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GI License to Chill

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3 Bills Introduced have been knocked down. One of these, has been submitted annually since 2014 (s1). Each bill takes a different approach to granting veterans access to reliable, medical grade cannabis products.

Generally, the annual push has been for HR1647; this functions on an application basis. Veterans fill out prerequisites to be approved by MED. Second batter, HR712, approaches through credibility: Establishing research programs and studies to record the effects, both positive and negative cannabis has on veterans physical and mental health. On Deck, HR2192 essentially grants access outright to any veteran who qualifies under its guidelines. The Department of Veterans Affairs has not warmed up to these proposals however, in spite of the research identifying the mortal concerns to their health multiple studies, according to Ganjapreneur (s1).

According to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (S2), marijuana use will not result in restricted access to their benefits. However, there are no proactive steps to guide veterans to these solutions or to assure their access to these solutions.

 

<strong>Sources:</strong>

<strong>S1 – Ganjapreneur – Department of Veterans’ Affairs Oppose Three MMJ-for-Vets Bills</strong>
<em>https://www.ganjapreneur.com/department-of-veterans-affairs-opposes-three-mmj-for-vets-bills/</em>

<strong>S2- Dept of VA – VA and Marijuana
</strong><em>https://www.publichealth.va.gov/marijuana.asp</em>

<strong>S3 – Veterans’ Cannabis Project</strong>
<em>https://www.vetscp.org/</em>

Written by: Matthew D Sheahan
The Chronoisseur

Prohibition vs. Regulation

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There is a cycle. A perpetual misconception on the success of a prohibition. With the right restrictions, we leave the demand to be filled by a black market; Instead of researching, understanding, and regulating many substances people choose to put in their bodies. An underground market keeps these substances unreliable and dangerous while exacerbating the problem culture that contributes to unsafe chemicals and risky utilization.

(s1) Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is ready to change the strategy in a big way. In an effort to regulate and provide effective addiction recovery treatments, part of the plan is to prescribe doses to wean off specific chemicals. This has already proven to be a more effective treatment plan than locking offenders in a cell.
This theme is resonating with many regions opting to regulate in lieu of restrictions that embolden a black market. (s2) North Dakota has agreed to stop arrests for cannabis offenses and Denver is taking a hard look at the benefits of Psilocybin (s3).
Research Companies are popping up all over like Denver’s Discovery Center who is just getting started on possible addiction treatments utilizing natural methods not excluding Cannabidiol (CBD) which is already legal across the states from the right sources.

Keep up to date with The Coffee Joint for the latest on these regulations with our blog and Facebook page!

<strong>Sources:</strong>

<strong>S1 </strong>Leafly – Mexican President Reveals Plan to…<em>
https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/mexican-president-reveals-plan-to-decriminalize-all-drugs</em>

<strong>S2 </strong>Leafly – North Dakota Stops Arresting Folks for…
<em>https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/north-dakota-stops-arresting-folks-for-cannabis-finally</em>

<strong>S3</strong> Ganjapreneur – Denver Votes to Decriminalize Mushrooms