Former VA Secretary Again Calls For Marijuana Research That His Department Resisted
The former head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said that ignoring the benefits of medical marijuana for military veterans puts them in “peril” and said Congress should act to reform federal cannabis laws. David Shulkin, who led VA from February 2017 to March 2018, has recently caught flak from reform advocates who’ve pointed out that the former secretary declined to change VA policy or more forcefully advocate for marijuana research during his time in office. But in recent weeks, he’s expressed strong support for the policies. He made his latest comments in a C-SPAN interview about his book, “It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Serve Your Country,” which itself also contains passages on how he dealt with medical cannabis during his time in office. “The VA, I believe, should be involved and should be open to research for anything that will help veterans improve their lives, including medical cannabis,” Shulkin said. “That’s different than recreational cannabis, but to ignore the benefits of this I think is at the peril of veterans, especially with the crisis of suicides that we’ve talked about.” “It’s time to change that, and legislative help in that would be greatly beneficial,” he said.…
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