@bob31 Thanks for the referral.
@super_newby I am a vet and have worked for the VA as a Physician Assistant. I did recently have a Comp and Pen Exam (VA speak for a Disability Board). I did not get a urine test at all during my evaluation process. I cannot remember even having a question about using cannabis during the entire procedure.
I was on 27 medications when I was taking my evaluations. I have severe breathing problems that make it difficult to do much of any exertion without having to stop every 2-3 minutes to catch my breath. Even talking for more than a couple minutes gets me short of breath and unable to talk at times. I am not on a lot of pain medications so medications and cannabis were not really an issue. I was however on Lorazapam (a cousin to Valium) for four years and that is as addictive as Oxy and other pain meds.
Little did they know that I was using cannabis for my depression and anxiety. I was addicted to Lorazapam for several years and went off it two months after I started using cannabis. I could not use cannabis as a PA because I could loose my medical license. When I became too sick to work and went on SS disability, I started using cannabis which was MUCH better than all the anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs I was addicted to.
I went off cannabis during the evaluation procedure and back on the drugs for a month and hated it. It was the worst month I have had since starting cannabis. I only did that in case I got tested. Kind of strange that they will look for cannabis when it is more effective and has less side effects than the so called “safe drugs” that they prescribe.
I share your opinion (I believe everyone here does) on the government messing with us vets for using cannabis as a pain medicine that is more effective and less addiction potential than the ‘legal’ drugs they prescribe. I have felt much better since I went back on cannabis after the evaluation. I do not use the VA system anymore, working there gave me an insight into how little most of the medical staff really care about us vets.
Sorry I can’t give you anymore news than that but I think that you might be better off staying off the cannabis until you get the process over with. I know it is a pain but if you are having a lot of problems, but I would do anything that you have to to get your comp rating and then go back on weed.
Hope this helps. Good luck with your eval. I will be around periodically to talk but I have a boat load of personal problems that I am trying to resolve. Take Care and be safe. Jerry