Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R CA) introduced a bill Thursday that would let physicians for the Department of Veteran Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to patients in states where it’s legal.
The Veterans Equal Access Act (PDF) comes at a much-needed time almost a third of returning veterans suffer from some kind of PTSD, and cannabis was proven to aid treat it. In line with the Huffington Post, cannabis is now an approved treatment in 10 states for PTSD, but VA physicians cannot give opinions due to national drug scheduling or advocate it. The Veterans Equal Access Act would remove that limitation for the VA.
An additional 13 states, making for 23 total, permit using medical pot for assorted circumstances, as well as a move in this way opens the door a bit broader for the government to reconsider cannabis, at the same time in minimum, it ought to be determined state-by-state as well as the Schedule 1 designation needs to be taken off. For the record, in accordance with the DEA, cannabis is not better than cocaine, meth, and oxycodone. Realistic thought of cannabis would permit federal funds for research.
In the Huffington Post:
Traumatic brain injury and post traumatic anxiety are dangerous and equally as dangerous as any harms which might be visible in the surface, Blumenauer said. Occasionally a lot more so due to the disastrous effect they can have on a veterans family. We ought to be letting these wounded warriors accessibility to the medication that can help them prosper and live, including medical cannabis, pushing them in the shadows and not treating them. Its black.
Almost 30 percent of veterans who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars suffer from depression and PTSD, based on a 2012 report in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Some scientists have indicated that PTSD symptoms, which may contain flashbacks, stress as well as melancholy may be helped by cannabis. In a current study, patients who smoked cannabis found an average 75 percent decrease in PTSD symptoms.
There are 10 cosigners on the bill, five Republicans and five Democrats:
- Justin Amash (R-MI)
- Paul Broun (R-GA)
- Steve Stockman (R-TX)
- Walter Jones (R-NC)
- Thomas Massie (R-KY)
- Steve Cohen (D-TN)
- Sam Farr (DCA)
- Beto ORourke (D-TX)
- Jared Polis (DCO)
- Dina Titus (D-NV)
This bill passes, and continues the tendency of commonsense grass reform.