Letter: Veterans should get medical pot access

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 21:36:11-05

An effort is under way to urge the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow veterans with PTSD to receive medical marijuana.

A letter sent by 21 senators and representatives to VA Secretary Robert McDonald is asking him to lift the ban on medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

As it stands, VA doctors cannot give recommendations for patients to receive medical marijuana. The policy expires on Sunday, so some lawmakers are calling for change.

While it is state-approved, it is considered a federal offense, so the VA will not offer it.

The VA helps 79,000 local vets. They offer everything from recreational therapy to traditional medicine for post-war problems. They say pot is not a proven method to treat PTSD.

To read the full letter, click here.