VA Would Have To Study Medical Marijuana’s Benefits For Veterans Under New Bipartisan Bill In Congress

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A bipartisan bill to require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct clinical trials into the therapeutic potential of marijuana for veterans was reintroduced in the Senate on Thursday, with a House companion version set to be filed on Friday. The VA Medical Cannabis Research Act—sponsored by Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK)—has been slightly modified since an earlier version was introduced last Congress. The measure explicitly mandates that VA launch a series of clinical trials, rather than just one, and also sets out specific guidelines for researching the effects of several cannabis varieties with various THC and CBD concentrations. Reps. Lou Correa (D-CA) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) will refile an identical House version on Friday, a staffer told Marijuana Moment. The VA secretary “shall carry out a series of clinical trials on the effects of medical-grade cannabis on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain and covered veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder,” the text of the bill states. It lists both “required elements” of the trials and “optional elements.” When it comes to the chronic pain trials, the agency would have to look at the impact of marijuana consumption on osteopathic pain, opioid use and dosage, benzodiazepine use and dosage, alcohol use, inflammation, sleep quality, agitation and quality of life. For the PTSD-specific studies, VA would examine the extent to which cannabis affects basic symptoms of the condition, the use and dosage of benzodiazepines, alcohol use, mood, anxiety, social functioning, agitation, suicidal ideation and sleep quality. Optionally, the clinical trials “may include an evaluation of the effects of the use of cannabis to treat chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder on” pulmonary function, cardiovascular events, various forms of cancer, intestinal inflammation, motor vehicle accidents, mania, psychosis, cannabinoid hypermesis syndrome, neuropathy or…

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