HEALING with CANNABIS
This Veteran’s Day, and everyday forward, Star Spangled Boomerang would like to help support IAVA’s (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America), mission to utilize the natural healing effects of the Cannabis plant to aid in alleviating the suffering of our veterans. The roadblocks they are facing when it comes to treating their symptoms with cannabis could be avoided with public awareness and action. Please help Cannabis help our veterans.
The following is from Team IAVA: “We have the data. And we have a plan. Now, we just need the reinforcements. That’s where you come in. Share this information with everyone in your network, and ask them to take action today.
Veterans have fought for our nation and often sustained injuries as a result of their service. Our government allowed our men and women to handle weapons, warships and the most incredible technology in the world, but it prohibits them from having access to cannabis to treat their wounds. It’s backward and harmful that regressive federal policies still ridiculously prohibit our veterans from having access to something that can lessen their pain, treat their symptoms, and improve their lives.
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. Across party lines, medical cannabis is now largely unopposed. Yet our federal policies are outdated, research is lacking, and stigma persists. IAVA members have set out to change that and launch a national effort underscoring the need for bipartisan, data-based, common-sense solutions that can bring relief to millions, save taxpayers billions and create thousands of jobs for veterans nationwide. Those solutions must include the approval of medical cannabis for every veteran in America who needs it.
This is a non-partisan issue that requires clear and immediate support from everyone in America, from the average citizen to our Commander-in-Chief. We’re calling on all patriotic Americans to support IAVA’s #CannabisForVets campaign and first help us pass the bipartisan VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (H.R.5520/S.2796) . The critical bill authorizes the VA to research the efficacy of cannabis for veterans enrolled in the VA system diagnosed with conditions like chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”
H.R. 5520, VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018
H.R. 5520 would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct and support research related to the use of medical cannabis in the treatment of veterans with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other health conditions. The bill would codify VA’s existing authority to conduct such research. On that basis, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 5520 would cost less than $500,000 over the 2019-2023 period, primarily to prepare and submit the necessary reports to the Congress. That spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
Cannabis can make a HUGE difference in the everyday lives of our veterans in every age group. Please take action today.”
“If they can handle weapons, explosives and ammunition, then they can handle medical cannabis. Demand change now: iava.org/cannabis
AND AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SERVICE.