Early in November, Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) introduced a bill to the House Veterans Affairs Committee to instruct the VA to begin studying the therapeutic effects of cannabis for veterans. It has gone exactly nowhere. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced an amendment to a defense spending bill that would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states that have medical marijuana sales. This has also gone nowhere.

 

Everyone but the Government

Type in “medical marijuana” in Google, and the first link that pops is WebMD. That’s the site that told you that that bruise on your arm was probably cancer, remember? A wealth of information, but maybe a bit like drinking from a fire hose.

The next link is a blog post from Harvard University’s health department. It was written by a doctor who acts as a medical cannabis specialist for Massachusetts General Hospital, and teaches at Harvard Medical School. He has studied cannabis for over 20 years, and works with physicians who have or have had substance abuse problems. He talks about anecdotal evidence from patients who have used it for pain relief, nausea, PTSD, and as a muscle relaxant. He goes on to tell how to discuss marijuana use with your doctor.