Unlike most American veterans, Iowa vets cannot legally use medicines made from cannabis (marijuana) to treat PTSD. That restriction also applies to other Iowans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Any Iowan with PTSD should not be denied access to effective treatments, especially those that are safe alternatives to risky opioids.
It is important to note that the Veterans Administration policy on medical cannabis has changed: “Veteran participation in state marijuana programs does not affect eligibility for VA care and services. VA providers can and do discuss marijuana use with Veterans as part of comprehensive care planning, and adjust treatment plans as necessary.”
The Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board decides which conditions can be treated with medicines made from cannabis. The current list of qualifying conditions can be found here: Medical Cannabidiol Information for Patients and Caregivers.
Key meeting on Friday, November 1, 2019:
Link to Agenda
On Friday, November 1, the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board will decide whether to add PTSD as a qualifying condition under the Iowa medical cannabis program. The meeting will take place at the Iowa Laboratory Facility, 2240 DMACC Blvd in Ankeny.
8:30 AM – A subcommittee on medical cannabis takes public comments (3 minutes per person) and then decides on a recommendation to the full committee.
10:00 AM – Public comments will also be heard at the start of the full Board meeting at 10:00 a.m.
Before the meeting, you can email your comments to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 515-725-2076.
Tell them why you think Iowa veterans and other Iowans should have legal access to safe, professionally prepared medicines made from cannabis, just like most other Americans .
More about how the Veterans Administration views medical cannabis
- “Veterans must not be denied VHA services solely because they are participating in State-approved marijuana programs.”
- VA doctors cannot sign medical marijuana certifications, and the VA doesn’t pay for marijuana or provide it.
- Veterans/others can’t possess marijuana on federal property.
- VA employees can’t use medical marijuana
Additional links regarding VA policy:
- Veterans Administration Cannabis Webpage
- The Evolution of VA policy on cannabis
- VA policy on “Informed consent for long-term opioid therapy for pain