U.S. Senate Votes 86 to 5 to Allow Medical Marijuana for Veterans

The full United States Senate has passed a bill that allows physicians at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend medical marijuana to veterans living in states where the medicine is legal.

The Senate voted 86 to 5 on a spending bill that includes a provision to finally allow veterans living in medical marijuana states to receive recommendations from their physicians at the VA.

The measure states that “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Veterans Affairs in this Act may be used in a manner that would —

(1) interfere with the ability of a veteran to participate in a medicinal marijuana program approved by a State;

(2) deny any services from the Department to a veteran who is participating in such a program; or

(3) limit or interfere with the ability of a health care provider of the Department to make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms, or take steps to comply with such a program.

The House of Representatives must now approve the measure before it can be sent to President Trump for consideration.

17 thoughts on “U.S. Senate Votes 86 to 5 to Allow Medical Marijuana for Veterans

  1. So just neglect the Vets that are screwed by the state they live in obsured . What TF happen to one for all all for one, and all our individual rights, I did not serve this country to be rediculed by a lying government, in a genocidal system !!!!!!

  2. Well Grassly made a condition that is just asking for trouble in his life. How stupid. Hopefully he will be diagnosed with something ONLY MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS. And he cannot get it. Ever. Never. Even if made totally legal. Let him SUFFER

  3. I wish I lived in a state that allowed this. I think every state around my state is has legalized marijuana in some way, medical or recreational. Those states are; Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois, and I’m sure Kentucky will be in that category soon. Indiana will NEVER legalize it, hell as of this year we are now able to buy alcohol on Sundays! Politicians need to stop being asses and legalize marijuana in Indiana! What blows my mind is that we are one of the highest in the nation for opioid prescriptions and get this shit…we have safe needle exchanges for heroin users? what kind or sense does that make. So the use of heroin is more socially acceptable than marijuana use?! I’d rather smoke marijuana than use the multiple pills pushed on me from the VA…VA drugs are the real drugs we should be avoiding! LEGALIZE IT??

  4. Prayers for MAGA President Trump to wholeheartedly approve and execute this bill in effect immediately. I know many suffering of PTSD and acute pain with no more controlled substance prescription being written that would highly benefit from medical marijuana, myself included. Thank you #potus #trump #maga #va #vba #congress #ptsd #painmeds #medicalmarijuana #veterans

  5. my hope is that non-legal states acknowledge this & work to make cannabis available to veterans of all states
    vietnam-era vet
    u.s.n. 74-78

  6. Right now those who have chronic pain have lost all opportunity to get opiate medications. Medical Marijuana is expensive and nothing is covered by insurance. Most Veteran do not have the money to get into the state programs. Even worse the VA has basically stopped opiates for chronic pain so someone like myself have to pay for a outside doctor even though I am 100% and have been on the same dose of medication for 18 years. Chronic pain patients basically being left to suffer or end it the suffer by there own hand all because people cannot be responsible and take medicatiom that they should not take or need. 85% of those who abuse opiates never got the prescribtion from doctors yet chronic pain patients are being blamed along with the doctor. Even the pharmacist who has no medical training can say no to fill your legitimate prescription for not reason.

  7. While in the VA healthcare system I was prescribed heavy opiates for my chronic pain (Fibromyalgia and degenerative discs). I was given 90 day prescription amounts since I lived so far from my local VA (pre mail order refills). I was told to take 1 every 6-8 hrs as needed for pain. So basically 4 pills a day x 30 day script x 3 month supply= 360 hydrocodone in my possession at any one time. No one told me about the addictive side effects and the fact my tolerance would skyrocket. The 4 pills a day quickly became 6 then 8 and sometimes even 10 or 12. In the late 80’s Perdue Pharmacuticals donated a large amount of money to the Chronic Pain department of the VA to try their hydrocodone, oxycodone, and oxycontin for Veterans with chronic pain symptoms all while downplaying the addictive properties and potential for abuse. Not a good mix for Veterans with pain and PTSD induced depression/anxiety. At the height of the “Narco Mania” prescription writing bonanza at the VA in the mid to late 90s (I started in 97). Fast forward several years of heavy opioid use and the VA stops my prescription cold with no refills and no exit strategy due to the fact they lost my reords and the original prescription and doctors diagnosis. After many self medicating drug problems involving alcohol and other street drugs and other mental health issues I turned to Cannabis as an alternative to the alcohol and pills and found great relief for both my chronic pain and depression/anxiety and ptsd (undiagnosed at the time) issues. I have had to go on opioids several times due to the fact the VA refused to acknowledge Cannabis and its benefits and at times havent been able to procure medicine on the streets. I not only risked my ability to receive help from the VA for my service connected disabilities many times as I was forced to obtain and consume Cannabis illegally, I also risked my own safety many times to obtain my life saving medicine. With as many as 22 of my brothers and sisters commiting suicide everday, 40% of which are by opioids, I had to do something! To those politicians who voted no on this and have voted no in the past, you had the opportunity to save lives and you failed American Veterans, AVNF!

    Christopher C. Errickson
    President/Founder S.A.V.E 2017
    (USAF 1993-1997)

    Website https://m.facebook.com/SAVESafeAccessforVeteransEverywhere/

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