On Wednesday, September 6, 2018 a new bill, sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), was introduced to Congress that would allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical cannabis for VA patients in states where medical cannabis is legal. It also makes it federally legal for veterans to "use, possess, or transport medical marijuana in accordance with the laws of the state in which the use, possession, or transport occurs."
In addition to this, the VA will be required to conduct studies on "the effects of medical marijuana on veterans in pain" and "the relationship between treatment programs involving medical marijuana that are approved by States, the access of veterans to such programs, and a reduction in opioid abuse among veterans." $15 million of funding will be provided to support this research.
This is a landmark event. This will mean that federal funds will actually be used to research cannabis as a viable medicine for Americans. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medical benefit and has a high potential for addiction. This designation has made it illegal to study cannabis. If this bill passes and cannabis is allowed to be studied at the Federal level, this could be the first step in de-scheduling cannabis and making it legal nationwide.
The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act has the potential to help thousands, if not millions of veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress. Cannabis has been shown to alleviate the suffering associated with both these ailments.
Much attention has been drawn in recent years to veteran suicides, homelessness and chronic pain issues, however, not much has been done. We hope that this bill passes and our veterans get the support they desperately need.
At True Healing Collective, we always offer a 10% discount to veterans and this is the only discount that can be stacked on top of other sales and discounts. If you are dealing with any concerns as a result of your military service there are support groups available like Operation E.V.A.C . (Educating Veterans About Cannabis), Weed for Warriors and the Santa Cruz Veterans Alliance.