Medicinal cannabis has been touted as a potential solution to the nation’s opioid crisis. But because of federal laws, veterans still cannot receive cannabis through Veterans Affairs (VA)—even in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Cannabis is considered a Schedule 1 narcotic according to federal laws, so VA doctors are not allowed to prescribe it to their patients.
Nick Etten, founder and chairman of Veterans Cannabis Project, is hoping to change that.
“This is a major problem for veterans, and one we’re working to fix,” he said. “Because Veterans Health Administration doctors are unable to recommend cannabis as a treatment option to patients, many veterans are forced to self-medicate and turn to uncertain or gray markets to obtain the medicine they need.”
Allowing the VA to recommend cannabis as a treatment option, along with providing counsel to veterans on how to access legal cannabis, would go a long way toward helping veterans in this country, he added.
The Veterans Cannabis Project advocates on behalf of veterans’ cannabis access. They educate the public and policymakers while aiming to eliminate the stigma surrounding marijuana. The organization also supports veterans nationwide, letting them know about their rights and the value of medicinal cannabis.
They also foster a community aiming to heal the nation’s broken approach to cannabis to provide safe, legal access.
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Published: November 11, 2021
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