Establish Support for Veterans Who Want to Utilize Medical Cannabis

For years, IAVA members have sounded off in support of researching medical cannabis for use in treating the wounds of war and legalizing recreational cannabis. Veterans consistently and passionately have communicated that cannabis offers effective help in tackling some of the most pressing injuries faced when returning from war. In our latest member survey, over 80% of IAVA members supported legalization for medical use.44 Our national policies are outdated, research is lacking, and stigma persists.

In response, IAVA members have set out to change the national conversation around cannabis and underscore the need for bipartisan, data-based, common-sense solutions that can bring relief to millions, save taxpayers billions and create thousands of jobs for veterans nationwide.

America is entering a new era in the cannabis debate and IAVA will be leading it to ensure that veteran needs are protected, supported and elevated.

IAVA Recommendations for the 116th Congress:

  1. Research Cannabis as a Treatment Option
  2. Destigmatize the Use of Medical Cannabis
  3. Drive the National Conversation on Cannabis to Underscore the Need for Bipartisan, Data-based, Common Sense Solutions
  4. Ensure Veterans Are Not Punished for Using Medical Cannabis Where Legal


Senate Bill Co-Sponsors (S. 179)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Sen. Angus King (I-ME)

House Bill Co-Sponsors (H.R. 712)

Rep. Luis Correa (D-CA-46)
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA-3)
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1)
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA-17)
Rep. Janice Schakosky (D-IL-9)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK-At Large)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-2)
Rep. Walter Jones Jr (R-NC-3)
Rep. Eleanor Norton Holmes (D-DC-At Large)
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13)
Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3)
Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24)
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9)
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA-4)
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO-1)
Rep. James Himes (D-CT-4)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA-52)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15)
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA-2)
Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL-9)
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12)
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5)
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22)
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large)
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL-6)
Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH-1)
Rep. Matt Gaetz(R-FL-1)
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL-13)
Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA-4)
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-7)
Rep. Gilbert Ray Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39)
Rep. John A. Yarmuth (D-KY-3)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2)
Rep. Max Rose (D-NY-11)
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA-9)
Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV-4)
Rep. Ann M. Kuster (D-NH-2)
Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL-1)
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL-20)
Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA-25)
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-17)
Rep. Debra A. Haaland (D-NM-1)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18)
Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ-12)
Rep. Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY-4)
Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA-10)
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO-6)
Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA-48)
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM-3)
Rep. Joseph P.Kennedy, III (D-MA-4)