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Gillibrand urges change in VA rules on marijuana

Posted: 9:57 AM, Jan 31, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-31 12:57:00-05

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow its doctors to discuss medical marijuana with patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Gillibrand is holding a news conference at her Manhattan office Sunday to urge a change in the current VA policy.

The policy prohibits VA doctors from recommending medical marijuana as a treatment option to veterans, even in states like New York where medical marijuana is legal. The policy is up for renewal Monday.

Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, says veterans who live in states where medical marijuana is legal should be able to talk to their doctor about it as a treatment option.

But Calvina Fay, executive director of the Drug Free America Foundation, says research shows that marijuana is a harmful drug.