VA relaxes medical marijuana rules

Monday - 7/26/2010, 1:54pm EDT

The Department of Veterans Affairs is mellowing its policy regarding medical marijuana in states where it's legal, allowing patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use it. This relaxed rule resolves a long-standing conflict in veterans' facilities between federal laws and the 14 states that have legalized medicinal use of the drug. Under V.A. department rules, if a veteran is caught using illegal drugs, they can be denied pain medications-which, until now, did not include an exception for marijuana. Now that's changed, the Daily Beast reports.

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