VA Should Let Doctors ‘Verbally’ Recommend Medical Marijuana Amid Coronavirus, Lawmakers Say

VA Should Let Doctors ‘Verbally’ Recommend Medical Marijuana Amid Coronavirus, Lawmakers Say

Seven members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are urging the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow VA physicians to verbally recommend medical marijuana to military veterans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The letter, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and shared exclusively with Marijuana Moment, stresses that Massachusetts has shuttered recreational marijuana shops during the COVID-19 crisis, which has driven some to transition to the medical cannabis dispensaries that remain open as essential services under the governor’s order. But because veterans may avoid registering as cannabis patients out of concern that they could lose federal benefits and are now left without access to medicine, the lawmakers want VA to amend its policies, at least on a temporary basis. “As this global pandemic continues to adversely affect veterans’ behavioral and physical health conditions, we believe that veterans who legally use cannabis in the Commonwealth to treat their ailments deserve to receive more robust assistance from qualified medical personnel at their local VA,” the lawmakers, including House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA), wrote, adding that they feel VA should “consider making this directive the official policy” of VA on a permanent basis once the current health emergency is over. It’s unclear what the practical impact of allowing VA doctors to make “verbal” recommendations would be, given that state medical marijuana certifications generally require a written component from doctors. An aide to Warren told Marijuana Moment that the senator would ultimately like to see VA doctors be able…

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