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A closer look at the VA’s softer stance on medical marijuana

By Michelle Andrews

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is how many veterans have approached health-care conversations about marijuana use with the doctors they see from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Worried that owning up to using the drug could jeopardize their VA benefits — even if they’re participating in a medical marijuana program approved by their state — veterans have often kept mum. That may be changing under a new directive from the Veterans Health Administration urging vets and their physicians to open up on the subject.

The new guidance directs VA clinical staff and pharmacists to discuss with veterans how medical marijuana could interact with other medications or aspects of their care, including treatment for pain management or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Read more at the Cannabist

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