19 Dec '17, 9pm

Nothing but smoke: VA refutes rumors of a new policy on medical marijuana

Nothing but smoke: VA refutes rumors of a new policy on medical marijuana

Veterans Affairs officials are denying a report that they have softened their stance on medical marijuana, insisting that updated guidance on the drug does not amount to a new policy change. On Tuesday, Marijuana Majority founder Tom Angell posted on Forbes.com a new five-page guidance issued by the department earlier this month focused on VA physicians “discussing the use of marijuana and its impact on health, including veteran-specific treatment plans.” The document also encourages VA doctors to “discuss marijuana use with any veterans requesting information” due to “its clinical relevance to patient care.” But VA spokesman Curt Cashour said the new guidance is not a new endorsement of medical marijuana by the department or even a change in existing VA policies. “It is updated guidance to encourage veterans to let their VA physicians know if they are using marijuana for ...

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