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Even veterans who are using marijuana legally worry they might lose VA benefits if they tell their doctors. jopstock/Getty Images

hide caption Even veterans who are using marijuana legally worry they might lose VA benefits if they tell their doctors. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is how many veterans have approached health care conversations about marijuana use with the doctors they see from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Worried that owning up to using the drug could jeopardize their VA benefits — even if they’re participating in a medical marijuana program approved by their state — veterans have often kept mum. That may be changing under a new directive from the Veterans Health Administration urging vets and their physicians to open up on the subject. The new guidance directs VA clinical staff and pharmacists to discuss with veterans how their use of medical marijuana could interact with other medications or aspects of their care, including treatment for pain management or post-traumatic stress disorder. VA Clears The Air On Doctors Talking To Veterans About Marijuana Use

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