Charlie Crist doubles down on medical cannabis protections for veterans
U.S Representative Charlie Crist co-sponsored legislation aimed at reforming Veterans Affairs medical cannabis policies and practices. Crist introduced the legislation last week to coincide with Veterans Day with U.S. Reps. Seth Moulton, Matt Gaetz and Lou Correa.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Policy for Medical Cannabis Use Act amends the VA’s policy to protect a veteran’s benefits if they disclose use of the controlled substance.
Another bill, the VA Survey of Cannabis Use Act, requires the VA to conduct a nation-wide survey of all veterans and veteran healthcare providers to establish data on how and to what extent veterans are using cannabis for medical use.
Crist also introduced the Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act earlier this year that protects veterans’ federal employment opportunities if using the drug is in compliance with state laws.
“The VA’s policies surrounding cannabis are in dire need of reform as more states allow use and veterans suffering from PTSD and chronic pain increasingly turn to this treatment option over opioids. No veteran should have their benefits or care impacted by their choice to seek the treatment options that work best for them,” Crist said. “Furthermore, the VA