Federal Marijuana Legalization

The current federal law, as of September 2020, designates marijuana as an illegal drug. It is listed as a schedule 1 drug by the DEA. Schedule 1 drugs are considered to not have medical value and are a high potential for abuse. Another drug listed as a schedule 1 drug is heroin. Schedule 1 and 2 have the most regulatory restrictions on research and access.

The More Act 

The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act is a bill in the house of representatives that decriminalizes marijuana and removes it from the schedule 1 list of drugs. This a major ground breaking bill that also allows people to expunge their federal record of marijuana offenses.

SAFE Banking Act

The Secure and Enforcement Banking Act is a bill that has passed the house that will allow states that have legalized marijuana to engage in business with licensed marijuana businesses. Currently marijuana businesses are able to accept cash only. Their banking institutions are prevented from operating accounts with funds generated from marijuana sales.

Does the VA Prescribe Medical Marijuana?

The VA does not currently prescribe medical marijuana because it is a schedule 1 drug. The VA is a federal program and must follow federal laws. Hopefully the changes. Veterans in the VA system have to resort to opioids and other meds to cope with their issues that may be resolved by cannabis.

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Author: Eric Torberson

Eric Torberson is a licensed attorney in Texas as well as licensed in the federal courts of the southern and western districts of Texas.