Ever since the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ office in 1925, they have always been credited with major medical advancements and achievements. On top of the accomplishments list: having made the first successful liver transplant, shingles vaccine and the cardiac pacemaker.
The Achievements have won the hearts of a group of lawmakers and are confident that the VA researchers can find out more on marijuana if they shift some attention to it.
The highest ranked and enlisted soldier to have served in the Congress led the Lawmakers on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs to call upon the initiation of the research by the VA into the efficacy of medical marijuana.
Last week on Thursday, the Lawmakers cited in a letter to the VA secretary, David Shulkin, that the opioid crisis in the country and the growth in demand from the majority of the veterans and also major veterans service organizations that wish for cannabis to be legally available and used in treatment in chronic pains and post-traumatic stress disorders among patients.
The veteran’s Lawmakers wrote the VA research into medical cannabis as “integral to the advancement of health care for veterans and the nation.”
In the letter, the Lawmakers wrote about the VA research that there is a possibility research that can help inform not only veterans but every one’s care. This was confirmed by the press secretary for Democrats on the Committee, Griffin Anderson.
The signatories of the letter on Thursday included nine Democrats and an independent. They are: Rep. Tim Walz, who is the ranking Democrat on the Committee and former Command Sergeant Major with the Minnesota Army National Guard, Reps. Scott Peters, D-Calif., Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., Mark Takano, D-Calif., Ann Kuster, D-N.H., Kilili Sablan, I-Northern Mariana islands, Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, Kathleen Rice, D-NY., Julia Brownley, D-Calif., and J. Luis Correa, D-Calif.