Florida Veterans, Medical Marijuana Available Soon Through the VA

Florida Veterans, Medical Marijuana Available Soon Through the VA

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It got little attention last week, but one U.S. House vote passed Thursday is some kind of major victory for veterans fighting pain. By a 233-189 vote, House members said yes to the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, a bipartisan measure that will allow Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in the 26 states where it is legal. Florida is one of those states. The vote already passed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, but narrowly failed last year in the House. It’s likely now to make the final spending bill. “We are delighted to lift this outdated, discriminatory policy, which has negatively impacted the lives of so many veterans.” said Michael Collins, deputy director for the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs. “We need all options on the table to treat veterans, and finally Congress has seen sense and will allow veterans to be on an equal footing to other residents of medical marijuana states.” I admit, I have a personal interest in this. Our daughter Kirsty, a veteran wounded in Central America, has suffered from fibromyalgia for at least the last 16 years. (It was only diagnosed 16 years ago.) Without medication, she is in constant pain. But the three fibro drugs on the market — Cymbalta, Lyrica and Savella — all carry frightening risks. Read this article , for example, on the side effects of Big Pharma’s fibro "answers." I’m sure you can guess the one answer that has no risk. It’s medical cannabis. But it wasn’t available to Kirsty or anybody else through the VA, where she goes for treatment. Now it looks as if it could be an option by the end of the year. The Veterans Equal Access Amendment was led by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who has been […]

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