Bill would allow VA to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced legislation last week to allow doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans in the 31 states that have established medical marijuana programs, including Hawaii.

In addition to creating a temporary, five-year, safe-harbor protection plan for veterans who use medical marijuana, the bill would also direct the VA to research how medical marijuana could help veterans better manage chronic pain and reduce opioid abuse.

  1. Joe Public September 10, 2018 11:43 am Reply

    This should be interesting, the VA to prescribe MJ to vets….1st steps to legalization? Better see if Brian and Bill are “silent partners” in any of the dispensary’s.

  2. Robert Kauai September 19, 2018 6:49 pm Reply

    People suffering from PTSD, many of whom are veterans, make up the second largest group of medical marijuana patients in Hawaii. Many veterans are unable to use medical marijuana because the Veterans Administration is prohibited from even discussing medical marijuana with them. As Ivy Lou Hibbitt, a nurse practitioner with medical marijuana certifying service told me, “Veterans often are forced to take matters into their hands and seek help outside the VA in order to heal themselves”. I hope that Senator Schatz’s bill makes it through Congress and is signed into law because we have too many vets that are suffering as a result of an old misguided policy at the VA.

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