Survey: Military Vets Strongly Support Medical Cannabis Access

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 25, 2016

    oil_bottlesMore than two in three military veterans say that medical cannabis should be legal, and 75 percent believe that VA physicians should be able to recommend marijuana therapy to eligible patients, according to the results of the 7th annual membership survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American (IAVA).

    Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they “support the legalization of medical marijuana in their state.” Only 20 percent oppose legalizing medical cannabis access.

    Seventy-five percent of veterans “believe the VA should allow medical marijuana as a treatment option where warranted.” Fourteen percent of respondents disagreed.

    Founded in 2004, the IAVA states that it is “the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America.”

    In May, majorities in both the US House and Senate voted to include language in the 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to permit VA doctors to recommend cannabis therapy. However, Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee decided in June to remove the language from the bill during a concurrence vote.

    32 responses to “Survey: Military Vets Strongly Support Medical Cannabis Access”

    1. vickia52 says:

      this is not a country, of the people, for the people, and by the people!

    2. MSimon says:

      You can add me to the list. ‘Nam ’66.

    3. propot says:

      Yep, the democrats changed the “language” of the bill, so the committee removed it from the bill. If it would have gone through as written, it would not have been available to vets unless they give up their second amendment right to own a gun. Don’t blame it on the Republicans, it all boils down to an attempt at gun control.

      [Paul Armentano responds: False. The language expanding veterans access was approved by both chambers and therefore should have appeared in the final concurrent version of the bill. It was removed at the 11th hour by Republican leadership. Further, the restriction regarding second amendment rights is an existing federal prohibition that dates back several decades restricting gun ownership. It is Sect. 922(g) of the federal criminal code (from the 1968 federal Gun Control Act), which says that anyone “who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” is prohibited from possessing or receiving firearms or ammunition]

    4. Gene says:

      A couple of months ago I read an article saying the DEA is planing to reschedule marijuana , now I’m seeing articles saying this is not true, what is the real truth?

      [Paul Armentano responds: The DEA issued a letter this past spring stating that they will take action on a pair of rescheduling petitions by the close of the first half of this year. The petitions were filed in 2009 and 2011. They have missed this deadline and have yet to make any formal recommendations. NORML supports descheduling cannabis, not rescheduling it, as we articulate here: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/uncategorized/283710-time-to-remove-marijuana-from-the-controlled-substances-act.%5D

    5. Miles says:

      Being a military vet myself, The USMC back in the 1970’s, there is zero doubt in my mind that marijuana has been extremely helpful to me. Thousands of us have stated such. Thousands of doctors agree. Why isn’t this enough to convince the prohibitionists of the world? These politicians that claim to care for veterans but continue to support the criminalization of cannabis should be thrown out of office for their stupidity.

    6. Rich K says:

      Exactly why NOBODY should vote for a republican…voting democrat for the majority will continue cannabis reform. voting republican will mean more of the same prohibition. Now is the time for change….don’t vote republican.

    7. Just An Observer says:

      If someone in NORML can send this info along to Trump’s campaign staff, I wonder what their response would be given Trump’s support of veterans?

    8. Lisa says:

      Veterans deserve the same health-care options as our civilian counterparts. Passage of this bill will begin the process of allowing veterans to discuss the risks and benefits of medical cannabis with their doctors,” said Scott Murphy of Veterans for Safe Access and Compassionate Care, as reported by Westword.

    9. Gene says:

      To all the Vets, I would like to thank you for your service, from my family to yours THANK YOU

    10. Julian says:

      Thank you Paul for your educational moderation and editing.
      Bipartisan support passed this bill. A group of Republicants in the House Appropriations Committee killed it in the middle of the night, like minions from the zombie apocalypse. But no joke, these Republicans are trying to say the support our veterans by day while they are killing our veterans at night. A repost of the Republicans on this Committee is due;


      If your Republican Congressman is on this list, call them, expose them for the treasonous murderers they are and vote them out. It’s no different than a Democrat going out to hang Debbie Washmoney Shultz for taking money from private prisons and cancerous diabetic pills to thwart marijuana reform efforts (except the list of Republicans goes on for a while…)

      Please check the NORML Congressional scorecard and support and VOTE for the A-B list!