Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Recent MJ Statement
A recent Washington Post addresses this as we recap it below.
Climate change, veteran health, and marijuana: all three of these topics are being heavily discussed by Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. Shulkin is being referred as the voice of reason after his “State of the VA” speech. The secretary was questioned by multiple reporters on whether or not he will advance the research of medical marijuana for veteran use. To which he responded, “There may be some evidence that this is beginning to be helpful,”… “And we’re interested in looking at that and learning from that. But until the federal law changes, we are not able to be able to prescribe, you know, medical marijuana for conditions that — may be helpful.”
The Climate Connection
Now you may be wondering, where does climate change come into play in all this? It is being discovered that through climate change more veterans are having chronic issues. “Climate change could have widespread effects on Veterans’ health, including long-lasting chronic effects,” the Department declared in a 2014 VA Climate Change Adaptation Plan. American Legion the largest Veterans Organization is pushing for the law to allow the study of marijuana for medical reasons and recently published an article titled “What Wounded Veterans Need: Medical Marijuana.” There are many reports of Medical Marijuana helping ease multiple symptoms, such as; Chronic Pain, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, psoriasis, and more.
The Need for Research
The Secretary for Veterans Affairs is speaking up, adding his voice to millions of others awaiting the change in federal status for medical marijuana. Some states have passed medical marijuana laws, offering relief to those suffering chronic pain and other maladies, but much more can be done with the full power and cooperation of the federal government. We believe there is a majority that wants the federal laws to change so that research can take place on the benefits cannabis can provide. The sooner this happens the better. It is time we find out the truth about cannabis and what it can truly do for those that believe it can help. There is no lack of anecdotal evidence on the positive effects of the cannabis plant.