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Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis

  • by NORML July 11, 2017

    Medical marijuana

     

    Update: The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to include the amendment as part of the 2018 MilCon-VA bill. It is expected that an identical amendment will be introduced in the future in the House. 

    This Wednesday, July 12th, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee will convene to discuss the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. This legislative debate provides lawmakers with the opportunity to expand much needed medical marijuana access to our nation’s veterans.

    Presently, V.A. doctors in states where cannabis therapy is permitted are forbidden from providing the paperwork necessary to complete a medical cannabis recommendation, thus forcing military veterans to seek the advice of a private, out-of-network physician. This issue can be solved by the approval of the Veterans Access Amendment, which ends these cruel and unnecessary restrictions on V.A. doctors and their patients.

    Send a message to your Senators NOW demanding equal access for veterans.

    Last year, majorities in both the US House and Senate voted to include similar language as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. However, Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee elected to remove the language from the bill during a concurrence vote. We must not allow a similar outcome again this year.

    Veterans are increasingly turning to medical cannabis as an effective alternative to opioids and other conventional medications to treat conditions like chronic pain and post-traumatic stress. A retrospective review of patients’ symptoms published in 2014 in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs reported a greater than 75 percent reduction on a scale of post-traumatic symptom scores following cannabis therapy. This is why, in recent months, two of the largest veterans’ rights groups — AMVETS and the American Legion —  have resolved in favor of patients’ access to cannabis therapy.

    Our veterans deserve the option to legally access a botanical product that is objectively safer than the litany of pharmaceutical drugs it could replace.

    Write your Senator RIGHT NOW and urge them to support the Veterans Equal Access Amendment!

    Thanks for all you do,
    The NORML Team

    P.S. Have you gotten your ticket for the 2017 NORML D.C. Conference and Lobby yet? Click here to register and come to Washington, DC September 10th-12th. 

    8 Responses to “Tell the Senate to Expand Veterans’ Access to Medical Cannabis”

    1. Jane Peters says:

      I hope it helps our veterans.

      • Maturin says:

        Me too. Nobody deserves to suffer needlessly. “When we assumed the soldier. we did not lay aside the civilian.” – George Washington

    2. Julian says:

      Done.
      Now to support the opponents of Rep. Lamar Smith and Sen. Ted Cruz to shame them for pretending to support our veterans on one hand while maintaining marijuana prohibition on the other…

    3. Julian says:

      Speaking of access, has anyone been following the scandal in Nevada?

      http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/12/536805816/marijuana-shortage-prompts-emergency-in-nevada-tax-officials-weigh-changes

      The demand for marijuana during Nevada’s furst week of legal marijuana sales was more than triple. The Nevada tax board is considering revoking the liquor boards authority over licensing. Its all about the economic$…

    4. Dominique Ford says:

      Fuck the federal reserve

    5. Mark Mitcham says:

      Done.

    6. mexweed says:

      “opioids and other conventional medications”… hey, when did those get conventionalized?

    7. clem clark says:

      E mailed my senators Cotton and Boozman, these two guys always vote NOT, you would think Cotton being a Vet would have some compassion for the rest of us, it must be being born into a wealthy family that makes them this way.

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