This week, Republican lawmakers blocked the “Veterans Equal Access” amendment from the Veteran Affairs (VA) department’s funding bill for the coming year. This amendment proposed VA doctors consider medical cannabis as a possible pain reliever for patients in states with legal medical marijuana and advise interested patients accordingly. VA doctors are currently not permitted to recommend (or even discuss) medical marijuana, even though many veterans use cannabis as an alternative to opioids for relief of PTSD and pain.
We have been writing since 2015 about the issue of veterans’ access to medical cannabis and unfortunately very little has changed since then. Our veterans deserve better. This is indeed a matter of life and death and yet our government will not act. How sad.