A letter written last week is is urging the VA to put efforts into research on medical marijuana for vets. Although medical marijuana has been shown to be beneficial for veterans suffering from PTSD and chronic pain, there have been no attempts by the VA to consent to research. This is despite countless people urging them to do so.

Letter is the Latest Attempt to Get VA to Study Medical Marijuana for Vets

The American Legion and several lawmakers and veteran organizations have been urging the federal government to take marijuana off the list of Schedule I substances. Because cannabis is classified as a dangerous drug, very little research has taken place.

Those in support of medical marijuana for vets however, aren’t giving up. This recent letter follows attempts made last month by the American Legion that pressed for “direct involvement” from the VA to stop hindering clinical studies on cannabis for the treatment of PTSD.

The letter addressed to David Shulkin, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, was signed by ten members of the US House of Representatives. It came as a “request” to “fulfill the stated mission” of the VA “to discover knowledge and create innovations that advance health care for veterans and the Nation.”

Countless Veterans Could Find Relief from Medical Cannabis

According to Joe Plenzler, American Legion media director, “Many veterans have told us that they have found relief from medical cannabis and have been able to stop taking VA-prescribed opioids. While we can’t change policy based on their compelling stories, we need to do the research so that we can have a national, fact-based adult conversation on the future of cannabis policy in America.”

The letter cited the fact that “13 percent of veterans prescribed opioids have formed an addiction to the drug.” It also “expressed concerns regarding veterans’ lack of access to alternatives to opioid-based treatments such as complementary and alternative medicine including medical marijuana.”

House Representative members believe the VA is “uniquely situated” for research of medical marijuana on vets. With “world-class researchers, the population it serves, and its history of overseeing and producing research resulting in cutting-edge medical treatments,” the VA is perfect to pursue necessary research on medical marijuana.

Congressman Tim Walz, the highest-ranking enlisted servicemember ever to serve in Congress, had the following to say in response to the letter: “Time and time again I have heard the stories of veterans who have used marijuana medicinally to help them cope with physical and psychological injuries sustained during their service. After hearing from and meeting with veterans and veterans’ advocates from communities across the country, I now know for a fact that research and access to medical marijuana has become a critically important veterans’ issue.”

Walz also mentioned the opioid crisis and how “few populations have been hurt by the opioid epidemic as our veterans.”

It’s a critical time for cannabis research, but without federal funding and support countless veterans continue to suffer. And while its estimated that over 40 percent of veterans use marijuana medically, many are missing out on this integral “advancement of health care for veterans and the Nation.”

Through their most recent attempt, House Representatives ask the VA to respond “in kind, with a commitment to the development of VHA-led research into the issue.” Members are still waiting for Shulkin’s response.

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  1. Personally I do not give a rats ass what the gov of NJ thinks or even his uneducated politically inspired educated level on Cannabis and here is why… In 1994 as a Vietnam Veteran age 21. I found a lump, in self examination, about the size of a ripe Cherry deep under my left Breast Muscle Nipple. I brought my concerns to my VA doctor in the fall of 1997. I was told immediately by 2 different VA doctors that “Men Do Not Get Breast Cancer go home and forget about the lump”. This was my Veterans Administration employed Primary Care Physician in Eugene Oregon connected to the VA in Roseburg Oregon. What good was my trust of my doc.. I fired him soon after and even refused to continue with health care in this city. In 2014 through 2016 I took control of my medications. When my lump shifted dragging my nipple halfway towards my Lymph nodes under my armpit. This cancer suddenly grew I became concerned. Nearly 9 months later the VA stepped in by August 2017. I found the lump had grown to 10 times the size and now I have a malignant Cancer that is considered terminal at 3B. I started a protocol of very high CBD Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil on the evening of 30 August 2017 taking daily doses by mouth and then suppositories using a gram a day to handle a larger dose daily and it is designed to help me live. I have been purchasing my medication out of my own pocket even as I have proved that it came from a hurry up and wait accident on Pier 5 April through June at Cam Rahn Bay Vietnam 50 years ago. I am certified on the National Agent Orange Registry. A Comp and Pensions exam has been conducted. I am spending over $1,000.00 a month for the CBD with Estrogen blocker. The good news is that my cancer while not yet shrinking has stopped getting larger. My proof is the cat scan at 2 months into this protocol. Governor you really should shut your trap but please pull your head out of your hole to reinsert your foot again. Even medically trained VA doctors are amiss with this life saving medical miracle. I have complete records of everything related going into my body now that I am nearly 71 years of age. The VA has not been allowed to follow this life saving medical miracle.

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