Trump said he would nominate Ronny Jackson, 50, an active-duty rear admiral in the Navy who has served for the past three administrations as a White House physician.
Top officials at of The American Legion stepped up their calls for the federal government to legitimize and invest in medical marijuana research.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
2017 was a year of frustration but also incremental progress for military veterans and their advocates as veterans’ organizations and their supporters continued to lobby federal and state politicians to expand medical marijuana access and research.
The directive changes policy to support “the Veteran – (health) provider relationship when discussing the use of marijuana and its impact on health, including Veteran-specific treatment plans.”
Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs. The increase has come amid increasingly visible advocacy from veterans’ groups.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Saturday to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.
Meet the veterans in the cannabis industry: The skills they developed in the military, including discipline and work ethic, are welcomed by businesses.
Washington Post op-ed: Veterans’ compelling stories about how medical cannabis helped them differ starkly from VA’s federally imposed silence and lack of guidance.
A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives, along with several combat veterans and the mother of a Marine who died by suicide after struggling with prescribed pharmaceuticals, came together in Washington on Thursday and urged Congress to advance efforts for medical marijuana research.
A new survey by the American Legion showing strong support in the military veterans community for medical marijuana research and legalization.
Medical marijuana proponents say assistance from VA could jump-start a pioneering clinical study of cannabis in treating PTSD in veterans.
A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. A vote Monday could be the end of the line this year in another attempt to pass it.
The Trump administration’s attack on legal marijuana is increasingly confronting a politically potent adversary: military veterans
A Senate committee just voted to allow VA doctors to talk medical marijuana with patients, but a similar measure was killed last year despite bicameral support.
The CARERS Act would not legalize medical marijuana federally; it would officially allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies. Additionally, Veterans Affairs physicians would be able to recommend medical marijuana to their veteran patients, which they are currently banned from doing.
A veteran’s op-ed on cannabis and PTSD: “It’s time we are provided with a means to heal ourselves and become ‘mission ready’ for the next chapters in our lives.”
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is now a qualifying condition for doctor-recommended medical marijuana in Colorado, after years of lobbying by veterans.
After Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin delivered his “State of VA” speech last week, his department was, unexpectedly, connected to medical marijuana.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said federal law prevents the department from implementing any potential benefits of medical marijuana for veterans.
Medical marijuana advocates in Texas are promoting support from more conservative sources to push longshot medical marijuana legislation.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing to revive tough drug enforcement strategies that some involved in 1980s war on drugs have come to doubt.
For members of the U.S. military, admitting to using marijuana could result in an investigation and in most cases, punishment or separation from the military.
A Quinnipiac University Poll revealed registered American voters say veterans should be allowed to use marijuana for PTSD.
In two separate actions, the U.S. House and Senate this week moved to make it easier for military veterans to access medical marijuana — efforts that were largely, but not unanimously, supported by Colorado’s congressional delegation.