Veterans Groups Demand Congress Pass Bill On VA Medical Marijuana Research Before Session Ends

Veterans Groups Demand Congress Pass Bill On VA Medical Marijuana Research Before Session Ends
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A coalition of more than 20 veterans service organizations (VSOs) sent a letter to congressional leaders on Thursday to urge the passage of a marijuana and veterans research bill before the end of the current Congress. The groups—which include Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and AMVETS—specifically want to see lawmakers take up the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct clinical trials into the therapeutic potential of cannabis for military veterans. “For decades, many veterans have called for medicinal cannabis as an option for treating the unseen wounds of war and other injuries sustained through service,” the letter says. “Veterans and caregivers have consistently communicated their anecdotal experiences regarding how cannabis offers effective treatment in tackling some of the most pressing health concerns they face upon returning from war.” Tell your member of Congress you support researching Cannabis as a solution for veterans to help heal the wounds of war and they must pass the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act now! Take action herehttps://t.co/JWxaEdJiGf #CannabisForVets pic.twitter.com/jkHestjAdd — IAVA (@iava) December 9, 2022 “We remain committed to the VA’s goal of conducting research into the efficacy of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for veterans with chronic pain, PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injuries,” it continues. “However, as a Schedule I drug under the [Food and Drug Administration], research into the efficacy of cannabis has been stagnant, cumbersome, and convoluted with red tape. Federal research into cannabis faces many bureaucratic hurdles that hinder researchers.” On the House side, the veterans cannabis research bill is being sponsored by Reps. Lou Correa (D-CA) and Peter Meijer (R-MI). The Senate version is being led by Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK). The legislation cleared a House committee last…

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