Veterans Struggle To Gain Access To Medical Marijuana

by | Jul 6, 2019

By Patrick McKnight

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical marijuana programs. Despite this expansion military veterans often face greater obstacles to gaining access to medical marijuana than other groups. Veterans suffer widespread health problems including chronic pain, traumatic brain injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder at a rate higher than the general population. When veterans seek medical care from the federal Veterans Administration health system, they not only lack access to medical marijuana but may fear jeopardizing all federal benefits if they admit to personal use. Notwithstanding the rapid spread of medical marijuana across the United States, many veterans report feeling left behind.

Read the full story at Liberty 2.0. Originally posted on The Cannabis Law Report on May 2, 2019.

About Patrick McKnight

Patrick McKnight is the founder and editor in chief of the Liberty 2.0 blog. He served four terms as Chair of the New Jersey Libertarian Party and two years on the Libertarian National Committee. He has appeared on the Jason Stapleton Program and NBC TV. He has written for Mises.org, the Tenth Amendment Center, and The Libertarian Republic.
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