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Military Times: “Our veterans deserve the well-being that medical cannabis can provide.”

Military Times: “Our veterans deserve the well-being that medical cannabis can provide.”

The physical and mental trauma that veterans experience as a result of their military service extends far beyond the end of their participation in combat-related roles. To recognize the sacrifices veterans have made to protect our country, state and federal lawmakers must continue to expand access to crucial treatment options and programs that assist veterans who are struggling with post-war illnesses. These should include making medical cannabis available to all veterans.

Veterans have increasingly been turning to medical cannabis as a treatment option for a number of debilitating conditions, as research continues to show that it can be effective in managing pain and other health conditions. Yet, until the federal legalization of cannabis, the challenges in acquiring medical cannabis disproportionately fall on veterans, as they lack adequate access to this effective treatment option.

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