Military vets will no longer be refused access to medical marijuana if the awesome bill up at the Senate gets passed. As it is, veterans treated at the Department of Veteran Affairs cannot be prescribed medical marijuana (whether or not they live in a state with legalized MMJ) because of marijuana’s status as a federally banned controlled substance.
Ex-military can still seek prescriptions from other doctors, but since many veterans cannot afford other forms of health care, a big part of the population is excluded from receiving legalized medicine they may need. Marijuana has been shown to treat, among many other illnesses and injuries suffered by veterans, PTSD and chronic pain.
Since the new badass, practical law would reschedule marijuana to Schedule II or III, the restrictions on doctors on the Department of Veteran Affairs would no longer apply.
“This bill seeks to right decades of wrong and end unnecessary marijuana laws,” Cory Booker (D-N.J.), one the senators who introduced the bill, said earlier this week. “Right now, our veterans are prohibited from getting the medical marijuana they need to alleviate their pain and suffering.”