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house Bill H.R. 7130

Should the VA Be Supportive of Veterans’ Medical Marijuana Use?

Argument in favor

Many veterans are already using medical marijuana, and the VA should support this in its official policy and the healthcare that it delivers to them. It’s unrealistic for the VA to prohibit or discourage medical marijuana use, given that many veterans are already using it — so the VA’s official policy should reflect this reality.

Michael 's Opinion
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12/06/2018
I have 4th stage Parkinson’s and have seen so many videos on the positive results of cannibas results. I should not lose my benefits because I want to try something to better my lifestyle.
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Dori's Opinion
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12/06/2018
Yes, it is a better alternative than some of the other drugs.
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Lori's Opinion
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12/06/2018
Absolutely! It should be legal for all sorts of reasons.
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Argument opposed

The VA’s official policy already states that veterans’ VA benefits aren’t affected by legal medical marijuana use, so this bill is superfluous — all that’s needed to achieve this bill’s goals is for the VA to promulgate its existing policy more clearly. Similarly, in January 2018, the VA directed clinical staff and pharmacists to discuss medical marijuana use with patients in the context of drug interactions and other aspects of their care.

Jose g's Opinion
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12/06/2018
The VA being a federal agency shouldn’t support or administer drugs that are illegal at the federal level. I support the use of medical marijuana for veterans with varying mental and physical disabilities however the focus should be on decriminalizing marijuana as whole before questioning the VAs ability to prescribe it
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James's Opinion
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12/06/2018
No! From a Vet! My tax money as I do work and am service disabled will NOT go to getting anyone high! I don’t smoke the crap and my money won’t go to support anyone’s habit!
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Eugene's Opinion
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12/06/2018
So long as marijuana is illegal at the Federal level no federal agency should be found to undercut law. The VA is not a law changing entity.
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bill Progress


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    IntroducedNovember 14th, 2018
    Without clarification, unscrupulous VA personnel will use marijuana as a reason to dump veterans from their benefits. Yes, more studies are needed, however, the studies which have been done show there are many benefits to marijuana. This law should have protections for Veterans who have so few right now!
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    So stupid to restrict our Veteran’s use Change the law
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    Of course!
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    Marijuana is proven to relieve a lot of suffering without the side effects of opioids.
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    Anything that keeps our servicemen and women off opiates is a net positive.
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    Why should vets be denied rights given to non-vets? If they live in a state where marijuana is legal they should be able to use marijuana
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    If it has been shown to be effective like other prescriptions drugs (many of which are dangerous and addictive if used improperly) and is administered by a licensed physician following established guidelines why is this even a discussion?
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    Medical marijuana should be available to anyone with physical or mental conditions that are helped using it. It should be federally legal in all states. It would reduce opioids use.
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    Are we really debating this? Just make it so!
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    It works & is safer than all the pills they push.
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    Yes. Marijuana can be very beneficial to those overcoming trauma.
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    Cannabis prohibition in any context is in violation of constitutional law. It exists based only on the reefer madness campaign beginning in the 30s that caused an outpouring of misplaced public support. Those days are in our nation's past. On state and federal levels cannabis legalization is supported by the majority by nearly a 3;1 margin. To continue in prohibition is simply unjust by any fair measure. Furthermore it is appalling to think we still don't safe legal access to our veterans. These men and women dedicated their youths to defending our country. It is our duty to support them in seeking safe legal access to cannabis. The cost of which should be entirely covered by our government and/or home growing protected by congressional order.
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    This should be a free country where those who have served should have the right to care for themselves as they see fit.
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    Additionally, I believe active military service members in non-combat roles and state/local police officers should be allowed to consume marijuana.
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    Our vets aren’t children. They know what they need better than anyone else. Let’s stop treating them as a liability and give them what they ask for.
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    I support this bill
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    Yeah!!! They probably have gone thru so much stress, may have seen or heard things that may have affected them mentally and emotionally. Some may have been hurt and live thru pain that perhaps meds are not helping.
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    I support the VA marijuana bill!!
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    Whatever they need.
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    The naysayers always from states that have yet to decriminalize marijuana. I am not a user. But, I benefit from the total disappearance of corner street dealers, lower opioid addiction rates and the huge money savings that come from not attempting to enforce unenforceable laws.
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