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Defense Bill Could Allow Soldiers To Use Medical Marijuana In Combat

Defense Bill Could Allow Soldiers To Use Medical Marijuana In Combat.

  • Although the cannabis plant remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, there is a new defense bill on the table calling for soldiers on active duty to be allowed the use of experimental medications, including medical marijuana, while in the trenches of battle.
  • According to a report from Politico, the measure (HR 2810) would give the secretary of defense the power to grant military service members working outside the United States the freedom to use drugs that have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Therefore, the Department of Defense is essentially asking for Congress to extend the existing permissions by giving the military absolute say in declaring “emergency uses for medical products to reduce deaths and severity of injuries caused by agents of war.”
  • Although there is nothing written in the language of the bill that specifies the emergency use of medical marijuana (the argument actually stems from the military’s inability to get “frozen plasma”), if the plan would, in fact, give the Pentagon the right to distribute unapproved medications, it stands to reason…
  • One thing is certain—the Pentagon, much like the community trying to research marijuana for its therapeutic potential, is tired of waiting on the FDA for drugs that might benefit its soldiers.

A newly proposed piece of legislation would allow soldiers to use experimental drugs, which could mean the use of medical marijuana in combat.

Although the cannabis plant remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, there is a new defense bill on the table calling for soldiers on active duty to be allowed the use of experimental medications, including medical marijuana, while in the trenches of battle. Yes, you read that right: Soldiers might soon be allowed to use medical marijuana in combat.

According to a report from Politico, the measure (HR 2810) would give the secretary of defense the power to grant military service members working outside the United States the freedom to use drugs that have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The goal of the bill is “to reduce the number of deaths or the severity of harm to members of the armed forces… caused by a risk or agent of war,” reads a conference report.

The problem is Congress, and the many agencies that make up the beast we know as Uncle Sam, cannot seem to agree on the most appropriate path to take on this matter.

For now, there is a lot of pressure on Capitol Hill not to break policy—keeping the determination of what constitutes “safe and effective” medicine solely in the hands of the FDA.

But part of the law allows the FDA to give the Pentagon permission to use experimental medications in the event of a nuclear attack and other chemical threats. Therefore, the Department of Defense is…

Defense Bill Could Allow Soldiers To Use Medical Marijuana In Combat

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