Your Weekly CannaBit: Veterans Have a Need for Medical Cannabis
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Medical Cannabis Could Be Highly Beneficial for Veterans
July 30, 2017

Amid Opioid Crisis, Congress Resists Calls to Grant Veterans Access to Medical Cannabis 

  • Among nearly 19 million U.S. military veterans, 8.9 million are enrolled in the VA health care system, the nation's largest integrated health care system.
  • Chronic pain is pervasive among veterans, affecting more than half of their population; more than 1.2 million are treated with opioids. 
  • With widespread use, the number of veterans being treated for opioid addiction since 2010 has increased by 55%, to 66,000 patients.
  • Despite increasing calls to allow veterans the use of cannabis as an alternative therapy, Congress remains resistant.
  • A proposed amendment to allow VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis to patients was denied by the House Rules Committee in late July.
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