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Medical Marijuana for Vets

Marijuana Majority in New York Times:

Let military veterans access medical cannabis!

  • Thomas James Brennan makes a powerful case that military veterans deserve access to medical marijuana, which can help alleviate physical and mental war wounds (“Why Pot, Not Pills, Works for My T.B.I.,” Op-Ed, Sept. 1).
  • Mr. Brennan is correct that federal law prevents doctors in the Department of Veterans Affairs from prescribing medical cannabis.
  • That’s the case for private doctors as well, since prescription is a federally regulated process and marijuana is a restricted Schedule I drug.
  • But the only thing preventing V.A. doctors from recommending medical cannabis — the process that private providers in 29 states use to facilitate patient access — is the department’s own internal policy.
  • If they really believe that, they should allow V.A. doctors to recommend cannabis to veterans who need it.

The group Marijuana Majority writes that V.A. doctors should be allowed to recommend the drug to veterans who need it.

@JoinTheMajority: Marijuana Majority in New York Times:

Let military veterans access medical cannabis!

To the Editor:

Thomas James Brennan makes a powerful case that military veterans deserve access to medical marijuana, which can help alleviate physical and mental war wounds (“Why Pot, Not Pills, Works for My T.B.I.,” Op-Ed, Sept. 1).

Mr. Brennan is correct that federal law prevents doctors in the Department of Veterans Affairs from prescribing medical cannabis. That’s the case for private doctors as well, since prescription is a federally regulated process and marijuana is a restricted Schedule I drug.

But the only thing preventing V.A. doctors from recommending medical cannabis — the process that private providers in 29 states use to facilitate patient access — is the department’s own internal policy.

Secretary David Shulkin recently said about marijuana that there is “some evidence that this is beginning to be helpful,” and President Trump said on the campaign trail that he personally knows “people that are very, very sick and for whatever reason, the marijuana really helps them.”

If they really believe that, they should allow V.A. doctors to recommend cannabis to veterans who need it. All that is needed is a simple administrative fix that doesn’t require congressional action.

The writer is chairman of Marijuana Majority, a nonprofit that works to reform the marijuana laws.

Medical Marijuana for Vets

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