Should veterans be allowed to use medical marijuana for post-combat stress? The Trump administration says no Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin said his agency is barred from conducting research into medical marijuana. (Michael Bonfigli / Christian Science Monitor)  Frustrated with traditional therapies for chronic pain and post-combat stress disorders, a growing number of military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are turning to medical marijuana for their treatment, a move that has put them at sharp odds with the Trump administration. The White House has resisted calls from Democrats in Congress, pro-reform activists and even the American Legion, the nation’s largest wartimeRead More →

Medical Marijuana, Inc. Subsidiary HempMeds® Supports U.S. Military Veterans with Exclusive Product Discounts SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA), the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, today announced that its subsidiary HempMeds® is proud to support all United Statesmilitary veterans with exclusive discounts on its cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil products. As recently reported by CNBC, more than 42,000 Americans died due to opioid overdose in 2016 and recent studies have found that veterans were twice as likely to die from an opioid overdose compared to the rest of the population. Cannabis use for veterans has become more widelyRead More →

Veterans Health Solutions, the premiere cannabis education resource for the Veteran and under served communities is now offering workshops.  Los Angeles, CA – Last week, on the day U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana friendly state laws, Veterans Health Solutions began offering to teach cannabis education to colleges, military bases for transitioning veterans, veteran organizations and urban centers nationally. This non-profit public benefit organization has setup a full comprehensive strategy to educate the veteran populace and underserved communities for the use of medicinal cannabis and or hemp related products.Read More →

Harsh Response to VA Decision Not to Study Medical Marijuana for PTSD Stars and Stripes Jan 2018 By Nikki Wentling WASHINGTON — Despite pleas from congressmen, veterans and the country’s largest veterans service organization asking for research into medical marijuana, the Department of Veterans Affairs won’t initiate a study into the drug’s effects on post-traumatic stress disorder, VA Secretary David Shulkin wrote in a letter to House Democrats. The letter, dated Dec. 21 and publicly released Tuesday, was written in response to a request in October from Democrats on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for the VA to initiate research into the efficacy ofRead More →

VA says it won’t study medical marijuana’s effect on veterans The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, as veterans groups are pushing for the use of the drug as an alternative to opioids and anti-depressants. In a letter to U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said VA’s ability to research medical marijuana is hampered by the fact that the drug is illegal federally. Shulkin’s letter came in response to an inquiry by 10 Democrats on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.Read More →