doctor’s with PTSD.SMOKING POT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.NOT THE GOVERNMENT!

  6. Jonathan Stubberfield

    November 16, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I think it should be legal for VETS an legal as a whole .

  7. melissa

    November 12, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Only reason it’s not legal is because the rich assholes are afraid of losing money . Minnesota has the strictest law , it’s a bunch of bullshit when it can help so many people and save lives it should be legal but so many companies are chicken shit and don’t want to lose any money it’s sad when money is more important than a life .. get a grip ass holes

  8. linda

    November 12, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I hope to c cannibus legalized b4 I die..been smoking for 50 years and been waiting 50 years for our government to get it right. Time to make the right choices for people that have to use it just to be well.

  9. Laboy-Torres, Miguel A.

    November 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I would like to know?, Why not legalizing in all states and territorries, with out asking the state for a voting act. Fastening the treatment medicine to all that need it now.
    Stop the debate that is taking more time and make it now. My opinion, thank you

  10. Jay whittington

    November 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    The facts about marijuana are very misleading. Most think it causes more harm than good. Well that’s erroneous as it gets. I purport that the effects of the good drug is that it’s relaxing and has positive effects especially if you suffer ptsd. Not a living being should be denied access to this wonderful natural drug. Veterans suffer ptsd greatly in some cases. We need to combine our nation and think rationally about the good marijuana effects.

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