It is only a cause for additional celebration today because the U.S. Senate has came through for us veterans the eve before Veteran’s Day, 2015. Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed a bill with a crushing vote of 93 to 0 in favor of H.R. 2029. You might not have heard of it. H.R. 2029 is the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. That’s a mouthful for sure BUT what lies within it under section 246 of this bill is something you should do backflips over…
That’s right… you read it straight from the bill itself… The VA is allowed to recommend cannabis to patients that are within states where medical marijuana is legal. No funding will be allocated to pursuing legal charges on these matters. Why is this so big for the U.S. Senate to vote in favor for? Until yesterday our U.S. Senate has never moved marijuana reform legislature forward. Every time you’ve heard of the Senate passing marijuana laws it has been State organized Senate Subcommittees. These are state funded teams that work to pass bills through the local state senate’s of their respective states. Now that we have the U.S. Senate pushing marijuana reform legislature forward, one can only wonder what might be next.
This is coming right after the Colorado Board of Health recently voted down the addition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of approved ailments for which medical marijuana can be used for treatment. Suicide is the number 1 way our fighting brothers and sisters die and PTSD is heavily linked to this terrible ending. Roughly 22 veterans commit suicide daily and PTSD & Depression are the major ailments contributing to this. In our population today, for every 100,000 Americans alive, 30 soldiers within that number will commit suicide annually. This is a number we all have an obligation to help lessen as these 30 Americans gave themselves to the safety of yourself and your loved ones.
I am hopeful that this bill passing will allow states to feel comfortable in making decisions leading to marijuana treatment options because there is no longer fear of backlash from our federal government for their employees to recommend cannabis treatments in appropriate situations.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my brothers and sisters in arms on our annual Veterans Day. We represent 21.8 million of the total 319.2 million people in the United States (2014 recorded numbers). That’s about 6% of our population volunteering to ensure the safety of 100% of our population. Stay strong, stay vigilant, and stay proud of your accomplishments. Our families remain strong because of the willingness of those few to protect the values of our larger population.