Free Medical Marijuana Cards In Veterans’ Future?
Free Medical Marijuana Cards For Veterans?
Since Medical Marijuana could be helpful to veterans with PTSD and chronic pain, two Florida legislators are pushing bills to give free medical cards to military veterans. With the high veteran suicide rate and so many veterans in need of pain management and relief, this could be a step in the right direction.
Florida State Senators Introduce Measures
State Sen. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa and Iraq War Veteran, State Rep. Adam Hattersley, D- Riverview, introduced companion measures to waive the $75 state registration fee for veterans in Florida. The bills will be considered in the 2020 session.
If these bills go through, there will be easier access to cannabis for veterans. It could also set a precedent for the nation, and push for change on federal laws. As of today, 33 states, and Washington DC have legalized medical marijuana and 11 states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.
Cost of Medical Marijuana Cards In Other States
As far as the cost of medical marijuana cards, Illinois has a discount for veterans, $50 which is half the cost of the normal price. Oregon charges $200 and offers the cards to veterans for $20. Maryland doesn’t have any fees for anyone. If these bills go through, Florida would be the first state to charge a fee for a card and offer that card for free to veterans.