Veterans group ratchets up pressure on White House and Congress to support medical marijuana research

Published: Feb 23, 2018, 12:12 pm • Updated: Feb 23, 2018, 5:21 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff Top officials at of The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, on Friday stepped up their calls for the federal government to legitimize and invest in medical marijuana research. In…

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VA says it won’t study medical marijuana’s effect on veterans

Published: Jan 16, 2018, 10:05 am • Updated: Jan 16, 2018, 3:22 pm By Katie Zezima, The Washington Post 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, as veterans groups are pushing…

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Veterans groups react to VA shift in medical marijuana policy

Published: Dec 20, 2017, 12:54 pm • Updated: Dec 20, 2017, 1:52 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this month issued a new directive for clinical programs that frees its doctors and pharmacists to discuss marijuana with military vets taking part in…

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NY governor signs bill on Veterans Day to allow medical marijuana for PTSD

Published: Nov 13, 2017, 8:52 am • Updated: Nov 13, 2017, 8:52 am By The Associated Press NEW YORK — 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. The PTSD bill was…

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More veterans parlaying their military skills into cannabis careers

Published: Nov 10, 2017, 10:00 am • Updated: Nov 10, 2017, 10:09 am By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff Chad Drew considers himself a veteran of not only the Air Force but also the cannabis industry. The 41-year-old is sales manager at the Colorado Harvest Company, a chain of dispensaries…

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Op-ed: Veterans using medical marijuana in defiance of backward federal policy

Published: Nov 6, 2017, 12:15 pm • Updated: Nov 6, 2017, 1:48 pm By Joe Davidson, The Washington Post WASHINGTON – Joshua James Frey is clear: “Without medical marijuana I would be dead.” This Marine Corps veteran is a two-time Purple Heart awardee. He is among the former warfighters, led…

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Congress members, veterans join forces in call for medical marijuana reforms

Published: Nov 2, 2017, 5:06 pm • Updated: Nov 2, 2017, 5:56 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff Veterans are adding their voices to the growing chorus calling for changes in marijuana research and legalization. A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives, along with several combat veterans and the mother…

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American Legion: Veterans overwhelmingly support medical cannabis research, legalization

Published: Nov 2, 2017, 11:57 am • Updated: Nov 2, 2017, 12:07 pm By Bruce Kennedy, The Cannabist Staff With polling showing Americans’ support for marijuana legalization has hit new highs, a new survey  by the American Legion shows strong support within the military veteran community for medical marijuana research…

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