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A First

A First

May 21, 2015 marks an important moment for both the United States Senate and the veterans of our country’s armed forces. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan amendment allowing Veteran’s Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients in states where it’s legal. What a concept, right? And the VA is finally doing something right.

Before this amendment passed, law dictated that the VA explicitly could NOT recommend medical marijuana no matter what the state status. In fact, the VA was the ONLY federal healthcare denying physicians this right. The tragedy here is that veterans are a group to whom medical marijuana truly matters. The drug has been found to alleviate symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which continues to plague many of our soldiers as they return from deployment overseas. A 2014 study shows that marijuana reduced PTSD symptoms more than 75% in veterans who we’re using it as part of their treatments.

It’s time this country started treating its veterans with the care they deserve. And not only is this vote important for them, but it’s important for the federal government. This marks the first time the U.S. Senate has voted on marijuana law reform. We’ll cheers to that!

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