Top officials in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were actively pushing for the agency to conduct more research on medical cannabis’ potential applications for veterans. This was recently revealed by a Freedom of Information Act request filed by an independent journalist, Jasper Craven, in April, and reported on by Tom Angell of Marijuana Moment.
Among the 38 email correspondences obtained by Craven, Marijuana Moment found an email from Jake Leinenkugel, a senior White House advisor for the VA, which was addressed to Surafeal Asgedom, the Executive Director of the Modernization Program Office for the VA.
Leinenkugel’s email, on which a number of other VA officials were CC’d as well, proposes to ask the White House and Congress for “permission to propose legislation to study effects of cannabis on 100% disabled volunteer PTSD Veterans.”
Personnel CC’d on the email correspondence include