Bipartisan Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Cannabis Trials for Veterans
A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives have filed legislation that would facilitate government-sponsored research on the use of medical cannabis by veterans.
The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (HR 5520) was filed by representative Timothy Waltz (D) with 34 bipartisan co-sponsors. The measure states that; “In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.. the Secretary may conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safety of forms of cannabis.. on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions the Secretary determines appropriate.”
The measure authorizes “the Secretary to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis.”
According to recent polling published by The American Legion, 39% stated that they “know a veteran” who is using medical cannabis, with 21% saying they themselves “use cannabis to treat a mental or physical condition.”
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