The new policy states that patients participating in state medical marijuana programs must not be denied VHA services or pain medications. The policy also states that doctors may still reduce or change a patient’s medication if there is a risk of interaction with the marijuana, but the decision will be based on an individual patient’s case and not as a blanket rule.
Research and patient testimonies have shown that the amount of prescription pain medication such as oxycontin and morphine can be reduced when taken in conjunction with medical marijuana for reducing chronic pain. Reducing the amount of highly addictive prescription pain medications with a less harmful and less addictive substance such as marijuana can lead to a better quality of life.
Shouldn’t the veterans of Alabama be just as worthy of a better quality of life as the veterans of California or any of the other 13 states where medical marijuana is legal?
If you think they do, please support our veterans by contacting your senators and representatives and ask them to vote yes for the Michael Phillips Compassionate Care Bill in the next legislative session.