The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin allowing patients in its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana, The New York Times is reporting.
A department directive will allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana in the 14 states where it is legal, which includes Colorado.
The policy will not permit department doctors to prescribe marijuana. But it will address the concern of many patients who use it that they could lose access to their prescription pain medication if caught.
Such fear has led many patients to distrust their doctors, veterans say. With doctors and patients pressing the veterans department for formal guidance, agency officials began drafting a policy last fall.