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Lawmakers ask VA secretary to research marijuana as an alternative to opioids

Lawmakers ask VA secretary to research marijuana as an alternative to opioids

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers are urging the new Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to research marijuana as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Thursday, the lawmakers asked him to initiate a “rigorous clinical trial” of the drug. In recent years, more veterans have come out in support of marijuana as a potential alternative to addictive opioids. “We believe VA has the authority, ability and capacity to carry out such a study,” they wrote. “Many of our nation’s veterans already use medicinal cannabis, and they deserve to have full knowledge of the potential benefits and side effects of this alternative therapy.” Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, signed the letter, along with Democrats Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota. Their appeal ...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/lawmakers-ask-va-secretary-t...

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