At a “State of the VA” address at the White House Wednesday, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said federal law prevents the department from implementing any potential benefits of medical marijuana for veterans.
In his speech, Shulkin spoke of the epidemic of veteran suicide, a figure he put at 20 suicides per day. “That should be unacceptable to all of us. This is a national public health crisis, and it requires solutions that not only VA will work on but all of government and other partnerships in the private sector, nonprofit organizations.”
He called a new suicide-prevention initiative “Getting to Zero” his “top clinical priority.”
A reporter referenced an op-ed the American Legion wrote last week, following up ontheir request to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss medical marijuana, noting they “suggested that a promising solution to the suicide problem could be increased medical use of cannabis.”