Senate Approves Medical Cannabis Protections for Veterans

U.S. Senators voted 86-5 on Monday in favor of legislation that establishes protections for veterans seeking state-legal medical cannabis therapies, according to a report by Marijuana Moment‘s Tom Angell. The measure was added to legislation funding large parts of the federal government, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, through the fiscal year 2019. Specifically, the provision protects […]

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MMJ For Veterans Amendment Approved By Senate Committee

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved on Thursday an amendment to SB 3024 that ensures access to medical marijuana cannot be denied to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a press release. The amendment was introduced to the committee by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana), whose office makes clear it’s both a veterans and […]

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House Committee Advances Measure Allowing VA to Study MMJ

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee has unanimously voted to advance a measure to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to research medical cannabis, according to a Stars and Stripes report. The bi-partisan measure was introduced last month by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Tim Walz, and Republican committee chairman Rep. Phil Roe, who is also […]

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Bi-Partisan Bill Would Make Clear Veterans Affairs can Study MMJ

A bi-partisan bill has been introduced in the House to make clear that the Department of Veterans Affairs has the authority to study medical cannabis. The measure was introduced by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee ranking Democrat, Rep. Tim Walz, and Republican committee chairman Rep. Phil Roe. In a press release, Walz notes that “22 percent […]

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Veterans Heath Administration Directive Allows Vets to Discuss MMJ with VA Doctors

According to a federal Veterans Health Administration directive – 1315 – dated Dec. 8, “VHA providers and/or pharmacists” are now allowed to discuss medical cannabis options with their patients but are still prohibited from authorizing medical cannabis use. “VHA providers and/or pharmacists should discuss with patients how their use of State-approved medical marijuana to treat […]

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American Legion Poll Finds Near-Unanimous Support for MMJ Research

A poll conducted by the American Legion, a U.S. veteran’s organization, found that 92 percent of veteran households support research into medical cannabis therapies for mental and physical conditions. Moreover, another 83 percent of the 1,300 respondents supported federal legalization of medical cannabis, and 82 percent wanted medical cannabis as a legal treatment option. According to […]

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Veterans Equal Access Amendment

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment as part of the 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that would allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend cannabis to their patients in states where it is legal. The Veterans Equal Access Amendment reads: None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available […]

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