Here’s one more place where this country’s four-decade-long, trillion-dollar War on Drugs continues to fail us: veterans’ health.
Despite the fact that more than a fifth of all veterans report using marijuana to treat a medical condition, the Department of Veterans Affairs refuses to conduct even the most basic research into the potential uses of medical marijuana.
A group of 10 Democrats who serve on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee recently asked VA Secretary David Shulkin to commit to medical marijuana research, specifically whether it could help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
Shulkin gave them a flat turndown. He wouldn’t even commit the VA to referring veterans to other clinics or projects that use medical cannabis.
As the Brookings Institution’s John Hudak told The Washington Post, “… there are no restrictions on doing scientific research on it. Universities do this all the time.”
What there is, apparently across federal bureaucracies, is a resurgence in old thinking about drugs. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to rekindle the government’s old and failed attempts to curtail drug use