Can Veterans use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes? Will Veterans lose their VA benefits for using marijuana? For more information about VA policies regarding marijuana, visit the link below. This episode is part of a weekly, video series that answers questions about VA benefits (see links below for playlists)… be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss future episodes! Links for additional videos about VA disability, VA home loans, VA health care, and more are below.
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00:00:33 Veterans are encouraged to discuss marijuana with their VA provider
00:00:38 VA providers cannot recommend or prescribe marijuana
00:00:44 VA providers will document marijuana use, but it is protected information
00:00:54 VA providers cannot complete paperwork for state marijuana programs
00:01:03 VA pharmacies cannot fill prescriptions for marijuana & VA will not pay for marijuana prescriptions
00:01:11 VA employees are subject to drug testing
00:01:20 Veterans will not lose their benefits for using marijuana for medical and/or recreational purposes
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