Outgoing VA chief David Shulkin denounced by medical marijuana advocates

Donald Trump’s revolving door of a White House staff has actually received some sort of praise after the ousting of former Department of Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin.

Medical marijuana advocates for American veterans are both hopeful and cautious in reaction to President Donald Trump’s replacement of Shulkin with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, the Cannabist reports.

While Shulkin received criticism for his incompetence combined with misappropriation of federal funds during a trip to Europe, the ousted VA chief took heat from several veterans organizations after opting not to conduct scientific research into the medical applications of cannabis.

“The American Legion will work with whoever is sitting in the VA secretary’s seat, just as we did with Dr. Shulkin,” said Joe Plenzler, the American Legion’s director of media relations, to The Cannabist. “Regarding medical marijuana research, our objectives remain unchanged.”

The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans organization, as well as a major proponent for medical marijuana that has implored the Trump administration, as well as the VA, to allow veterans to legally access…

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