from Forbes Magazine
Medical Marijuana Recommendations Vs. Prescriptions
The distinction between recommendation and prescription is an important one. No physician in the U.S. — government or private — can prescribe marijuana, because prescription is a federally-regulated process and cannabis currently falls under the Controlled Substances Act’s restrictive Schedule I, a category that is supposed to be reserved for drugs with a high potential for abuse and no medical value. That’s why the 29 states with medical cannabis access allow doctors to simply recommend the drug, circumventing the prescription process, within the scope of the protections of the 2003 federal case mentioned above.
Other Details Of New V.A. Policy
In addition to the “prohibition on recommending, making referrals to or completing forms and registering Veterans for participation in State-approved marijuana programs,” the new V.A. directive continues a policy that the government won’t pay for veterans’ medical cannabis. It also specifies that the directive only prohibits use of medical marijuana by V.A. employees, not patients who don’t work for the department.” Veterans must not be denied VHA services solely because they are participating in State-approved marijuana programs,” it says. Those patients just have to get their cannabis recommendations from physicians outside the V.A., which can be costly and confusing for some veterans. The new policy also seems to further encourage government doctors to more closely track and record information about veterans’ use of medical marijuana.”