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Lawmakers To The VA: Time To Grow A Pair And Start Studying Medical Marijuana
The ranking Republican congressman responsible for veterans affairs has once again introduced legislation directing the Department of Veterans Affairs to research the potential applications of medical marijuana to treat issues like post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Introduced by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), the ranking Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, the Veterans Affairs Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2019 would require the VA "to conduct and support" research on medical marijuana, according to a Thursday statement form HVAC.
- "It is imperative that clinicians have data on utilizing cannabis as a treatment option so that they can properly advise their patients on potential side-effects," Roe, a doctor and veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, said in a statement.
- "If research on the usage of medical cannabis is favorable, I am confident that it could become another option to help improve the lives of veterans and other Americans," he added.
- Roe introduced similar legislation last year to address what T&P's James Clark characterized at the time as the VA's tendency to whiff on issues pertaining to medical marijuana issues "in favor of citing hazy policy and vague restrictions."
- While Roe's 2018 legislation went nowhere, this year's stab at forcing the VA's hand on medical marijuana research comes less than a week after Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Ark.) introduced similar legislation in the Senate.
- "H.R. 747 contains the exact same bipartisan language that was passed through committee unanimously last Congress, except the language is stronger," HVAC spokeswoman Molly Jenkins told Task & Purpose. "The text of the bill says that VA 'shall' conduct research, previously the language said 'may' conduct research."
- A 2017 poll of veterans and veteran caregivers conduced at the behest of the American Legion found that an eye-polling 92% of respondents supported expanded research into the medical benefits of the marijuana, eclipsing the 82% who supported the broader legalization efforts in general.
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The admiral in charge of Navy special operators will decide whether to revoke the tridents for Eddie Gallagher and other SEALs involved in the Navy's failed attempt to prosecute Gallagher for murder, a defense official said Tuesday.
The New York Times' David Philipps first reported on Tuesday that the Navy could revoke the SEAL tridents for Gallagher as well as his former platoon commander Lt. Jacob Portier and two other SEALs: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch and Lt. Thomas MacNeil.
The four SEALs will soon receive a letter that they have to appear before a board that will consider whether their tridents should be revoked, a defense official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity.
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'What happens after that is out of their control' — Former military leaders and lawyers react to Trump's war crimes pardons
On Friday, President Donald Trump intervened in the cases of three U.S. service members accused of war crimes, granting pardons to two Army soldiers accused of murder in Afghanistan and restoring the rank of a Navy SEAL found guilty of wrongdoing in Iraq.
While the statements coming out of the Pentagon regarding Trump's actions have been understandably measured, comments from former military leaders and other knowledgable veterans help paint a picture as to why the president's Friday actions are so controversial.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln sailed through the vital Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, U.S. officials told Reuters, amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States.
Tensions in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers this summer, including off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and a major assault on energy facilities in Saudi Arabia. Washington has blamed Iran, which has denied being behind the attacks on global energy infrastructure.
Iran continues to support the Taliban to counter U.S. influence in Afghanistan, a recent Defense Intelligence Agency report on Iran's military power says.
Iran's other goals in Afghanistan include combating ISIS-Khorasan and increasing its influence in any government that is formed as part of a political reconciliation of the warring sides, according to the report, which the Pentagon released on Tuesday.