Sending Office: Honorable J. Luis Correa
Sent By:
Emilio.Mendez@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act
of 2019

Original Cosponsors: Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA)

Current Cosponsors (30):
Takano, Brownley, Blumenauer, Carbajal, Cohen, DeFazio, DeGette, Espaillat,
Gaetz, Gallego, Grijalva, Himes, Holmes Norton, Hank Johnson, Jones, Khanna, Barbara Lee, Lofgren, Luria, Peters, Pingree, Pocan, Quigley, Schakowsky, Swalwell, Soto, Titus, Watson Coleman,
Young

Supported By: AMVETS, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Veterans Cannabis Coalition, Fleet Reserve Association, American Psychological Association,
MedMen

Dear Colleagues,

While data is limited, the American Legion, a congressionally-chartered Veteran Service Organization, commissioned a nationwide

survey
in October 2017 on a portion of its approximately 2.2 million veteran members and found that 92 percent of all respondents support medicinal cannabis research and 82 percent of all respondents support legalizing medicinal cannabis. The survey also
found that “22 percent of veterans are currently using cannabis to treat a medical condition.” Therefore, medical research into the safety and efficacy of cannabis usage for medical purposes is timely, necessary, and widely supported by the veteran community.

Further, as so many veterans are currently using cannabis for medicinal purposes, it is important that clinicians be able to fully advise veterans on the potential impacts, harms, and benefits of cannabis use on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and
chronic pain.

The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019 requires research into the safety and efficacy of medicinal cannabis usage on veterans diagnosed with PTSD and chronic pain. The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019 is a pragmatic and bipartisan piece
of legislation that would advance our understanding of the impacts of medicinal cannabis usage and could improve the lives of veterans and other Americans.

Bill Summary

The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019 would direct VA to conduct clinical research with varying forms of medicinal cannabis to evaluate the safety and effects of cannabis on health outcomes of veterans with PTSD and veterans with chronic pain.

Section by Section

Sec. 1: Short Title.

“VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019”

Sec. 2: Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Trial of the Effects of Cannabis on Certain Health Outcomes of Adults with Chronic Pain and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This section would:

  • require VA to conduct a double-blind clinical trial on cannabis, in various forms and delivery methods, on specified health outcomes of veterans with PTSD and veterans with chronic pain;
  • authorize a long-term observational study of participating veterans;
  • require VA to preserve all data collected or used for the purposes of conducting future research related to medicinal cannabis;
  • require VA to submit annual reports to Congress on the implementation of this bill for five years.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. Please contact Emilio Mendez at
Emilio.Mendez@mail.house.gov with Rep. Correa or Kelsey Wolfgram at
Kelsey.Wolfgram@mail.house.gov with Rep. Higgins with any questions or to cosponsor this bipartisan bill.

Sincerely,

 

J. Luis Correa                                     Clay Higgins

Member of Congress                         Member of Congress

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