Lawmakers Advance Bill Pushing VA to Research Marijuana

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs voted unanimously to advance the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act to the House floor -- a bipartisan attempt to encourage the VA to study the drug as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and other ailments that disproportionately affect veterans. The bill stops short of mandating the VA research marijuana but makes clear that the VA can study it. It also requires the agency to report back to Congress about its progress.

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Making Cannabis Accessible to Veterans

We are in a political moment where Congress and the White House can do right thing by veterans and by patients across the country. Reschedule cannabis, research it, regulate it and make it accessible — this is the message we are carrying in the halls of the capitol and to the American people. We must come together to make the compassionate, common-sense choice to end cannabis prohibition now.

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Suit Calls Navy Board Biased Against Veterans With PTSD

"The military has increasingly acknowledged in recent years that there are tens of thousands of Corporal Mankers — troops whose brutal experiences left them with post-traumatic stress disorder, and who were then pushed out of the military for misconduct. Many were given other-than-honorable discharges that stripped them of veterans’ benefits."

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Military veterans defy Jeff Sessions, fight for medical marijuana to kick opioid addiction

The VA's opioid crisis echoes the nationwide pattern of suspect partnerships between painkiller companies and medical professionals. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, donated $200,000 to the VA pain management team in 2001, and concerns about opioid addiction were labeled as "barriers" to appropriate care in 2003 by the VA. These 2003 guidelines called opioids "the most effective option" for many patients, and they "only rarely cause addiction."

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Meet the Army vet taking on Sessions over medical marijuana

On Wednesday, he came from Florida to Manhattan federal court, where he and five other plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Drug Enforcement Agency to make it easier for veterans to obtain medical cannabis.

“As we speak this morning, there’s a veteran somewhere in America that’s committed suicide. We lose a veteran every 90 minutes or so somewhere in this country… Jeff Sessions, look into your heart,” Belen said in front of the courthouse to a crowd of supporters shortly before a hearing on the case.

“Wherever you are, look at us. We’re not misfits, we’re not stoners. We’re citizens of this country. This is the very fabric of America, we will not be held down anymore.”

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Lawsuit Takes Aim at Trump Administration Marijuana Policy

" In its 98-page complaint, the suit presents its case for legalization not only through a host of constitutional arguments, but also by way of a world-historical tour of marijuana use — from its first purported role 10,000 years ago in the production of Taiwanese pottery to the smoking habits of President Barack Obama in his younger days. It points out that the ancient Egyptians used the drug to treat eye sores and hemorrhoids, and Thomas Jefferson puffed it for his migraines. James Madison credited “sweet hemp” for giving him “insight to create a new and democratic nation,” the suit notes."

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Report: Netanyahu nixes medical marijuana export because of Trump

" According to the report, Netanyahu announced putting the ambitious export project on hold in a meeting on Sunday with the ministers of agriculture, health and finance.

Before the ministry representatives could present their arguments, Netanyahu said Trump had called him and made clear his general attitude against marijuana exports, the report said.

Netanyahu told the ministers that it would not be wise to be the vanguard in this field, noting that Canada is the only country that has authorized the export of cannabis."

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