Texas Medical Marijuana Law Changes Likely Not To Affect VA Recipients
SAN ANGELO, Texas – On September 1, several new laws came into effect in the state of Texas. One of those laws enacted changes to the use of medical marijuana for residents of Texas. Governor Greg Abbott signed the House Bill 1535 or the Compassionate Use Act in June.
Changes to the new law include:
- An increase in the amount of Low-THC allowed from 0.5 to 1%
- Expanded access to patients with PTSD or any form of cancer
- Establishes facility review boards to research effectiveness of low THC use
The San Angelo VA Clinic does not expect any changes for VA patients despite the new change in law.
“Currently, federal law prohibits VA physicians from prescribing medical marijuana and filling out forms or documents to allow patients to enroll in state medical marijuana programs,” ministry officials said. of Veterans Affairs. “Federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. Federal employees must comply with federal law, despite state law legalizing marijuana. “
They clarified that veterans who begin participating in medical marijuana programs will still be eligible to receive VA services.
“The VA is aware that some veterans who reside in states with medical marijuana programs and receive care in the VA do participate in state medical marijuana programs,” the VA said. “While VA doctors are prohibited from prescribing medical marijuana and filling out forms / documents to allow patients to enroll in medical marijuana programs, veterans do not see themselves. refuse VHA services only because they participate in state-approved marijuana programs and VA doctors can discuss medical issues. use of marijuana with their patients as part of the VA health care provision.