Lawmakers push VA to issue verbal cannabis recs (Newsletter: April 1y, 2020)

Lawmakers push VA to issue verbal cannabis recs (Newsletter: April 1y, 2020)

USDA OKs more hemp plans; CBO misunderstands marijuana research bill; Op-ed: Cannabis criminalization makes COVID crisis worse Subscribe to receive Marijuana Moment’s newsletter in your inbox every weekday morning. It’s the best way to make sure you know which cannabis stories are shaping the day. (function() { window.mc4wp = window.mc4wp || { listeners: [], forms: { on: function(evt, cb) { window.mc4wp.listeners.push( { event : evt, callback: cb } ); } } } })(); Email address: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Your support makes Marijuana Moment possible… By starting a $10 per month pledge on Patreon—or about 45 cents per issue of this newsletter—you can help us rely less on ads to cover our expenses, hire more journalists and bring you even more marijuana news. https://www.patreon.com/marijuanamoment / TOP THINGS TO KNOW Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) and other Massachusetts lawmakers, in a letter shared exclusively with Marijuana Moment, are pushing the Department of Veterans Affairs to let its doctors verbally recommend medical cannabis to military veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a veterans medical cannabis research bill approved by a House committee last month seems to greatly misunderstand the legislation’s provisions—calling into question the validity of the fiscal projections. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved hemp plans for Florida, Kansas and three Indian tribes. An op-ed from Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Steve Hawkins published by Marijuana Moment examines how cannabis criminalization undermines the coronavirus response. “As we dare…

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