11/11/2019

For Veteran’s Day, we honor the brave women and men who have dedicated their lives to serve and protect our country, and the sacrifices they have made. We are grateful to all our veterans for their service. You will never be forgotten.

In honoring our veterans, we join the many voices calling for the decriminalization and legalization of medical cannabis for all military veterans, no matter where they live. Because they have served, they should not be denied the same freedom as the majority of Americans have in choosing cannabis to alleviate their suffering.

That is why House Representative Barbara Lee used today’s remembrance to promote the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, a bill she introduced earlier this year that would allow access to cannabis for those who have served. In a press release, the congresswoman stated that studies show cannabis can treat symptoms of conditions that commonly afflict veterans such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Congress must do more to ensure every veteran has a roof over their head, to ensure our veterans come home to a job that pays them a living wage, and to ensure our veterans have access to the health care services they deserve,” she said in a press release. “That includes improving veterans’ access to medical marijuana. That’s why I introduced H.R. 1151, the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to empower veterans and their doctors to make informed decisions about the use of medical marijuana without political interference. The current federal prohibition on cannabis is harmful and counterproductive. Politicians should never stand between our veterans and their health care.”