V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical Marijuana

It's about time the VA gets real and allows patients to use pain medication WITHOUT serious side effects.

V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical Marijuana

Tony Demin for The New York Times -- David Fox, an Army veteran, at home in Montana. He uses medical marijuana to help quiet the pain from neuropathy.

By DAN FROSCH
Published: July 23, 2010
DENVER — The Department of Veterans Affairs will formally allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, a policy clarification that veterans have sought for several years.
A department directive, expected to take effect next week, resolves the conflict in veterans facilities between federal law, which outlaws marijuana, and the 14 states that allow medicinal use of the drug, effectively deferring to the states.
The policy will not permit department doctors to prescribe marijuana. But it will address the concern of many patients who use the drug that they could lose access to their prescription pain medication if caught.
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