IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 7, 2018
Mr. Tester (for himself and Mr. Sullivan) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to use the authority of the Secretary to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018.
Conduct of research into effects of cannabis on health outcomes of certain veterans
In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs under section 7303 of title 38, United States Code, the Secretary may conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safety of forms of cannabis described in subsection (c) on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions the Secretary determines appropriate.
Research conducted pursuant to subsection (a) shall include a mechanism to ensure the preservation of all data, including all data sets, collected or used for purposes of the research required by subsection (a) in a manner that will facilitate further research.
Forms of cannabis To be researched
The forms of cannabis described in this subsection are—
varying forms of cannabis, including—
full plants and extracts;
at least three different strains of cannabis with significant variants in phenotypic traits and various ratios of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol in chemical composition; and
other chemical analogs of tetrahydrocannabinol; and
varying methods of cannabis delivery, including topical application, combustible and non-combustible inhalation, and ingestion.
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall—
develop a plan to implement this section and submit such plan to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate; and
issue any requests for proposals the Secretary determines appropriate for such implementation.
During the five-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit periodically, but not less frequently than annually, to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate reports on the implementation of this section.
Covered veteran defined
In this section, the term covered veteran means a veteran who is enrolled in the patient enrollment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs under section 1705 of title 38, United States Code.