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Veterans Administration Shuns Marijuana as an Option

Cannabis therapy is legal in 30 states in the US, and soon to be legal in Canada and Great Britian, but the US Veterans Administration continues to reject medical marijuana as a therapeutic option - even in states where it is approved.

Despite veterans using marijuana based therapies for cancer, pain, anxiety and more, the Department of Veterans Affairs has largely said no to medical marijuana, citing federal law that prohibits its use.

Moreover, they have declined even to study its potential benefits. 

A Reuters report suggests that nearly a million veterans may be using medical marijuana anyway. But doctors in the veterans’ health system say the department’s lack of research has left them without much good advice to give veterans.

While the VA has funded of marijuana studies for safety and downside issues, they have explored the therapeutic potential of cannabis. 

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Agree with study Need to know side effects as well as efficacy

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