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A group of 21 Senators and Representatives send letter urging VA to permit doctors to discuss and recommend marijuana as a treatment option in states where it’s legal Under the current system, VA doctors are not allowed to give recommendations for patients to receive medical marijuana, even in states that have legalized it. January 27, 2016

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“…a number of studies indicate that cannabis eases the symptoms of PTSD, the federal government maintains “there is no evidence at this time that marijuana is an effective treatment for this condition.”


from High Times Magazine:
“According to the current directive, VA providers are prohibited from completing forms seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a veteran’s participation in a state-sanctioned marijuana program,” the letter reads. “This policy disincentivizes doctors and patients from being honest with each other.”

“Congress has taken initial steps to alleviate this conflict in law and we will continue to work toward this goal,” the federal lawmakers wrote. “However, you are in a position to make this change when the current VHA directive expires at the end of this month. We ask that you act to ensure that our veterans’ access to care is not compromised and that doctors and patients are allowed to have honest discussions about treatment options.”