Bill Promoting Research On Marijuana’s Benefits For Military Veterans Will Be Considered By House Committee Next Week

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A bill to promote research into the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for military veterans will receive a hearing in Congress next week. The House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Health will take up Rep. Lou Correa’s (D-CA) legislation, titled the VA Cannabis Research Act. It would mandate that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launch a series of clinical trials on medical marijuana for PTSD and chronic pain. While VA representatives have previously expressed opposition to earlier versions of this legislation—as well as other cannabis- and veterans-related bills—advocates are hopeful that the Biden administration will ultimately back the incremental reform this time around. Correa said last week at a House Judiciary Committee meeting—where members approved a federal marijuana legalization bill—that he’d spoken earlier in the day with VA Secretary Denis McDonough “to discuss this specific issue of cannabis is a refers to veterans.” “California was the first state in the union to legalize cannabis way back in 1996,” the congressman said. “So far we know cannabis is good for seizures, glaucoma, chronic pain, PTSD and god knows what are the [other] things it’s good for. But we won’t know until we do the medical research, and we cannot do medical research until cannabis is declassified at the federal level.”

Correa also separately proposed requiring the VA cannabis studies as an amendment to a defense spending bill that passed the House late last month. But he withdrew it prior to a House Rules Committee hearing. What remains to be seen is where VA will come down on the measure during next week’s subcommittee meeting. A Senate committee in June held a hearing on a bill to similarly require the department to conduct clinical trials into the therapeutic potential of marijuana for military veterans with PTSD and chronic pain—but a…

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