The VA Healthcare System May No longer Be Available to Many Veterans

Jonathan Fruchter is a military veteran that founded the World Cannabis Club. He has battled with New Jersey in the past for access to medical marijuana for his PTSD and is now a Florida medical marijuana card holder. He may be moving to one of the recreational weed states soon though after his experience at the Miami VA Healthcare System. Upon finding out that Mr. Fruchter is a licensed Florida medical marijuana patient and treats his PTSD with medical cannabis, they turned him away and told him to seek drug counseling.

The Miami VA Healthcare System is part of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs which is a federal Cabinet-level agency, which means they are part of the federal government. They must abide by federal laws and medical marijuana is still illegal federally. Even though Florida has an active legal medical marijuana program, the VA intends on referring medical cannabis patients to drug counseling. Does turning away veterans that are seeking medical help, and simply referring them to drug counseling because they have a state legal medical marijuana card, make any sense? If veterans that hold a state legal medical marijuana card are a going to be turned away from the VA Healthcare System, how many veterans will the system end up covering?

MIAMI, FL – After transferring to the Miami VA Healthcare System and during a medical intake, the VA was adamant about Jonathan Fruchter being referred to drug counseling regardless of the fact that he is patient #P0032257 with the Compassionate Use Registry in the state of Florida.

The constitution guarantees states’ rights, that is one of the main principles upon which this country was founded. The constitution protects the U.S. from a tyrannical government and any other enemy, foreign or domestic.

Jonathan Fruchter is going to fight the VA for his right and every other veteran’s health that currently benefits from cannabis. Veterans are able to lead normal day to day lives emotionally and mentally with cannabis. It is a safer alternative over the cocktail of drugs the VA prescribes to veterans returning from deployment. Cannabis also allows him to concentrate for long periods of time and reduces his headaches.

Section 265 of the proposed bill S.1557 in the U.S. Congress prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to:

• interfere with the ability of veterans to participate in a state-approved medicinal marijuana program, • deny services to veterans participating in a program

Additionally, Jonathan Fruchter just went through the exact same situation at a residential unit on federal property during November of last year in New Jersey. This story details his struggles and victory. This plant has geopolitical influence and the only way we can get out of this catch-22 situation where we can begin to have federal studies openly with this plant, is to re-classify cannabis and allow it to be openly grown anywhere and by anybody freely and willfully.

Previously in 2014, Jonathan made headlines when this story emerged detailing the fact that he incredibly was allowed to self-medicate with cannabis to treat his PTSD symptoms while he was employed by the federal government. At the same time, he was lobbying the state governor, Chris Christie, to add PTSD to the limited list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify a patient to obtain medical cannabis in the state of New Jersey. During a landmark NJ case that concluded in 2017, Jonathan was also surprising allowed to consume cannabis during his 3-year probationary sentence.

Jonathan is the founder of the World Cannabis Club, New York’s First Dispensary and NYC cannabis culture hub. The WCC is an international exchange of camaraderie, compassion, and information about the wellness benefits of cannabis.

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