Veterans Still Can't Discuss MMJ With VA Doctors
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Veterans Still Can't Discuss MMJ With VA Doctors
Posted by CN Staff on May 01, 2014 at 14:12:08 PT
By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post
Washington, D.C. -- On Wednesday evening, the House voted down an amendment that would allow veterans the opportunity to discuss medical cannabis as a form of treatment in states that have legalized the substance for medical purposes.Introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), the amendment would have altered the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to allow qualified veterans easier access to medical cannabis in the 21 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana.
The Department of Veterans Affairs currently bans physicians from recommending state-legal medical marijuana to veteran patients.Blumenauerís amendment wouldn't have allowed VA doctors to prescribe or provide medical marijuana to veteran patients, but it would have allowed for the physicians to have open discussions with their patients and kept VA funding from being used to implement medical marijuana prohibition. The amendment text, via Blumenauer's office, read:None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement Veterans Health Administration directive 2011-004 with respect to the prohibition on "VA providers from completing forms seeking recommendations or opinions regarding a Veteranís participation in a State marijuana program."The amendment was killed by a 225-195 vote. However, Blumenauer said that despite the loss, the vigorous debate and close vote was a signal that progress was being made on medical marijuana issues."There was a spirited and very strong floor debate in support of the amendment," Blumenauer said. "The move toward making marijuana reform less of a partisan issue was underscored as there were more Republicans voting for the amendment than Democrats voting against. And, with probable votes of members who were absent, itís very likely the vote total in favor or my amendment wouldíve been 200 or more."Twenty-two Republicans joined the 173 Democrats who voted in favor of the amendment, while 18 Democrats joined the majority of Republicans who voted against it."Itís inexplicable and inexcusable that VA doctors canít answer their patientsí questions and give their best advice," Blumenauer added.The VA estimates that as many as 20 percent of soldiers who recently served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to The Associated Press. Scientists have speculated that marijuana could help veterans suffering from PTSD symptoms, which can include anxiety, flashbacks and depression.Earlier this year, the federal government signed off on a historic study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with PTSD. The study will examine the effects of five different potencies of smoked or vaporized cannabis on 50 veterans suffering from PTSD.Currently, there are nine states that allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana for PTSD-related symptoms.Source: Huffington Post (NY)	Author: Matt Ferner, The Huffington PostPublished: May 1, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by cannabissaves on May 01, 2014 at 23:12:35 PT:
constitutional rights
It is our constitutional right to medicat our self to how we see fit
just becuse we not doctor dont mean we dont know what works for us
they are realy hung up on tell you that the FDA knows beat this is so unture all they know is who pays them the best it shouldnt have to coast millions to get something approved that helps people.and the Fda is not in the business of approving .plants and natural meds and if these people are so right and natural meds not being for u then there implying that there pharmaceutical meds are safer with all there side effects .hummmm ?????
Well if they know there right then dont hide or outlaw all the natural meds if they dont work and make u more sick and worse off.then that would be the best argument for thier case.but they know there a evil mo ey hurngy liers
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Comment #1 posted by cannabissaves on May 01, 2014 at 23:02:38 PT:
whats realy going on
They would never hire a fisher man to be a plumer or pharmacist to be a heart sergean .or a boat captain to pilot a rocket headed to cloud coco land
so why do they hire people for the dea based on there arrest records or who the know .but k ow for k olage of drugs .not that there just bad for u (muuka) becuase drugs are bad .... sorry 
but I think at the lest that agents should have to try the drug frist and not have a biased opinion thats fule buy greed profites corporations or religious belief.but now this is cary but baer with me science facts a not controled studies that are riged from the beginning.and the groups that hold the studies should have notbi g to gain from it be legal or elegal. And above the rest this is a democracy I thougt we lived in we gave them there jobs by votig g these people in. And now they say oh your to stupied let us think for u no matter what the facts are.becuase we only have your best interests at hand .what gets me is they alwayas bring the. Kids into the picture and there responce two what they do is (well they did what they did and it o ly there fults that their kids home and job got taken away)how about all the additives in foods .there feedi g us posion every day.pluss how about the school system .if u do t have the fu ds for a good private scbool its a 2 rate education. Is what u get.and health care if u love kids so mu h then why not all kids have frre health care untill 21.or is that too much money.and these .I call for a drug test for all of Washington .no one gets fired but just for the sake of the arguments let every o e give alittle blood or hair come on like u guys say if u have nothi g to hide whats the fear.
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