These voices include Representative Phil Roe (R) of Tennessee and Representative Tim Walz (D) of Minnesota, who introduced House Resolution 5520, The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018.
Official Defense Department Policy On Marijuana
At one time, the recreational use of marijuana or its’ derivatives could be grounds for rejecting a new recruit. However, recruiters do not have to bar the enlistment of those with minor pot experimentation at the time of this writing. Instead, the recruiter may, at his or her discretion, apply for a waiver for such recruits.
Veterans Will Not Lose VA Benefits For Discussing Medical Marijuana With VA Care Providers
The term “prescription” is used loosely here; many states do not require a prescription for medical cannabis per se, and patients who use legal medical pot are often “authorized” to possess cannabis instead. In any case, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not permit VA clinics or staff to prescribe or fill prescriptions for medical marijuana.
Represents expenditures for Veterans with an ‘unknown province of residence’ at the time the transactions occurred.
In February 2017, there was a change in methodology for calculating grams reimbursed. Therefore, there will be a minor discrepancy in the number of grams reported, if compared to a report created prior to this date.
Cannabis for medical purposes is an evolving area of treatment. The Department will continue to review and analyze information to ensure decisions are based on the best available evidence, and will adjust the policy, as needed, to ensure the well-being of our Veterans and their families.
In response to feedback from Veterans and an internal review conducted earlier in 2016, the Department now also reimburses Veterans for up to three grams per day of dried cannabis, or its equivalent in fresh marijuana or cannabis oil.
Consistent with how the Department administers its other health care benefits, VAC established a fixed rate of up to $8.50 per gram, whether taken in dried marijuana, or its equivalent in fresh marijuana or cannabis oil. The fixed rate ensures that what Veterans are charged, and the Department reimburses, is a fair market value price.
Expanding the products for reimbursement gives Veterans more options and aligns with Health Canada’s 2014 regulations Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPRs), which removed limitations related to the authorization for specific conditions and the requirement for authorization by a specialist, amongst other changes; however, still required a medical authorization. With the advent of these new regulations Veterans Affairs Canada subsequently experienced a significant increase in cannabis for medical purposes reimbursements.
The recipient tables were created using transactions files.
Transactions for RCMP pensioners have been removed from these tables.
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