New Legislation Could Increase Veteran Access to Medical Marijuana

New Legislation Could Increase Veteran Access to Medical Marijuana

The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act would allow VA physicians to recommend medical cannabis.

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September 7, 2018
Fortune Magazine
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A new bill introduced to Congress Wednesday could give veterans easier access to medical marijuana in states where it is legal. The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), would allow Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to prescribe the drug to ease pain or symptoms of PTSD.

“Federal law prohibits VA doctors from prescribing or recommending medical marijuana to veterans,” said Nelson in a statement. “This legislation will allow veterans in Florida and elsewhere the same access to legitimately prescribed medication, just as any other patient in those 31 states would have.”

Marijuana remains illegal by federal standards, but individual states have been easing restrictions on the drug in recent years. As of June of this year, marijuana is medically legal in 30 states and Washington D.C.

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