The Federal Government is Making Cannabis Treatment for Veterans Hard to Find

Veterans consistently and passionately have communicated that cannabis offers effective help in tackling some of the most pressing injuries we face when returning from war.

In our latest Member Survey, only 15% opposed legalization for medical use. Across party lines, medical cannabis is largely unopposed. Yet our national policies are outdated, research is lacking, and stigma persists.

In 2018, IAVA members will set out to change that and launch a national conversation underscoring the need for bipartisan, data-based, common-sense solutions. Those solutions must include the approval of medical cannabis for every veteran in America who needs it.

Most recently, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) also cosponsored the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act (S. 2796/H.R. 5520), which authorizes the VA to annually report and conduct research into the safety and effectiveness of medical cannabis as a

treatment for veterans with chronic pain, PTSD, and other conditions. The bill is among IAVA’s Big Six priorities for 2018 and now has 6 Senate and 56 House cosponsors.
Learn more about IAVA’s 2018 initiatives that push for veteran medical cannabis reform.


Senate Bill Co-Sponsors (S. 2796)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)


House Bill Co-Sponsors (H.R. 5520)

Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN-1)
Rep. David Roe (R-TN-1)
Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA-46)
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA-41)
Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO-6)
Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH-2)
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA-52)
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX-16)
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY-4)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-5)
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1)
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO-1)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC-3)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48)
Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX-30)
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK-1)
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8)
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)
Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV-3)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI-2)
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA-9)
Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV-3)
Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-2)
Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA-51)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1)
Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1)
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL-13)
Rep. David Joyce (R-OH-14)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3)
Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA-10)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR-4)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1)
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY-3)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15)
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO-1)
Rep. Thomas Rooney (R-FL-17)
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL-1)
Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL-9)
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26)
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-1)
Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA-6)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-7)
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA-17)
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-1)
Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA-13)
Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL-9)
Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL-4)
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-18)
Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL-5)

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