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00: 00 – Introduction
00: 12 – VA Press Release
01: 20 – VA and Marijuana: What to Consider
03: 16 – Upcoming Marijuana Legislation
04: 18 – Conclusion
Even though many states in the U.S. have legalized the use of marijuana for medical and/or recreational use, veterans should know that federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Meaning it is illegal in the eyes of the Federal government and Veterans Affairs.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is required to follow all federal laws, including those regarding marijuana. As long as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies marijuana as a Schedule I, VA health care providers may not recommend it or assist veterans in obtaining it.
Though, veteran participation in state marijuana programs does not affect eligibility for VA care and services. Providers can and do discuss marijuana use with veterans as part of comprehensive care planning and adjust treatment plans as necessary.