Missouri will prohibit medical marijuana at veterans’ nursing homes

State doesn't want to jeopardize federal funds
Missouri will prohibit medical marijuana at veterans’ nursing homes

Residents and employees of Missouri’s seven nursing homes for veterans will not be allowed to use medical marijuana.

Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Grace Link said Monday the state must prohibit the use of medical marijuana at the homes in order to comply with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which considers pot an illegal drug.

Federal funds pay part of the more than $80 million needed to operate the homes and Missouri officials don’t want to jeopardize that revenue.

The Veterans Administration pays the state veterans homes an annually adjusted rate per day for each veteran in the home.

Missouri voters approved the use of medical marijuana in November. Shops are expected to open early next year.

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