July 11, 2019

Chairman Takano Statement on Medicinal Cannabis Research

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Cali.) issued the following statement after today’s roundtable on medicinal cannabis research:

“Cannabis must be objectively researched. Period. That’s why we came together today with experts, researchers, and veterans to discuss the best bipartisan path forward for VA sponsored medicinal cannabis research. I want to make sure any research legislation this Committee votes on is not written to achieve one outcome or used to “fast-track” treatments for veterans. Medicinal cannabis may have the potential to manage chronic pain better than opioids and treat PTSD, and clinicians need to understand the efficacy of this drug and any negative side effects. In those states that allow medicinal cannabis, VA doctors should be able to provide recommendations to veterans for medicinal cannabis programs.”

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