Push is on to make medical marijuana more accessible to U.S. veterans

U.S. vets can’t get weed for medical purposes even if they live in one of the 33 states with legalized medical marijuana

By Kieran Delamont

2019-09-25

U.S. veterans often face a ton of medical challenges after returning home from overseas. 

For many, medical cannabis offers a glimmer of hope for PTSD and other conditions — only problem is, the VA seems determined to make it as hard as possible for vets to access it. 

Because the VA is a federal program, it can’t connect potential patients with resources, even if they live in one of the 33 states with legalized medical marijuana. They also can’t reimburse soldiers for the weed they have to buy out-of-pocket.

But now, according to The Hill, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, two vets’ associations, are urging change. 

“If there’s a viable medical treatment available… it’s patently unjust that veterans don’t have access to it,” says Lindsay Rodman, an executive vice president at the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. 

 

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