- Eric K. ShinsekiSecretary of Veterans Affairs
Don’t Let the DEA Ban Recommending Medical Marijuana for Veterans
The DEA is preventing doctors at veteran’s hospitals from recommending medical marijuana to patients -- even in the 14 states where medical marijuana is legal.
The Veterans Administration is taking advice from the DEA based on the federal government’s assertion that marijuana has no medicinal value. This especially tragic because of the widespread evidence that marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for post traumatic stress disorder which is all too common among our veterans.
In fact, in New Mexico for example, PTSD is the most common affliction for patients enrolled in the state’s strictly regulated medical marijuana program.
But veterans who could benefit from medical marijuana, regardless of the legality in their own states, have to go outside the VA system and find new doctors just to learn about and try a potentially helpful medicine.
Sign this petition and tell the Obama administration that our veterans deserve better. They deserve to have doctors who practice medicine, not politics.
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki
- President of the United States
I’m am writing because I hope you will take a stand and help make sure our veterans get the best possible health care.
Right now the VA forbids doctors from recommending medical marijuana to veterans based on advice from the DEA. Medical decisions should be made by patients and doctors and the DEA shouldn’t be giving medical advice to anyone.
This is particularly tragic because marijuana has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder which is all too common among our veterans.
Please, don’t make veterans seek out new doctors outside the VA just to get basic medical advice in line with the laws in their states.
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