A team of Republican and Democratic lawmakers revealed that they will be tabling three bills aimed and reforming the different marijuana policies that affect veterans in the country. The bills, if enacted, would formalize the protections offered to veterans who seek medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids as well as create mechanisms for such options to be implemented in a safe way.
The first proposed bill is titled “Department of Veterans Affairs Policy for Medicinal Cannabis Use Act 2018”. The intention of this bill is to amend and codify the existing policy at the VA office through which veterans are protected from any adverse consequences in case their healthcare providers learn that the veterans are using medical cannabis.
This new bill plans to clarify what the roles and responsibilities of veterans/patients and their healthcare providers are on the subject of medical cannabis. The bill would also require that the policy is displayed prominently at all facilities set up by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The second bill is titled “Department of Veterans Affairs Survey of Medicinal Cannabis Use Act 2018”. This bill seeks to make it possible for research to be done by the VA department in order to get concrete information about how veterans are seeking and using medical cannabis.
Such information can be vital in designing interventions which will help the veterans to get medical cannabis in a way that doesn’t compromise any other treatment which they may be receiving for their conditions. The bill is informed by the fact that just over a fifth of all veterans have used some form of medical cannabis, so the process needs to be understood by the authorities.
The third bill is titled “Department of Veterans Affairs Medicinal Cannabis Education Act 2018”. The purpose of this bill is to make it possible for the Department of Veterans Affairs to create partnerships with medical universities that are conducting training on medical cannabis. Such a partnership would help to educate primary healthcare providers about medical cannabis so that veterans benefit from that better understanding of how medical cannabis can be added to the other treatment plans of veterans. This education would take the form of continuing education.
As you can see, the bills are well-intentioned and they deserve a favorable treatment by Congress. It remains to be seen how they will be received and the final form in which they will be passed, if they get to that stage. Cannabis industry players like Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) have a high regard for all veterans and hope that the bills make it through so that the veterans can access medical cannabis in a formal way.
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