Showcasing the impact of cannabis on veterans, current research, and legislative affairs.
“The bottom line is that cannabis prohibition is killing veterans,” Goepel said, “through the stigma that prevents veterans from exploring cannabis as an alternative, through denying the medical value of cannabis and blocking research, and through criminalizing basic self-care. We need more than empty rhetoric—we need action now.”
Today, in states where it is otherwise legal, veterans in federal employment find themselves caught between using a low-risk, high-benefit treatment like cannabis and losing their job, or continuing to take addictive pharmaceuticals that have debilitating side-effects and keeping their paycheck. This flies in the face of the promise the federal government has made to every veteran to provide the best care possible. The Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act is a move in the right direction to promote veteran and public health and protect citizens from government overreach.
There have been over 100,000 veteran suicides and overdoses in the last 15 years. Millions of veterans have been prescribed, both in the VA and private health, cocktails of addictive and toxic drugs without evidence or alternatives. In their own words, veterans will tell you how cannabis has provided relief and hope when nothing else worked. If it helps veterans, it can help all Americans. The time is long past due to end this 80 year injustice and dismantle prohibition.
The federal government…has an explicit requirement to provide the best care possible to those it sends into harm’s way and it has yet to fulfill the spirit of that obligation. Veterans are suffering needlessly for lack of access to cannabis because of laws without any basis in science or good policy, and we must act now to correct this.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a group representing more than 400,000 veterans, released the survey on Wednesday. It showed that 83 percent support allowing legal access to medical marijuana, while 55 percent back recreational legalization.
The reality is that cannabis prohibition and prejudice has infiltrated so much of the federal code that it will take many clear and forceful laws to root it out completely.
The bipartisan legislation directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to perform clinical research on the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis in treating veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain.
We created prohibition by accepting the corrupt agendas of those elected and appointed to serve the public good. Despite thousands of years of human experience with cannabis, we allowed a plant to be criminalized and to be used as tool for control and punishment against millions of our fellow citizens for decades. But we have shown we are capable of acknowledging the truth about the trivial risks and massive benefits that cannabis legalization represents.
The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would amend federal law to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies and permit doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans to treat serious and chronic conditions.