On March 12, the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) passed two separate pieces of legislation pertaining to cannabis policy. “Our veterans put their lives on the line to defend our country, the absolute least we owe them is to ensure they are taken care of when they return to civilian life,” stated NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri. “It is imperative that we approve legislation such as the Veterans Equal Access Act so that the countless vets suffering from post-traumatic stress and other debilitating disorders have access to the safe and effective option of medical marijuana treatment.” The first bill, HR 712, known as the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019, introduced by @RepLouCorrea
(D-CA), would direct the Veterans Administration to conduct research on marijuana in regards to a wide variety of ailments commonly associated with service-related issues.
The second bill, HR 1647, known as the Veterans Equal Access Act of 2019, would allow V.A. doctors to fill out the state-legal medical marijuana recommendations. Originally introduced years ago by Congressman Earl Blumenauer, this marks the first time that the bill has been considered by HVAC.
After the passage, @RepBlumenauer
said, “Today was a monumental day for our veterans. We have been working for years to reform this counterproductive policy that forces veterans outside of the V.A. to receive legal medical cannabis treatment for chronic pain and PTSD. This is the culmination of the tremendous work of our movement, but we will not be finished until this becomes the law of the land . We must reform our federal cannabis policy.” 🇺🇸 Tap link in bio to read more on the NORML Blog!
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