VA Right To OK Pot Use in States Where It's Legal
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VA Right To OK Pot Use in States Where It's Legal
Posted by CN Staff on July 30, 2010 at 04:13:42 PT
Denver Post Editorial
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- The decision by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to allow patients to use medical marijuana in the 14 states where it is legal, including Colorado, is a humane and just call.As it stood, VA patients who followed state guidelines and legally used marijuana were at risk of being denied pain medications. That's because the VA has rules barring illegal drug use by patients who are taking pain medicine, and marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
The concern was that veterans might have to choose between the relief they find in medical marijuana and using the VA medical system.We're glad the VA took this tack, and we think it's in keeping with the Obama administration's law enforcement policy on medical marijuana.Last October, the Justice Department issued a memorandum directing U.S. attorneys to steer clear of prosecuting people who are using medical marijuana in "clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws."Attorney General Eric Holder made clear, however, that going after commercial enterprises that were unlawfully marketing and selling marijuana was to remain a priority.The VA's new policy, spelled out in a letter earlier this month, is in keeping with that stance."If a veteran obtains and uses medical marijuana in a manner consistent with state law, testing positive for marijuana would not preclude the veteran from receiving opioids for pain management" in a VA clinic or hospital. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Published: July 30, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives 
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