Bipartisan Politicians Seek Support For Medical Cannabis Bill For Vets As Senate Passes Landmark Toxic Exposure PACT Act

A bipartisan group of congress members is seeking support for a bill that would allow marijuana access to military veterans, which will be introduced in Congress soon. Sponsors of the measure sent a letter to congressional colleagues Wednesday urging support, reported Marijuana Moment.

The Veterans Equal Access Act, introduced by co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Brian Mast (R-FL), would allow VA doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients in states where it’s legal.

The proposal is supported by a variety of cannabis and veterans organizations including the Veterans Cannabis Coalition, NORML, Drug Policy Alliance, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IVAV), U.S. Cannabis Council, Better Organizing to Win Legalization and National Cannabis Industry Association, and the Council for Cannabis Regulation.

 “Most states with state-legal medical cannabis programs require some sort of recommendation or approval from a medical provider for patients to enroll in the program. However, VA policy prevents VA physicians and care providers from any participation, including helping with the required paperwork or forms,” the letter reads.

“This forces veterans to seek care outside of the VA system to receive their medical cannabis recommendations, which can interrupt continuity of care, lead to mistakes or gaps in care, and require veterans to pay out of pocket for addition physician visits. VA physicians should not be denied the ability to offer a recommendation that they think may meet the needs of their patients.”

The main idea behind the bill is to allow VA doctors to discuss or recommend marijuana if it is in the best interest of their patients.

“The premise is very simple: this zero-score bill would help thousands of …

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