Senate Approves Funding Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana For Veterans
Published on Nov 11, 2015
Only a day after Veteran's Day, the Senate approved a new part of a military budget bill that wouuld allow Veteran Administration doctors to discuss and prescribe medical marijuana to patients in states where it's been legalized. The fight for vets to have access to medical marijuana is not a new one, and the data strongly shows that marijuana can indeed help treat the serious symptoms of PTSD. 22 military veterans kill themselves everyday from treatable depression. About 30% of vietnam vets suffer from PTSD and nearly 11% from the Gulf and Afghanistan wars.
This is not the first time that Congress has tried to gain medical cannabis access for veterans. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) of the House of Representatives has introduced the Veterans Equal Access Act not once, but twice in the past two years, only for the bill to stall in the Subcommittee on Health.