Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawai‘i-02) joined colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on June 5, 2019, to demand correction of the VA’s denial of loan guarantee benefits to veterans who derive income from state-legalized cannabis activities.
“A majority of states, including Hawai‘i, have legalized cannabis in some form,” said Rep. Gabbard. “State-legal cannabis businesses generate billions of dollars a year in sales, generate over $1 billion in tax revenue, and support the livelihood of more than 200,000 Americans—including many veterans. These veterans should not be penalized or risk losing their VA benefits for working in the state-legalized cannabis industry. This must be corrected immediately by the VA, and Congress must pass my bipartisan Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.”