WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced her original co-sponsorship of the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act. This legislation would allow doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans in the 36 states, including Nevada, that have established medical marijuana programs.
“In Nevada, even though residents amended the Constitution two decades ago to allow for the use of medical marijuana, VA providers are still prohibited from recommending or prescribing it to veterans,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to help introduce this common-sense legislation to help our veterans receive the care they deserve by allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to treat those suffering from anxiety, depression, and PTSD as a result of their service. After everything they have sacrificed, our veterans deserve nothing but the best care, and I will continue to be an advocate in Congress for their long-term health and well-being.”
BACKGROUND: The bicameral Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act would create a temporary, five-year safe harbor protection for veterans who use medical marijuana and would also direct the VA to research how medical marijuana could help veterans better manage chronic pain and reduce opioid abuse.
The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act is endorsed by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), VoteVets, Minority Veterans of America, Veterans Cannabis Coalition, Veterans Cannabis Project, Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), NORML, National Cannabis Roundtable, U.S. Pain Foundation, Drug Policy Alliance, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Veteran’s Initiative 22, Arizona Dispensary Association, California Cannabis Industry Association, and Hawai‘i Cannabis Industry Association.