Congress pushes formal VA study on medical marijuana

Members of Congress have introduced legislation that could push Veteran’s Affairs-conducted research on medical marijuana to treat ailments that commonly affect veterans, like post traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. The VA has been hesitant to formally study how cannabis could treat these conditions. Officials from the organization claim that the federal classification of marijuana as a controlled substance prevents this. Critics say otherwise and claim the VA has other reasons for actively avoiding the research. The proposed legislation would remove limits, both real and perceived, on research and allow a full formal study. It is a bipartisan effort with Representatives Lou Correa, D-CA and Clay Higgins, R-LA introducing it together. There is companion legislation currently proposed in the Senate, also with bipartisan support. Members of the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee will debate the proposed measures this year. Medical marijuana has long…

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