Senators Vote To Expand Medical Marijuana Access For Military Veterans In Key Committee

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A powerful Senate committee on Wednesday approved an amendment that’s meant to promote military veterans’ access to medical marijuana by allowing doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue cannabis recommendations in legal states. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee on a voice vote. It would further prohibit VA from interfering with, or denying services to, veterans who participate in a state-legal medical cannabis program “We have now 36 states that have medical cannabis, and our veterans want to know from their VA doctor what their thoughts are on the pros and cons or appropriate role or challenges of this particular strategy for treating a variety of issues, including PTSD,” Merkley said. “I think it’s really important that we not force our veterans to be unable to discuss this issue with their doctors.” Watch the senator discuss his amendment, starting 1:38:50 into the video below:  Here’s the text of the amendment, which is now part of a bill to fund the VA for Fiscal Year 2022:  SEC. ___ None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Veterans Affairs in this Act may be used in a manner that would— (1) interfere with the ability of a veteran to participate in a medicinal marijuana program approved by a State; (2) deny any services from the Department to a veteran who is participating in such a program; or (3) limit or interfere with the ability of a health care provider of the Department to make appropriate recommendations, fill out forms, or take steps to comply with such a program. The senator introduced a similar proposal in 2018 that also cleared the Appropriations Committee. The House on several occasions has approved legislation to allow VA doctors to…

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