VA urged to support access to medical marijuana

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seal hangs on the facade at the headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, May 10, 2013. The department's funding has jumped more than 40 percent to about $140 billion this year, compared with fiscal 2009, a boost to help the agency cope with a surge of new veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Weed for Warriors Project, the country’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans find relief from service-related disabilities through the use of medical marijuana, on Veterans Day called on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to stop blocking the legal, ethical and responsible use of medical marijuana and safer medical alternatives for veterans.

Brandon Wyatt, national policy adviser for the Weed for Warriors Project, issued the following statement on Nov. 11: “With eight of nine states voting in favor of responsible marijuana reforms this past election, it is clear that more Americans than ever recognize that our nation’s drug policies are a failure, which ruin lives and deny our veterans access to the best comprehensive healthcare and safer medical alternatives like medical marijuana.”

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