Military veterans can suffer from just about every medical condition imaginable. Many, if not all, of those conditions can be effectively treated with medical marijuana. Marijuana can help veterans who suffer from PTSD to chronic pain, which is why veterans are increasingly turning to cannabis for relief. Marijuana does not come with the harmful side effects that accompany most pharmaceutical medications.
But for many veterans, the cost of applying to become a medical marijuana patient in states like Connecticut is too steep. No one knows for sure how many veterans are prevented from becoming a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut due to cost, but even one is enough to warrant a bill to help with the problem. Connecticut Representative Melissa H. Ziobron introduced a bill this week that would waive the registration and administrative fees for military veterans that qualify to become a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut. Below is the bill’s language:
AN ACT WAIVING THE REGISTRATION AND ADMINISTRATION FEES FOR VETERANS WHO ARE QUALIFYING PATIENTS FOR THE PALLIATIVE USE OF MARIJUANA.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That sections 21a-408d and 21a-408m of the general statutes be amended to waive the Department of Consumer Protection’s fees for any veteran who is a qualifying patient for the palliative use of marijuana.
Statement of Purpose:
To waive the registration and administration fees for veterans who are qualifying patients for the palliative use of marijuana.
The bill has been referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs. Hopefully it comes up for discussion quickly. As far as I know (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) no other state has a provision that waives fees for qualifying military veterans who wish to become a medical marijuana patient. I think it’s a sensational idea, and one that should be enacted throughout America. Hat tip to Representative Ziobron!
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